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Kenwood 3-way red action – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.kenwoodvineyards.com Kenwood Vineyards is one of the most iconic producers in the greater Sonoma region of California. It’d been a staple, go-to-brand for millions of red wine drinkers from all over the world. There’s no doubt that it has played a large role in contributing to California’s success as a […]

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3-way Michel-Schlumberger action

For Michel-Schlumberger the process is simple – harness all of your collective passion to produce wines from the greater Dry Creek area, add a dose of lovin’ and there ya have it. Michel-Schlumberger’s winemaker, Mike Brunson is good at his job and his love for wine comes through in each bottle. 2008 Dry Creek Pinot Noir […]

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Luna Vineyards 3-way round-up review

By Duane Pemberton Luna Vineyards is a staple Napa area winery that has built itself a strong reputation for releasing wines that are true to varietal character and sticks with only a few different grapes – perhaps it’s most well known for its sangiovese. Luna has developed a loyal fan base of wine drinkers not […]

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2006 Merlot Duel – Ca. vs. Wa.

I love wine duels as I believe they can help shake-up the many stereotypes we have as wine lovers. I’ve been witness to quite a few that have shaken preconcived ideas and also helped to enlighten peoples minds and palates to the wine-world around them. And honesly, that’s a great thing, right? California has really […]

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Salvestrin 3-way Round-up – Review

Nose: Rose hips, vanilla bean, slight hint of cantelope and maple syrup, grilled peaches and apple skin with home-made whip-cream. Taste: cream-covered peaches and melon that have been drizzled with maple syrup with afternotes of the typical “sauv-grass” (as I like to call it) but it’s really kept in check by the creaminess. This is […]

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2006 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot

Duckhorn Winery, based in St. Helena California, produces bordeaux-style wines and has considered one of that regions top-quality producers for almost two decades. Its unyielding commitment to quality has long been cemented by its award-winning merlot which it now produces over 30,000 cases of.  This merlot was one of my “gateway” wines back in my […]

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2006 Ehlers Cab and Merlot

Ehlers Estate Winery, in St. Helena California, has been producing since the year 2000 and is the only non-profit winery I’m aware of – anywhere. 100% of its proceeds go into cardiovascular research. The reason for this is because its founder, Jean Leduqa, was a longtime sufferer of heart disease – hence why his wife, […]

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2005 Brutocao Reserve Merlot – Review

Brotocao, from Hopland, California is one of the few wineries which prides itself in making a variety of wines from its vast selection of grapes. They do everything from Bordeaux to Italian to Zinfandel – in fact its Quadriga, wine uses 100% Italian grape varieties, (which we reviewed last year) has won widespread acclaim. Blend: […]

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WA vs CA – “Cheap Merlot” Shootout

This is a review I’ve actually been looking forward to for quite some time now and not because we’re dealing with cheap merlot here but because it’s WA vs. Cali. Washington produces more Merlot than any other red grape but California has been at it a lot longer. Both states have incredible wineries doing a […]

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