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Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


 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 Toulouse Vineyards 2010 Middle Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir


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 2007 Toulouse Vineyards Pinot Noir “The Drippings”


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 “Walking Tractor and Other Country Tales” by Bruce Patterson


Walking Tractor: And Other Country Tales by Bruce Patterson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I love the Anderson Valley region of California’s Mendocino County, so I enjoyed these stories of the area’s loggers and ranchers during the ’70s and ’80s. Patterson has a genuine knack for capturing the Anderson Valley’s distinctive geography and the […]

Wine Review: Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2006 & 2007 Vintages)


The Anthill Farms Anderson Valley wines perfectly capture the character (okay, “terroir“) of the Anderson Valley. Try either vintage to understand what this wine region is all about. I’m not super-familiar with the story of Anthill Farms, but it seems they’re some young winemakers specializing in vineyard-designate Pinot Noir from Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Brian […]