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Nothing pairs better with a summer day and a hearty burger than a smooth glass of Caymus Cabernet.
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At my "Going Coastal" seminar at SUMMIT yesterday, participants tasted with blindfolds on. The special section on "sensory literacy" was conducted by my surprise guest Dr. Hoby Wedler, a sensory expert who's been blind since birth. #CaliforniaWines @california.wines

2014 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Estate Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California)

I talked about Limerick Lane a month or so ago when I discussed the Siduri Pinot made from their fruit, which has since been replanted to Zinfandel, and noted that it's one of the best sites for Zin in California. I'd probably put them in the top producers for Zinfandel in the world, along with Ridge, Scherrer, Hartford, Bedrock, Carlisle, Martinelli, and Turley. That's pretty rarefied company, but the wine speaks for itself.
Limerick Lane was long one of the best producers of Zin, founded in 1986 with vines dating back to 1910, but the estate fell into a bit of disrepair in the early 2000s. Jake Bilbro, whose family owns Marietta cellars, purchased the estate in 2011 and has really turned it around. The estate Zinfandel incorporates grapes from the entire estate including Rocky Knoll and the 1910 block.
This wine is almost black in the glass, with a huge rambunctious nose of ripe, wild brambly black fruit, pepper, and clove. On the palate there is an earthiness and acidity that is surprisingly elegant, along with heaps of pure fruits and well-structured but robust tannins that will take years to truly integrate and soften. This is a serious wine and the finish is long and very complex. I'd recommend decanting unless you put it away for 5-10 more years. At $40 it's well-priced for single vineyard zin and is delicious.

It's time for some Paso Robles wines!

Wine of the night at the #CaliforniaWines Pinot Noir tasting.

Caught mid shoot trying to get the right pic, for my post on this Berrichon from AronHill vineyards. I sat the bottle as closest as I could on a 800 ft cliff on the pacific coast, To try and showcase the wine in all her glory. What a great day, with good friends, and fully surrounded by nature and all the elements. Minutes later we uncorked the Bordeaux style wine at the edge of the cliff, while we dangled are legs off, and drank away. Cherry notes, and even tannins in a perfect balance in our glasses, just like the day made our experience perfect. One of those memories you will pocket and reflect on often - in this thing we call life. Cheers 🍷
AronHill Vineyards
Templeton, CA
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Mondays call for beautiful flowers, oh and some delicious Pinot Noir 🌿#bringingtheoutdoorsin #mondayvibes #sonomacoastpinotnoir #californiawines

Crazy to think it's already been a year since this came down. What a stressful month that was... We've now released 18 unique wines from amazing vineyards around the West Coast since October, and we're just getting started!! Thank you to all the folks who have and continue to support us in every way. β™₯️ #πŸ‘£πŸ›πŸ· #wineclub #californiawines

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2014 Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Estate Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California)

I talked about Limerick Lane a month or so ago when I discussed the Siduri Pinot made from their fruit, which has since been replanted to Zinfandel, and noted that it's one of the best sites for Zin in California. I'd probably put them in the top producers for Zinfandel in the world, along with Ridge, Scherrer, Hartford, Bedrock, Carlisle, Martinelli, and Turley. That's pretty rarefied company, but the wine speaks for itself.
Limerick Lane was long one of the best producers of Zin, founded in 1986 with vines dating back to 1910, but the estate fell into a bit of disrepair in the early 2000s. Jake Bilbro, whose family owns Marietta cellars, purchased the estate in 2011 and has really turned it around. The estate Zinfandel incorporates grapes from the entire estate including Rocky Knoll and the 1910 block.
This wine is almost black in the glass, with a huge rambunctious nose of ripe, wild brambly black fruit, pepper, and clove. On the palate there is an earthiness and acidity that is surprisingly elegant, along with heaps of pure fruits and well-structured but robust tannins that will take years to truly integrate and soften. This is a serious wine and the finish is long and very complex. I'd recommend decanting unless you put it away for 5-10 more years. At $40 it's well-priced for single vineyard zin and is delicious.

2011 Tercero Grenache Larner Vineyard (Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California)

Larry Schaffer is a bit of an institution in the Central Coast with a tasting room in Los Olivos and being very active on multiple wine message boards. He formerly worked for Fess Parker at which time he started his own winery in 2006. Tercero focuses on Rhone varietals but unlike many producers which make a number of blends, he has mostly focused on single varietal cuvees.

Larner Vineyard is located in Ballard Canyon and produces small amounts of high quality Rhone varietals. This wine is aged for 30 months in neutral oak and bottled under screwcap.

The wine is an inky purple in the glass with a huge bouquet of bramble, wild blackberries, and cherries. The palate had equal impact with a tremendous array of ripe dark fruits, ample tannins, which yielded after an hour or two of air time, and nice acidity which helped bring it all together. I was struck by the balance and cohesion which is difficult to achieve in a big wine, youthfulness, and complexity. This should age easily for another 10 years.

There are a lot of Rhone producers in California and the Central Coast now, but very few make wines with this level of precision and aging potential and even fewer have a winemaker as passionate as Larry and as willing to engage with customers. This wine is about $40 and highly recommended; I'd recommend making a trip to Los Olivos and tasting with Larry even more. @tercerowines

Mondays call for beautiful flowers, oh and some delicious Pinot Noir 🌿#bringingtheoutdoorsin #mondayvibes #sonomacoastpinotnoir #californiawines

#MeetTheGrapes: Here's a fun fact for all the wine geeks out there! Did you know that #Chardonnay is the offspring of Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc? #vinefacts #wine #vineyard #CaliforniaWines #California

Holy Moly Rochioli πŸ˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜ ohhkay so by now you know we LOVE RosΓ¨. Doesn't everybody? But this beauty has been a favorite of ours for a while. 2014 Rochioli Syrah πŸ’‹ #weloveyou #syrahqueen #vinevixens #wineporn

Spent this gorgeous Sunday in Alexander Valley just north of Napa, & close to the cutest little town, Healdsburg. Productively squashed 5 wineries. | #medlockames 🍷| #robertyoungestatewinery 🍷| #mercuryvineyards 🍷| #pechmerlewinery 🍷| #delorimierwinery 🍷| #californiasdventures | #californiawines |

Start off Monday on a healthier note. Enjoy our B.R. Cohn Chardonnay with our Poached Salmon recipe. Find it in the recipe section of our website. Link in bio!

We sure do love the valley we live in! #Repost from @scheid_vineyards ・・・
One of our all-time favorite vineyard photos. πŸ“·: @stevezmakphoto

Bottled The 2015 Reds last Friday and the Chardonnay today. Come on by for a sample because I have a couple bottles in the tasting room. Will start pouring it for real for a few more weeks.
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