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About Me: Ward Kadel – @drXeNo is the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB), as featured in their documentary short film. He was named a “key influencer” and a “strong community manager” in the seminal white paper on wine + tech, VinTank’s “WE ARE HERE: The State of Wine Industry Social Media.” Raised in and residing in Napa, he is a proud Vintage High Crusher and has been around wine virtually all of his life.

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Mar. 6, 2015 Paul Dolan Vineyards Potter Valley - Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Balzac Communications, 09/08/14.
Drank with dinner at home, 03/04/15.
PDV: "2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County
Paul Dolan Vineyards is located in the heart of Mendocino
County, Northern California, a secluded land of rich
biological diversity and unique microclimates. Grapes
are sourced from meticulously tended vineyards, and our
balanced winemaking practices support each bottling’s
expression of terroir for wines of unforgettable character.
Harvested from Mendocino County’s famed Pinot Noir
regions, this wine exemplifies classic varietal expression
with bright strawberry-rhubarb flavors accented by
elegant aromas of leather and sweet cocoa dust.
Vineyards..........100% Potter Valley, Mendocino County
Cooperage .......Aged 16 months in new and seasoned
oak barrels
Alcohol ............13.5%
TA .........................0.53
pH.........................3.79
Bottled .............March 2014
Cases..................2000
Certification ...Made with organically grown grapes
Certified Organic by C.C.O.F."

  x $30
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to darker garnet density and color in the core, with ruby edges.

Nose: Big earth, drier leather, red plum, and black cherry liqueur in the nose, seems more like syrah.

Palate: Fuller in the palate, this lower-acidity wine also comes off as syrah, in fact tasted blind, I would have been sure of it. All that earthy, leathery savory notes are big here on the palate too, with that same dark, very ripe, cherry liqueur fruit also present. Does not seem like a pinot. - 03/07/2015


Mar. 2, 2015 Scharffenberger Anderson Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2007

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Personal Notes

Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
SC: "The 2007 Pinot Noir is a blend of nine Clones from Perkins-Clark, Dach-Pinoli, Stollorz, Esther-Clark, Navarro Fairhills and Redwood Grove Vineyards.
Color: Ruby.
Aromas: Complex, spicy black fruit, balanced with French oak vanilla.
Mouth: Fleshy with balanced acidity, medium body and soft tannins.
100% de-stemmed fruit
Manual punching down
20% Cold maceration
100% Malolactic fermentation
Aged 11 months French oak (20% new)
Light filtration to bottle
Alcohol:"

  x $N/A
Tasting Notes
& Comments


Color: Medium garnet in the color, with light-orange edges and light to-medium in density.

Nose: Great earthy, ripe, drier red fruit here with tarter rhubarb and some dried cola notes.

Palate: Light-bodied, this is pretty silky in the mouth with smoke, some chalky notes, and tart cranberry fruit. The finish goes juicier, with more smoke finishing it off. Good, more time left: OldWorldWK. - 03/03/2015


Mar. 2, 2015 Scharffenberger Mendocino County Excellence Brut Rosé NV

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Personal Notes

Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
SC: "Scharffenberger Cellars was founded in 1981 with the commitment to the making of ultra premium sparkling wines, which are today established among America’s finest.
WINEMAKING
Scharffenberger Rosé is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process – the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Most of the base wines underwent malolactic fermentation which softens and rounds out the blend. The grapes are sourced from our vineyards in the Anderson Valley as well as other premium quality vineyards in Mendocino County with whom we have long term contracts. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.
WINEMAKER NOTES
Pale salmon hue with integrated aromas of fresh raspberry jam and wild strawberries on a cream- covered pastry base. The flavors are layered, round, fresh, fruity and long.
Blend: 50% Pinot noir (4.5% red wine) / 50% Chardonnay
En Tirage: Two years on the yeast.
Titratable Acidity: 0.75
pH: 3.26
Residual Sugar: 1%
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 2900 cases
The Mytik Diamant closure is an agglomerated sparkling wine closure made from cork particles that are of smaller size than that of traditional sparkling wine closures. These smaller particles allow for a better cleaning and removal of potential organoleptic contaminants, using carbon dioxide in its “supercritical form”. That is the state is which the CO2 is in between its liquid and gaseous phases. This transitory state gives the CO2 both the extraction powers of the liquid phase and the penetration powers of the gaseous phase. Supercritical CO2 is widely used for applications such as the extraction of caffeine from coffee and the; extraction of aromas from plant material for perfume; extraction of bitterness from hop in beer making; dry cleaning; etc.
The other difference is that the Mytik closure is made without the 2 natural cork disks of the traditional closure, thus eliminating another risk of quality/sensory variation.
We have been conducting trials with this new closure since 2004 and have been consistently happy with the results. We chose this closure for the Rosé because we feel it will help protect the delicate fruity aromas of the wine and prevent variations in bouquet from one bottle to the next."

  x $23
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Beautiful light coral in color, with a tighter bead.

Nose: Beautiful bright cherry fruit here, with blood orange citrus notes and light fruit blossom florals.

Palate: Great blood orange acidity here, with tarter cherry as well, alongside a rounder mouthfeel and finishing with vibrant acidity. Good. - 03/03/2015


Feb. 25, 2015 Scharffenberger Mendocino County Blanc de Blancs 2007

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
SC: "SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS
2007 BLANC DE BLANCS
Scharffenberger Cellars was founded in 1981 with the commitment to the making of ultra premium sparkling wines, which are today established among America’s finest.
WINEMAKING
Scharffenberger 2007 Blanc de Blancs is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process – whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The blend is 100% Chardonnay, 100% cuvée juice. Half the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, which softens and rounds out the blend. The grapes are sourced from our vineyards in the Anderson Valley as well as other premium quality vineyards in Mendocino County with whom we have long term contracts. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.
WINEMAKER NOTES
Appearance: Pale straw, fine bead
Nose: Toasty, vanilla cream, fresh peach/lemon citrus
Palate: Creamy, peach pastry, long and round
En Tirage: 5+ years on the yeast.
Titratable Acidity: 0.9
pH: 3.15
Residual Sugar: 0.8%
Alcohol: 12%
Production: 513 cases"

  x $N/A
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very pale yellow in color, with a robust mousse and bead that is medium in size.

Nose: Great, light citrus here of lemon, with lemon floral notes.

Palate: Very clean palate here, with more lemon alongside good minerality. They are balanced by lighter toasty notes and lime citrus out to the juicy nectarine and toasted finish. - 02/26/2015


Feb. 25, 2015 Domaine Anderson Anderson Valley Rosé of Pinot 2013

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
RE: "297 cases"

  x $20
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very pale coral.

Nose: Very bright, almost candied cherry and strawberry aromas here.

Palate: Very light-bodied palate, with candied cherry here as well, but not sweet, and balanced by the light citrus acidity in the clean finish. - 02/26/2015


Feb. 24, 2015 Elizabeth Chambers Cellar Willamette Valley Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Gregory White PR 02/12/14. Drank with a winter dinner, 02/24/15.
ECC: "92 Points & Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast, 2014

Tasting Notes

This cuvée epitomizes the winery’s Pinot Noir style – a preference for balanced oak, softer tannins, and fully ripened, but delicate fruit flavors. 2011 was characterized by even ripeness, with fruit selected from Freedom Hill Vineyard and Lazy River Vineyard. A beautiful wine characterized by darker fruit, notably red cherries, as well as sweeter notes of black licorice and sassafras.
Vineyard Notes

Freedom Hill Vineyard & Lazy River Vineyard
Pairings

Grilled salmon
Ratings

92 Points, Wine Enthusiast, August 2014
Awards

Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice, August 2014
Wine Information

Vintage 2011
Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Willamette Valley
Acid 5.1 g/L
PH 3.79
Aging 18 months in barrel
Ageability Now through 2020
Alcohol % 13.3"

  x $32
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium in density, clear, slightly burnished garnet with its four years of age.

Nose: Smoky and earthy red fruit of cherry, cranberry, and tart raspberry make up this very inviting nose, complete with integrating toasted oak.

Palate: Very good here as well, with great balanced acidity, to accompany the earthy, floral red fruit of drier cranberry, red cherry fruit, along with dried red currants. Silky mouthfeel and tannin out to the toasted, tea leaf, finish: NewWorldWK. - 02/25/2015


Feb. 20, 2015 Roederer Estate Anderson Valley L'Ermitage 2005

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
RE: "52% Ch, 48% PN, 789 cases"

  x $98
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very big mousse here, with a light canary color and extremely fine bead.

Nose: Brighter white pitted fruit and dried citrus right of the bat, then some light toastiness near the rim.

Palate: Big mousse here as well, with that bouncing tight bead on the tongue. Fruit is a mix of fresh and dried green apple and citrus, alongside white raisin, bready toast, and nice florals out into the refreshing finish. Good: OldWorldWK. - 02/20/2015


Feb. 20, 2015 Toulouse Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer 2013

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
TV: "In 2005, Vern and Maxine entered their first vintage, the 2002 Toulouse Estate Pinot Noir, in the San Francisco Chronicle’s annual October Mendocino Pinot Noir wine judging event. Of the 43 Mendocino County Pinot Noir wines, Toulouse was the panel’s favorite. By the end of the year, the 2002 Toulouse Estate was selected as one of the Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2005. Recently, the Toulouse Estate 2005 Pinot Noir received a 91 point rating in the Wine Spectator and was “Best of Class” in the 2007 National Women’s Wine Competition. Toulouse’s scenic vineyard is established as a proven site that has produced 94 point wines. Their fruit is purchased by some of the most renowned winemakers in Anderson Valley, such as the McPhail Family Wines, Phillips-Hill Estates, and Baxter Winery. While Pinot is their mainstay wine, they produce a Rose of Pinot Noir and a Riesling, both grown at Toulouse. In addition, a Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are produced. The fruit is purchased from other Anderson Valley growers."

  x $24
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to brighter golden in tone here, with clear edges.

Nose: Distinct ginger fills the glass here, with some pear and tropical fruit, brightened by lime citrus.

Palate: Asian spice abounds on the clean and zesty palate, with that same ginger and tropical fruit. It's almost a liquid Asian salad here, with bit of spice in the very zesty finish, as well. - 02/20/2015


Feb. 20, 2015 Lichen Anderson Valley Solera V2 Pinot Noir NV

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
LE: "HARVEST DATES

September 29, 2011; September 18, 21, & 30, 2012
CHEMISTRY

Brix at Harvest: 22.4° to 24.6°
Alcohol: 13.65%
pH: 3.62
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0%
BOTTLES CRAFTED

1608 x 750 ml bottles (134 cases)
RELEASE

October 1, 2013
ESTATE VINEYARD

Seven acres of estate vines overlook Highway 128 from the 203-acre Lichen Estate in Anderson Valley. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprises 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Approximately 30,000 vines comprised of six blocks and four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard, & 667) on three rootstocks (101-14, 420A, and 161-49); and two blocks of Pinot Gris (148 & 152) on two rootstocks (161-49 and SO4). The 2012 vintage marked the vineyard’s fifth leaf, and its first substantial crop. Average yield: 1.67 pounds per vine.

CELLAR

Lichen Estate takes the “solera” approach common in Sherry to this multi-vintage blend. Lichen’s first Solera Pinot Noir combines the estate vineyard’s entire first harvest of 2011 (two barrels) with six barrels of the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir. Six barrels drawn down for bottling in 2013, with two barrels left to combine with 2013 harvest and beyond. For the Solera Volume 2 we added 6 barrels of the 2013 vintage, bottled six of the eight barrels in August 2014 and kept two of the blend. Fermentation: 14-17 days; 1.1 to 1.7 ton lots; 5 to 6 day cold soaks; gentle pump-overs followed by hand punch-downs; and 2 to 3 day extended maceration. Barrels: Françoise Frere, 3-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast.

TASTING NOTES

This multi-vintage blend (2011-2013) is named for the time-honored aging and blending process used to create the world’s great Sherries and Madeiras. Ripe red fruit aromas mingle with toasted oak and tobacco scents, and the wine adds traditional rhubarb and strawberry in its complex bouquet of flavors, all textured like raw silk. As you enjoy the first “Solera” from Lichen, reflect that two barrels were kept to blend into future Soleras. "

  x $40
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light ruby and garnet in the core, with bright ruby edges.

Nose: Flinty toast at first, then dark and ripe red fruit comes in, finishing smoky at the rim.

Palate: Medium full body with coating tannin, this wine is still integrating all of its components. Floral red fruit comes into the mid-palate, with big acidity into the finish. I've never even thought of a solera-method pinot, so I'm unsure how it will end up, but I think its worth waiting a year or two to drink! - 02/20/2015


Feb. 19, 2015 Meyer Family Cellars Anderson Valley Donnelly Creek Chardonnay 2013

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Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
MFC: "2013 Chardonnay
Donnelly Creek Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Technical Sheet
Harvest Notes
Owing to the previous year's large crop, many expected the vines to be taxed and 2013 to be a small and early
harvest. However, the spring of 2013 could not have been more perfect: sunny, mid 70's weather and an
exceptional flowering, though the result was a pretty average-sized crop after all. Additionally, there was little
to no rain, which forewarned the possibility of drought. On the plus side were the near-perfect growing
conditions which did indeed lead to an early harvest.
Tasting Notes
This is certainly the ripest Chardonnay that we have produced, with aromas of nectarine and honeysuckle
jumping out of the glass, along with a hint of apricot. The palate remains true to form with acidity and minerality
giving the wine a refreshing finish. Aging in 20% new French oak has added hints of clove and cinnamon. This
vintage spent a couple more weeks on lees and two more months in barrel and as a result has a slightly richer
palate than our previous Chardonnays.
Wine making Notes
The grapes were harvested early in the morning and whole bunch pressed into tank. After 48 hours settling
the juice was racked into French oak barrels (20% new). The barrels were not inoculated and 5 days later wild
yeast began to noticeably ferment. After about 15 days the barrels were inoculated with malo-lactic bacteria as
the ferments fmished. The barrels were topped and stirred six times over an eight week period, at which time
they were racked off lees.
Meyer Family Chardonnay 2013 Facts
Harvest Date:
Varietal:
Barrel Age:
Appellation:
Bottled:
Bottle Size:
Production:
Alcohol:
Total Acidity:
pH:
September 16th
100% Chardonnay
9 months
20% new French oak
80% neutral oak
Anderson Valley
June 18'h, 2014
750ml
459cases
14.3% by vol.
5.3g/L
3.53"

  x $26
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Pale green/yellow in the core, with almost clear edges.

Nose: Instant minerals here, then deeper pear and more red apple with toast.

Palate: Medium, very smooth body and feel here, with juicy pear and apple fruit. Those minerals come in during the juicy finish, replete with a bit of lime citrus to freshen up the toastiness. - 02/20/2015


Feb. 19, 2015 Meyer Family Cellars Yorkville Highlands Syrah 2011

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Personal Notes

Tasted at the winery/tasting room, during our weekend media stay at Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley, January of 2015. Stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
MFC: "2011 Syrah
Yorkville Highlands
Technical Sheet
Harvest Notes
It was a long and cool summer that allowed the fruit to lounge in the vineyard late into the season. In a vintage
like this, if the weather holds it can be exemplary, and if it doesn't, we must work fast and furious. As it turned
out, October 6th saw 5 inches of rain fall before the Syrah was fully ripe. At times Mother Nature likes to remind
us that we are at her whimsy, and unfortunately we had to drop about 20% of the Syrah in blocks which
experienced rot (fortunately, the Syrah was our only grape variety so affected). The next three weeks were a
whirlwind, but not only are we confident of the quality of fruit that made it into the winery, this could be the
most exciting Syrah we have produced yet.
Tasting Notes
The nose exhibits classic cooler Syrah notes of blueberry, violet, pepper, and wet earth. The hallmark acidity of
this wine is again present on the palate and complemented by a touch of "grit" provided by the small percentage
of Petite Sirah blended into the wine.
Wine making Notes
The fruit cold soaked for 24-hours and was inoculated with yeast the next morning. Pumping over the Syrah
was adjusted in duration and frequency, depending on taste and yeast activity (one to three times per day). The
ferments were pressed off between two and four brix and then returned to tank. Once dry, the wine was racked
off lees and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. MLF was done in tank and barrel, and upon completion,
racked into barrel for 20 months. Though the wine was filtered, owing to its time in barrel, fming was not
necessary.
Meyer Family Syrah 2011 Facts
Harvest Date:
Varietal:
Barrel Age:
Appellation:
Bottled:
Bottle Size:
Production:
Alcohol:
Total Acidity:
pH:
October 15th- October 21st
95% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
20 months
Y arkville Highlands
June 27th, 2013
750ml
1645 cases
12.7% by vol.
6.0g/L
3.74"

  x $28
Tasting Notes
& Comments


Color: Deep and dark red/purple core, with violet edges.

Nose: Big toasty oak at first, then great earth, meat and game come in, to accompany the deep and rip black and red cherry fruit.

Palate: Great mouth here, with deep and dark, ripe fruit from the nose, then game, earth and more integrated oak come into the coating tannin and balanced acidity in the finish. Great value for such high quality: QPRWK. - 02/20/2015


Feb. 18, 2015 Lula Cellars Mendocino Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted with the winemaker, Jeff Hansen, at his tasting room while staying at the winery in Jan of 2015. Media stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
LC: "The 2012 vintage marks the fifth release of our Mendocino Pinot Noir blend.
The finished wine comes from the grapes of two different vineyards on the coast.
The vineyards were planted in 1998, using three different clones of Pinot Noir. The vines are farmed to produce no more than two tons of fruit per acre.
This world class Pinot Noir is a blend of 35% Pommard, 30% Dijon #115, 15% Dijon #777 and 20% #667 clones. The Pommard clone gives the wine most of its fruit. The Dijon #667 adds fruit to the blend. Dijon #115 gives aromatics and the #777 gives color, backbone and structure to the finished wine. The wine was entirely handmade in small fermentation vats. No pumps or mechanical devices were used during the fermentation process.
The four different clones were barrel aged separately for twelve months in 50% new French oak barrels. Once the final blend was achieved, the wine was returned to barrels for an additional six months to allow the clones/wines to marry together.
The wine is loaded with cranberry and black cherry. The nose shows rose petals and coriander. The finished wine is elegant, with profound structure. The new French oak is perfectly integrated.
It may very well be our finest vintage to date from these two vineyards!

Food Pairing: Our 2012 Mendocino Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, seared duck breast and grilled lamb chops.

Cases produced: 600 cases"

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium garnet in color, medium vibrancy, with medium to darker density.

Nose: Deep red fruit here, ripe, with light toast. Some earth and minerality comes in underneath.

Palate: Medium in body, this wine has darker, ripe red fruit on the palate as well, with still integrating acidity and a mouth that is evolving to more of a silky tannin and feel. Flinty earth into the finish, along with some char. - 02/19/2015


Feb. 18, 2015 Lula Cellars Mendocino Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted with the winemaker, Jeff Hansen, at his tasting room while staying at the winery in Jan of 2015. Media stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
LC: "The 2012 vintage marks the first release of our Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir as a vineyard designate. The Peterson vineyard is located in the mountain town of Comptche, which is eight miles east of the Coastal Village of Mendocino, at 700 feet above sea level. The vineyards were planted in 1998, using four different clones of Pinot Noir. The vines are farmed to produce no more than two tons of fruit per acre.

This world class Pinot Noir is a blend of 10% Pommard, 30% Dijon #115, 30% #667 and 30% Dijon #777 clones. The Pommard clone gives the wine its fruit. The Dijon #115 gives aromatics, the #667 adds fruit to the blend and the #777 gives color, backbone and structure to the finished wine. The wine was entirely handmade in small fermentation vats. No pumps or mechanical devices used during the fermentation process.

The four different clones were barrel aged separately for twelve months in 50% new French oak barrels. Once the final blend was achieved, the wine was returned to barrels for an additional six months to allow the clones/wines to marry together.

The wine shows bacon and Asian spices on the nose. Flavors of cranberry and strawberry fill the palate. The finished wine is rich and full bodied.

Food Pairing: Our 2012 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, seared duck breast and grilled lamb chops.

Cases produced: 600 cases"

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments


Color: Medium to darker ruby in density, but very bright ruby in color.

Nose: Deeper red fruit abounds here, with sweeter ripe consistency, and deep cherry berry underneath. Light dusty earth near the rim.

Palate: A very round and silky palate of medium body begins the palate, with smooth red and juicy red fruit, balanced by great earthy notes and fantastic acidity. Will be even better in a couple years: KeeperWK! - 02/19/2015


Feb. 18, 2015 Lula Cellars Mendocino Costa Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted with the winemaker, Jeff Hansen, at his tasting room while staying at the winery in Jan of 2015. Media stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
LC: "The 2012 vintage marks the first release of Costa Vineyards Pinot Noir as a single vineyard source. The five acre vineyard this wine comes from is a hidden jewel located in the mountain town of Comptche, which is eight miles east of the Coastal Village of Mendocino, at 700 feet above sea level. The vineyard has two different clones of Pinot Noir, Pommard and Dijon #115. The vines are farmed to produce no more than two tons of fruit per acre. The finished wine is a blend of 65% Pommard and 35% Dijon #115 clones. The Pommard clone gives the wine its fruit. The Dijon #115 gives the wine its aromatic quality. The wine was entirely handmade in small fermentation vats. At no time were pumps or mechanical devices used during the fermentation process.

The two different clones were barrel aged separately for twelve months in 50% new French oak barrels. Once the final blend was achieved, the wine was returned to barrels for an additional six months to allow the two clones/wines to marry together.

The finished wine has classic aromatics of tea and rose petal. The flavors of black raspberries and plum take center stage on the palate. The French oak flavor is perfectly integrated. True to its mountain origins, the wine is ruby/garnet in color, rich and full bodied!

Food Pairing: Our 2012 Costa Vineyards Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with grilled salmon, seared duck breast and grilled lamb chops.

Cases produced: 600 cases"

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium-dark in tone, with bright ruby core in the core and lesser-so in the edges.

Nose: Light, good dusty red fruit aromas abound, with cranberry near the rim.

Palate: Great juicy red fruit here, with light flinty earth. Very light and silky tannin balances fruit and lighter body, finishing with great food-centric acidity. Good. - 02/19/2015


Feb. 18, 2015 Lula Cellars Mendocino Mariah Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted with the winemaker, Jeff Hansen, at his tasting room while staying at the winery in Jan of 2015. Media stay courtesy of Chalkboard Communications.
LC: "Our 2012 Zinfandel is crafted from grapes grown at Mariah Vineyards on Mendocino Ridge. The vineyard was planted in 1980, and is situated at the 2,600 foot elevation. The vines are dry farmed, meaning that the only water they receive comes from winter rainfall, which is the secret to growing world-class Zinfandel grapes. Mariah Vineyards proprietors Dan and Vicki Dooling have a passion for growing grapes that is matched by a select few in our industry.

The wine has currant and jammy blackberry aromas that burst forward at first whiff and remain juicy and supple in the mouth, with traces of herbs and spice highlighting the clearly defined fruit. The ample fleshy fruit is lush and dense without being heavy in any way; it is simply full of brightness and vitality.

True to its mountain origins, the wine is dark, rich and full-bodied!

Only 358 cases produced!"

  x $29
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium-dark, bright ruby red core, with light red edges.

Nose: Bright red fruit here, with great flint and dried herbs and floral notes. Interesting nose for a zin.

Palate: Medium-bodied, this wine shows anise and good herbs and florals here, as well. Some dry earth comes in during the mid-palate out to the finish of bright red fruit and light tannin. - 02/19/2015


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