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Markur

Location: Napa, California

About Me: I have covered many aspects of the wine business since 1998. In 2007 I embarked on a journey culminating in my 2010 graduation w/a Degree in Enology.

My wine blogging began in 2008 followed by spiritandwine.tumblr.com in 2010.

Now I find myself marketing wines through Social Media where for 2 years I have worked for Hahn Family Wines in the Central Coast.

Conversations at @spiritandwine

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Mar. 19, 2012 Hahn Winery Central Coast GSM Red Wine Blend 2010

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Personal Notes

One of my favorite wines in the Hahn Winery lineup!

  x $14
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Lots of rich berries with spice on the finish - 03/19/2012

Mar. 19, 2012 Hahn Winery Central Coast GSM Red Wine Blend 2010

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Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Zinfandel 2007

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Personal Notes

Intense aromas and layered flavors of plush cherry, black plum and wild strawberry laced with lavender and spice.
Good Zin. I give it 89 points.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Gunbun

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Intense aromas of black cherry, strawberry, nutmeg and white pepper. Layers of plush cherry, black plum and wild strawberry flavors are laced with lavender and spice. Medium- to full-bodied, with a silky, creamy structure and a long finish of rich fruit and spice. Ideal cellar time is two to seven years from vintage date. Pair with short ribs, grilled pork, fresh figs and blue cheeses.
Vineyard Notes:

Sourced primarily from the Estate Vineyard. Rhyolitic Ash and Alluvial Wash soils at 220 feet elevation. Single eight-and-a-half-acre block planted 1976 La Paz clone. Yield 2.0 tons/acre
Production Notes:

Vinification: Harvested by hand in cool morning hours. Destemmed to stainless steel fermenters. Yeast strains Prise de Mousse. 12-day primary fermentation, followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. Gentle pump-overs throughout fermentation. Free run separated from press-fraction. After single racking in tank transferred to barrels. Filtered to bottle. Oak Regimen: 15 months in 100% American oak, 35% new
Production:

1,100 cases produced

Harvest Date: September 16-26
Acid: 0.62g/100ml
PH: 3.89
Bottling Date: March 18, 2010
Alcohol %: 15.4 - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Franc 2007

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Personal Notes

Aromas of violets, dried lavender and fresh berries. Juicy flavors of wild huckleberry and boysenberry. Rich texture and long finish.
We loved this wine. Lots of chocolate on the finish. I gave it 94 points and purchased a bottle. Highly recommend.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Gunbun

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Intense deep color and aromas of violets, dried lavender and fresh berries. Juicy flavors of wild huckleberry and boysenberry are framed by ripe, broad tannins that give the wine a rich texture and notes of tobacco and pencil lead. The long finish is reminiscent of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Vineyard Notes:

Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard Estate grown, produced and bottled Sustainably farmed Rhyolitic Ash and Alluvial Wash soil at 100 feet elevation Single 4.6-acre block planted 1999 Mt. Veeder clone Yield 3.5 tons/acre
Production Notes:

Harvested by hand in cool morning hours Destemmed to stainless-steel fermenters Yeast strain: Lalvin D254 12-day concurrent primary and malolactic fermentation Gentle pumpovers throughout fermentation Free run separated from press-fraction Free run then transferred to barrels Lightly fined as needed and filtered to bottle
Winemaker Notes:

Generous on varietal concentration; stingy on yields. This sums up the outcome of the 2007 growing season and vintage. There was relatively early initiation of budbreak which was followed by nearly perfect, mild climatic conditions throughout most of the season. This mild weather was especially welcomed since winter rainfall was nearly half of normal and so any big heat spikes in the spring or summer would put a lot of strain on water needs. The most pronounced characteristic of the season is small berry size. While leading to short yields, this has led to wines of astounding concentration and expression.
Production:

840 cases
PH: 3.75
Alcohol %: 14.8 - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Tempranillo 2007

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Personal Notes

Layered aromas and flavors of juicy black plum, deep blackberry and pomegranate, with a bit of allspice and fresh tobacco leaf. The firm, smooth tannins.
Great example of domestic Tempranillo. I give it 92 points.
Tasted 11.27.10 at Gunbun

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Layered aromas and flavors of juicy black plum, deep blackberry and pomegranate, with a bit of allspice and fresh tobacco leaf. The firm, smooth tannins add structure and weight, and draw the flavors into a long, chewy finish.
Vineyard Notes:

Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard Estate grown, produced and bottled Huichica clay-loam topsoil with light stream gravel deposits One 4.6-acre vineyard block of Tempranillo Clone UC Davis 2 Yield 2.4 tons/acre
Production Notes:

Harvested by hand in the cool morning hours Yeast strain EC1118 Concurrent primary and malolactic fermentation Fermented 14 days with twice-daily, gentle pump-overs Lightly filtered to bottle Oak Regimen: 14 months in 100% American oak (35% new)
Winemaker Notes:

Generous on varietal concentration; stingy on yields. This sums up the outcome of the 2007 growing season and vintage. There was relatively early initiation of bud break which was followed by nearly perfect, mild climatic conditions throughout most of the season. This mild weather was especially welcomed since winter rainfall was nearly half of normal and so any big heat spikes in the spring or summer would put a lot of strain on water needs. The most pronounced characteristic of the season is small berry size. While leading to short yields, this has led to wines of astounding concentration and expression.
Production:

711 cases
PH: 3.72
Alcohol %: 14.2 - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2008

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Personal Notes

Layered aromas of berries, dried rose petals and spice. Silky palate, and a long elegant finish.
Great Pinot. All the typical components of a Sonoma Coast Pinot. I give 92 points.
Tasted at Gunbun 11.27.10

  x $167.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Deep garnet color and layered aromas of berries, dried rose petals and spice. Silky palate of brambly red and black berry, black cherry and an element of warm earth and forest floor. Vibrant acidity, smooth tannins and fresh fruit flavors draw to a long elegant finish with rich espresso notes. Will continue to improve with three to seven years cellaring from vintage date.
Vineyard Notes:

Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard Estate grown, produced and bottled Sustainably farmed Huichica clay-loam topsoil with light stream gravel deposits 10 vineyard blocks of Pinot Noir harvested in 16 winery lots Heritage selection vines up to 40 years old Seven-year-old Pommard 5, Dijon 115, 667 and 777 clones Yield 2.7 tons/acre
Production Notes:

Night harvested by hand in 10 lots Each lot processed separately based on distinct profile Three- to five-day cold soak Yeast strains RC212 Concurrent primary and malolactic fermentations Each lot fermented ~ ten days with twice-daily, gentle pump-overs Pressed before dryness to complete fermentation in barrel 12 months in 100% French oak (40% new) Fine grain, medium toast Primary cooper Tonellerie Remond
Winemaker Notes:

In 2008, there was more springtime frost than usual, but we were lucky enough to not be greatly affected—unlike some of our neighbors. We found ourselves enduring erratic temperatures in May, with heat spikes followed by cool weather and very little rain. June and July brought heat in combination with smoke strewn across Northern California. Luckily, our grapes were not affected by the smoke to our north. While the harvest was busy at first, mid-September brought cooler weather which slowed ripening, allowing us to catch our breath, and finish out the season calmly. The strong 2008 vintage resulted in concentrated wines, full of distinctive character.
Varietal Composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date: August 29 - Sept 11, 2008
Acid: 0.65g/100ml
Aging: 3.74
Bottling Date: January 2010
Alcohol %: 14.5 - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Tempranillo 2009

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Personal Notes

Packed with layers of wild raspberry, strawberry, bluberry and a touch of tangerine. The crisp finish completes this quenching wine; a perfect summer sipper.
Beautiful rose! Loved it. I give it 92 points.
Tasted 11.27.10 at Gunbun

  x $136.39
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Intense salmon-pink color and lifted floral aromas, the flavors are packed with layers of wild raspberry, strawberry, bluberry and a touch of tangerine. The rich texture and hint of meatiness remind you this is Tempranillo. Bright blueberry and citrus flavors on the crisp finish complete this quenching wine. A perfect summer sipper, or pairing for a light salad of golden beets, blood orange and frisee, the 2009 Tempranillo Rosé also has the complexity to pair with charcuterie, mild cheeses and shellfish.
Production:

292 cases
Other Notes:

Winery Exclusive.
Varietal Composition:
100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Harvest Date: September 2009
Fermentation: 100% Stainless
Bottling Date: February 2010
Alcohol %: 13.8 - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2009

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Personal Notes

Bursting with aromas and flavors of fresh meyer lemon, key lime, asian pear and granny smith apples.
Very lovely example of Chardonnay.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Gunbun

  x $24.98
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Bursting with aromas and flavors of fresh meyer lemon, key lime, asian pear and granny smith apples. Round and lush with good weight, yet refreshing acidity and minerality. Long, mouthwatering finish of citrus with a touch of toffee and cream. An ideal pairing for fish prepared with citrus butter, oysters and all shellfish.
Vineyard Notes:

Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard Estate grown, produced and bottled Sustainably farmed Huichica clay-loam soil with gravel deposits at 75 feet elevation Three distinct blocks of Chardonnay harvested separately Two blocks 30-plus-year-old Wente clone; one block Robert Young clone Yield 3.5 tons/acre
Production Notes:

Night harvested by hand in three lots Each lot processed separately based on distinct profile Whole-cluster pressed Free run and press fractions vinified separately 48 hours cold-settled in stainless steel Yeast strains CY 3079 and indigenous 80% barrel fermented; 20% Tank fermented Lees stirring for up to five months post fermentation 0% malolactic fermentation Final blend assembled one month before bottling Filtered to bottle Nine months in 100% French oak, 10% new Medium tight grain, medium to medium- plus toast Primary coopers Darjaud et Jaegle and Tonnellerie O
Winemaker Notes:

The 2009 growing season lent itself well to producing some of our finest wines to date. Springtime was pleasantly warm and mild as flowering progressed, with only calm winds coming through the Petaluma gap. The heat of the spring and early summer was comfortably average as the vines developed a strong canopy. We progressed through summer and early fall with moderate weather that was both a winegrower and winemaker’s dream.
Production: 3,310 Cases

Harvest Date: September 17-27, 2009
Acid: 0.53g/100ml
PH: 3.55
Aging: 9 months
Barrel Aging:
9 Months
Bottling Date: July 2010
Alcohol %: 14.3% - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Pickberry Red Blend 2006

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Personal Notes

Classic wine. Give it 91 points.
Tasted 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $55.98
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Deep plum and currant balanced by young earthiness that will relax with age. Just enjoy what our winemaker Joel Peterson says about the wine: Suave, elegant fruit showing a great core depth. A repeat of vanilla and clove spice. Try with beef bourguignon - 11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Icon Red Blend 2007

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Personal Notes

75% Zinfandel. A very ageable wine.Probably can lay down for another 10 years.
I give it 93 points.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

A blend of Zinfandel, carignane, petite sirah and alicante. Rich, dark cherry fruit, with hints of clove, licorice and leather. Almost Rhone-like in its profile. Drink with hearty food, such as cassoulet or braised short ribs. - 11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Barricia Zinfandel 2007

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Personal Notes

Stephen Tanzer rated 93-94 points.
I agree at about 93 points.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $35
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Dark cherry and sweet blackberry flavors with a dash of black pepper on the finish. Pairs well with lamb shanks braised in the wine. - 11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Barricia Zinfandel 2007

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Personal Notes

Stephen Tanzer rated 93-94 points.
I agree at about 93 points.
Tasted on 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $35
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Dark cherry and sweet blackberry flavors with a dash of black pepper on the finish. Pairs well with lamb shanks braised in the wine. - 11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Estate Zinfandel 2007

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Personal Notes

I rate it 93 points. Tasted 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $127.93
Tasting Notes
& Comments

This is 100% Zinfandel from the estate. Very well balanced with an extremely smooth finish.
Lighter in color than some zinfandels - 11/28/2010


Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel 2007

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Personal Notes

Stephen Tanzer rated 94-95 points.
Wine Enthusiast gave it 90 points.
Very full bodied Zin. I give it 90 points.
Tasted 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $35
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Deep ruby, highly perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, apricot and potpourri, expands with air and picks up a subtle tobacco quality. - 11/28/2010

Nov. 28, 2010 Ravenswood Todd Zinfandel 2006

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Personal Notes

Enjoyed this zin. Very balanced. Give it 89 points. Tasted 11.27.10 at Ravenswood

  x $0.00
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Spice and plum in the aromas. Rich and mouthfilling with black cherry and cinnamon flavors. An intense, juicy berry finish. - 11/28/2010

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Total wines logged: 59

Varieties: 24

Number of wines in cellar: 20 (25 bottles)

Number of Notes: 26

Number of Comments: 26

Average rating: 4

Favorites: Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir

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