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Comartin Cellars 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (Wine Review)

Winemaker Adam Comartin sourced most of this fruit from the R Bar R Ranch, planted at 1,200 feet. Due to the cool climate and proximity to the ocean, close to 20 percent of the fruit was affected by botrytis in 2012. When first poured, this feels torn between green, angular acidity and...Read Full Story

Mount Eden 2010 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Review)

Most of the fruit for this restrained, savory cabernet comes from cuttings Emmett Rixford purportedly sourced from Château Margaux in the 1890s. Martin Ray propagated his own cuttings from that selection to plant in this vineyard’s shallow, shale-laced soils at 1,800 feet of elevation in the 1940s and 5...Read Full Story

Ousterhout 2011 Alexander Valley Nance’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Wine Review)

The vines that grew this supremely elegant wine were planted in 1999 on the red volcanic loam of a hillside and benchland vineyard in the southeast corner of Alexander Valley. Douglas and Nancy Ousterhout purchased the vineyard in 2009 and hired a pinot noir winemaker, Micah Wirth of Joseph Jewel, to...Read Full Story

Peay 2011 Sonoma Coast Les Titans Syrah (Wine Review)

Nick and Andy Peay’s fog-cooled vineyard on the far Sonoma coast is on the very edge of where syrah can ripen. In the wet, cool 2010 vintage, they didn’t bottle a Les Titans cuvée. It’s back in 2011, though Andy Peay points out that in such a...Read Full Story

Summer Accoutrements (News & Features)

Flowery Wine App {image_1}You don't have to be drinking Fleurie, Flowers or Cédric Bouchard's Inflorescence—the new Quini wine app lets you represent any wine in floral form. Each wine you taste is recorded as a colorful flower-shaped graphic, with each of the five petals standing...Read Full Story

Value Brands of the Year 2014 (News & Features)

Atlantic Seafood {image_1}Sea Cliff is one square mile of hills above Hempstead Harbor, a small inlet opening onto Long Island Sound and the Atlantic. When I lived there as a kid, the beach was the afterschool playground: If it was low tide, the sand was riddled with pockmarks...Read Full Story

Ordinaire (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bradford Taylor opened Ordinaire while working on his PhD in English at Berkeley, studying the concept of taste in early 20th-century European novels. He modeled the store on the Parisian caves á manger, wine shops that also serve food and drink—establishments Taylor frequented back when he was working...Read Full Story

Lutum 2011 Sta. Rita Hills La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

While most pinot noirs from the Santa Rita Hills are deeply colored, this one is astonishingly pale, rosy rather than purple. Grown at a block of the Mount Eden selection planted in 1997 on La Rinconada's shale-laced slope, this wine's color is the first clue to its captivating delicacy: You...Read Full Story

Champ de Rêves 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

This is the second vintage of the Jackson family's Anderson Valley pinot noir project, from a high-elevation property that Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke purchased in 1999 and began planting in 2006. The vineyard sits above the town of Booneville at elevations approaching 2,000 feet, benefiting from plenty of sunlight as well...Read Full Story

Peay 2012 Sonoma Coast Ama Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Wine Review)

Ama is one of three pinot noirs that the Peays make from their Annapolis estate, four miles from the Pacific, the vines cooled by ocean fog. Winemaker Vanessa Wong focuses this wine around blocks planted in 2001, mostly clone 828 and a "suitcase" selection. Her 2012 is seductive, violet-scented with a penetrating...Read Full Story

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