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Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

12-Aug-15

 I always want to love Knez wines, but they don’t seem to want to be loved. They’re more like standoffish housecats deigning your admiration than slobbery Golden Retrievers craving your affection. But as of August ’15 the Knez ’09 Cerise is finally opening up and and willing to be a little vulnerable. Certainly distinctive to the […]

Reactions to Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch

15-Mar-15

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch My rating: 5 of 5 stars A classic still worth reading by any wine enthusiast. Lynch’s travelogue is centered on the ’70s and ’80s, so the specific destinations and recommendations are generally out of date. But the spirit is absolutely valid […]

Reactions to Toulouse Vineyards 2010 Middle Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

07-Feb-14

2010 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir Middle Ridge Vineyard – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/5/2014) A nice little gem from Toulouse. Leaner, less overtly juicy than many recent Toulouse Pinots, and definitely for the better. Drinking well in February ’14 – starting to acquire some older, savory notes in an elegant way. A favorite […]

Reactions to Claudia Springs Valenti Ranch Mendocino Ridge ’06 Zinfandel

16-Sep-13

2006 Claudia Springs Zinfandel Valenti Ranch – USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino Ridge (9/16/2013) On release this was an eyebrow-raiser. Who wants a 17.8% Zinfandel, especially from a producer specializing in cooler-climate lighter-weight Zinfandels? But I loved it back in the day, and even many years later (September ’13) it’s drinking well. Yes, there’s a […]

Reactions to 2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings”

07-Sep-13

2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings” – USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (9/7/2013) Toulouse wines are made very much for drinking on release, and I love them for that. They’re like bright-eyed golden retrievers, eager to be loved and easy to love. The “Drippings” Pinots, produced in some vintages with maturation “on the […]

Reactions to “Pinot Envy” by Edward Finstein

07-Aug-13

Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein My rating: 1 of 5 stars I like fun whodunits set in California wine country, but this one doesn’t clear even my low bar. Pinot Envy really should not have seen the light of day. The author lacks fundamental technical writing ability, and his editor apparently did nothing to help […]