3/26/2012

Quick Sip: DuNah Estate Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir


Hello Friends,

Just about every Tuesday at 9PM EST, you’ll find me tuned into Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday Live. Proprietor and host Kevin Jordan showcases a number of small family-owned and operated boutique wine producers throughout Sonoma County . My wine blogging buddy @DanGod1 (The Iowa Wino), who is affectionately known in Twitter wine circles as Miles, was thrilled that Scott would be interviewing Rick DuNah of DuNah Vineyard and Winery for this particular broadcast. He was even more thrilled that we would have the opportunity to taste one of Rick’s pre-released wines; the DuNah Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley 2008 Pinot Noir (now you get the aforementioned Miles reference).

DuNah Estate Vineyard RRV 2008 Pinot Noir


DuNah Vineyard and Winery is situated in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small town of Sebastopol and specializes in limited-production Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. All Rick’s wines are naturally fermented (including secondary fermentation) and non-interventionist techniques are employed in the cellar. Rick says, “This best expresses what the grapes are saying in the vineyard.” Best known for his time spent at Flowers Vineyards and Winery (very good Pinot Noir producer), winemaker Greg La Follette, who specializes in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, makes wines for DuNah. The DuNah Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley 2008 Pinot Noir marries traditional Burgundian style characteristics with new world flair. In the glass, the wine displays a bright translucent ruby red color with inviting and complex [perfumed] black cherry and cranberry aromas with soft earthy undertones, a sprinkling of Asian five-spice powder, cedar, and dried rose petal nuances. The aromas follow through to the palate where they integrate nicely with layered flavors, a smooth, soft texture, and a pleasing lengthy finish. My wine blogging friends @DanGod1 (aka Miles), @awanderingwino, and @tampawinewoman all gave this wine two thumbs stems up. The DuNah Estate Vineyard RRV 2008 Pinot Noir is priced at $45 (fair IMO) and Rick suggests pairing it with salmon or red meat dishes and goes on to add, “the style is such it goes with just about everything.” Due to the very limited production (a few hundred cases) of this Pinot Noir, the best way to secure a bottle is by using the links below. Cheers!

To view the winemaker interview with Rick on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the DuNah Estate website.

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3/19/2012

Quick Sip: Francis Coppola 2009 Claret

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2009 Claret [Cabernet Sauvignon]. Claret is the name Francis Coppola uses for the flagship wine in their Diamond Collection brand (created in 1996). The intent of the Francis Coppola's Diamond Collection brand is to make wines of good quality that are affordable and enjoyable for all. Traditionally, Claret is an age-old term (circa 1600’s) originally used by the British to describe good quality red wines from Bordeaux. Due to an agreement [standards of identity] signed by the United States and the European Community, only wine producers who were already using the name "Claret" before 2006 can label their wine as such. Other familiar names affected by this agreement include Burgundy, Chablis, Champagne, Port, etc.

Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2009 Claret


The Francis Coppola 2009 Claret is a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties (81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec, 3% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc). Cabernet Sauvignon, the dominant variety in this wine, is capable of producing a wide range of styles from easy-drinking to highly intense with firm tannins. The Francis Coppola 2009 Claret is fruit-forward and accessible now, offering medium black cherry, red currant, and anise aromas with hints of baking spice and toasted bread nuances. On the palate, the wine has soft and supple tannins with good fruit flavors and a medium length, lingering finish. I revisited this wine the next day and did notice that the fruit had dropped off more than expected. The Francis Coppola 2009 Claret retails for $20, is widely available, and makes for a decent everyday sipper – particularly with grilled fare. In closing, the attractive wire mesh packaging and label honors the first California Cabernet blended in a Bordeaux style done in 1910 by Gustave Niebaum. Cheers to you and cheers to that!

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3/12/2012

Quick Sip: James Family Cellars 2010 Chardonnay


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Last week on Cellars of Sonoma TV Tuesday, host Scott Jordan welcomed special guest Jeff James of James Family Cellars. Jeff, along with his wife Judy, own and operate this micro-boutique Sonoma County winery that focuses on small-lot, hand-crafted wines. The family planted their estate vineyard in 1998 and sold fruit to nearby producers. In 2007, they decided to keep their fruit and start their own label. While specializing in making small lots (under 1k cases per year)of estate-grown Pinot Noir, James Family Cellars also makes a very nice Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – which like the Pinot Noir variety, thrives in some of the cooler areas of Sonoma County. Jeff’s 2010 Chardonnay is aged in new (25%, 8-9 months) and neutral French (75%) oak barrels and goes through partial malolactic fermentation (conversion of a sharper malic acid to a softer lactic acid), which helps the wine retain its natural acidity and freshness. Approximately 240 cases of this Chardonnay were produced. Without further ado, let’s uncork this wine and give it a swirl, sniff, and sip.

The James Family Cellars 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


In my opinion, this Chardonnay falls smack dab in the middle of bright and refreshing [mostly stainless] and the [lower acid] big, buttery, oak-driven styles many people associate with [classic] California Chardonnay. On the nose, this wine boasts inviting aromas of green apple, pear, melon, buttered toast and a touch of vanilla with pretty floral elements. The palate is round and fairly mouth-coating with generous supple fruit flavors and nice balancing acidity that flirts with finesse. The wine finishes with pleasant notes of vanilla, crème brûlée, and citrus accents. For food pairing ideas, Jeff offered two excellent recommendations: fresh Dungeness crab and grilled chicken. The James Family Cellars' 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay retails for $30 and for those in the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) club, this selection may compel you to cancel your membership. Lastly, due to very limited production you probably won’t find Jeff’s wines in stores. Please visit the links below to learn more about James Family Cellars and wine availability. Cheers!

P.S. If you're looking for wallet friendly chardonnay or accessories for wine bottles, use this coupon for Kmart.

To view the winemaker interview with Jeff on Ustream click here. Cheers!

Click here to visit the James Family Cellars website.

Click here to visit the Cellars of Sonoma website.

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3/04/2012

Quick Sip: Chester Gap Cellars 2009 Merlot


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With up-and-coming grape varieties like Viognier and Petit Verdot often in the spotlight, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Virginia is capable of producing some very nice Merlot wines. Merlot is ranked in the top three of the most planted grape varieties in Virginia; only Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc rank higher. I see Merlot as a work-horse variety for Virginia: a grape that does well on its own and is equally important to the state’s Bordeaux-style blends — with much more emphasis on the latter.

Chester Gap Cellars 2009 Merlot


I recently drove out to Rappahannock County and paid a visit to Chester Gap Cellars. This small family owned and operated winery is situated at fairly high elevations and specializes in estate-grown wines. Chester Gap Cellars makes a few nice Viognier wines, but on a brisk fall-like afternoon we opted to enjoy a glass of the Chester Gap Cellar's 2009 Merlot while taking in the picturesque views from the deck. The 2009 vintage is 100% Merlot and opens with inviting wild berry fruit, dark cherry, lingering spice, and shy sweet herbal notes. On the palate, the wine is smooth and well-balanced with a medium-length pleasing finish. For those of you still (even some eight years later) under the spell of the “Sideways effect,” a six ounce pour of this Merlot may be your cure-all. This wine retails for $22 and with spring seemingly here already; grab a bottle, pack a picnic basket (light cheeses, aperitifs), and enjoy the beautiful views from the tasting room or deck. Cheers!

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