Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review

Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $76

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Paso Robles, California

Varietals: 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 326 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Michael and Margene Mooney founded Chateau Margene in 1997. They planted their six-acre Paso Robles estate vineyard in 1998 and built a winery in 2001. Chateau Margene produces about 3,000 cases annually, devoted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals. The 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-liked, sophisticated offering for the region. Elegant and balanced, it boasts concentrated, ripe black fruit Continue reading “Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »

Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot – Wine of the Week Review

Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot
Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot

Price: $20

Rating: 13/20

Region: Sierra Foothills, California

Varietals: 91 percent Merlot, 6 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 3 percent Cabernet Franc

Production: 672 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Chacewater is named for the village in Cornwall, England, where Paul Manuel’s ancestors lived. He started Chacewater in 1988 by planting a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills and selling his grapes to Fetzer. In 2004, he bought an olive mill and built a winery in Lake County. Today, Chacewater makes dozens of red and white varietal wines, olive oils and handmade soaps. The winery, olive mill, vineyards, and olives are certified organic by California Certified Continue reading “Chacewater 2011 Sierra Foothills Merlot – Wine of the Week Review” »

La Rochelle 2012 Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier – Wine of the Week Review

La Rochelle 2012 Saralee's Vineyard Pinot Meunier
La Rochelle 2012 Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier

Price: $38

Rating: 15/20

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Meunier

Production: 866 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: La Rochelle Winery is named after a town in France which Pierre Pellier sailed from in 1854 on his way to California. The founder of Mirassou Winery is known for introducing Pinot Noir to the Golden State. Fast-forward to the 2000s. Mirassou was sold to the Gallo family in 2002, and shortly after, sixth-generation descendants Daniel and Peter Mirassou started La Rochelle. In 2005, the brothers sold the brand to their cousin, Steven Kent Mirassou, who produces Continue reading “La Rochelle 2012 Saralee’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier – Wine of the Week Review” »

J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut – Wine of the Week Review

J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut
J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut

Price: $48

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Russian River Valley, California

Varietals: 64 percent Chardonnay, 34 percent Pinot Noir, 2 percent Pinot Meunier

Production: 700 cases

Alcohol: 12.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Not one to live in the shadow of her father, who founded Jordan Winery, Judy Jordan struck out on her own as a specialist in sparkling wine. Her simply named J Vineyards and Winery makes fine bottles of bubbly using traditional Champagne varietals and winemaking techniques. The 2007 J Vintage Brut was aged on the lees for more than five years, giving it a soft, creamy mouthfeel. On the Continue reading “J Vineyards 2007 Vintage Brut – Wine of the Week Review” »

Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée – Wine of the Week Review

Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée
Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée

Price: $35

Rating: 15/20

Region: California

Varietals: 95 percent Grenache & 5 percent Syrah

Production: 2,200 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: The son of renowned wine grower Andy Beckstoffer, who owns and farms some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Tuck Beckstoffer has distinguished himself as a winemaker. His eponymous winery produces a variety of wines under five different labels: 75, Hogwash, Mockingbird, Semper and Melée. The 2011 Melée is a rich and expansive Rhône-style Grenache. It features luscious flavors of Continue reading “Tuck Beckstoffer 2011 Melée – Wine of the Week Review” »