Ex- of Patz & Hall winery. Now working on new projects- Secret Door Winery and Maritana Vineyards. Explorer of old and new wines from near and far. Pictures and...
Dutton Ranch - Shop Block 1967 is the vineyard designation for the few remaining historic vines that established Warren Dutton's wine growing business. This 2017 vintage is from about half vines planted 50 years ago - the rest are replants and later interplants. A wild array of clones and selections of Chardonnay anchored by those massive and serious 50 year old vines. About half of this wine was done using indigenous yeasts and about a third of the barrels were brand new. It gets better each time I try it. Release date - March 2019 — 2 months ago
François et Donald refer to François Villard of the Northern Rhône Valley and Donald Patz (me) of California. Together we crafted this wine - selecting grapes from the mighty @alderspringsvineyard then barrel fermenting the grape varieties separately before blending a couple of months before bottling. Bright, fresh and lively - this is atypical of most California Marsanne wines or Roussanne wines for that matter. Drink it young I think - but I know I will keep a few for curiosity sake to see how they age. — 2 months ago
The first release of Le Russe Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017 will be Spring 2019. It's pretty exciting to have a new shot at Pinot Noir in a different style - one that focuses on the perfume of the Pinot Noir grape. Three vineyards collide in this wine and the result is much greater than the sum. FYI - "Le Russe" = Russian and "La Rivière" = River so these wines are named after their AVA. — 2 months ago
This is my first release from Maritana Vineyards - the 2017 La Rivière Russian River Valley Chardonnay. It is coming out officially September 1, 2018. 55% Dutton Ranch - Shop Block (planted in 1967) and 45% Big River Vineyard in the Russian River Valley - barrel fermented primarily in 1 year old oak; 100% ML, our lies aged. Age or drink now... I look forward to others rating it. — 2 months ago
Saint Joseph is making a strong move in the market right now. My partner in Terminim produces one that is both grounded and ethereal. You might get caught thinking it’s Burgundy. Grand Cru Burgundy. Only made in certain years when François Villard deems the wine worthy of this supreme designation — 2 months ago
So much to like. Very complex, cigar box, pepper, cedar, plum/prune, cherry but also a little obvious oxidation. It’s old. It’s a lovely wine I’d happily drink again but... it was Press Restaurant’s last bottle. 😉 — 2 months ago
This is my wine - I won't give it a rating myself but I am extremely pleased with it. Hansen Hill Vineyard is one of the absolute top vineyard sites under the DUTTON RANCH banner. It is due to be released in March 2019. — 2 months ago