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World of Pinot Noir 2011

by Alan on March 6, 2011

Sunset at World of Pinot Noir 2011

Thanks to everyone who visited us at World of Pinot Noir. Our first visit- won’t be our last.

There were so many great wines and I probably only tasted 40%, so I won’t say this is a best of anything, but rather a few wines I loved.

Thanks to the alphabet – we poured between Carr Vineyards and Winery and Chamisal, not bad company! Chamisal is, simply put, solid top to bottom. I fell in love with the Carr 06′ Turner Vineyard. Clone 113 is in the mix and really gives it a spark that I love. Freeman nailed everything. Baxter keeps setting the bar higher. Derby – who knew? (I probably should have but damn!) Hirsch showed grace with bottle age (98 was killer.) Landy – new, worth watching. Littoria, nuf said. Paul Mathew, pure, age-worthy. Presqu’ile – Young punks, old-soul wines. Thomas George showing vineyard sources awesomely. And the quietest couple ever from Wolff Vineyards making subtle, graceful wines. Wolff is right up there with Landy as favorite find at WOPN.
Oh, and an old friend, Dave Ball with his CaliCaro label had a fabulous bottle at the Crushpad table.

Sorry to old friends I may have missed.
There are more days ahead, and plenty of wine to go around. Support these folks who have dedicated their lives to helping us enjoy ours.



On the Seventh Day – Scooter Ride

by Alan on August 15, 2010

Serena and I took off for a scooter ride this afternoon just to prove to ourselves that it is indeed Sunday. You have to make a little time to play. We stopped in at a couple places that are on the east side of 101 near HBG. It’s an area I don’t get to very often simply due to traffic patterns, I guess.

Mutt Lynch was our first stop. I’d seen their cute labels around but always shy away from critter labels… Dogs are critters, right? After a charming tasting, I’d say they deliver bang for the buck. Solid wines that won’t break the bank. We walked off with a couple bottles of the un-oaked chard at $14. If you are a dog person, this is a great stop. As a cat person, even I got a kick out of their latest dog toy (goes out with wine club shipments) the iBone. I’m lame and didn’t get a picture. Seeing an iphone themed squeak toy was a first for me, however.

Merriam was our second stop. This is a fairly new facility and the estate vineyards are young. They also buy fruit from RRV and DCV. We liked their all stainless Chardonnay but also they had Merlot that was very restrained and supple. I don’t buy a lot of Merlot but probably for different reasons than most folks. I don’t want it to be big and jammy. You don’t often see Merlot from the Russian River Valley but I’d say that these wines make a good case for Merlot grown in slightly cooler climate. The Windacre 01 and 05 were both quite tasty and I could see them as a nice accompaniment to many meals so we snagged some bottles of Merlot along with their all steel Chard.

Considering we just jumped on the scoot for  short ride through the vineyards, I’d say we did pretty well.

Cheers, Alan

If you are interested in visiting these vineyards the links are below:

Mutt Lynch

Merriam Vineyards

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