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


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,776 winery listings strong.

Although I keep seeing back to school ads, it feels like summer is still in full force. Surprisingly, so far August has been fairly sunny here in San Francisco - which we don’t usually expect until September and October. Consistent with many others living in the City, we’ve had a lot of weekend activities outside of San Francisco, so we could experience summer as the rest of the US does.

A few to highlight include the Indigo Girls concert at Mountain Winery in Saratoga - preceded by dinner with friends at a bistro in town. If you’re located in Northern California or visit our area and have not yet been to one of the Mountain Winery’s summer concerts, I would highly recommend it. The venue is amazing (not a bad seat in the house) and the view is extraordinary.

We also had the opportunity to attend one of the Mondavi Winery’s summer concerts. KD Lang sang to a packed crowd and we enjoyed the great tunes, good company, and delicious food ‘picnic’ style on the lawn at Mondavi Winery. My brother took a group of us to this event, we dined on grilled chicken and vegetables straight from his Napa garden, and were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time with KD backstage after the concert.


Another highlight of our recent weeks was a dinner party hosted by dear friends, featuring a unique Chateau Montelena vertical. To start, we had two of the famous Chardonnays, accompanying delightful crabcakes served with a mango chutney – really nice pairing. The star of the evening, though, was the 1987, 1997, and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon served alongside a prime filet grilled to perfection. As my wife and I left the event and headed the 10 blocks up the hill to our home via Vespa, we thought how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful city, with wonderful friends, and access to such a wealth of fantastic wines.

And now, onto the wine.


August 2011 Wine Releases

  • Abiouness; 2008 Carneros Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir (218 cases, $38)
  • àMaurice Cellars; 2010 Sparrow Estate Viognier
  • Arista Winery; 2009 Russian River Valley Two Birds Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Russian River Valley Mononi Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Anderson Valley Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Woodruff Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Willamette Valley Hawks View Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Bedrock Wine Co.; 2010 Compagni Portis Heirloom White, 2008 Red Wine #2 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot, 2010 Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard Bedrock Heirloom Wine Zinfandel/Carignane/Mourvedre/Syrah (400 cases, $35), 2009 Old Lakeville Syrah, 2009 Griffin’s Lair Syrah, 2010 Sonoma Valley Old Vine Zinfandel (650 cases, $22), 2010 Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Zinfandel (300 cases, $38)
  • Benson Vineyards Estate Winery; 2009 Estate Nebbiolo
  • Broc Cellars; 2010 Sonoma Coast Michael Mara Vineyard Chardonnay (80 cases, $30), 2010 Paso Robles Vine Starr White Wine (200 cases, $20), 2010 Alexander Valley Carbonic Carignane (425 cases, $22), 2009 California Cassia Grenache (200 cases, $25)
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2009 Napa Valley Lot 247 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18), 2009 Atlas Peak Lot 242 Chardonnay (5,600 cases, $13)
  • Charles Smith Wines; 2008 Evergreen Vineyard Pinot Noir (60 cases, $50)
  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards; 2010 Life Pinot Noir ($35), 2010 Old Vines Pinot Gris ($20)
  • Creekview Vineyards; 2010 Arroyo Seco Sauvignon Blanc
  • DeLille Cellars; 2010 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc, 2010 Doyenne Roussanne
  • Domaine de la Terre Rouge; 2004 Mourvedre
  • The Donum Estate; 2008 Russian River Estate Grown Pinot Noir (425 cases, $65), 2008 Carneros Thomas Pinot Noir ($100), 2008 Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir (750 cases, $65)
  • Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery; 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay (222 cases)
  • The Four Graces; 2008 Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir ($42)
  • Gemstone Vineyard; 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($150)
  • John Anthony Vineyards; 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (1,000 cases, $20), 2010 Church Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (400 cases, $34)
  • Juslyn Vineyards; 2007 Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Perry's Blend
  • Kapcsándy Family Winery; 2010 Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot ($28)
  • Kenzo Estate; 2010 Napa Valley Asatsuyu Sauvignon Blanc
  • Kramer Vineyards; 2010 Rosé of Carmine ($18), 2009 Estate Müller-Thurgau ($10), 2008 Estate Pinot Noir (149 cases, $20), 2007 Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir(100 cases, $40), 2008 Carmine (50 cases, $30)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2009 Alec’s Blend (1,000 cases, $60), 2009 Napa Valley Syrah (125 cases, $70), 2009 Hudson Vineyards Syrah, 2009 Ethan's Syrah (475 cases, $45)
  • Loomis Family Vineyards; 2010 Napa Valley Air Rosè (Grenache/Mourvedre/Syrah/Counoise)
  • Madroña Vineyards; 2008 Signature Collection Syrah, 2010 Hillside Collection Chardonnay
  • Maison Blue; 2010 Notre Vie Arthur’s Vineyard Viognier, 2010 Petite Joie Boushey Vineyard Marsanne, 2009 Liberté Boushey Vineyard Syrah
  • Martin Estate; 2007 Collector’s Reserve, 2009 Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Mutt Lynch Winery; 2009 Muttitage
  • Orfila Vineyards; 2009 Estate Montepulciano ($29)
  • Page Mill Winery ; 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (221 cases, $25), 2010 Revolver Rosé of Petite Sirah (44 cases)
  • Palmina; 2010 Santa Barbara County Not Alone Pinot Grigio ($18)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2009 Estate Zinfandel
  • Patz & Hall Wine Company; 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($35)
  • Paul Hobbs Winery; 2009 Russian River Valley Ulises Valdez Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009 Russian River Valley Lindsay Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvee Agustina Chardonnay, 2009 Sonoma County Kick Ranch Vineyard Syrah, 2008 Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Napa Valley Oakville Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pietra Santa Vineyards & Winery; 2007 Merlot ($16), 2008 Sassolino ($18)
  • Pride Mountain Vineyards; 2009 Merlot (4,581 cases, $58), 2009 Cabernet Franc (1,119 cases, $62)
  • Raymond; 2010 Small Lot White Meritage Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion ($28), 2006 Small Lot Red Meritage Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot ($40)
  • Rombauer Vineyards; 2010 Carneros Chardonnay ($32)
  • Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate; 2010 Newton Canyon Viognier
  • Saddleback Cellars; 2008 Zinfandel
  • Sawyer Cellars; 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($49), 2007 Estate Bradford Meritage ($46), 2007 Estate Merlot ($39)
  • Scholium Project; 2009 Sonoma Nelligan Road Ranch Chuey Cabernet Sauvignon (41 cases, $85), 2009 Sonoma Matthiasson Family Vineyards Michael Faraday Chardonnay (46 cases, $75), 2010 Sonoma Mountain Farina Vineyards The Prince in His Caves Sauvignon Blanc (372 cases, $45), 2010 Sonoma Mountain Farina Vineyards La Severita di Bruto Sauvignon Blanc (58 cases, $39), 2010 Clarksburg Lost Slough Vineyard The Wisdom of Theuth Verhelho (174 cases, $28), 2010 Clarksburg Lost Slough Vineyard Riquewihr Gewurztraminer (37 cases, $24), 2009 Suisun Valley Tenbrink Vineyards Babylon Petite Sirah (112 cases, $75), 2008 Suisun Valley Tenbrink Family Vineyards Bricco Babelico Petite Sirah (207 cases, $45), 2009/2010 The Gardens of Babylon An Esoteric Red Wine Blend Petite Syrah/Zinfandel/Syrah/Cinsault (383 cases, $36)
  • Shane Wine Cellars; 2010 Santa Ynez Valley Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache Blanc (150 cases, $24), 2009 Sonoma County The Unknown Syrah (200 cases, $34), 2009 Anderson Valley Valenti Ranch Syrah (100 cases, $40)
  • Silver Mountain Vineyards; 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay ($28), 2010 Central Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir ($17)
  • Silver Oak Cellars; 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($70)
  • Taylor Family Vineyards; 2006 Reserve Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon ($85)
  • Thomas Coyne Winery; 2004 Livermore Valley Detjens Farms Syrah ($14), 2007 Chateau Bellevue Estate Reserve Syrah ($28), 2009 Livermore Valley Zinfandel ($20)
  • Three Sticks Winery; 2009 Estate Grown Durell Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009 Pinot Blanc (45 cases)
  • 21 Cellars; 2007 Pont 21 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 OmRikki Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
  • Viader Vineyards; 2008 Proprietary Cabernet Blend, 2008 V Petit Verdot Blend, 2009 Estate Limited Edition Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah (430 cases, $50)
  • Westport Winery; 2010 Swimmer's Last Syrah
  • Williams Selyem Winery; 2009 Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir ($49), 2009 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir ($56), 2009 Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir ($56), 2009 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir ($56), 2009 Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir ($58), 2009 Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir ($58), 2009 Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir ($62), 2009 Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75), 2009 Olivet Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir ($82), 2009 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir ($100), 2009 Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay ($50), 2009 Drake Estate Vineyard Chardonnay ($60), 2009 Forchini North Flats Zinfandel ($50), 2009 Papera Vineyard Zinfandel ($50), 2005 Mistral Vineyard Port
  • Wood Family Vineyards ; 2010 Para Mas Amigas Chardonnay (230 cases, $22), 2009 Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc (160 cases, $26), 2008 Livermore Valley Thomson Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (98 cases, $38), 2009 Livermore Valley Petite Sirah (72 cases, $28), 2009 Muy Bueno Zinfandel
  • Wrath Wines; 2009 San Saba Vineyard Pinot Noir (308 cases, $49), 2009 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir (268 cases, $49) 2009 Pommard 4/777 Pinot Noir (211 cases, $35), 2009 Fairview Vineyard Syrah (168 cases, $49), 2009 Cerberus Syrah (67 cases, $39)

September 2011 Wine Releases

  • Adams Bench; 2008 Mays Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Amuse Bouche; 2009 Merlot/Cabernet Franc ($225)
  • Bialla Vineyards; 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Big Basin Vineyards; 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Roussanne (11 cases), 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Lester Family Vineyard Pinot Noir (193 cases), 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Homestead Grenache/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon (224 cases)
  • Boeschen Vineyards; 2008 Carrera Blend (150 cases, $70)
  • Brown Estate Vineyards; 2007 Duppy Conqueror Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine, 2009 Westside Zinfandel ($50)
  • Capture; 2010 Ma Vie Carol Chardonnay, 2010 Dark Rosé, 2009 Harmonie Red Wine, 2009 Alliance Red Wine, 2009 Révélation Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clark-Claudon Vineyards; 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (500 cases, $80)
  • Copain Wines; 2009 Anderson Valley Monument Tree Pinot Noir (203 cases, $55), 2008 Yorkville Highlands Halcon Syrah (133 cases, $45), 2008 Chalone Brosseau Syrah (114 cases, $45)
  • Corliss; 2006 Columbia Valley Bordeaux-Style Red Blend, 2006 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Daviana Winery; 2008 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (110 cases, $65)
  • DeLille Cellars; 2008 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Grand Ciel Vineyard Doyenne Syrah ($39)
  • Duckhorn Vineyards; 2009 Migration Pinot Noir
  • Flying Goat Cellars; 2010 Sierra Madre Vineyard Cremant
  • Fontanella Family Winery; 2010 Mt. Veeder Chardonnay
  • Haber Family Vineyards; 2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2009 Alexander Valley Chardonnay ($20)
  • Hundred Acre Vineyard; 2007 Fortification Port ($500), 2008 Precious Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Igneous Wines; 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards; 2008 Insignia
  • Ken Brown Wines; 2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2009 River Village Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc
  • Lewis Cellars; 2009 Hillstone Vineyard Caberent Sauvignon, 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Merlot, 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2010 Sonoma Chardonnay
  • Malk Family Vineyards; 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • MARA Winery; 2007 Russian River Valley Reserve Zinfandel (336 cases, $39)
  • Mirror Wine Co; 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pahlmeyer; 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2008 Napa Valley Proprietary Red, 2009 Sonoma Coast Jayson Pinot Noir
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2009 Bella Vida Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Dussin Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir
  • Peter Michael Winery; 2008 L’Esprit des Pavots Estate Cabernet Blend, 2010 L’Après-Midi Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Mon Plaisir Chardonnay, 2009 Ma Belle-Fille Estate Chardonnay, 2009 Point Rouge Chardonnay, 2009 Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir, 2009 Le Caprice Estate Pinot Noir, 2009 Ma Danseuse Estate Pinot Noir, 2009 Clos du Ciel Estate Pinot Noir
  • Porter Creek Vineyards; 2008 Sandpiper Red, 2009 Estate Syrah, 2009 Estate Chardonnay
  • Porter Family Vineyards; 2009 Chardonnay
  • Radio-Coteau Wine Cellars; 2009 Sonoma Coast Dierke Pinot Noir (98 cases), 2009 Anderson Valley Savoy Pinot Noir (372 cases)
  • Realm Cellars; 2009 Bard Bordeaux Blend, 2009 Falstaff Bordeaux Blend, 2009 Tempest Bordeaux Blend, 2009 Beckstoffer Dr Crane Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Farella Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Relic; 2009 Napa Valley Frediani Vineyard Old Vines Petite Sirah, 2009 Napa Valley Scarpa Syrah, 2010 Sonoma Coast The Sage Chardonnay, 2009 Avion Pinot Noir
  • Rhys Vineyards; 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, 2009 Family Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay, 2009 Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah
  • Rideau Vineyard; 2009 Sangiovese
  • Robert Keenan Winery; 2008 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc
  • Roy Estate; 2008 Le Reveur Cabernet Sauvignon (40 cases)
  • Scarecrow Wine; 2009 Monsieur Étain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Seghesio Family Vineyards; 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel ($38)
  • Shafer Vineyards; 2009 Merlot, 2008 Relentless Syrah, 2007 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Valance; 2006 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wing Canyon Vineyard; 2007 Lolita Merlot ($25)
  • Woodinville Wine Company; 2009 Little Bear Creek Red Wine, 2009 Syrah
  • Wrath Wines; 2009 Fermata Chardonnay (196 cases, $35), 2009 Ex Vite Pinot Noir (154 cases, $38)

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