Monthly Archives: February 2011

2005 Arbios Cabernet: A hint of Bordeaux in Alexander Valley

When you pop open an Alexander Valley cabernet, you expect a full mouthfeel and well balanced fruit. The Arbios Cabernet brings something slightly atypical. It is clear that this winery is trying to bring a little bit of Bordeaux to the land of in your face, fruit forward Cabernet. On the nose, you get raspberries,…
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2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc: Giving New Zealand A Run for Her Money!

2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc: Giving New Zealand A Run for Her Money! Of late, New Zealand has taken the popularity crown for their Sauvignon Blancs. People have been after the intense fruit characteristics that you often see in those wines. But California is making some gems that find a balance between fruit and great minerality.…
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A Reverie of Delight Returns to Locals!

In the spring of 2009, the 2006 Ensueños Tropicales Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, $20) made a brief but sublime appearance at our tasting room.  Now, with an exclusive, limited allocation of wine, this popular, fruit-forward pinot noir returns, all grown up! As before, this wine ably shows off the by-now classic Russian River pinot noir flavor…
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2006 Pendleton Zinfandel: A Zin For All Seasons

This 2006 Zinfandel/Petit Syrah blend from Russian River Valley is a true lesson in versitality and balance. On the nose, you get great fruit notes of raspberry and blackberry as well as really strong cloves and cinnamon. The palate doesn't disappoint and holds true to the flavors on the nose. Upfront, all the fruit (blackberry…
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