Wine of the Week: 2008 Stoller Family Estate, Helen’s Estate Pinot Noir, Dayton, Oregon

One by one, Pinot Noir after Pinot Noir, you start getting a bit tired after a few days in Oregon of tasting the state’s famed grape at restaurants and Willamette Valley tasting rooms. Notes of earth, hints of sage brush, deep fruit flavors, rich jammy qualities, all come to mind, yet start blurring out theContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2008 Stoller Family Estate, Helen’s Estate Pinot Noir, Dayton, Oregon”

Wine of the Week: 2007 Cellers Ripoll Closa Batllet, Priorat, Spain

Rioja gets all of the attention. Spain’s leading wine growing region is synonymous with Spanish red wine, and known for its rugged, dry climate that perfectly suits Tempranillo grapes. Rioja is one of two DOCa (Denominación de Origen Calificada) in the entire country, the highest classification for Spanish appellations. Who could possibly be the otherContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2007 Cellers Ripoll Closa Batllet, Priorat, Spain”

Wine of the Week: 2010 Sandhi Chardonnay, Rita’s Crown Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

Plain and simple– if this is where California Chardonnay is going, book me a ticket now. The days of ye olde oak and butter explosions in a bottle fortunately are evaporating to make way for a new crop that burst with citrus fruit, balance the oak often with neutral oak aging, and reflect the mineralContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2010 Sandhi Chardonnay, Rita’s Crown Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Viña Leyda, Las Brisas Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile

Thanksgiving might be over, but you might still need some more Pinot Noir for all of those turkey leftovers. But, what really does the always flexible, light red grape not go with? A lot more than turkey that’s for sure. Nowadays, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and Santa Barbara County grab the headlines forContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Viña Leyda, Las Brisas Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile”

Wine of the Week: Domaine Matthias Roblin, 2010 Sancerre Origin, Loire Valley

Ah Sancerre. Just the name evokes plush, restrained harmony in the bottle where dominant herb notes mingle effortlessly with some spice and some fruit. These are elegant wines without being forceful. This is your best friend who you can just be yourself with and almost always rely on for a good laugh and a smile.Continue reading “Wine of the Week: Domaine Matthias Roblin, 2010 Sancerre Origin, Loire Valley”

Wine of the Week: 2009 Evening Land Vineyards Auxey Duresses Chardonnay, Burgundy

If the name “Evening Land” sounds a bit strange for a Burgundy label, it’s because indeed Evening Land is a very unique winemaking project. Based in Oregon, Evening Land spans the west coast and tiny villages of France with vineyards strategically based in Burgundy, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and Santa Barbara County’s SantaContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2009 Evening Land Vineyards Auxey Duresses Chardonnay, Burgundy”

Wine of the Week: 2010 Durin Pigato, Liguria, Italy

It’s time to head back to Italy for this week’s notable wine. That means it’s time to learn about another new obscure grape that you probably have never heard of from a region you’ve heard the name of, but don’t know where in Italy it actually is located. Liguria, of course best known as theContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2010 Durin Pigato, Liguria, Italy”

Wine of the Week: MJA Vineyards Serene Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Cruz, CA

A funny thing happened on the way to the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from MJA Vineyards. The 2009 version came out very peach and apricot forwards, tasting almost as if it more of a Viognier mixed with some Roussanne to round it out. The 2010 Sauvignon blanc sports plenty of fruit– that would be one ofContinue reading “Wine of the Week: MJA Vineyards Serene Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Cruz, CA”

Wine of the Week: Les Larmes de Divona Bourgogne Rouge, 2008

The color of this fascinating unfiltered Pinot noir is its first striking feature. An almost dark orange hue glows in the background of the deep rose meets burgundy body. The unfiltered nature of the wine provides a cloudy element that when combined with these contrasting colors provides the same striking appearance of when dark, ominousContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Les Larmes de Divona Bourgogne Rouge, 2008”

Wine of the Week: Monje Hollera Listan Negro 2010, Canary Islands

Listan negro is a brash, bold grape that slightly brings to mind Zinfandel with a deeper fruit flavor. It’s the marquee grape for the burgeoning Canary Islands wine growing region, where volcanic soil allows for the vines to not be grafted. Somehow when I visited the Canary Islands two years ago, I never even triedContinue reading “Wine of the Week: Monje Hollera Listan Negro 2010, Canary Islands”