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WineRelease.com's February 15, 2012 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,836 winery listings strong.

Many of us are in the throes of one of the warmest winters in memory. Last night, as my wife and I enjoyed a delicious rose in conjunction with our prix fixe Valentine’s dinner at one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants, SPQR, I was tempted to look for a case of that rose to share with friends out on the back patio, in anticipation of continued ‘summer’ nights in the city.

While it’s not been the best weather for our winter sports friends just to the Northeast of us in Lake Tahoe, I was able to host my bi-monthly ‘Wine Guys’ (wine aficionados working in advertising) dinner outdoors, without the use of the heat lamp that we recently installed. We started with truffle nuts, bacon wrapped blue cheese filled dates, Spanish crostini, and marinated white anchovies with blue fin tuna, then had a tuna poke dish with wakame salad, and onto the main course of arroz negro with fried chicken. (Trust me, it worked). We finished with dark flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream and a raspberry coulee. Take a warm San Francisco evening, a dozen or so of wine lovers with the wines to match, and some good food = recipe for a great evening.

Directly following the dinner, my wife, the baby and I were invited to a night in Carmel (along the central coast of California) by a good friend. It was a last minute trip, planned on literally 15 minutes’ notice, but a great opportunity for us to try out one of Carmel’s established top restaurants – Anton & Michel. Highly recommended, along with Carmel’s Coffee Company for coffee and a pastry as you walk through the downtown on a drizzly Saturday morning.

I hope this winter has afforded all of you the opportunity to share some good food and wine with friends and family.

Last, but not least, click the Pinot Noir Summit ad below and it takes you to a page for $50 off the Feb 25 event for WineRelease subscribers ($80 instead of $130).

And now, onto the wine.


February 2012 Wine Releases

  • Abreu Vineyards; 2007 Napa Valley Thorevilos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($325), 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($285), 2008 Napa Valley St. Helena Rothwell Hyde Red Wine ($125)
  • Alexana Winery; 2010 Revana Vineyard Block 7 Pinot Noir (90 cases, $65)
  • Amapola Creek Vineyards; 2009 Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyards Vinas Antiguas Zinfandel ($40)
  • Anthill Farms Winery; 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($34), 2010 Russian River Valley Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir ($44), 2010 Sonoma Coast Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir ($44), 2010 Sonoma Coast Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir ($44)
  • Archery Summit Winery; 2010 Renegade Ridge Estate Pinot Noir
  • Arkenstone Vineyards; 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (220 cases, $48)
  • Azur Wines; 2011 Azur Rosé ($26)
  • Bevan Cellars; 2011 Robin's Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc (310 cases, $30)
  • Bogle Winery; 2010 California Merlot, 2008 Clarksburg Petite Sirah Port
  • Brown Estate Vineyards; 2010 Chaos Theory Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah (1,400 cases, $40), 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel (700 cases, $40), 2010 Rosemary's Block Zinfandel (390 cases, $55), 2010 Mickey's Block Zinfandel (330 cases, $50), 2010 Chardonnay (350 cases, $55)
  • Buoncristiani; 2008 Napa Valley 10th Anniversary Vintage O.P.C. Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Merlot/Malbec ($48)
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2009 Russian River Valley Lot 271 Pinot Noir (7,205 cases)
  • Casa Larga Vineyards; 2010 Fiori Gewurztraminer Ice Wine ($75), NV Ice Wine Cuveé ($29.99)
  • Chasseur Winery; 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay (225 cases, $27.50), 2010 Sonoma County Pinot Noir (655 cases, $30)
  • Clos Pegase Winery; 2007 Napa Valley Merlot (5,903 cases)
  • Cosentino Winery; 2008 Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
  • Croze; 2011 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon (55 cases, $16)
  • Dashe Cellars ; 2009 Florence Vineyard Zinfandel (450 cases, $32)
  • Duckhorn Vineyards; 2009 Napa Valley Paraduxx Z Blend Red Wine Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon ($48), 2009 Napa Valley Paraduxx C Blend Red Wine Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon ($48)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2009 Cherry Ridge Vineyard Syrah (329 cases, $45), 2010 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
  • Elizabeth Spencer Wines; 2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir ($25)
  • Far Niente Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($75)
  • Flora Springs Winery; 2009 Trilogy Red Wine
  • Frank Family Vineyards; 2010 Napa Valley Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay ($57.50), 2010 Napa Valley Reserve Pinot Noir ($57.50)
  • Gemstone Vineyard; 2009 Estate Red Blend, 2009 Estate Chardonnay
  • Girard Winery; 2009 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harris Estate Vineyards; 2009 Jake's Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (200 cases, $125)
  • Imagery Winery; 2011 Sonoma Valley Aleatico Rosé ($22.50)
  • James Cole Estate Winery; 2008 Malbec, 2010 Jaden Merlot Icewine
  • John Tyler Wines; 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel ($38)
  • Juslyn Vineyards; 2008 Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (635 cases, $110)
  • Kesner Wines; 2010 Rockbreak Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (195 cases, $55), 2010 Alder Springs Chardonnay (100 cases, $60), 2010 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay (76 cases, $60), 2010 Vadim's Watch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (224 cases, $65)
  • Lake Sonoma Winery; 2010 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($15)
  • L'Aventure; 2011 Estate Rose (250 cases, $30)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (1,500 cases, $130), 2010 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay (500 cases, $65), 2010 Barcaglia Lane Russian River Chardonnay (450 cases, $65), 2007 Napa Valley Cuvee 7 Lance Armstrong Cabernet Sauvignon (65 cases, $275)
  • Melka Wines; 2008 Knights Valley La Mekerra Vineyard Metisse (200 cases, $125)
  • Midsummer Cellars; 2011 Grenache Rose' (327 cases, $19)
  • Myriad Cellars; 2010 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres Syrah (54 cases, $42), 2010 Las Madres Esther Block Single Vineyard Syrah (46 cases, $38), 2009 Rutherford Petit Verdot (22 cases, $55), 2011 Rutherford McGah Family Vineyard Semillon (24 cases, $24)
  • Nichelini Winery; 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Novy Cellars; 2010 Four Mile Creek Red Table Wine (1,409 cases, $10), 2009 Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah (125 cases, $29), 2009 Simpson Vineyard Syrah (144 cases, $29)
  • Ojai Vineyard; 2007 Thompson Vineyard Grenache (351 cases, $33)
  • Parallel Wines; 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,255 cases, $60)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2011 Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($35), 2011 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel ($36), 2011 Dry Creek Valley Lavender Hill Primitivo ($37), 2011 Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel ($36), 2011 Bevill Heirloom Vineyard Zinfandel ($36), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($45)
  • Patel Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine (200 cases)
  • Pessagno Winery; 2009 Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (434 cases, $28)
  • Peter Michael Winery; 2010 Belle Côte Estate Chardonnay ($85), 2010 La Carrière Estate Chardonnay ($85), 2009 Les Pavots Estate Cabernet Blend ($175), 2010 Cuvée Indigène Chardonnay ($120)
  • Relic; 2010 Sonoma Coast Kashaya Pinot Noir, 2010 Napa Valley Ritual Mourvedre/Grenache/Carignane/Syrah/Petite Sirah, 2009 Napa Valley Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Retzlaff Vineyards; 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2009 Claret (1500 cases, $20)
  • Rombauer Vineyards; 2009 Joy Late Harvest Chardonnay ($55), 2009 Fiddletown Zinfandel ($43)
  • Saddleback Cellars; 2008 Napa Valley Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon ($68), 2010 Oakville Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($24)
  • School House Vineyard; 2008 Pinot Noir 2008 Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend, 2008 Mescolanza Syrah Blend, 2009 Chardonnay
  • Seghesio Family Vineyards; 2010 Costiera Pinot Noir
  • Shane Wine Cellars; 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Russian River Valley Charm Pinot Noir (225 cases, $40), 2011 Santa Ynez Valley Camp 4 Grenache Blanc (200 cases, $24), 2011 Sonoma County Ma Fille Rose' (250 cases, $15)
  • Siduri Wines; 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (496 cases, $30), 2010 Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (395 cases, $49)
  • Silver Oak Cellars; 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)
  • Smasne Cellars; 2007 Konner Ray Red, 2010 Upland Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Standing Stone Vineyards; NV Smokehouse Red ($12.99) Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petite Verdot/Pinot Noir, 2011 Semi-dry Vidal ($9.99), 2008 Reserve Cabernet Franc ($24.99)
  • Taft Street Winery; 2011 Russian River Valley Bob Dempel's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($18)
  • Tero Estates; 2008 Walla Walla Valley Les Collines Petite Verdot
  • Terra Blanca Vineyards; 2008 Red Mountain Onyx Red Wine
  • Thomas Coyne Winery; 2008 San Francisco Bay Quest Reserve Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre/Petite Sirah ($24), 2008 Lodi Petit Verdot ($20), 2007 Lodi Vino Tinto Reserva Touriga/Tinta Roriz/Grenache/Souzao/Trousseau ($18), 2006 El Dorado Petite Sirah ($20)
  • Tom Eddy Wines; 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (350 cases, $95)
  • Vaughn Duffy; 2011 Sonoma County Rose' of Pinot Noir (355 cases, $16), 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (99 cases, $39)
  • Vino Noceto; 2009 Linsteadt Barbera
  • Whetstone Wine Cellars; 2010 Russian River Valley Catie’s Corner Viognier (120 cases, $45), 2010 Carneros El Pajaro Chardonnay (190 cases, $50)
  • William Church Winery; 2009 Bishop's Blend Red Wine (490 cases, $21), 2011 Viognier
  • Woodhouse Family Cellars; 2007 Reserve Kennedy Shah Cabernet Sauvignon (103 cases), 2007 Reserve Kennedy Shah Tempranillo (122 cases)
  • ZD Wines; 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)
  • Zeitgeist Cellars; 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Russian River Valley Trousseau Gris
  • Zepaltas Wines; 2010 W.E. Bottoms Vineyard River Valley Pinot Noir (124 cases, $45), 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (147 cases, $29), 2010 Keefer Ranch Babushska Russian River Valley Chardonnay (98 cases, $34)

March 2012 Wine Releases

  • àMaurice Cellars; 2010 Columbia Valley Viognier
  • Anomaly Vineyards; 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (886 cases, $85)
  • Auclair Winery; 2009 Red Mountain Artz Vineyard Left Blend, 2009 Red Mountain Artz Vineyard Right Blend
  • Barnett Vineyards; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Rose
  • Bedrock Wine Co.; 2011 Ode To Lulu Rosé, 2011 Abrente Albarino, 2011 Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Kick Ranch Syrah, 2010 Hudson Vineyard South T'n'S Syrah, 2010 Hudson Vineyard North Pleine de Chene, 2010 Griffin's Lair Syrah
  • BOND; 2009 Melbury ($285), 2009 Quella ($285), 2009 St. Eden ($285), 2009 Vecina ($285), 2009 Pluribus ($285), 2008 Matriarch ($90)
  • Brown Estate Vineyards; 2010 Petite Sirah
  • Continuum; 2009 Oakville Continuum Red Wine
  • Daedalus Cellars; 2009 Labyrinth Pinot Noir (100 cases), 2009 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir (100 cases)
  • Donkey and Goat (previously A Donkey and Goat); 2011 Mendocino Isabel's Cuvée Grenache Rosé (175 cases, $20), 2010 Chalone Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay (96 cases, $38), 2010 El Dorado Fenaughty Vineyard Coupe d' Or Roussanne/Marsanne (97 cases, $32), 2010 El Dorado Five Thirteen Red Wine Blend (448 cases, $ 32), 2010 El Dorado The Prospector Mourvèdre (102 cases, $30), 2009 El Dorado Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah (120 cases, $35)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2010 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (251 cases, $58)
  • Écluse Wines; NV Blind Dog Midnight Run Cuvee
  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery; 2010 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($40), 2010 Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay ($58), 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($45), 2009 Sea View Ridge Estate Pinot Noir Block 33 (88 cases, $70), 2009 Perennial ($38)
  • Haber Family Vineyards; 2010 Sonoma Coast Old Vines Chardonnay (75 cases)
  • Jelly Jar Wine; 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011 Rose'
  • Keever Vineyards; 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kutch; 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($39), 2010 Anderson Valley Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir ($50)
  • K Vintners; 2009 Washington State Royal City Syrah ($140)
  • Longboard Vineyards; 2011 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • Martin Estate; 2008 Collector’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($125)
  • Montagna Vineyards; 2009 Napa Valley Tre Vigneti Red Wine, 2009 Napa Valley La Presa One-South, 2009 Napa Valley Syrah
  • Morning Dew Ranch; 2009 Mendocino County Anderson Valley Morning Dew Ranch Pinot Noir ($60)
  • Neal Family Vineyards; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Novy Cellars;
  • Pali Wine Company; 2010 Sonoma Coast Riviera Pinot Noir, 2010 Russian River Valley Bluffs Pinot Noir, 2010 Santa Barbara County Huntington Pinot Noir, 2010 Willamette Valley Alphabets Pinot Noir, 2010 Santa Rita Hills Summit Pinot Noir
  • Parry Cellars; 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (160 cases, $60)
  • Paul Hobbs Winery; 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($45), 2010 Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay ($65), 2010 Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay ($70), 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50), 2010 Russian River Valley Ulises Valdez Vineyard Pinot Noir ($70), 2010 Napa Valley Carneros Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75), 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), 2009 Napa Valley St. Helena Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($175), 2009 Napa Valley Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pheasant Court Winery; 2006 Willamette Valley Viognier "VICE" Dessert wine (80 cases 375ml, $20)
  • Piña Cellars; 2009 Rutherford Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (332 cases, $85)
  • Quivet Cellars; 2010 Carneros Las Madres Vineyard Hulda Block Syrah (44 cases, $38), 2010 Napa Valley Kenefick Ranch Syrah (42 cases, $38)
  • Road 31 Wine Co.; 2010 Napa Valley Pinot Noir (750 cases, $40)
  • ROAR Wines; 2010 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir (614 cases, $50), 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (1,218 cases, $40), 2010 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay (209 cases, $40)
  • Robert Craig Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux-style Blend($50), 2010 Napa Valley Mt. George Cuvee Red Wine ($30)
  • Rudius Wines; 2009 Yorkville Highlands Halcon Vineyard Fion Bainise Red Wine Grenache Syrah Blend
  • Scarecrow Wine; 2009 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shafer Vineyards; 2009 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
  • Three Sticks Winery; 2009 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir (253 cases)
  • Torii Mor Winery; 2010 Olson Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Dundee Hills Select Pinot Noir, 2011 Pinot Gris
  • Toucan Wines; 2009 Estate Zinfandel (240 cases, $34)
  • Wharton; 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (135 cases, $30)

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