Archive for January 2011

The New World of Retail

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It seems like the retail game is undergoing another dramatic shift.  First, retailers had to worry about posting their items for sale online.  Now, they have to do something special to get customers to hit the ‘buy’ button.  What are people doing that is different? Before you hit ‘buy’ you are going to have to […]

Kistler: California Bellweather Changes Gears

There is great debate and much challenge in producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California these days.  Should you make a more classic wine, or a big rich wine?  If your price point is going to be over $30, it better be good and probably needs to have press to back it up.  If you […]

Urban UCO Sav. Blanc 08

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This little guy delivers.  It has all of the standard Sauvignon Blanc virtues, but in a good way.  I’d start drinking this wine immediately, with roasted veggies, and continue to do so until it is gone. NOTES: The nose and palate both possess an interesting ruby grapefruit zest characteristic that caries throughout the wine.  In […]

Boroli ‘Anna’ 2008, Langhe, Italy

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This is one of the single greatest opportunities to drink Nebbiolo from the Langhe region without paying Barolo prices.  If this were classified as a Barolo, it would literally cost 3 or 4 times as much.  While it has Barbera and Merlot in the blend, the profile is predominately Nebbiolo. NOTES: The wine has a […]

York Creek Cuvee 1 Production 8 Spring Mtn. Napa Valley

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This wine was intended for restaurants to pour by the glass.  It drinks like a champ, and is outrageously under priced for what it is; a small production Cabernet based blend from Spring Mtn. NOTES: The nose is open and shows a little bouquet, which is most likely because the wine is a blend of […]

Municipal Winemakers

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The new kid on the block for the urban wine trail in downtown Santa Barbara is Municipal Winemakers.  The tasting room takes a couple minutes to find, and proves well worth the effort.  (28 Anacapa Street, SB, CA, behind Kunin) Dave Potter is the winemaker at ‘Muni’ and has worked in the wine business for […]

Stolpman Estate Syrah 2008

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This producer is widely considered a founding father for Santa Barbara Syrah, and specifically for Ballard Canyon.  Their estate vineyards are second to none, and their location is considered the epicenter for Syrah for Santa Barbara county.  Also, they have Sashi Moorman in the cellar as winemaker, who is highly regarded in the market and […]

Mycas de Limari Cabernet 2005

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NOTES: This wine has a distinct ‘Chilean gunpowder’ nose to it that shows big fruits, a hint of reduction, dark fruit, spice and a stripe of jalapeno herbaceousness and menthol that shows the cooler climate the wines were grown in. The palate is dense, rich and balanced,  and is supported whole heartedly by good tannin […]

Pedemonte Cabernet 2007

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This wine is a smoking deal; it comes from the heart of the Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley, and is a row by row selection of vines which goes into a small production bottling.  At a suggested $27 retail, you will find it for $50 at stores… when it is available. NOTES: The nose shows […]

Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio CS 2004

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This wine is like a ballerina; delicate and pretty but at the same time it possesses tremendous strength.  The nose is sleek and sophisticated, showing red fruits like rhubarb and raspberries and blue fruits like cassis and blackberries.  This is a layered wine which has creme de meure and toffee amongst the fruits.  Great bottle […]

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