Category Archives: Alexander Valley

For Medlock Ames in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, 2014 Was a Very Good Year

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Coming on the heels of the exemplary 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 yielded yet another terrific season for grape growing and winemaking in California — and it so happened to be the third consecutive year of severe drought throughout the … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA WINE PICK: Marietta Cellars | Petite Sirah | Alexander Valley | Sonoma Cnty | California | 2009 | $20 | 90 pts

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Marietta Cellars was founded by owner/winemaker Chris Bilbro in 1979, just down the road from the little town of Geyserville, in Sonoma County. Over the years the winery has grown as an all-in-the-family affair, and today Chris makes Marietta’s wines with his son … 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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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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