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FRICK Grenache Blanc 2013 Estate Owl Hill Vineyard Dry Creek Valley, California 92 Points | “Highly Recommended” Frick Winery’s Grenache Blanc is, vintage after vintage, a thing of beauty and rarity. There are only four acres of Grenache Blanc, a traditional … 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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PICK of the RACK: The Federalist | Zinfandel | Dry Creek Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2011 | $23 (Avg.) | 90 pts

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Here is an intriguing and unconventional Zinfandel from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley that offers much complexity and individuality at a modest price. This is no jammy fruit bomb; it is driven, rather,  by savory earth, spice, and botanical  impressions — notably aromas of campfire, smoked meat, and incense … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Director’s Cut | Cinema | Sonoma County | California | 2009 | $30 (Avg.) | 90 pts

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley (not to be confused with Coppola’s Inglenook Estate — the crown jewel of California winemaking history located across the mountains in Napa Valley) produces a broad array of wines over a wide range of price points. If you … Continue reading

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WEEKEND WINE PICK: Sebastiani | Cabernet Sauvignon | Sonoma County | California | 2012 | $15 (Avg) | 87 pts

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Sonoma County’s historic Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, now owned by Bill Foley, consistently impresses us with varietal wines that are personable, affordable, and well-crafted.  A fitting example is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which offers equal doses of sophistication and drinkability.  On the nose are notes of blueberry … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Jenner Vineyards | Chardonnay | Sonoma Coast AVA | Sonoma County | California | 2010 | $18 | 90 pts

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This Chardonnay is vivid and pure, with aromas of lemon meringue pie, lime zest, and lemongrass followed by flavors of green apple, orange marmalade, and baked peach.  It’s medium-bodied with acids that are crisp and tangy, and there’s just enough oak to leave a creamy (though … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Porter Creek Vineyards | Viognier | Timbervine Ranch | Russian River Valley AVA | Sonoma County | California | 2011 | $36 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  aromatic; honeysuckle; dried apricots; marzipan Character:  dry; full-bodied; honeyed & spicy; velvety & viscous; zingy acids Flavors:  nectarine; quince; candied ginger & orange peel; ripe banana; dusting of white pepper Food Pairing:  cheese plate; crispy oriental dishes; foie gras   … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Alouette | Pinot Noir | Sonoma County | California | 2011 | $25 | 92 pts

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Aromas: aromatic violets and spice; red grapefruit peel; cherry & raspberry notes Character: full-bodied, lush & fruit-driven; mineral undertones; medium tannins and vivid acids; mild oak Flavors: ripe black raspberry & boysenberry; tangy pomegranate; touch of mint Food Pairing: food-friendly – medium-sharp cheeses; … Continue reading

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QUICK SIP: Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery | Merlot | Kreck Vineyards | Alexander Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2009 | $28 | 89 pts

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Mill Creek is a small estate winery owned and operated by three generations of the Kreck family.  Founders Bill and Yvonne Kreck planted their vineyards in 1965, and in 1974 established the winery in Healdsburg at the southern end of Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.  … Continue reading

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QUICK SIP: Joseph Phelps | Fogdog | Pinot Noir | Freestone Vineyards | Sonoma Coast | California | 2010 | $35 | 89 pts

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Here’s a spirited Pinot Noir from Joseph Phelps’ Freestone Vineyards, located in the cool and rugged Sonoma Coast region just inland from the Pacific coastline. Aromas of huckleberries and anise lead to flavors of ripe red berries, allspice, and lavender, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Field Stone Winery | Sangiovese | Lucio’s Block | Alexander Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2010 | $25 | 88 pts

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Aromas: raspberry; pink grapefruit; touch of tea Character: medium-bodied; moderate tannins; bright, medium-high acidity; vivid, savory, and refreshing; creamy texture; subtle oak Flavors: Rainier cherry; dried cranberry; red bell pepper; accents of dried basil, cinnamon, & chocolate Food Pairing:  medium-sharp cheeses; tomato-based pasta … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Buena Vista Winery | The Count | Founder’s Red Wine | Sonoma | California | 2008 | $20 | 88 pts

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Aromas: fragrant; black cherry & plum; anise; mocha Character: dry; full-bodied & fruit-driven; balanced & smooth; medium tannins and acidity; subtle oak Flavors: ripe blackberry; mission fig; roasted plum; touch of smoke Food Pairing: medium-sharp cheeses; pizza & Italian fare   Buena Vista … Continue reading

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