16 May

Cambiata Signs With Big Bang

On May 16, 2014, Cambiata, one of winedom’s most iconoclastic producers, hired Big Bang Wine to handle its national sales, distribution management and marketing functions. In addition to the Cambiata brand, BBW will also manage the Rail 2 Rail label.

Since its launch in 2005, owner/winemaker Eric Laumann has established Cambiata as one of California’s hottest brands thanks to his ability to produce extraordinarily complex and delicious wines from some of the state’s rarest and most unusual varieties including Albarino, Tannat and Dornfelder. In addition to the existing bottlings, the winery will work with BBW to launch two new wines slotted for national distribution: 2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and 2013 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay.

Cambiata’s 2012 Albarino recently received 90 points from both the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast who prized its exotic perfume and laser acidity. Every year the winery’s Tannat is considered among the New World’s finest renditions of this French/Uruguayan favorite. And the 2012 Dornfelder is one of the juiciest, smoothest, most sensual wines ever unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

Eric also produces an old-vine Zinfandel under the Rail 2 Rail label. The name refers to a surfing technique that maximizes speed on a wave, enabling the surfer to unleash cutbacks and aerials, sprays and vertical snaps.

14 May

Restaurant Wine Loves Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Le Petit Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc ★★★★+
Both wines are unwooded (aged 7 months in stainless steel barrels); both are excellent values. The 2011 is very distinct in character (fig, lemon peel, lime, grapefruit), full bodied, and balanced; a Sauvignon with a long flavor evolution on the palate, and a medium long finish. 1,474 cases. The 2012 is riper and smoother in style; a wine that is supple, fruity (pear, grapefruit, lemon grass, lime), well balanced, and long on the finish. 1,934 cases.

2011 Terroir Coquerel Sauvignon Blanc ★★★★
Excellent quality: a complex, full bodied, well balanced Sauvignon with firm acidity, light toastiness, and a very long finish. In aroma/flavor, it tastes of vanilla, lemon grass, candied lemon, toast, honey, tobacco, and pink grapefruit. Aged 7 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. 1,474 cases.

Issues #152, 153 & 154

13 May

Forbes Raves About Clos de la Tech Pinot Noir

Katie Bell wrote a great article on Clos de la Tech in Forbes on 5/8/2014. “Mr. Rodgers’ wines, only Pinot Noirs, are both sumptuous and vibrant, with piercing acidity and beguiling fruits. It takes guts to farm these ridiculous slopes (Rodgers notes that there are some too steep to even walk on), and nerve. Mother Nature tends to be less nurturing at these elevations—delivering chilling fogs and snow, conditions so brutal that they can destroy an entire vintage.”

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13 May

High Scores for Clos de la Tech

Clos de la Tech is producing some amazing Pinot Noirs from their vineyards high atop the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the May 2014 issue of the Tasting Panel magazine, editor in chief Andy Blue spoke glowingly about the recently released 2009s from this serious, high-altitude winery.

Link to Article:
Tasting Panel Review of 2009s

93 Points – Clos de la Tech 2009 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise, Santa Cruz Mountains ($42)
Dark and lush with savory notes, black cherry and minerality; spice, pepper and great length and grip.

95 Points – Clos de la Tech 2009 Pinot Noir, Domaine Valeta Sunny Slope, Santa Cruz Mountains ($62)

Plush and juicy with tangy cherry, raspberry and lots of lift; smooth, fresh and finishing with a bit of herb.

90 Points – Clos de la Tech 2009 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud, Santa Cruz Mountains ($62)
Silky and elegant with subtle, balanced style; juicy, bright and lovely red cherry fruit; racy and graceful with a lovely finish.

93 Clos de la Tech 2009 Pinot Noir, Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge, Santa Cruz Mountains ($82)
Dense and big with gobs of wood, savory black cherry and sweet spice; good structure and soft tannins; rich on opening and then complex and nuanced on the finish.

96 Points – Clos de la Tech 2009 Pinot Noir, Domaine du Docteur Rodgers, San Francisco Bay ($102)

Lovely cinnamon in the nose; smooth, savory and bright with juicy, ripe cherry fruit and mouth-filling flavor; minerals, spice and juicy, ripe flavors; long and sensuous.

Link to Article:
Tasting Panel Review of 2009s