VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Relic Wines is the shared dream of husband and wife Mike Hirby and Schatzi Throckmorton. Hirby career in wine began as a sommelier. He later was the assistant winemaker at Behrens & Hitchcock Winery and left in 2002 to make wine for Relic and several other Napa Valley wineries.
The winery's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from the 1-acre Avion Vineyard which is situated above the famous Durell Vineyard west of the town of Sonoma. An Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir as been produced since 2002. In 2007, a Pinot Noir bottling, Tradition, from Alder Springs Vineyard is an homage to Burgundy. It is a single barrel of Pinot Noir fermented with 50% whole clusters. A Syrah and white and red Rhone blend round out the portfolio.
The wines are sold exclusively through a mailing list.
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