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Review: 2010 Beringer Quantum

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.beringer.com Easily one of the most recognizable names in the Napa Valley, Beringer is a long-time favorite producer of wine lovers around the globe. Although some of its lower-priced wines may lose their way among the “wine snobs”, its higher-end wines are widely sought after. This 2010 Quantum is a red […]

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Review: 2010 Jordan Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: jordanwinery.com Jordan winery has been a California favorite for decades. It offers wines of varying price points, made with the most popular varietals that California offers: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Technical Data:  Varietal:100% Chardonnay Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley Alcohol: 13.79% T.A.: 0.74g/100mL pH: 3.31 R.S.: 0.04% Bottling Dates: July 15–August […]

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Review: 2011 Stags’ Leap Viognier

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://stagsleap.com While California has never been really known for “killer Viognier” there  are a few producers in that state which seem to do a pretty good job with it. This 2011 Stags’ Leap does a good job of combing fruit, acid and some minerality. Technical Data:  Vineyard sources: Oak Knoll and […]

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Review: 2005 Pedroncelli Port

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://pedroncelli.com/ Price: $19 Many wine lovers appreciate a good port-style (or fortified) wine with dessert or to simply lightly sip on with a cigar or pipe. This 2005 port-style wine from Pedroncelli offers a great deal of complexity at a price that won’t break the bank. Technical Data: Appellation: Dry Creek […]

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Review: 2010 Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.chateaustjean.com/ California certainly has a reputation for making over-oaked Chardonnay, however, this 2010 bottling from the Robert Young Vineyard is different. It has a much better balance than many of its peers at its respective price range and is rather food friendly. Technical Data:  Harvest Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 19, 2010 Harvest […]

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2009 Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.stagsleap.com Stags’ Leap Winery was established in 1893, making it one of the oldest wineries in the State of California and the oldest in the Stags Leap district. It has built a loyal following off of its Petite Sirah and for good reason – using 30-year old vines helps add […]

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2011 Cass Viognier – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.casswines.com No question about it, Paso Robles is an exciting area to watch grow and taste wines from. Located just north of San Luis Obispo, this AVA is known for its stellar Zinfandel, but also does a good job with some of the Bordeaux Varietals as well as some Rhone whites – […]

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2010 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery Website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com/lander-jenkins-vineyards/ Lander-Jenkins is a project from the Rutherford Wine Company and does a good job for its price in representing the region in a bottle. It’s not a “barn burner” but represents a pretty solid value for the money. Technical Data:  Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc Alcohol: […]

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2009 Paraduxx C-Blend – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.paraduxx.com What do you get when you combine the two most notable red grapes of California into a well-crafted bottle of vino? You get a wine like the 2009 Paraduxx C-blend – one that combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel in a very tasty way. Technical Data: Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Date: […]

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2009 Andis Winery Reserve Petite Sirah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.andiswines.com The Sierra foothills of California are starting to make some good traction towards wine-lovers who appreciate lower alcohol, higher-acid wines that are very food-friendly. This 2009 Reserve Petite Sirah from Andis does an admirable job of showcasing just that as well as preserving the integrity of the varietal. Technical […]

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2010 Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.robertmondaviwinery.com While Mondavi is known around the world for its high-end cabs, it also produces much more affordable “daily wines” like this 2010 Chardonnay. It’s a “California-style” Chardonnay that isn’t over-oaked and one I’m sure many people will enjoy. Here’s the rub: Technical Data: Appellation: Napa Valley Grape Sourcing: 41% Napa […]

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2010 Hartford Highwire Vineyard Old-Vine Zinfandel – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.hartfordwines.com If ever there was an appropriate name for a wine, it’s this “Highwire” from Hartford Family Wines out of Sonoma. It is, quite simply, one of the best Zinfandel’s I’ve ever had as it completely embodies everything I adore about this varietal. The spice, texture, aromas and that sense of […]

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2010 Liberty School Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.hopefamilywines.com I really didn’t want to like this wine and not just because it’s widely considered a “grocery store wine” by most in the trade or a “simple glass pour” at many restaurants. I wanted to not like it because, well, it’s one of those “mass-produced” California cabs that can be […]

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2007 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.silveroak.com Silver Oak winery has been not only the envy of California Cab lovers for decades but also a great example of how to build and preserve a solid brand-identity in such a competitive market segment like wine. This 2007 Napa Cab has gone through 25 months of barrel aging and […]

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2009 Paraduxx Howell Mountain Red Wine – Reviwe

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.paraduxx.com Paraduxx wines have been a Napa favorite for years now – they combine Zinfandel with other red varietals into very expressive, “California-style” red blends. Technical Data:  Vintage: 2009 Varietal: 72% Zinfandel, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon Aging & Oak: 16 months in oak 100% French oak 60% new Appellation:  Napa Valley Harvest Date: […]

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2011 Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay – Napa Valley – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com Rutherford Ranch wines is winery based in St. Helena California and has been family-run for over three generations. Located right on the Silverado Trail, its a favorite winery destination of locals as well as tourists. This fine little bottle of Chardonnay does a good job of showcasing that Napa […]

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2010 Justin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.justinwine.com Justin Vineyards is one of the larger producers in the Paso Robles region of California and has created a very loyal following for its wines both locally and abroad. This Cab represents a good case for how this region can produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Technical Data:  Appellation: Paso Robles […]

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2010 Andis Grenache – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.andiswines.com The Amador County region of California has the elevation to produce some very nice wines, however, some of its crazy-intense heat can make managing brix levels a challenge. This little bottle of Grenache is quite tasty and exhibits many of the nicer characteristics of the varietal while keeping the […]

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2011 Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.pepi.com This is a  good little value-play coming to us out of California that presents itself as a fun, unpretentious wine which can double either as a great patio-wine or even carry certain seafood and Asian-inspired dishes. Technical Data: Composition:  66% Chenin Blanc / 34% Viognier Regions: Clarksburg and Central Valley Alcohol: […]

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2011 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.pedroncelli.com/ Most wine drinkers love a refreshing rosé during the summer and many also like Zinfandel with the many grilled foods they make. This dry rosé of Zinfandel helps cover both of those bases. It’s priced very well and has some good quality to boot. Technical Data:  Appellation: Dry Creek […]

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