Category Archives: Vinopolpicks

Mid-Week VinopolPick 3-8-17

New Piedmont Sale; Quintessa at an Incredible Price; New Cayuse, No Girls and Horsepower; The Majesty of Wehlener Sonnenuhr; Two 90pt Spanish Values; Delas Freres—the value of the Northern Rhone; Trending Wines; Vintage Gloria and Sauternes; Celebrating Oregon Diversity in Pinot; Faiveley’s Generation of Growth


New March Sales!

A Piedmont Star on the Rise!

Poderi Colla is one of the most interesting wineries in the Piedmonte, with excellent holdings in both Barbaresco and Barolo—something that can’t be said of very many producers.  This is a result of a merger between two parts of the family, in 1994, one half in Barolo and the other half in Barbaresco.  The wines they make are classic and have long lives ahead of them, especially from the 2010 vintage.  … Read the rest

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Joseph Swan Vineyards
A California Icon Still Going Strong

Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel

Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel

Joseph Swan Vineyards remains one of the most notable names in California wines.  Joe Swan was a trailblazer and legendary figure in the California’s viticultural history, and his son-in-law Rod Berglund is a talented winemaker of equal skill.  That said it sometimes seems like this winery doesn’t get mentioned as often as it should when we talk about California’s great wineries, which is a shame.

The Swan wines aren’t trendy and never have been—they epitomize the idea of classicism and have been made in the same style no matter whether the winds of fashion favored the huge and ripe or the light and lean.  The one constant for Swan has been the idea that the vineyard speaks for itself.… Read the rest

VinopolPick: Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair, Burgundy 1-19-17

f beauclairParceled vineyard ownership can make Burgundy’s Côte d’Or seem chaotic. But this allows small, family growers like Fougeray de Beauclair to produce twenty-one wines from the Côte de Nuits and de Beaune. Founded in 1978, Fougeray de Beauclair grows Pinot Noir and Chardonnay across 45 acres, from straight-forward villages like Marsannay and Fixin, to prestigious Bonnes Mares, to richly structured Puligny-Montrachet. Patrice Olliver has been growing and making wine at Fougeray de Beauclair, created by his parents-in-law, for over two decades. Synthetic fertilizers were abandoned, and the sorting of grapes takes place in the vineyard and at the winery. Quality becomes a matter of pride at a domaine of this size. The wines get oak in the proportion they deserve: 15 months in 30% new for the Gevrey-Chambertin, 18 months in 100% new for the Bonnes Mares, 6 to 8 months in 50% new oak for the Puligny-Montrachet.… Read the rest

VinopolPick: Ayres Vineyards and Winery 1-13-17

brad-ayresDown to earth: Ayres grows and makes wines in the true Oregon tradition. From certified-sustainable viticulture in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, to hands-off winemaking (learned at Domaine Drouhin Oregon), and extremely reasonable pricing, Ayres represents Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with respect. The Lewis Rogers Lane and Perspective cuvees satisfy that plump red/blue fruit craving, while the Pioneer gives a deeper, darker taste. Meanwhile, to keep it bright, fresh, and under $20 a bottle, the Willamette Valley 2015 already drinks wonderfully. Pick one, two, or all four to taste and we’re sure you’ll add Ayres to your list of favorite Oregon producers. They’re definitely one of ours. – Daniel

Ayres Lewis Rogers Lane Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($34.95) Buy Now $29 special, 23 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Perspective Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($29.95) Buy Now $26 special, 23 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Pioneer Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2014 750ML ($39.95) Buy Now $33 special, 18 bottles available, in-stock

Ayres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 750ML ($24.95) Buy Now $19 special, 31 bottles available, in-stock

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Inman Family Wines’ Spectacular OGV Pinot Noir

Inman Family Vineyards “OGV Estate” Pinot Noir 2010 750ML ($49.95) Buy Now: $33 special – in stock now!

We can be homers for Pinot from Oregon here, but every now and then we get a wine from California that is spectacular enough to break the spell of the Willamette–at least for a minute.  That’s how it is for us with the wines of Inman Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valleybarrel_taste_3, especially for the OGV estate Pinot Noir.

Kathleen Inman is one of the most delightful winemakers we know of and the wine she makes from her estate vineyard, “Olivet Grange,” is the highlight of her portfolio every year.  Her wines manage to combine a grace and elegance that one usually associates with old world wines with the rich, cherry fruit of the Russian River Valley.  … Read the rest