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2007 Calera Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard

March 9, 2011

I’ve written about Calera once before. We loved their 2008 Central Coast pinot. Apparently the name is Spanish for “limekiln.” The vineyards and winery on Mt. Harlan rest on the site of an old limestone quarry. The Calera web page even shows a beautiful image of a recently restored limekiln. Perhaps it is all the […]

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2009 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

March 9, 2011

I’ve been on the Siduri mailing list for at least five years but had somehow gotten off-track with my excessive preoccupation with California syrah and Rhône almost anything.  Recently, that’s changed insofar as I’m into pinot noir again (but I’ve hung onto my other table-mates for now, too.  “The more the merrier” and “variety is […]

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2008 Williams Selyem Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard

March 9, 2011

We tried the 2008 Weir Vineyard the other day as part of our Wms-Selyem pinot immersion project. It was easy to drink but unraveling the label was something else all together. Neither of us had ever heard of Yorkville Highlands, let alone the Weir Vineyard. Well, the Internet to the rescue, once again! Located between […]

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2008 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard

March 1, 2011

Just a quick note on this one, even though I’m Williams Selyem obsessed and could probably come up with more. Mostly, it’s because we thought that it was merely good, though better than “just okay.” This zin is a hazy dark purple color with full body that is supple and smooth. On the nose was […]

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2008 Williams Selyem San Benito County Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard

February 23, 2011

Well, if you’re following our wine writing at all, you must know that I simply adore Williams Selyem. They’re one of those handful of producers that put California pinot noir on the map. A lot of folks are aware of this already, which means that the wines aren’t that easy to find. Fortunately, I’m on […]

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2006 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquières

February 23, 2011

I started researching the Domaine de la Charbonnière just now for this story and I’m already enchanted. Look what it says on their home page: Domaine de la Charbonnière was purchased by Eugène Maret in 1912 as a gift for his wife. She was native of Châteauneuf du Pape and a winemaker’s daughter of the […]

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2006 Pelerin Monterey Syrah

February 16, 2011

I’ve seen Pelerin bottles before but never had the chance to taste their wines; that is until we had our recent white melt-down at Coi. Our waiter took mercy on us around the sixth course and offered the delightful 2005 Pelerin Les Violettes Syrah. The labels are quite distinctive with the cartoon of the older […]

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2009 Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre (Alain Corcia) Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Hervé

February 16, 2011

Alain Corcia is a family-run negotiant wine firm, Prestige des Grand Vins de France (international) and La Cave (French), based in Burgundy, according to this wonderfully informative site, chateauneuf.dk. The Comte Louis de Clermont-Tonnerre is an administrator of the firm who has inherited the French title. This particular CdP, Hervé, is named after one of […]

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2007 Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac La Dame Rousse

February 9, 2011

Heguiberto picked out this bottle of La Dame Rousse or “the Redheaded Lady” last week while we were tasting Rhônes at K and L. I tried to learn a bit more about Domaine de la Mordorée after we enjoyed this quite delicious red. According to their site, “mordorée” means “woodcock.” Apparently woodcocks migrate over the […]

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2003 Stryker Sonoma E1k Sonoma County

February 9, 2011

This was our final bottle of Stryker Sonoma wine. We’ve been members of their wine club for ages but, taking my own advice about clubs, it is time to move on. I still enjoy Stryker wines quite well. I’m just cash poor and want to focus on my new darling, pinot noir, with what I’ve […]

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