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Hartford Family Winery Sonoma Green Valley

Founded in 1993 by Don Hartford and his wife Jennifer Jackson-Hartford, of the KENDALL-JACKSON clan, this operation is dedicated to producing Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Winemaker Mike Sullivan purposely crafts very Burgundian styles of Chardonnay and Pinot – tighter, more structured wines than many of their neighbours’. Both are good medium-term cellar propositions. Zinfandel […]

Hanzell Vineyards Sonoma Valley

Small producer located high up in the Mayacamas Mountains. Hanzell was established way back in 1953 and has long been a pioneer of first-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its hillside estate vineyard. The operation is built on the quality of this mountain terroir. The Chardonnay is a tight, structured example in its youth with […]

Halleck Vineyard Russian River Valley

Ross Halleck produces a number of brilliant Pinot Noirs as well as very good Sauvignon Blanc and a particularly unusual and very striking, minerally Gewürztraminer. The first vintage was in 1999. His home vineyard is tiny just 0.4ha (1 acre) planted solely to Pinot Noir and although not tasted the wine produced is likely to […]

Goldeneye Winery Anderson Valley

Dan and Margaret DUCKHORN are responsible for distinctive, once almost ferocious Napa Merlots as well as the Paraduxx Zinfandels. Goldeneye is their Anderson Valley property, specialising in Pinot Noir and also now making Pinot Gris from the Split Rail Vineyard and estate grown Confluence Vineyard Gewürztraminer. The vineyards stand out for their cool climate and […]

Geyser Peak Winery Alexander Valley

This is a substantial operation with an extensive range. The California Series varietal wines are generally sound and tend to emphasize straightforward fruit characters. With the exception of the Sonoma County Chardonnay the other wines take the California appellation. A level up are the wines produced under the Appellation Series banner and as well as […]

Gallo of Sonoma Winery Dry Creek Valley

One of the world’s largest wine companies, E & J Gallo, is known the world over for its Gallo and Turning Leaf volume labels – the former hugely successful and very commercial. There is also a Coastal range from the giant facility at Modesto in California’s Central Valley, but it is the top two wines […]

Fritz Winery Dry Creek Winery

Fritz was established as long ago as 1979 and production is still small and bespoke. Grapes come from both the Dry Creek Valley and the cooler Russian River, which provides an excellent source for Chardonnay, particularly the famed Dutton Ranch. Helen Turley of MARCASSIN spent a couple of years consulting here and the quality shines […]

Frick Winery Dry Creek Valley

Small Rhône specialist with further interesting releases from Carignane, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Counoise are made as well as the wines below. Bill Frick produces bespoke wines from 2 ha (5 acres) of vines on a small property established in 1976 in a cooler sector of the Dry Creek Valley. Key to the […]

Edmeades Winery Anderson Valley

Mendocino-based winery, producing an extensive range of full, brambly Zinfandels as well as a Gewürztraminer. The Mendocino vineyards for the Zinfandel are above the coastal fog line and the warm sunny days are complemented by cool nights, providing good acidity for structured wines. They are typically big and brawny, offering weight and power rather than […]

Dutton-Goldfield Winery Russian River Valley

Very impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a range of sites, mostly in the cool Green Valley. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are both sourced from the cooler Dutton Ranch, which is family owned. The east-facing Rued Vineyard is planted to Chardonnay now over 40 years old. The resulting wine has both a firm structure and […]

Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

Medium-sized winery notable for good, well-priced Fumé Blanc in a very much more herbaceous style than many and a number of rich and impressive Zinfandels. The latter have been produced consistently over a number of vintages and while full and vibrant they are rarely overblown. With oldvine Zinfandel fruit increasingly in demand throughout the state, […]

Collier Falls Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

Collier Falls Vineyard was originally planted with 8 acres (3.2 ha) of Zinfandel in 1982. When Barry and Susan Collier bought the Vineyard in 1991, they added a further 11 acres (4.5 ha) of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Primitivo and 7 acres (2.8 ha) of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wines are […]

Clos du Bois Wines Alexander Valley

Large-volume winery producing close to half a million cases annually. The straightforward Sonoma Classic range, mainly under the North Coast AVA, is the mainstay of the winery but they can be impressive. Appellation Reserve wines are a step up, but it is the vineyard-designated and Winemakers Reserve cuvées which are the benchmarks here. Winemakers Reserve […]

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