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Posts Tagged "Old Vines"

150 years old and just released! Tasting Scion: A Piece of History

Absolutely amazing. And so totally Steampunky. A wine lost in time. Made before the U.S.Civil War. Made before phylloxera devastated the world’s vineyards. Held in cask until there remained no heirs of the owning family to hold it any longer. And only a few thousand dollars a bottle! See the link, below. Tasting Scion: A […]

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Trader Joe’s 2009 Garnacha: An Old Vine Value Discovery!

I really enjoy making discoveries at Trader Joe’s. There’s a lot of uninteresting wine that’s always there … I suppose because it sells. But there are also wines that show up, sell for a week or two, then disappear forever. These are fun to watch for. I’ve been asked, “How do you decide what wines […]

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Old Zin in Calaveras: Not the chocolate Ghirardellis, these still own their name

“Our family vineyard has survived and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was sold long ago.” Welcome to the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in Calaveras County, California. Calaveras County lies south of Amador County within the larger Sierra Foothills AVA (American Viticultural Area). Summer days are warm here, but evenings in the Sierra Foothills cool off, particularly at […]

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Fish Rock Road vines, long forgotten islands in time

California State Route 128 winds from Cloverdale through the Anderson Valley to the Mendocino Coast. You can turn west off 128, between Yorkville and Boonville, onto Fish Rock Road, and follow it to the Pacific at Anchor Bay. But not many people do. It’s almost 28 miles of windy, only marginally improved roadway, that meanders […]

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Do old vines yield better grapes and wine? Matt Kramer says, “Yes.”

Do old vines yield better grapes and wine? Matt Kramer, writing in WINE SPECTATOR addressed this issue in a June 15, 2010 column. Read that column HERE. Mr. Kramer answers that opening question with “Yes,” and makes several interesting points: 1. The age of “old vines” (how old is old?) varies by region. What’s “old” […]

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Old Ghost from Klinker Brick in Lodi – old vines yielding less than one ton per acre

The Lodi AVA (American Viticultural Area) is particularly recognized for old vine Zinfandel, although it produces other varietals, too. The Lodi AVA is sits at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley by San Francisco Bay. It includes parts of southern Sacramento County and northern San Joaquin County, and is bounded on the east […]

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Age is Relative … Old Vine Wines on Long Island

I’ve written before about “old” being a somewhat relative notion for vines. If your vines are the oldest in your area, they are perforce “old” by your area’s standards. I came across a series of “Old Vine” bottlings from Lenz, a winery in Long Island (New York State). I thought to myself, “How old could […]

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THREE MATARO SPINELLI … Century-plus vines surviving in urban Contra Costa County, California.

“Three” is a California North Coast winery owned and operated by Matt and Erin Cline. Matt Cline worked with his brother, Fred, to establish Cline Cellars, before he established his own winery, Trinitas. He sold Trinitas in late 2006 and started Three Wine Company. “Mataro” is an old-time California synonym for Mourvèdre, a classic red […]

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