Wine Life

Jul 22 2014

Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

Renwood Amador County Zinfandel 2011

renwood_old_vine_zinThe Renwood Amador County Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 is 90% Zinfandel, 5% Primitivo (an Italian twin of the Zinfandel grape), 3% Syrah and 2% Barbera sourced from Renwood Estate vineyards and other old vine vineyards in Amador County. Amador County is located east of the Lodi AVA in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern California. Amador County has a long history of winemaking and 100 year old Zinfandel

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Jul 20 2014

Coppola Director’s Sonoma Chardonnay 2012

Coppola Director’s Sonoma Chardonnay 2012

coppola_directors_sonoma_chardonnayThe Coppola Director’s Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards located in several of Sonoma’s 16 sub-AVA’s. There are two Director’s Chardonnay, this one, sourced from all over Sonoma County and another sourced from a single AVA, the Sonoma Coast. The Sonoma County Chard lists for

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Jul 17 2014

Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013

coppola-Diamond_sauvblancThe Coppola Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is 90.6% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Chardonnay and 3.5% Semillon (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are the White wine blend of Bordeaux) sourced from vineyards in the Alexander Valley AVA and Sonoma County AVA, both sub-AVA’s of the Sonoma County AVA and the Lake…

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Jul 14 2014

Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013

Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013

restivo_silver_TorrontesThe Restivo Silver Series Torrontes 2013 is sourced from grapes grown in vineyards near the town of Barrancas in the Maipu district of Mendoza in Argentina. Torrontes is THE White grape of Argentina and it is grown only in Argentina. Mendoza is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountainsand its vineyards…

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Jul 12 2014

Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011

Four Vines Biker Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011

4vines_biker_zin_2011The Four Vines Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011 is 82% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache and 4 % Primitivo (Primitivo is a twin of the Zinfandel grape) sourced from two vineyards in the westside of the Paso Robles AVA inside the larger Central Coast AVA of California. This Zin was aged in oak barrels and has an alcohol content of 15%.

The color is black cherry red with a clear halo. The nose is…

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Jul 09 2014

Sphere Lodi Zinfandel 2012

Sphere Lodi Zinfandel 2012

sphere_lodi_zinfandel_2012The Sphere Lodi Zinfandel 2012 is a Trader Joe’s $5.99 exclusive. TJ’s says the grapes came “from a premium winemaker’s vineyards in Lodi“, which makes the Sphere an estate grown, single AVA, 6 buck California wine, that is something you do not see very often. There is a top-notch Lodiwinery that produces a…

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Jul 07 2014

Trader Joe’s Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Trader Joe’s Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2012

tj's_coastal_sauv_blanc_2012The Trader Joe’s Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is a $4.99 TJ’s exclusive, sourced from grapes grown in California’s Central Coast AVA. Vinted and bottled by Castoro Cellars, who have grown grapes and produced wine in Paso Robles since the early 80s. Vinted and bottled by indicates that Castoroaged the wine and…

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Jul 06 2014

Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

kj_grand_reserve_cab_2011The Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is 94.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.4% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Merlot and 0.2  Cabernet Franc sourced from Kendall Jackson estate vineyards (about 2/3′s from Alexander Valley and the rest from Knights Mountain) in Sonoma County, California. The grapes selected are in the top 7% of all grapes grown on KJ’s estate vineyards. The Grand Reserve Cabis…

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Jul 03 2014

Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2012

Four Vines Naked Chardonnay 2012

4vines_naked_chardThe 2012 Four Vines Naked Chardonnay is sourced from vineyards in the Santa Barbara County AVA on the southern end of California’s Central Coast AVA. Santa Barbara is about 1 1/2 hours north of Los Angeles in Southern California, but it gets cooling fog in the morning and while the days can be hot, the Paci…

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Jul 01 2014

Garnet Monterey County Pinot Noir 2012

Garnet Monterey County Pinot Noir 2012

garnet_pinot_2012The 2012 Garnet Monterey County Pinot Noir is sourced from Garnet Vineyards estate vineyards near the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County, California. This Pinot Noir lists for $14.99, but its tech sheet reads like a far more expensive Pinot. First, Garnet grew the grapes themselves, then they aged the Pinot Noir in 100% French oak barrels, 60% new barrels, the rest, used barrels, for 11

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