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Feb
15

Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

Rhys is one of the best wineries in the United States. Ergo Rhys makes some of the best wines in the world. Alesia is the Rhys second label, made with

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Dec
8

Domaine Denis Mortet “Longeroies” Marsannay 2010

Mortet is a young domaine that in my view is destined to become one of Burgundy’s greats. Struck by tragic circumstances in 2006 when Denis committed suicide, Denis’ young, then

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Oct
1

Domaine d’Eugénie Vosne Romanée 2010

Domaine d’Eugénie (formerly Domaine Engel) is now owned by Chateau Latour, which took over the vines in 2006. The team at the domaine have been experimenting with approaches since 2007,

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Sep
30

Domaine Arlaud ‘Clos Solon’ Morey-Saint-Denis 2012

Arlaud is a more modern-styled producer in Burgundy, with great emphasis on forward fruit and always a percentage of new barrique depending on the level of the wine and vintage

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Sep
28

Vosne Romanée and Nuits St. Georges: Six Wines from Domaine Fabrice Vigot and Domaine Bertrand Marchard de Gramont

I recently attended a Burgundy seminar courtesy of importer That’s Life which looked at three wines from Nuits St. Georges and three wines from Vosne Romanée from two smaller but

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Jun
12

Varner, Old and New: Re-Inventing the Imagination

What is the meaning of legacy? There is a rare single moment in the lives of a very few where they break from a life’s work. Our linear perception of

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May
22

Cameron Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2006

Oregon Pinot presents me with challenges. While the structural qualities of these wines pleases and bodes well for future development, the often sappy fruit turns me off. The wines do

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Apr
1

Soter ‘Mineral Springs’ Brut Rosé n/v

An expat from Napa, Soter makes some of the most elegant wines in the Willamette Valley. In particular, his Mineral Springs vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, consistently produces some

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Mar
10

The Triumph of Raw Material: Hanzell Vineyards

Hanzell Vineyards are owners of California’s oldest plantings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The 1953 Ambassador vineyard, which I’ve written about before, is one of the most important in the

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Jan
23

Peay Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Peay is one of the longer-running outfits in the ‘true’ (i.e. actually coastal) Sonoma Coast. Though founded in 1996, two decades is a long time for this new appellation and