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


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,854 winery listings strong.

Consistent with the beginning of this year, this past month's weather has been unseasonably unseasonable, to say the least. While the onslaught of storms has definitely helped the winter sports industry in the Sierra mountains just north east of us here in San Francisco, it's put a slight "damper" on some of the spring activities in the Bay Area. A few nights ago, we had one of the strongest storms I've seen in my days of living in California. I've borrowed this picture from photographer Phil McGrew that shows an astonishing view of lightning striking the Bay Bridge:



Despite the weather, a few weekends ago, my wife, the baby, and a friend of ours ventured up to Napa for the Taste of Yountville. It’s a great event, even in the worst of storms, where the streets are lined with tents housing delicacies from the spectacular eateries in town, as well as wine tasting booths. We met up with friends, took a small detour to stop at Bouchon for hot tea, coffee, and pastries, and enjoyed a fun, wet, cold day of amazing food (from paper plates) and wine. On the way home, we stopped by Jay and Judy Caldwell’s (proprietors of Petite Logis, a quaint B&B in the heart of Yountville) to dry off before heading back home. This event will be on our return list next year.

In addition to several weekends in Napa, this past month found us at home, spending time with new neighbors on our small one-block street in the heart of San Francisco. Just last week, we enjoyed a bottle of Jelly Jar's 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel, Nova Vineyard, Lake County with about a half dozen of our neighbors. This wine was perfect with a little cheese appetizer and a bit of socializing; it stood on its own very well (nice balance of dark fruit with a hint of smoke), but didn't overpower some of our favorite cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery. A definite hit with our new friends.

One of the delights of the past month has been receiving more of our sponsor wines -- I look forward to sharing those with you in the issues to come.


And now, onto the wine.


April 2012 Wine Releases

  • Abacela Winery; 2011 Albarino, 2011 Grenache Rose, 2001 Muscat, 2011 Viognier
  • Adams Bench; 2009 Horse Heaven Hills Mays Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($52)
  • August West; 2010 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay (39 cases, $38), 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay (47 cases, $36)
  • Azur Wines; 2011 Rose Syrah ($26), 2011 Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 Proprietary Red
  • Balboa Winery; 2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($14)
  • Banknote Wine Company; 2009 Napa Valley Allegiance Cabernet Sauvignon (160 cases, $36)
  • Bergevin Lane Vineyards; 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($24)
  • Bethel Heights Vineyard; 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé (65 cases, $22)
  • Big Basin Vineyards; 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Frenchies Ranch Syrah (70 cases, $59), 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Rattlesnake Rock Syrah (145 cases, $49), 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Grizzly Grenache/Syrah (34 cases, $43)
  • Boeschen Vineyards; 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Katie Rosé ($35)
  • Bogle Winery; 2011 California Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bourassa Vineyards; 2010 Rhapsody3 Syrah ($45)
  • Buoncristiani; Buoncristiani
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2009 Napa Valley Lot 246 Cabernet Sauvignon (2,700 cases, $20), 2010 Russian River Lot 286 Pinot Noir (600 cases, $15), 2010 Santa Barbara County Lot 269 Sauvignon Blanc (800 cases, $11)
  • Carlisle Winery & Vineyards ; 2010 Compagni Portis White Wine (105 cases, $25), 2010 The Derivative White Wine (250 cases, $25), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (380 cases, $34), 2010 Russian River Valley Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Zinfandel (120 cases, $45), 2010 Sonoma County Zinfandel (380 cases, $22.50), 2010 Sonoma Valley Pagani Ranch Zinfandel (105 cases, $43), 2010 Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch Zinfandel (150 cases, $40), 2010 Sonoma County Three Birds Red Wine (250 cases, $25), 2010 Russian River Valley Papa's Block Syrah (570 cases, $45), 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar Vineyard Syrah (240 cases, $38), 2010 Napa Valley Palisades Vineyard Petite Sirah (100 cases, $45)
  • Casa Piena; 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Our Gang Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clos Saron; 2011 Tickled Pink Syrah/Tempranillo/Cinsault (110 cases, $20)
  • Col Solare; 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc
  • Copain Wines; 2011 Tous Ensemble Rose ($20), 2010 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay ($28), 2009 Les Voisins Pinot Noir ($40)
  • Darms Lane Wine; 2010 Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Barron Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Dashe Cellars ; 2011 Dry Creek Valley Vin Gris (75 cases, $14)
  • David Arthur Vineyards; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc ($25), 2011 Chardonnay ($45), 2010 Meritaggio ($55), 2010 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon ($125), 2010 Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon ($175)
  • Duckhorn Vineyards; 2009 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot ($85), 2009 Napa Valley Merlot ($52), 2008 Napa Valley The Discussion Red Wine ($125), 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($29)
  • Dutch Henry Winery; 2009 Napa Valley Rutherford Chafen Family Zinfandel ($46)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2011 Shop Block Pinot Blanc, 2010 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Écluse Wines; 2010 Prelude, 2009 Petite Sirah, 2009 Grenache
  • Enkidu Wine; 2008 Diener Ranch Petite Sirah
  • Epoch Wines; 2009 Ingenuity Syrah/Petite Sirah/Mourvedre/Grenache/Zinfandel (751 cases), 2009 Authenticity Syrah/Mourvedre (453 cases), 2009 Block B Syrah (182 cases), 2009 Tempranillo (446 cases)
  • Etude Wines; 2011 Pinot Gris, 2011 Pinot Noir Rose
  • Fog Crest Vineyard; 2010 Russian River Valley Laguna West Pinot Noir (477 cases, $39), 2010 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir (200 cases, $49)
  • Foley Estate Vineyard & Winery ; 2009 JA Ranch Chardonnay, 2009 JA Ranch Pinot Noir, 2009 Courtney's Vineyard Two Sisters Chardonnay
  • Galante Vineyards ; 2008 Red Rose Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ($35)
  • John Tyler Wines; 2008 Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (597 cases, $45)
  • Kuleto Estate Family Vineyard; 2008 Estate India Ink Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Estate Chardonnay
  • La Sirena; 2011 Moscato Azul Muscat Canelli ($30), 2009 Pirate TreasuRed Red Blend ($60)
  • Ladera Vineyards; 2011 Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc
  • L'Aventure; 2010 Optimus (4,000 cases, $45), 2010 Estate Cuvee (2,000 cases, $85), 2010 Cote a Cote (1,500 cases, $85), 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (1,000 cases, $80)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Vin Gris
  • Lindstrom Wines; 2009 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (505 cases, $110)
  • Long Shadows; 2011 Poet's Leap Riesling ($20), 2009 Poet's Leap Ice Wine (375ml $85), 2010 Poet's Leap Botrytis Riesling (375ml $50)
  • Loos Family Winery; 2010 Russian River Valley Bohemian Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Maison Blue; 2011 La Famille Rosé of Mourvèdre
  • Malk Family Vineyards; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Mendelson Vineyard; 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir (175 cases, $35)
  • Mirror Wine Co; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Montagna Vineyards; 2011 Napa Valley Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc
  • Mount Veeder Winery; 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Neal Family Vineyards; 2010 Rutherford Dust Zinfandel (1,400 cases, $24)
  • Northstar Winery; 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Petit Verdot
  • Novy Cellars; 2011 Four Mile Creek White Table Wine (600 cases, $12), 2009 Russian River Valley Syrah (98 cases, $27)
  • O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery; 2010 Oakville Chardonnay (199 cases, $50), 2009 Howell Mountain Merlot (151 cases, $60), 2008 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (2,500 case, $75)
  • O-S Winery (Formerly Owen-Sullivan Winery); 2011 Columbia Valley Riesling
  • Otis Kenyon; 2009 Carmenere (65 cases, $40)
  • Pahlmeyer; 2009 Napa Valley Merlot ($75), 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($70), 2009 Napa Valley Jayson Red ($45)
  • Patland Estate Vineyards; 2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (72 cases, $40)
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2010 Palmer Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Phifer Pavitt; 2011 Napa Valley Date Night Sauvignon Blanc
  • Piña Cellars; 2009 Howell Mountain Buckeye Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (472 cases, $85)
  • Praxis Cellars; 2011 Viognier, 2009 Merlot
  • Robert Biale Vineyards; 2010 Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Black Chicken Zinfandel, 2010 Napa Valley Coombsville District R.W. Moore Zinfandel, 2010 Napa Valley Appellation St. Helena Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel, 2009 Napa Valley Basic Black Petite Sirah, 2009 Napa Valley Zappatore Zinfandel, 2009 Napa Valley Like Father Like Son Petite Sirah/Syrah/Zinfandel, 2010 Napa Valley Appellation St. Helena Old Kraft Vineyard Zinfandel, 2010 Napa Valley Party Line Zinfandel, 2009 Alexander Valley Rockpile Appellation Rocky Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel, 2007 Napa Valley E.B.A. (Extended Barrel Age) Petite Sirah, 2008 Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Syrah
  • Robert Mueller Cellars; 2010 Russian River Valley Emily's Cuvée Pinot Noir (450 cases, $48)
  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards; 2011 Los Carneros Vin Gris of Pinot Noir ($28)
  • Red Car Wine; 2010 Sonoma Coast Estate Pinot Noir (160 cases, $65), 2010 Sonoma Coast Bohemian Station Heaven & Earth Pinot Noir (335 cases, $65), 2010 Sonoma Coast Platt Vineyard Dreamland Pinot Noir (25 cases, $65), 2010 Sonoma Coast Bartolomei Vineyard the Aphorist Pinot Noir (440 cases, $65), 2010 Sonoma Coast Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (110 cases, $50), 2010 Red Car Estate Syrah ($60), 2010 Zephyr Farms Pinot Noir ($65), 2010 Cuvee 22 Syrah ($50), 2011 Vivio Vineyard Roussanne ($38)
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($40), 2009 Estate Merlot ($40), 2010 Estate Chardonnay ($40)
  • Rombauer Vineyards; 2010 Zinfandel
  • Russian River Vineyards; 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($25), 2009 Russian River Valley Chester Chardonnay ($25), 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($25), 2009 Marin County Pinot Noir ($41)
  • Sans Liege Wines; 2010 Cotes Du Coast Viognier/Roussanne/Marsanne/Grenache Blanc ($26), 2010 Call to Arms Grenache Blanc/Roussanne ($30), 2009 Pickpocket Grenache, 2009/2010 Prophetess Mourvedre/Syrah ($40), 2011 Groundwork Grenache Blanc (485 cases, $16), 2011 Groundwork Rose of Grenache and Syrah (290 cases, $13), 2010 Groundwork Grenache ($20)
  • Scherrer Winery; 2010 Scherrer Vineyard Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel ($35), 2010 Scherrer Vineyard Shale Terrace Zinfandel ($32)
  • Selene Wines; 2008 Dead Fred Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Siduri Wines; 2010 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir (1,592 cases, $30), 2010 Lewis Vineyard Pinot Noir (48 cases, $45)
  • Sleight of Hand Cellars; 2009 Columbia Valley Archimage Bordeaux Blend Merlot/Cabernet Franc ($45), 2009 Columbia Valley The Illusionist Bordeaux Blend ($45), 2010 Enchantress Chardonnay (150 cases, $28), 2010 Funkadelic Syrah (160 cases, $60)
  • Sodaro Estate Winery; 2008 Felicity Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)
  • Spring Valley Vineyard; 2009 Uriah Red Wine
  • Swanson Vineyards; 2008 Napa Valley Oakville Merlot ($38)
  • Taft Street Winery; 2011 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($18)
  • Talley Vineyards; 2010 Estate Chardonnay
  • Tantara Winery; 2010 Talley Rincon Chardonnay (75 cases, $42), 2010 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay (99 cases, $42), 2010 Bien Nacido Adobe Pinot Noir (213 cases, $55), 2010 La Colline Vineyard Pinot Noir (96 cases, $52), 2010 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir (25 cases, $55), 2010 Silacci Vineyard Pinot Noir (125 cases, $55), 2010 Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir (142 cases, $60), 2010 Corral Pinot Noir (130 cases, $70)
  • The Four Graces; 2009 Black Family Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, 2011 Pinot Gris
  • Thomas Coyne Winery; 2010 California Quest ($14), 2008 Contra Costa Mourvèdre ($20), 2004 Livermore Detjen's Farm Merlot ($15), 2009 California Confluence ($20), 2007 Livermore Petite Sirah ($20)
  • Three Rivers Winery; 2009 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Columbia Valley Riesling
  • 13th Street Winery; 2010 Old Vines Riesling, 2010 Old Vines Gamay Noir, 2011 Pink Palette, 2011 White Palette, NV Sparkling Petite Cuvée Rosé
  • T Vine; 2009 Napa Valley Zinfandel (675 cases, $36), 2009 Calistoga Frediani Vineyard Petite Sirah (420 cases, $40), 2008 St. Helena Doc Gold Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (375 cases, $60)
  • Van Duzer Vineyards; 2011 Willamette Valley Riesling
  • VIADER Vineyards & Winery; 2010 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc, 2009 DARE by Viader Tempranillo, 2010 Black Label Estate Limited Edition Red Blend
  • Vines on the Marycrest; Vines on the Marycrest
  • Vino Noceto; 2009 Shenandoah Valley Misto Sangiovese (164 cases, $28), 2009 Shenandoah Valley Hillside Sangiovese (208 cases, $28), 2009 Shenandoah Valley Dos Oakies Sangiovese (210 cases, $28), 2009 Shenandoah Valley Marmellata Sangiovese (204 cases, $28)
  • Wind Gap; 2011 Fannuchi-Wood Road Vineyard Trousseau Gris ($21), 2006 Paso Robles Luna Matta & Glen Rose Vineyards Nebbiolo ($45)
  • Woodhouse Family Cellars; 2007 Kennedy Shah Reserve Malbec,2007 Kennedy Shah Reserve Cabernet Franc
  • Woodhouse Family Cellars; 2007 Kennedy Shah Reserve Malbec, 2007 Kennedy Shah Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2010 Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling
  • Wrath Wines; 2011 Ex Anima Sauvignon Blanc (630 cases, $19), 2011 Ex Anima Chardonnay (630 cases, $23), 2011 Saignee Pinot Noir Rose (125 cases, $18)
  • Zepaltas Wines; 2011 California Rosé of Pinot Noir ($17), 2011 Lake County Sauvignon Blanc ($17), 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($24)

May 2012 Wine Releases

  • Alloro Vineyard; 2011 Riesling, 2011 Rose
  • àMaurice Cellars; 2009 Columbia Valley Chardonnay ($31), 2009 Columbia Valley Syrah ($37), 2009 C.V. Cummins Red Blend ($38), 2009 C.V. Malbec ($38)
  • Amicus Cellars; 2009 Barrel Lot Series Merlot
  • Arista Winery; 2010 Russian River Valley U.V. El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir, 2010 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Russian River Valley Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Dry Creek Valley Smokey Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Banknote Wine Company; 2009 Napa Valley The Vault Red Wine (750 cases, $32)
  • Bishop’s Peak; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Petite Sirah
  • Bonaccorsi Wine Company; 2009 Melville Chardonnay, 2009 La Encantada Pinot Noir, 2009 Fiddlestix Pinot Noir, 2009 Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir, 2009 Julia's Pinot Noir, 2007 Bien Nacido Syrah
  • Chase Family Cellars; 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (175 cases), 2011 Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel Rose
  • Clos Saron; 2010 A Deeper Shade of Blue Cinsault/Syrah/Roussanne.(78 cases, $32)
  • Dunham Cellars; 2008 Lewis Vineyard Merlot ($75), 2011 Shirley Mays Chardonnay ($24), 2009 Syrah ($35)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2010 Rued Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Kimmel Vineyards; 2008 Mendocino Merlot (350 cases, $38)
  • Loos Family Winery; 2011 Napa Valley Galleron Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
  • Melka Wines; 2009 Napa Valley Jumping Goat Vineyard Métisse Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Saint-Émilion Le Châtelet Vineyard Métisse
  • Murphy Vineyards; 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2010 Dussin Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011 Viognier, 2011 Roseo
  • Spottswoode Winery; 2009 Napa Valley St. Helena Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon (727 cases, $60)
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2009 Malbec (100 cases, $25), 2011 Rose of Cab Franc (50 cases, $15)
  • Talley Vineyards; 2010 Oliver's Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010 Rosemary's Vineyards Chardonnay, 2010 Edna Valley Pinot Noir
  • Three Rivers Winery; 2008 Svelte, 2010 Geoff Tate Insania Red, 2011 Geoff Tate Insania White
  • Torii Mor Winery; 2010 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010 Deux Verres Reserve Pinot Noir, 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
  • Toucan Wines; 2010 Old Vine Carignane
  • Vellum Wine Craft; 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 White
  • Youngberg Hill Vineyard; 2009 Jordan Pinot Noir, 2009 Natasha Pinot Noir, 2011 Aspen Pinot Gris, 2011 Pinot Blanc

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