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WineRelease.com's June 15, 2011 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,767 winery listings strong!

After a few weeks of off-season rain in Northern California, Summer finally appears to be here. Over this past month, we had friends in town from the east coast, and were able to spend our first day wine tasting in Napa in many months.

Despite the weather, a good time was had by all. We started at the Oakville Grocery, stocking up on home-made sandwiches, lime-chili marinated prawns, tapenade and other goodies, then made our way through the rain and traffic up to Spring Mountain for a 1:00 appointment at Keenan, where we tasted some delicious wines and picnicked on their back porch. Next, we went a bit further up the hill for a unique tasting experience at Guilliams (hosted by the owners in the ‘tasting room’ underneath their house). We tried to make last minute appointments at some of our other favorites up there (Pride, Terra Valentine – where we stayed the night we got engaged, and a few others), but even most rookies know that a last minute appointment for Spring Mountain tasting on a Saturday in late May is pretty impossible to come by. Regardless, we enjoyed the wines and our experience.

On our way back into town for dinner, we stopped at our Soda Canyon property to bask in the view and daydream about the dwelling that will (someday) be there. For now, it’s a nice picnic spot. We then made a quick stop into one of our favorite Napa wineries, Robert Sinskey, which is always good for nice ambiance, great wines, and delicious accoutrements. Prior to dinner at Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie and Wine (another favorite), we stopped in at Morimoto’s for cocktails at the bar. Great ambiance, service, views, and tasty drinks – I’d highly recommend.

Of course, as our friends were leaving for the airport on that Sunday, the sun came out, and it’s been gorgeous ever since. We took advantage of a beautiful day and (along with probably a good portion of Northern Californians), headed over the Golden Gate for an afternoon lunch at The Mountain Home Inn, in Marin, a favorite stop for hikers and mountain bikers, overlooking the north bay towards San Francisco – breathtaking views. The rest of our month has been filled with more paella dinner parties, a barbecue or two, and spending time with family.

As I leave you to look over the current release wines, I hope your summer is off to an excellent start.....

And now, onto the wine.


June 2011 Wine Releases

  • Abiouness; 2008 Carneros Hudson Vineyard Pinot Noir ($190 cases, $40), 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir (180 cases, $18)
  • Adams Bench; 2008 The V Cabernet Sauvignon (250 cases, $48)
  • Alexana Winery; 2010 Revana Vineyard Pinot Gris ($24), 2010 Revana Vineyard Riesling ($28), 2009 Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir ($38)
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards; 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris, 2009 Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir
  • Alta Colina; 2010 Rosé (42 cases, $20)
  • Amity Vineyards; 2009 Auxerrois ($20), 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($20), 2009 Croft Pinot Noir ($35), 2007 Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir ($40)
  • Anam Cara Cellars; 2010 Nicholas Estate Riesling
  • Archery Summit Winery; 2010 Vireton Rosé ($22)
  • Arroyo Robles Cellars; 2010 Albariño ($23), 2007 Emergency Relief ($22), 2007 Zinfandel ($26)
  • Barnett Vineyards; 2009 Rattlesnake Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2009 Santa Barbara County Santa Maria Valley Lot 186 Chardonnay ($12), 2009 Santa Barbara County Santa Maria Valley Lot 196 Chardonnay ($12), 2009 Chalk Hill Lot 230 Cabernet Sauvignon ($16)
  • Cargasacchi Wines; 2008 Sta. Rita Hills Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir ($40), 2009 Santa Barbara County Point Concepción Salsipuedes Pinot Noir ($20)
  • Chanticleer; 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($58)
  • Clos Pegase Winery; 2010 Napa Valley Vin Gris Rosé (208 cases, $19)
  • Daedalus Cellars; 2010 Jezebel Blanc Gewurztraminer/Riesling/Pinot Gris ($14), 2010 Jezebel Rose ($12.50), 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (1,180 cases, $25), 2008 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir, (70 cases, $60)
  • Dashe Cellars ; 2010 McFadden Farm Les Enfants Terribles Zinfandel (50 cases, $24), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Les Enfants Terribles Grenache (247 cases, $24), 2010 Vin Gris Dry Rosé (235 cases, $14)
  • Domaine de la Terre Rouge; 2008 Enigma, 2008 Amador County Viognier, 2008 Roussanne
  • Donkey and Goat (previously A Donkey and Goat); 2010 El Dorado Grenache Noir (195 cases, $27), 2010 El Dorado Grenache Blanc (95 cases, $27), 2010 El Dorado Improbable Chardonnay (95 cases, $24)
  • Dragonette Cellars; 2010 Santa Ynez Valley Rosé Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre ($18), 2009 Presidio Vineyard Pinot Noir ($48)
  • Dutch Henry Winery; 2008 Calistoga Petite Sirah ($49)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2009 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Easton Wines; 2007 Estate Bottled Zinfandel, 2007 Fiddletown Rinaldi Vineyard Zinfandel
  • EOS Estate Winery; 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
  • Foundry Vineyards; 2010 White on White Chardonnay/Vigioner (50 cases, $19), 2010 Chardonnay (100 cases, $19)
  • Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery; 2008 Estate Syrah, 2006 Reserve Syrah
  • Heibel Ranch Vineyards; 2008 Lappa’s Napa Valley Red Blend
  • Hesperian Wines; 2007 Harry's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60), 2007 Rutherford Tom's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60), 2007 Spring Mountain Tony's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($60), 2007 Muscatine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, ($80), 2007 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, ($50)
  • Keever Vineyards; 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kelleher; 2010 Block 21 Sauvignon Blanc
  • La Frenz; 2010 Rosé ($18), 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($28), 2009 Montage ($22), 2009 Reserve Chardonnay ($29), 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir ($32), 2008 Grand Total Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot ($40)
  • Limerick Lane Cellars; 2009 Zinfandel ($32), 2008 Pinot Noir ($30)
  • MARA Winery; 2009 California Syrage Red Wine Syrah/Tempranillo/Cabernet Franc (1,500 cases, $16)
  • Marilyn Merlot; 2010 Sauvignon Blonde ($16)
  • Mark David Winery; 2010 Skellenger Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (230 cases $36), 2008 Pine Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Franc (250 cases. $56)
  • Mutt Lynch Winery; 2008 Rusty Muttitage Red Wine (96 cases, $25), 2009 Fou Fou le Blanc Sauvignon Blanc ($14), 2009 Unleashed Chardonnay ($14), 2007 Canis Major Zinfandel (271 cases, $25), 2007 Canis Major Petite Sirah (139 cases, $25), 2006 Canis Major Syrah (192 cases, $25),
  • Novy Cellars; 2009 Susan's Hill Vineyard Syrah ($34)
  • Olabisi Winery; 2008 Carneros Ceja Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 Mendocino Double Top Secret Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 Wirth Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel
  • O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery; 2010 Oakville Sauvignon Blanc (100 cases, $30), 2009 Oakville Chardonnay (125 cases, $45), 2005 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (2,500 cases, $108)
  • Quivet Cellars; 2009 Napa Valley Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, ($65), 2009 Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (46 cases, $48)
  • Quivira Estate Vineyards & Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (46 cases, $48), 2009 Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (72 cases, $65), 2009 Napa Valley Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (97 cases, $65)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2010 Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc (250 cases, $20)
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2008 Oregon Syrah
  • Presqu'ile Winery; 2010 Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc ($22)
  • Ramey Wine Cellars; 2008 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay ($60), 2008 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay ($60), 2008 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay ($65)
  • Rasa Vineyards; 2010 PB Wines Riesling (40 cases, $16), 2010 PB Wines Heritage Pinot Gris Kilian Vineyard (102 cases, $18)
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2007 California Lytton Estate Zinfandel ($30)
  • Robert Rue Vineyard; 2008 Wood Road Reserve Zinfandel (500 cases, $32)
  • Rocky Hill Winery; 2007 Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Vineyard Proprietary Red Blend Malbec/Merlot/Syrah (400 cases, $36), 2010 Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Vineyard Pinot Gris (120 cases, $22)
  • Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate; 2008 Surfrider Platinum Meritage Blend, 2008 Newton Canyon Petit Verdot, 2009 Newton Canyon Chardonnay
  • Samsara; 2008 Sta. Rita Hills Ampelos Vineyard Syrah (75 cases, $40), 2008 Sta. Rita Hills Melville Vineyard Syrah (126 cases, $40), 2010 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Rose (98 cases, $18)
  • Sapolil Cellars; 2009 White Wine Viognier/Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc
  • Seghesio Family Vineyards; 2009 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Seven Stones; 2008 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon (251 cases, $175)
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards; 2005 Central Coast Alloy Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc ($28), 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Miller Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir ($38)
  • Spring Valley Vineyard; 2008 Walla Walla Valley Frederick Cabernet Sauvignon Blend ($50)
  • Taft Street Winery; 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • Tantara Winery; 2009 Bien Nacido Old Vine Pinot Noir (237 cases, $52), 2009 Rio Vista Pinot Noir (270 cases, $55), 2009 Lindsay's Pinot Noir (94 cases, $55), 2009 Pisoni Pinot Noir (213 cases, $65), 2009 Bien Nacido Chardonnay (92 cases, $38), 2009 Arroyo Grande Valley Talley - Rincon Chardonnay (67 cases $38)
  • Textbook Vineyards; 2010 Pey-Marin The Shell Mound Dry Riesling (420 cases, $26)
  • Torii Mor Winery; 2009 Olalla Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Trahan Winery; 2008 Sadie's Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot
  • Van Duzer Vineyards; 2010 Estate Pinot Gris (1,500 cases, $16)
  • Westbrook Wine Farm; 2010 Lodi Peterson Family Vineyard Chardonnay (102 cases, $22), 2008 Madera County Farview Farm Vineyard Saint Michael Malbec (75 cases, $22), 2008 Madera County John Simpson Vines Petite Sirah (76 cases, $22)
  • William Church Winery; 2009 Malbec
  • Wolf Family Vineyards; 2008 Estate Cabernet Franc (94 cases, $75)
  • Woodhouse Family Cellars; 2010 Columbia Valley Rosé Grenache
  • Woodinville Wine Company; 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

July 2011 Wine Releases


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