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Top 10 wines of the week, plus Dept. of Oops!


Keating 2008 Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford. $95, 341 cases, 14.2%

Lioco 2009 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast. $60, 335 cases, 13.5%

Pride Mountain 2009 Vintner Select Cuvée Chardonnay, Napa Valley. $47, 326 cases, 15%

Brion 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. $85, 574 cases, 14.5%

Tangent 2009 Paragon Vineyard Albariño, Edna Valley. $17, 2550 cases, 13.5%

Arrowood 2007 Merlot, Sonoma Valley. $42, 694 cases, 15.5%

Amizetta 2007 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. $85, 150 cases, 14.5%

Bernardus 2009 Seirra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands. $40, 302 cases, 14.3%

Clos La Chance 2008 Lila’s Cuvée Rhône red blend, Central Coast. $40, 176 cases, 14.5%

Continuum 2008 Bordeaux blend, Napa Valley, $150. 2000 cases, 14.9%

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Dept. of Oops!

I’d like to know what Hop Kiln’s management was smoking when they decided to launch helicopter tours to the Westside Road winery for tourists from the Sonoma County Airport. It didn’t take long for local residents to complain to county officials, who promptly issued a cease-and-desist order to Hop Kiln. I guess the helicopters were too noisy. Maybe Hop Kiln can switch to silent blimps instead.

  1. funny, I just pulled a bottle of 2006 Lioco Hirsch Pinot to open tonight, I love this beauty. Can’t wait to taste the 2009…Cheers to a great weekend!

  2. When I was writing a guide to wineries in the tri-county area, one of the best winery visits I had was at Amizetta. It’s nice to see the wine on your list.

  3. Marlene Rossman says:

    Steve, it really cheers me to see wines like Albariño being made in California. Last week I got Cali Verdelho, Gruner and Albariño from Dancing Coyotes (?) as press samples. What a treat and a relief from the same old, same old, Sauv Blanc and Chard (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!

  4. Marlene, I do love those dry, crisp savory whites.

  5. Glad you liked the Lila’s! I have a soft spot in my heart for that wine. Cheers!

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