bacharacher riesling kabinett feinherb weingut ratzenberger

The Ratzenberger family moved to the Mittelrhein from East Germany in the 1950s, and young Jochen Ratzenberger first began to make wine in 1994. The 8-hectare estate, west and north of the town of Bacharach, includes holdings in the three steep vineyards of blue-black Devon slate: Steeger St. Jost, Posten, and Wolfshöhle.
This is ripe, stony, and just “off-dry” dry wine. An assemblage of all the estate fruit grown on the hill that towers over the town of Bacharach, this is wine so […]

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cadillac chateau labatut-bouchard

Facing the famous vineyards of Sauternes, Chateau Labatut-Bouchard enjoys a perfect location on top of a hill overlooking Garonne. The property is located at the end of the limits designating Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, and Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire.
After 7 generations in the Bouchard family Frédéric Mehaye purchased the estate in 1998. He is also the proprietor of Château Sipian in the Médoc. Frédéric brought the work ethic, learned at his mother’s side, both to Sipian […]

napa valley cabernet sauvignon gravelly loam fiancetto

In the glass, this sleek Napa Valley Cabernet has a dark garnet, glass-coating color. Ripe blackberries, crushed violets, sweet herbs, and even a fleeting suggestion of toasted pecans move in and out of the background as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is meaty and dense, infused with ripe black fruit that echoes the nose, including a mineral-saturated core of damson plum preserves and wild blueberries, all seasoned with dark cocoa and black tea; while fine-grained Napa Valley […]

santa barbara county pinot noir kickon ranch ojai vineyard

Adam Tolmach has been making wine in California for over 30 years, and has been a driving force in the in the Central Coast since his days as co-founder of Au Bon Climat. In 1992 he and his wife Helen decided to concentrate on their own winery. Working closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California, his Ojai wines are considered among the best examples of Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Grenache in the state.
“The key to producing […]

willamette valley pinot noir trousse-chemise

Anne Sery Martindale was born on the island of Réunion, an overseas French Department in the Indian Ocean about 450 miles east of Madagascar. Her father was a diplomat and a serious collector of Burgundy, so the family dinner table often featured bottles from producers like Ghislaine Barthod, Christophe Roumier, and Louis Boillot, which sparked Anne’s own passion for Pinot Noir, and led her to pursue winemaking as a profession. In 2008, after graduating from the […]