VOLUME 9, ISSUE 50
November 21, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Bouchaine Vineyards: A Winery Steeped in Carneros History On the Pinot Trail: Tasting at Bouchaine Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir Heart & Hands Wine Company Sips of Recently Tasted California Chardonnays Pinot Briefs Kevin Zraly Windows on the World Complete Wine Course
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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