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RN Estate 2015 Chardonnay Solomon Hills Santa Maria Valley

This is Roger Nicolas’s first chardonnay and it sure is a winner. Aromas of wet slate and lemon curd lead gently to more minerality on the palate with hints of lemon and tropical fruit. A long finish with a slight […]

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RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Artistes

RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Artistes

We are long-time members of the RN Estate wine club. Today, as I was browsing the Eurocave™ I spotted this beauty on the shelf. Before I write about

Heitz Cellar 2010 Trailside Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve had this for a year or two and decided to open it for Easter dinner. Aromas of vanilla, plums, and other dark fruit. On the palate silky

Passalacqua 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon TJ Passalacqua Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

We probably waited too long to open this. The aromas are a bit flat, featuring redwood bark and ripe Santa Rosa plums. The palate is multi-layered, opening with

RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Trois Cépages

Opened a bottle of RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Trois Cépages tonight and it is terrific. Aromas of black cherries, blackberries and a hint of licorice. Long, complex

Heitz Bottles Heitz Cellart Vertical at Artisan

Heitz Cellars Vertical at Artisan

On October 8 our very good friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us for an exceptional tasting event. They were hosting a Heitz Cellars Vertical at Artisan. Heitz

Heitz Bottles Heitz Cellart Vertical at Artisan

Heitz Cellars Visits Artisan

October 8 was a special day at Artisan Wine Depot.  Heitz Cellars was pouring a vertical of their cabernets.  The oldest was 1998 (!!).  We'll post a full

RN Estate Malbecs

RN Estate Malbec Vertical

For Labor Day we cracked open a couple of malbecs that had been in the cellar for a while. Both were from the infamous RN Estate. We’ve written

Crawford Family Wines

The End of Bad Pinots? Garagiste Visits Solvang Overview

Garagiste Southern Exposure, Solvang, February, 2016 from Norma Schroder on Vimeo. On February 11 we headed south. Our objective was the Southern Exposure edition of the California Garagistes on

Walt Mascot Hall and Walt at Artisan

Hall and Walt at Artisan

Our friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us over for a tasting of Hall and Walt wines. We’ve written about Walt before (and consumed several bottles of their

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