23 May

92 Points for Clos de la Tech “Cote Sud”

2012 Domaine Lois Louise “Cote Sud”                                                        92 Points
Full-bodied yet silky in texture, with a mix of juicy raspberry, plum and black cherry flavors, firming nicely on the finish, with touches of cedar and chalky, gravelly earth. Ends with a burst of fruit and a mouthful of pebbles.”

15 Mar

Mid-90s for Clos de la Tech’s 2012s

The Wine Enthusiast has just given the new Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir releases incredible reviews. 2012 was the first vintage made entirely at CDLT’s new, underground winery. Having complete control over every step of the winemaking process allowed TJ and Valeta to micro-manage the harvesting, sorting and vinification of the fruit. Consequently, the 2012s are some of the most concentrated wines CDLT has ever produced.

2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 94 Points Editors’ Choice
2012 Domaine Valeta “Sunny Slope” Pinot Noir 93 Points
2012 Domaine Lois Louise “Cote Sud” Pinot Noir 95 Points
2012 Domaine Lois Louise “Twisty Ridge” Pinot Noir 94 Points Cellar Selection
2012 Domaine Du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir 96 Points

10 May

Big Reviews for 2010 Clos de la Techs

The grapes for CLDT’s 2010s were hand harvested between mid-September and mid-October. After an extended cold soak, the fruit underwent traditional vinification methods including foot crushing, whole cluster fermentations with native yeast, malolactic fermentation on the lees and gravity transfer (no pumping). The wines were aged in Francois Frères barrels (Bertrange Forest) for 12 months and bottled unfiltered.  Below are recent scores from the Wine Enthusiast and the Critics Challenge.

 

 


2010 Santa Cruz Mountains Estates
                              93 Points Cellar Selection
Coming from one of the more tech-savvy yet Old World-practicing producers, this still-emerging wine smells of autumn. Crushed, dried-leaf aromas meld seamless with wet clay, black lava rocks and juniper. A lean line of black cherry-blackberry syrup drives the palate, which picks up black peppercorn, anise, dark chocolate and pine-sprinkled earth. Drink 2018–2030.
2010 Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud                             95 Points
Black-cherry fruit shows on the nose of this bottling by Silicon Valley veterans T.J. and Valeta Rodgers, but it is deftly hidden behind layers of earth and herbs, from dark clay and black pepper to budding violets and rosemary. The acidity is slowly simmering on the palate, unleashing flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon, more rosemary, blackberry and pencil-lead minerality.
2010 Domaine Valeta Sunny Slope                               95 Points
Aromas of plum, black cherry and mulberry are enhanced by crushed graphite, clove dust, scarlet rose petals and menthol on the nose of this bottling. The palate reveals a stunning amount of depth, with eucalyptus leaf, white sage, violet petals, rose hips and pine needles giving depth to the rich black-plum fruit.
2010 Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge                      95 Points Cellar Selection
Dark clay, vanilla bean, Vietnamese cinnamon, black gravel, kola nut, marjoram, smoked tobacco and black plum notes come into play on the nose of this stellar bottling from a 1,700-foot vineyard atop the appellation. It’s rich in lush tannic texture but not overripe in flavors, with black cherry fruit laying a base for black pepper, juniper, sage and crushed slate.

 

 

CRITICS CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
2010 Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud                             92 Points (Gold Medal)
2010 Santa Cruz Mountains Estates                             93 Points (Gold Medal)

 

27 Aug

Nevada’s Sapphire Wines to Carry BBW Portfolio

“We are pleased to announce Sapphire Wines in Nevada will be carrying the entire Big Bang Wine portfolio throughout the state including: McIntyre, Cambiata, Rail2Rail, Clos de la Tech and Longoria. Under the direction of Larry Sapperstein and his family, Sapphire has become one of the premier distributors for both northern and southern Nevada. They have a strong book of high-quality producers and a sales force that is educated, aggressive and well-connected. Welcome aboard Sapphire!”

Sapphire

29 Sep

Naked in Clos de Vougeot

Benny Bowman awoke in a pool of sweat. Luckily, he was in the shallow end.

“Are you okay?” his wife Peggy asked.

“I had a nightmare,” Benny answered.

She looked at the clock on her nightstand. It said 5:55. She would not be able to go back to sleep.

“Tell me about it,” she sighed.

“It’s this dream I sometimes have after I’ve returned from a wine buying trip to France. I’m standing in front of the Hotel des Grands Crus in Gevrey-Chambertin all dressed for dinner. A car picks me up and drives me to the Clos de Vougeot for a feast put on by the Chevaliers de Tastevin. I am seated at the head of this long table occupied by dozens of typical Burgundian vignerons wearing black berets and bib overalls. A thick smog of Gitanes and Galois hangs over the room like a mother sow over its suckling pig.”

“Your simile needs work,” she interrupted.

“Everyone is speaking French. I am speaking French.”

“You don’t speak French,” she said.

“I know…that’s the problem. I walk up to a podium, check my notes, clear my throat and begin talking to the audience. I’m speaking total gibberish with a heavy French accent. I’m waving my arms in the air to punctuate my points. Everyone stares in amazement. After a minute I become aware that no one can understand me. I feel the waves of panic approaching. Everyone begins to laugh. They point and they laugh. I realize I am not wearing any pants.

“This is really stupid. Do you want coffee?”

“Yeah.”

Peggy left the room and returned ten minutes later with two cups of coffee. Benny buried his face in the Arabica scented white steam. She picked up the notepad from her table. Recently, Peggy had gotten into the habit of writing down her thoughts in the middle of the night.

“What’s it say?” Benny asked.

She smiled and handed it to him.

Curly Howard is the John Lennon of the Three Stooges.

“What the hell does that mean?” he asked.

“I don’t know, but at 2:30 in the morning it seemed important.”

“And you thought my dream was stupid.”

25 Aug

Video Reviews from James The Wine Guy

James The Wine Guy just reviewed some new releases from our portfolio of wineries. Below are links.

Clos de la Tech SCM Pinot Noir ’09 – 9.3 (93) Episode #1707 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/1f8fm6CAmvo

Sostener Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir – ’12 9.2 (92 Pts) – Episode #1702 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/Pwvwnmt-IW0

Force Majeure Col. Series III – 9.5 (95/100 Pts) – Episode #1698 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/nFqiK2jsxKk

McIntyre SLH Estate Chardonnay – ’12 – 9.3 (93/100 Pts) – Episode #1694 – James Melendez
http://youtu.be/ReGjZxDpS94

22 Aug

Great McIntyre Reviews from Restaurant Wine

McINTYRE VINEYARDS, 2012 CHARDONNAY, ESTATE BLOCK ✩✩✩✩+
K-1, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Fleshy and richly flavored, this is an impressive wine. It is very long and
balanced on the palate, with complex character (peach, pineapple, lemon
peel, grapefruit, roasted nut, oak) and a persistent finish. Fermented
and aged for 8 months in new French oak barrels. 100 cases.

McINTYRE VINEYARDS
• 2012 PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ✩✩✩✩
McIntyre’s Pinots tend to be full bodied and generously flavored, as are
these two excellent 2012s. The SLH is a ripely flavored, supple wine with
intense red fruit and floral character (cherry, plum, cranberry, violet),
firm acidity, and overtones of nutmeg, toast, and tobacco. Long finish.
Excellent value. 604 cases.

• 2012 PINOT NOIR ESTATE, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS ✩✩✩✩
The Estate bottling is quite fleshyand full bodied; a fairly rich,
full flavored wine with evident complexity
(plum, blueberry jam, cherry, sage, toast, tobacco, spicy oak) and a
lightly tannic, long finish. 340 cases.

McINTYRE VINEYARDS, 2012 PINOT NOIR, ESTATE BLOCK 3 ✩✩✩✩+
SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
Rich and supple, this is full bodied, balance, moderately complex in
flavor, and very long on the finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of strawberry
jam, red currant, plum, sour cherry, toast, nutmeg, and cedar. Excellent.
50 cases.

29 Jul

Big Bang Wine Expands National Distribution Portfolio

July 29, 2014, San Anselmo, CA – Big Bang Wine, one of the wine industry’s top sales and marketing agencies, has announced it will manage national sales and distribution for some of California’s most important producers including: Longoria (Sta. Rita Hills), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Cambiata (Monterey) and Rail 2 Rail (Lodi). The company had already been representing Coquerel (Napa).

According to Ted Reimer, president of Big Bang Wine’s sales division, “We are thrilled to have these prestigious producers join our portfolio of fine wine. Each of these wineries has been praised by the national media, trade and consumers for their high-quality, terroir-driven wines from some of California’s greatest AVAs Napa, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Lodi and Santa Cruz Mountains. To date, all of these producers have had limited distribution outside of California. The only way to get most of these wines was through the clubs and mailing lists. Our goal is to place them with luxury-class, high-quality wine distributors in key markets around the country.”

Mike Lynch, a partner at Big Bang Wine, adds, “These wineries rank among the state’s most celebrated producers of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. And for the more adventurous wine enthusiast they also produce small quantities from exotic grapes like Tempranillo, Tannat, Dornfelder, Albariño and Verdelho. We believe these brands will be quickly embraced across the country by distributors, retailers, restaurants and consumers.”

In addition to its sales and distribution division, Big Bang Wine also manages PR and communications for Force Majeure (Red Mountain, Washington), Chalone (Monterey), Wrath (Monterey), Coquerel (Napa), McIntyre (Santa Lucia Highlands), Clos de la Tech (Santa Cruz Mountains) and Groove (International Digital Marketing).

Distributors and wineries interested in working with Big Bang Wine should contact Ted Reimer at ted@bbwineinc.com or (415) 491-0644.

About Big Bang Wine
Big Bang Communications was launched in 2001 by Jean Jacote and Mike Lynch to provide executive-level media relations, writing, advertising and marketing for the wine and spirits industry. The agency built its business by developing and implementing powerful communication programs designed to increase brand awareness and perception. In April of 2014, the company changed its name to Big Bang Wine and added national sales and distribution management to its list of services. For more information go to www.bbwineinc.com.

27 Jul

Wine Enthusiast – 2009 Clos de la Techs

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud Pinot Noir
91 Points Cellar Selection
From the estate vineyard of a winery founded in 1994 by Silicon Valley mogul TJ Rodgers of Cypress Semi- conductor, the grapes must be picked by a special tractor-on-wires because they are so steeply plant- ed. Like the other 2009s, this Pinot Noir is characterized by strong tannins, meaning that it will last. Unlike the others, this one boats a more mushroom- driven nose between shiitake and porcini, with a touch of mocha. The palate reveals caramelized raspberry, graphite and silty flavors.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers Pinot Noir
93 Points
While impressive now for its weight and flavor profile, this should evolve well, thanks to its heavy tannins and ample concentration. Right now, there is wet earth and prominent mint on the nose. The palate also picks up spearmint, with sagebrush, licorice and tobacco as well. The tannins emerge at the end of the sip, and will continue to smooth out beyond 2020.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge Pinot Noir
93 Points Cellar Selection
Opaque in its deep purple color, this micro- chip-toting bottle fills the nose with the wet clay and menthol aromas. On the palate, graphite and black volcanic rock come with a touch of caramelized fruit and dark spices, such as black pepper, that take hold. Still rich with tannins, this will continue to emerge until 2024 if not longer.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Valeta Sunny Slope Pinot Noir
90 Points
This particular Valeta vineyard is 2,350-feet above the Bay Area in a site that deals with lots of wind, rain and sometimes snow. The aromas are menthol, wet clay and mocha, and the palate delivers dark chocolate and pasilla chile. The tannins are a constant from Clos de la Tech, so hang onto this one to 2018.

Clos de la Tech 2009 Domaine Lois Louise Pinot Noir
92 Points Cellar Selection
The most affordable offering in the Clos de la Tech portfolio, it offers cinnamon and other baking spices plus caramel on the nose. These are followed by a palate rich in cola nut, cranberry, tar and cherry flavors. Like its sister wines, this is loaded with tannins, so expect steady evolution and improvement through 2019.