Landmark Vineyards 2011 “Grand Detour” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

First of all, kudos to Landmark Vineyards for the awesome update to their labeling. It’s a great leap backward, and I mean that in the best way possible. This is a bittersweet vintage for Landmark. It was the year the winery was sold to Fiji Water for an...

Vall Llach 2006 “Vall Llach” Priorat

  One of my favorite memories of visiting Priorat with my Wine School students was our time at Celler Vall Lach.  A stone –a triangle of iron-shaded black rock– from one of their vineyards still sits on my office desk at the school.  We spent an...

Trisaetum 2011 “Trisae” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs.  And that is only half the reason to love their wines. The other is it’s grassroots vibe. Unlike so many top-tier wine regions, the Willamette Valley is still a bastion of...

Gordon Estate 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Another winery has opted to change its name and cause great confusion in the marketplace. Gordon Brothers Winery, which has earned a large following over the past decade, has changed its name to Gordon Estate. I assume this has to do with one of the brothers no longer...