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2,128 thoughts on “What’s New?

  1. permiesworld

    I drove up to the Salem (Lancaster) OR store today. Thanks to an email from the owner, I was able to pickup a few bottles of the Cameron Hughes Lot 373 (which I have tried before and did like). Also picked up the Loma Prieta 2010 Pinot Noir (SRV $50) that JWC wasn’t crazy about (but another friend of mine liked very much).

    Saw this too and bought it to review. I could get absolutely no service in the store. It has decent reviews (found out later) but it is a Bronco wine (which I normally avoid). $5.99 The link says CA wine but it is a South African Shiraz
    http://classicwinesofcalifornia.com/PDFs/techsheets/Ernst_2012_SZ_tech.pdf

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  2. Expat

    Not sure if this is a reply to a post or a new one, but I just popped the Steltzner 2008 STag’s Leap Merlot. Anyone tried it yet?

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  3. BargainWhine Post author

    Earlier today, PW wrote: The Cameron Hughes Reisling has shown up in Lebanon OR GO…so maybe more of the CH wines will show up in the PNW. I won’t be reviewing that particular one though. lol But it’s just an FYI for those who might want to try it.

    And, FWIW, I got a bottle of the CH Riesling to review.

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  4. DavidLikesWine

    Stopped by Palo Alto this morning:

    Andesite 2010 Spring Mountain (no 2008 or 2009)
    All the Cameron Hughes wines are there. LOTS of the Crozes – Hermitage.
    David Hill Pinot 2010 / 2011
    Travignoli 2011 Chianti Rufina (maybe 4 cases?)

    All available in quantity.

    New: 2013 Ramazotti Bandiera North Coast Pinot Grigio $3.99 / $19.00

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    1. JWC

      Interesting on the David Hill Pinot Noir, what’s the price point? One of the older producers in Oregon, usually make a good PN.

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  5. BargainWhine Post author

    The Richmond store has about 3.5 cases of the 2010 Andesite Mervignon out on the floor. 2008 and 2009 are in back, don’t know how many cases or how much will make it to the floor. My rough impressions are that, of the three, the best is the 2009, followed by the 2008, and then the 2010 ($10 each). I agree with Seedboy that these are all relatively minerally and un-fruity wines.

    There were also 3 from Cameron Hughes: Lot 347 2011 Lake County Riesling $4, Lot 373 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc (France) $7, Lot 354 2010 Crozes-Hermitage (France) $10. On chwine.com, these wines were listed for $13, $10, and $20, respectively. Probably not that much of these.

    And 4 Deux Amis 2011 Zins (1 Sonoma County and I’m pretty sure there were 3 different vineyard designates), and a 2011 Petite Sirah Vyborny Vineyards, $6 each.

    Also a Pinotage, a red blend, and a Sauvignon Blanc from “Le Noe” Barnardt Boyes International, South Africa, $4 each.

    Finally, they also have the David Hill 2011 Willammette Valley Pinot that Seedboy praised for $7. They also have a number of other cheap Italian and Spanish reds I totally would have gone for if I hadn’t already blown my budget on some of the stuff listed above.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      All Deux Amis wines mentioned are still for sale on the DA web site, the Sonoma Zin for $19, the vineyard designate Zins (Shadick, Manasseh, and Halling) and the Vyborny PS for $28 each.

      Seedboy, I am pretty tempted to open the CH C-H tonight, too. Presumably, it will not be H-C≡C-H. :) (Acetylene)

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      1. Darrell

        What kind of mind works a happenstance abbreviation into a carbon compound? I can’t wait til da bode of ya’s try the Crozes-Hermitage. Maybe BW can compare it to the 2010 Luke Lambert Syrah.

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Hi Darrell. A mind that took a bit of chemistry in college. I’d speculate that if you’ve ever studied hydrocarbon structures, CHCH would naturally translate to C2H2. From your comments on the compounds in wine, I thought you had some chemistry training, too. However, I wound up being a math major, and the symbol I used for the triple bond is listed as the “identical to” math symbol.

          FWIW, my initial thoughts on the Crozes-Hermitage are that it’s a pretty good wine for the money, but not an absolute screaming value. Although it’s definitely C-H, it’s more robust and far less complex than the Luke Lambert 2010 Syrah, at least after nearly 3 hours of air on the first night. Update: after 3:15 of air, this wine is terrific, ripe, rich, full-bodied and complex.

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          1. Seedboy

            My wife, who rarely comments on wines, says she likes it. I do too but yes not a screaming deal. That said I’d rather pay $10 for that than the Spring Mtn wines.

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            1. seedboy

              I should also note that the second day of the David Hill pinot 2011 showed really well. No deterioration in any way. I am going to buy more of it. Anyone tried the 2010 yet?

          2. Darrell

            BW, what’s the difference between “equal to” and “identical to” and how did you get that triple bond from your keyboard?

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            1. BargainWhine Post author

              My memory grows a little dim on this important point, but as best as I can recall, “equal to” asserts equality between two quantities which are not obviously so, and “identical to” is more to state the definition of a variable or quantity. For example, in special relativity, γ ≡ 1/√(1-β²), where β ≡ v/c. WordPress has a list of symbols you can insert into what you write. I mainly use it to get foreign letters. I have no idea how to produce them otherwise.

          3. permiesworld

            I’m actually rather sad ( not sad that the wine is available, just sad for the underlying reason) to see that Cameron Hughes wine there. I just read last week that they’ve been forced into receivership. I posted about it on my blog.

            I have both lot 373 and 354 in my cellar. 373 is a decent wine, easily drinkable, medium-bodied and a bit dry. I didn’t give the Syrah enough air time, but I liked it too. Interestingly enough the prices aren’t much different than what Cameron Hughes was selling them for. But they are solid wines.

            I wonder if we’ll be seeing anymore? Or if we will be seeing it up here?

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            1. permiesworld

              and thanks because if you hadn’t sent me over to their site, I would have never known that my favorite bargain wine was back in stock! (Lot 421…best wine under $20 I had in 2014).

            2. BargainWhine Post author

              Hi PW. Thanks for the info. Do you mean that the prices at which you were able to buy lots 373 and 354 from CH were less than the prices currently listed on the CH web site?

            3. permiesworld

              Hi BW…yes, that’s what I mean. Cameron Hughes runs coupons all the time and sales constantly. If you are familiar with their website, people (even non-wine club members) rarely pay full price. I bought Lot 373 for $9. I think the Crozes was $14. So yes, the SRV is listed there, but like I said…there’s always 3 or 4 (two at the moment, I listed the recent ones on my blog) live coupons to save you $. Right now there’s a 20% off and free shipping coupon. (You can only use each coupon once.) Also a 15% off site wide…

            4. permiesworld

              Also, wine club members can add the coupons to their already 15% off…which is probably how I purchased mine. I only recently ended my wine club membership. Mostly because the wines I was getting in the shipment weren’t my favorites (I love their Napa Cabs and their Import reds…). I read, when they went into receivership, the bank forced them to sell their barreled wines, as is…wouldn’t let them bottle it. So I’m not expecting anything great (not like the last couple of years) in the new Cab releases this fall. That’s why I restocked on my favorites that they have back in stock.

    2. EHL

      Man…I have joined the rest of the folks up here in the great PNW…jealous, with a capital J, of the bounty of GO wine largesse you guys have been blessed with in NorCal…

      The only thing I can say is that the weather in scenic Seattle has been SPECTACULAR…sunny in the 80s, balmy winds, and NO rain! Really, quite, unusual.

      …don’t recognize this June Seattle weather from my earlier stays as a UW Dawg and while practicing law up here…but no incredible wine bargains to enjoy in the sun.

      I am thankful, though, that my trusted sources down there have picked up and set aside some select stock, based upon your reconnaissance, for my return…lol.

      ;}

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    3. JoelA

      Previous vintages of Deux Amis zins have been quite good. Guess I came to Richmond too early the other day; have to drop back in.

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    4. Expat

      I picked up the Le Noe Barnhardt Shiraz Cab 2010 blend. Heavy bottle, seemed worth a spin for $4. no big expectations though.

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  6. JoelA

    2000 Tenuta ca’ Bolani, Conte Bolani, Venezia Giulia (red), 13.5% alc., bought last week at Oakland for $ 5.99.

    Saw one lone bottle on the top shelf; though I might have found a real find, but from the internet there seems to be some of this around, with prices quoted from $ 20 downwards. Said to be a merlot/cabernet blend.
    Initially a very astringent wine, it later opens up to show some plummy flavors and a bit less astringency. Probably needs some heartier food than the fish we had with it. Anyway, at 14 years of age it’s still alive, but I’m not inclined to spend any time looking around for more.

    Feel free to disagree.

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      1. weinish

        I bought it in Oakland a few weeks ago. Was not into it.

        Btw, we need some organizing here. So many wines, so many comments, up is down, left is right…

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      1. Delmartian1

        Have gone by Oceanside and San Marcos two or three times in the past week looking for the Maranet…no sign of it down this way. Anyone else seen it in SoCal?

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      1. permiesworld

        You’d think people would check things like that before they sell alcohol without a license. lol Although I have seen it on eBay so maybe there’s some weird law that allows it?

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  7. JoelA

    new at Richmond today

    2010 Andesite Spring Mountain red (merlot/cabernet, $ 9.99.

    Anyone know anything about it?

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    1. Darrell

      Oakland should be getting some and a handful of other GO stores since there is a limited quantity. There might be some 2008 and 2009 also.

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      1. seedboy

        Oakland tells me that this product is in, it is being sold out of the back room because there is not much of it.

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      1. permiesworld

        oh and because Napa wines sell so much by vineyard or location (I can’t find anything on it, pricewise, online) I’d put it at minimum of $50 SRV but probably more like $65-75. This isn’t to say it doesn’t have issues…or might be bad. I’m just posting what it would retail for. At $9.99 (again, because I love mountain Cabs), I would buy a case and return it if it was bad.

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    2. seedboy

      This is from a small winery that has its own vineyard. There are three vintages at GO, 2008 – 10. They are all relatively austere mountain fruit. The 2010 has the most overt fruit and there is not much. I bought a bottle of each for fun but these are not going to make anyone forget the Ardente.
      Also new at Oakland: Two different 2011 Deux Amis zins, $5.99, David Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011, Isabel Marlborough pinot noir 2011 $4.99. I forget the price on the David Hill. It is a good wine, earth and mineral and some red and black fruit. Very Oregon. I like it a lot.

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      1. weinish

        I don’t care much for Pinot, but almost bit on Isabel Pinot. There are a few wines there from an importer in Sausalito, which also sells to Costco. Two Spanish, this NZ, and others. They’re now selling to GO. Wonder if they lost their Costco contract, or if Costco wants new wines and they’re stuck with them. Another reason I promote the idea of importer.

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          1. Darrell

            Is there an opinion about Cameron Hughes bottlings? I saw the Crozes-Hermitage bottling, but didn’t bite because of Cameron Hughes bottling everything.

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            1. seedboy

              Internet talk was generally positive about a particular lot, 356? not sure if this is the one though.

  8. weinish

    I bit my tongue on this until I picked up a case, but…there’s a new Italian wine at Oakland, Villa Travignoli 2011 Chianti Riserva, $3.99.

    This is right up my alley.

    No discernible flaws. Importer epic-wines out of Aptos. Seen elsewhere for around $20.

    Dry, smooth, flavors come out more and more in decanter, but fine from the bottle. Has that dusty Tuscany/Sangiovese aspect which I love. Not pruney in the slightest, and I’m hoping there’s no bottle variation on these.

    There were about 4 cases at GO this morning, and now about 2, maybe.

    After announcing to Mark, “This is my day!” I knocked over a bottle and it broke, sending one bottle’s worth of wine straight into my show. Then I dropped a carton of eggs.

    Be mindful.

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    1. weinish

      from website:

      VILLA TRAVIGNOLI CHIANTI RUFINA D.O.C.G.

      Production area: amidst the hills of Pelago in the Chianti Rufina D.O.C.G. area, with a soil composition of marly, calcareous clay as typically found in the Arno valley east of Florence.
      Aspect: south-facing.
      Altitude: 200/350 m above sea level.
      Grape variety: Sangiovese.
      Cultivation method: spurred cordon.
      Harvest period: from the 20th of September until the middle of October.
      Vinification: the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (26/28°C) for 10 days before racking and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine is put into wooden barrels.
      Maturation: six months in wood and six months in stainless steel.
      Ageing potential: 10/15 years.
      Sensory characteristics
      Appearance: ruby-red in colour.
      Aroma: clean, floral notes.
      Flavour: well structured and harmonic on the palate; easy drinking with a soft and lingering finish.
      Accompaniments: adapts well to both light and more substantial dishes.
      Serving temperature: 18/19°C.
      Data analysis
      Alcohol: 13%vol.
      Total acidity: 5,00.
      Dry extract: 28,00.
      Total polyphenols: 2800.

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  9. DavidLikesWine

    Swung by Palo Alto this afternoon, here’s what’s new to me:

    2012 Tapiz “Tradicion” White Blend $1.99 / $12.99
    2012 Ektimo Sonoma County Reisling $3.99 / $11.99 (back label says it’s “dry” style)
    2012 Barnhardt Boyes “Le Noe” Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa) $3.99 / $12.99
    2011 Barnhardt Boyes “Le Noe” Pinotage (South Africa) $3.99 / $12.99
    2014 Goss Creek Chenin Blanc (California) $3.99 / $10.99
    2006 Rutini Merlot (Mendoza, Argentina) $4.99 / $14.99 (looks promising)

    Probably 20 cases of Maranet Pinot out on the floor and lots of the Enigma SB if anyone is looking for those.

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      1. Darrell

        I received an email about the pallets of the Maranet from Jason and when I swung by a few days to a week later, it appeared to be gone.

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  10. rocky

    With 4 cases shared between friends thus far, I have not heard mention of any significant bottle variation, so I hope for the best….:)

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    1. Darrell

      I assume you are discussing the Maranet PN that you shared among your friends. Was it gassy and where did you and your friends pick up your wine?

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  11. permiesworld

    I picked up a couple of things of interest today from the Lebanon OR GO.

    First that 2012 Divinis Tempranillo $5.99 (BW did the review on the Grenache that was also released from the same label.

    Then something I’ve never tried in my life. Bonarda.
    2009 La Puerta Alta Bonarda from Argentina.$5.99 SRV is $15-22 and I liked the reviews I read online:
    http://www.nataliemaclean.com/wine-reviews/la-puerta-alta-bonarda-2009/104594

    And finally,2011 Boccali Vineyards Topa Topa Syrah $5.99 SRV $22.
    I don’t normally drink CA Syrah but I liked the tasting notes…here’s hoping it’s good. I know 2011 was a tough year..but the mountains were above the fog and did have a chance to ripen nicely, so I’m hoping for a good cool vintage wine.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      A number of people here have recommended the Boccali Syrah. I’m glad some made its way farther north. Thanks for looking into that Tempranillo, and I’d be optimistic about the Bonarda, too.

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            1. BargainWhine Post author

              The search feature on the top right of this blog searches only the titles and bodies of posts, so if anything is in a comment, which a lot of the content here is, it doesn’t turn up. In this case, I went back through What’s New and searched within the page (Control-f) for Boccali. In other cases where I can’t recall where it would have been, since sometimes threads appear in unexpected places, I include site:grossoutwine.wordpress.com in a search on my favorite search engine.

  12. Seedboy

    Oakland store has 2010 Hangtime Arroyo Seco Chard $4.99. This is a Michael Mondavi project. It is very buttery, Cougar juice.

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  13. Expat

    Anyone see or try the Luke Lambert 2011 Syrah from Australia, $20? Allegedly $65 retail. Red fruit/raspberry, very well balanced, smooth and elegant. Very nice wine.

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    1. Darrell

      Expat, I have tried the 2011 and 2010 side by side and I prefer the 2010, http://buyingguide.winemag.com/catalog/luke-lambert-2010-shiraz-syrah-syrah-yarra-valley and BW commented about the 2010 on May 26 under older comments of What’s New. Nose more complex plus intense and good length in flavor and the 2011 just much simpler. Personally, I found $20 rather steep for the 2011. Are you still looking for some 2011? Richmond was doling it out along with the Steltzner wines and they had both the 2010 and 2011 a week ago. Not sure why Richmond was doling out the Steltzner Malbec and Merlot since I found some of them at my local GO store and that’s not a recommendation or endorsement of those wines at all if they show up there. Some of the North Bay stores also had the 2011, Petaluma, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. I don’t believe any of the I-80 corridor GO stores got any Luke Lambert. Good luck hunting.

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      1. Expat

        Thanks for the info Darrell. I got my bottle at Redwood City when I was up for a visit. My friend said there are a few left (only 2011, I think). I wish I could try the 2010 because I really like the 2011. It’s clearly quality and maybe not terribly complex but delicate and I appreciate the restraint.

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        1. Darrell

          Expat, somebody has tried the 2010 from a GO since I tried it and he likes it quite a bit I am sad to say. It’s at BW’s comment’s link to Luke Lambert 2010 Shiraz @ Cellartracker. He goes under Mike L. and has few tasting notes, but this was the highest score he has given any of his notes. Who knows he may be a contributor to this site from San Diego County. The wines are amazingly smooth considering Luke ferments with some stems. The wine isn’t deeply, deeply toned as are some of the CA and Rhone syrahs and that’s fine by me. When you say up for a visit to RWC, are you from points south?

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          1. Expat

            It is a really smooth wine. I like the fact that it’s unfined and unfiltered too. I live in the Pismo Beach area (just south of San Luis Obispo) if you know where that is. I have three GO’s here – Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo (SLO) and Atascadero. I’m from the Bay Area so I make frequent visit to family on the Peninsula, SF, East Bay and Morgan Hill. It gives me the chance to check out other locations. Is their a consensus on the best Bay Area GO for upper end wines? Oakland? I went to Berkeley once and found some good stuff.

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            1. seedboy

              Oakland gets the widest variety. One store that is really good about having good wines around for a while is Pleasant Hill, the wine guy does not put out huge quantities of anything at once so you don’t have someone loading four cases of something into their cart and depriving other customers of the wines. Petaluma gets wines no one else has because the manager has great contacts.

            2. Darrell

              The first thing I noticed was the no fining or filtering and said that was a plus and I think it was. The Pleasant Hill store seems to have less space devoted to wine and that may be the reason for less cases on the floor. They don’t give cases discount. Since you live in Pismo Beach, you might want to swing by Seaside, as I have learned from Palfrey, when you come up North.

            3. Expat

              Thanks for the advice but unfortunately Seaside is a big detour when I come north. I take 101 through Salinas and Prunedale to Gilroy etc. Next time I go to Monterey/Carmel I’ll check it out. One of my favorite wineries has a tasting room in Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, so I need to head that way soon. BTW, what’s in Seaside?

            4. Darrell

              Expat, if you are going to Santa Cruz via Castroville, Seaside isn’t much out of the way. It’s not touristy like Monterey, Carmel and Santa Cruz are. It has state beaches and there is a nice hotel on the Bay, but then again your’e living near a beach. The city sprang up due to residence needs from Fort Ord. I’m originally from the area and have seen it grow, but Palfrey knows the area and he checks the Seaside GO. I was impressed that they got an allotment of the Steltzner Petit Verdot and some of the vertical selections from Ardente, not the 2006.

    1. Darrell

      Here we go again, Su Yuen Riesling. I kinda like all my Italian food served with red wine from fiaschi and preferably slightly oxidized and a touch of VA. That kind of wine would make my day go red wine satisfied.

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  14. rocky

    A bit more Pinot “funk” would have been welcome, but it’s got good length, good balance and some flavor complexity, with a hint of mid-pallette spice. A crowd pleaser w/wide food pairing options as well

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  15. DavidLikesWine

    The 2012 Maranet RRV Pinot has hit Palo Alto. Huge display. Lots of wine. $7.99/bottle.

    Also new at Palo Alto:
    2012 Carys Monterey Co. Syrah $4.99 / $15.99
    2012 Craftwork Monterey Co. Estate Sauv Blanc $3.99 / $17.99

    Also, found a random case yet to be shelved, but on the floor and open –
    2008 Colline Teatine Sangiovese (no pricing info)

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    1. DavidLikesWine

      A little more info on the Maranet that I found on “winedirectorsdiary.com”

      “2012 Maranet Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
      The 2012 Russian River Pinot is a blend of free run lots from seven of DuMOL’s vineyards from mixed Dijon, Pommard, and Martini clones. The grapes were hand harvested, sorted in the winery, and fermented with natural, wild yeasts. The wine was then barrel aged for ten months in French oak, 33% new. The wine is a beautiful ruby red with vibrant floral aromas, showing fresh cranberry, cola and cherry at the core. You will taste supple fruit on the entry that expands into chewy summer fruits with a succulent texture that builds into a delightful richness. The wine stays elegant and complex on the finish with bright, well balanced acids.”

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  16. rocky

    I’m not a PN guy usually, but this was a case buy for me, no-brainer. Not sure if PHill store still has it @ though.

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    1. seedboy

      The story is that only a few stores will get this. Oakland will sell it out of the back so that one or two people do not hog it all a la Berkeley.

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  17. seedboy

    I have been hearing for a while that a Meritage blend from this winery http://www.andesitevineyard.com/Vineyard.htm is coming at a time yet to be determined. A vertical is expected. Given the small production from this winery this must be a disappointment to them.
    In the store are pinot and chardonnay, second label from Yering Station in Australia.The chard is a nice crisp wine. The pinot is light bodied and would be good treated as a rose. They are both $4.99.

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    1. permiesworld

      I doubt we’ll see anything from this winery…but I would definitely love to hear how this one tastes. I hope people from the blog are able to pick it up, if they are going to sell out the back…St. Helena and Spring Mountain are both favorite areas of mine for wine.

      Re: the Pinot and Chardonnay…what’s the label in the store? (You said it’s a second from Yering) but I’m just wondering if that is something we’d get or have gotten up here….the Chard sounds like something I’d like.

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