VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Chris Mazepink, formerly the winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars and now winemaker at Benton Lane since the 2008 vintage, has a private label. Ebony Wines is named for the dense, fine-textured black wood highly valued as an ornamental wood.
Two blends are produced: The Quarry, which embodies the rocky nature of the selected vineyard sites, and Olenik Vineyard, of which Mazepink is part owner (initially all the fruit from this vineyard went to Penner-Ash, Patricia Green, Raptor Ridge and Elk Cove).
Mazepink uses 100% oak fermenters to add to the textural element of his wines. Projected production is 350 cases annually.
The wines are sold through a mailing list.
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