Archive for November 2010

2006 Stony Hill Chardonnay

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Stony Hill has gotten its reputation for making great wines, transparent wines, and geeky wines because that is exactly what they do.  Sommeliers have been big supporters of this label for the last decade or two.  As a result you can find this label on many important wine lists throughout the state and country because […]

DeLoach’s Bag-in-Barrel to battle ‘box wine’s bad rap

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Clever packaging claims the day’s news!  DeLoach just issued a press release for their ‘Barrel-to-Barrel’ program, which is something that I haven’t seen before.  It seems like this is a creative approach to reducing wasteful packaging while at the same time increasing customer loyalty.  They sell miniature barrels (3L for $220 and 10L for $250) […]

2004 Yalumba The Signature CS/SY

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The Producer: Yalumba winery is family owned and has a 5 generation, 160 year-long history.  Do you remember the term ‘the company store’?  I learned that phrase while listening to ‘Sixteen Tons’, a song written from the perspective of a coal miner who couldn’t quit his job because the coal mining company owned everything in […]

Great Label; can you pronounce this?

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I try to keep it high brow, but every once in a while there is something worth posting.  If you read failblog.org, this is a label win!

2009 Cantina Tollo, Pecorino, Abruzzo

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I know what you are thinking; what is this guy talking about?  The title doesn’t give too much away.  The producer is Cantina Tollo, the grape varietal is Pecorino, and the region is Abruzzo.  Now for the second part of the question, isn’t Pecorino a cheese?  Yes.  It is also a variety of grapes that […]

2008 Elena Walsh, Lagrien, Alto Adige DOC

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Here is our real palate exploring wine of the group.  This is a great producer, a good region and an interesting grape varietal.  Alto Adige has a cooler growing season, being located in the north of Italy, which manifests itself as a rounder, softer wine that is spectacularly fun to drink. NOTES: Darker and richer […]

2007 Chateau Smith Cabernet, Washington

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This producer is quite famous for their Syrah wines which are released under the ‘K Vintners’ label.  The Chateau Smith label is their Bordeaux analogue, and why not?  Washington State makes some great Cabernet wines.  The Columbia Valley has a long and dry growing season, so has the potential to produce some concentrated and complex […]

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