Category Archives: New World

Streicker | Old Vine Chardonnay | Margaret River | Australia | 2012 | $35 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” It is not very often that we happen across an “Old Vine” Chardonnay (unlike Zinfandel), so this selection from Streicker in Australia’s Margaret River wine region piqued our curiosity. Sourced from the winery’s oldest vineyard — the Ironstone … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: M*T Reserve | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2013 | $50 | 93 Points

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“Highly Recommended” From Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, here is another fascinating exercise in the co-fermentation (“field blending”) of different grape varieties. / The first Troon co-fermented wine we tasted, and recently reviewed, was their “Longue Carabine” white … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: Zinfandel | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2014 | $20 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Here is a rock-solid, modestly priced Zinfandel from Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. The winery’s founder, Dick Troon, first planted Zinfandel in 1972, and this wine was sourced from some of those original vines. It … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: Longue Carabine | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2014 | $34 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Named in tribute to the pioneers who settled the Oregon Territory in the 1800s, Troon Vineyard’s Longue Carabine (“Long Rifle”) is a distinctive and delectable blend of Vermentino (38.5%), Viognier (33%), Marsanne (33%), and Roussanne (1.5%) sourced from … Continue reading

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Succulent Margaret River Reds: Streicker Syrah 2012 ~ 92 Points; & Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2014 ~ 91 Points

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Streicker | Syrah | Margaret River | Australia   2012 | 92 Points “Highly Recommended” Sourced from the cool climate Bridgeland Vineyard (planted 1998) in Australia’s Margaret River wine region on the country’s western coast, Streicker’s 2012 Syrah is a … Continue reading

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Grace Patriot | 2013 Tempranillo 91 Points | 2012 Tempriano 91 Points | Two Alluring Variations on a Classic Spanish Variety

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We first introduced you to Grace Patriot Wines and their El Dorado Tempranillo (the outstanding 2007) in 2013 (see our feature review at the LINK), and since then the Grace Family have continued to demonstrate that this classic Spanish variety … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Raising the Bar for Winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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We have traveled up and down the historic Shenandoah Valley, in western Virginia, for many years. The valley is rich with mountain scenery, quaint agrarian towns, a four seasons (including ski) resort, and a growing number of wineries — now … Continue reading

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Two Distinguished Paso Robles Reds from Vina Robles

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  Two of their current-release red wines — crafted by winemaker Kevin … Continue reading

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2015 WINERY & WINES OF THE YEAR: Derby Wine Estates

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As 2015 draws to a close, the National Wine Review is naming Derby Wine Estates in Paso Robles, California, as our Winery of the Year, and Derby’s 2011 Fifteen 10 White and 2010 Fifteen 10 Red as our Wines of … Continue reading

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Frick Winery | Two Rhone Blends | Dry Creek Valley | California

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Bill Frick is a genteel man and skilled practitioner of gentle winemaking. Bill specializes in Rhone varieties, which he grows on the 7.7 acre estate he founded with his late wife Judith Gannon in 1976 in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek … Continue reading

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Derby Wine Estates | Mourvèdre | Paso Robles | California | 2011 | $34 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” We introduced you to Derby Wine Estates this past July, with a review of their outstanding “Fifteen 10” red and white Rhone blends (93 points each) and “Implico” Bordeaux blend (91 points). (Revisit our feature review at this … Continue reading

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Macchia Wines | “Delicious” | Barbera | Lodi | California | 2013 | $20 | 88 Points

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“Recommended” Here is another “delicious” red varietal wine from Macchia Wines’ 2013 vintage roster. (This follows our recent review of Macchia’s 2013 “Dubious” Petite Sirah — 93 Points — which you can revisit at the link: Dubious) This is a … Continue reading

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