napa valley cabernet sauvignon nichols wine company

Wine
The Nichols Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a hillside, rocky vineyard on the eastern ridge of the valley near Soda Canyon. This densely-planted hillside is famous for its capacity to produce wines of “mountainside” structure with ripe, “valley floor” intensity. In 2012, mild temperatures made for a longer growing season than usual in this low-yielding vineyard. These factors contribute to the Nichols’ fine balance of plush, black current fruit, fully ripened tannins, and dense minerality.
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By |October 20th, 2014|tasting notes|Comments Off

arroyo grande pinot noir classique benoni

Wine
The 2013 vintage marked the second abundant harvest in a row in Arroyo Grande. There was little rain during the growing season, and the dry conditions in the spring provided an excellent “fruit set.” The drought continued through the harvest in this relatively cool AVA, providing ripe, pristine fruit.

In the glass, the Benoni “Arroyo Grande Classique” Pinot Noir has a brilliant garnet color. The nose blossoms with wild strawberry and raspberry with undertones of stony earth. On the palate, the […]

By |October 9th, 2014|tasting notes|Comments Off

coteaux du languedoc saint-christol cuvée prestige domaine bort

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Frédéric Bort and his father Richard gradually acquired their sixty hectare of vines over many years. None of the land was “inherited,” and neither father or son come from a long line of winegrowers. But they always saw the potential for this land to produce “fine” wines despite it’s history for mass-production of cheap wine.

The two are in the process of converting all farming to “biologique” (organic), plowing with horses and giving up the use of herbicides. The windy, warm […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|tasting notes|Comments Off

menetou-salon domaine minchin

Wine
Bertrand Minchin grew up in a family of farmers and winegrowers. After a short career playing rugby, he returned to his Loire Valley roots and help direct the family’s farming interests more towards winegrowing in the appellation of Menetou-Salon where his grandfather had produced wine before World War II.

He and his wife, Albane established the Domaine Minchin in Menetou in the late 1980s and grew the estate’s reputation. Their south-facing vineyards are planted to an extreme density of nearly […]

valençay le claux delorme blanc domaine minchin

Wine
Bertrand Minchin grew up in a family of farmers and winegrowers. After a short career playing rugby, he returned to his Loire Valley roots and help direct the family’s farming interests more towards winegrowing in the appellation of Menetou-Salon where his grandfather had produced wine before World War II.

He and his wife, Albane established the Domaine Minchin in Menetou in the late 1980s and grew the estate’s reputation. In 2004 the two purchased vineyard land in the nearby VDQS, Valençay, […]