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
Owner and winemaker Joel Aiken operates Aiken Wine Consulting (Chase Cellars, Rarecat Wines, Amici Cellars, Palisades Wine Co.). He has 30 years of winemaking experience with large and small premium wineries throughout California. Holding a master's degree in enology from University of California at Davis, he became VP of Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard where he oversaw winemaking for Beaulieu and the many wineries of Beaulieu's parent company, Diageo, throughout California.
His inaugural release was a 2009 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir from the 12-acre Silver Pines Vineyard located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain at 1,000 feet. An Oakville and Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon are also offered.
The wines are sold through a mailing list and the website store.
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