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2008 La Follette Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir

Words such as complex, concentrated, and elegant are thrown about in the wine world like balls in a McDonald’s play pen enclosure.

Well, I’m here to tell you that no 3 words could be more accurate than when applied to the 2008 La Follette Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir.  A wine that is nothing short of magnificent.  Read More

Points vs. Preference While Wine Shopping

I was sitting around our dinner table on Thursday, sharing a couple different wines with my wife Karla and our friend Carol. In front of us was a chardonnay from South Australia, a cabernet franc from Oregon’s Columbia River, and a chenin blanc from Clarksburg.

Analyzing the qualities of all three, clearly the chardonnay expressed the most character, expression of place, length, and purity of fruit. The others were also very good wines, but were not quite as well rounded as was the chardonnay. The chard also scored the highest by a major “wine advocate”.

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