ELEVATING CHARDONNAY IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

  • ELEVATING CHARDONNAY IN THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

    By Alder Yarrow for Jancis Robinson

    The Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area stands apart from all other California wine regions both literally and figuratively.

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  • USA, CALIFORNIA – SONOMA COUNTY 2018 VINTAGE

    by The Wine Advocate

    2018 in Sonoma has been hailed as a spectacular vintage, and for many top wineries it is. But this is not a great vintage across the board—if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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  • SELECTED WINES – ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE

    by Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir Costalina has perfumed aromas of violet, bergamot, blood orange and bitters with rhubarb, cranberry and blackberry fruits. Medium-bodied, the palate is expressive 

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  • FOR PINOT NOIR, PUT ANDERSON VALLEY AMONG CALIFORNIA’S BEST

    by The New York Times

    It’s been some time since I last visited the Anderson Valley, a bucolic sliver of coastal Mendocino County, where Pacific fogs glide through the towering California redwoods, playing cat and mouse with the rising sun…

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  • FROM THE SONOMA COAST, CHARDONNAYS OF ENERGY AND MEMORIES

    by The New York Times

    The Sonoma Coast has been on my mind quite a bit lately. First came a wine panel tasting in February of pinot noirs from the region. Now, we have followed up with a tasting of 20 Sonoma Coast chardonnays from recent vintages. In both tastings, we found wines …

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  • CALIFORNIA’S NEW GENERATION OF SOUGHT-AFTER WINES

    by SF Chronicle

    Gianpaolo Paterlini (middle), the wine director at both Acquerello and 1760 restaurants in S.F., tastes wine with bar manager Christopher Longoria (left) and sommelier David Roby at 1760. One block of Polk Street separates…

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  • THE BEST PINOT NOIRS IN THE WORLD (OUTSIDE BURGUNDY)

    by Decanter

    It’s the grape that stars in some of the world’s most expensive and rarest red wines when grown in its home territory of Burgundy. But how is it performing elsewhere? Our expert panel tasted the best of the rest to find out. Stephen Brook appraises the results …

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  • THE BEST CHARDONNAYS IN THE WORLD (OUTSIDE BURGUNDY)

    by Decanter

    CHARDONNAY, MOST WINE lovers agree, is the noblest white grape variety (we’ll allow Riesling enthusiasts a dissenting voice). But at least four decades have gone by since it was a monopoly of the Burgundy region and …

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  • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE TOP 100

    by SF Gate

    Top 100 Wines of 2013

    Second year in a row this wine makes the list, but John Raytek’s work with fruit from the biodynamically farmed Forestville vineyard of his wife Phoebe’s family remains a California…

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  • BLINDINGLY BURGUNDIAN

    by Rare Wine Company

    Ceritas' 2010 Porter-Bass Chardonnay

    For our money, no one in Northern California comes closer to a Burgundian ideal than John Raytek at Ceritas. His vineyards are on “The True” Sonoma Coast…

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