23 Jul

Andy Blue’s Reviews of Clos de la Tech’s 2014s

Blue Lifestyle was founded more than 40 years ago by Anthony Dias Blue, the James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer and Editor-in-Chief of The Tasting Panel Magazine. Every year, Mr. Blue and his team taste and review more than 5,000 wine and 500 spirits. Many of these reviews appear in The Tasting Magazine and The SOMM Journal.

2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Estates                                                             93 Points

Deep ruby color; smooth and ripe nose with a pleasant hint of herbs; lush and round with lovely sweet oak, bright tannins and a long finish; with almost 1200 cases, this is the biggest production wine.

2014 Domaine Valeta “Sunny Slope”                                                          92 Points

Deep ruby color; smooth, deep and jammy with notes of ripe red fruit; racy, crisp acid structure; grown at 2300-feet on 3.5 acres.

2014 Domaine Lois Louise “Twisty Ridge”                                                  93 Points

From the highest vineyard; deep ruby color; lush red fruit nose; smooth, silky and elegant, pure fruit, soft tannins, rich and long.

2014 Domaine Lois Louise “Cote Sud”                                                         95 Points

Deep ruby color; smooth nose with a hint of clove and spice; silky texture with lovely acidity, medium body, lush, complex and long.

2014 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers                                                             98 Points

This is the jewel of the lot; deep ruby color; complex nose with a note of mint; lush, silky texture, deep, elegant and the most Burgundian; subtle, sweet oak and a long, rich finish.

2005 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers                                                             94 Points

Fourteen years old and still balanced and showing smooth texture, robust color and considerable depth; clearly mature, but quite a savory package. “loop”)||A)&&(

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

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.