Olney Winery

Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 1996

2020/12/22 with pan-roasted venison loin and tenderloin with sauce poivrade (after Richard Olney). This is a tricky one. I love Clape, and this wine was quite nice, in a brambly blackberry and funk vein. It did not, however, have any of the notes you’d expect from a mature Clape. It certainly didn’t feel old or faded - quite the opposite, it was still fleshy and fresh, if not terribly deep. Sometimes this happens, but sometimes I feel it happens a bit frequently with wines from my cellar. Perhaps it’s just too cold - I have heard some views that in cool, stable “benchmark” cellar conditions, wine can age much more slowly than is generally expected. One thing I can say is that my 2004 Clape and Allemand, stored with no cooling with family in the Bay Area, has already started to shown those delicious, gamy aromas. Should I raise my cellar temp a few degrees? As is, who knows how much longer this one could or should have gone, but as it’s my last bottle I guess I’ll never know. — 4 months ago

Domaine Coche-Dury (J.F. Coche Dury)

Les Rougeots Meursault Chardonnay 1990

Just classic Meursault aromatic profile, super rich without being fat, great cut, just a flat-out great white burgundy, even though it was probably fresher 5-10 years ago!! Thanks for making me buy this, John Olney, back in the day!! — 4 years ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Saint-Joseph Syrah 2006

2020/5/5 with grilled lamb leg heart from a Lulu Peyraud / Richard Olney recipe and grilled zucchini. This certainly had the inimitable Northern Rhone bottle bouquet going, though it’s also quite lithe and red fruited, as opposed to deep and dark, with prominent acidity. It reminds you of the diversity in Northern Rhone terroirs - and that (if I recall) the Chance estate St. Jospeh is from relatively young vines — a year ago

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Olney Winery

Acai Raspberry

🍎🍓🍇 so good — 2 years ago

Pattes Loup (Thomas Pico)

Vent d'Ange Chablis Chardonnay 2012

Richard Olney recommends this with white fish terrine. He is not wrong. — 6 years ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2003

I believe Ridge is the greatest winery in America. My long-form case is at leduwines.com/blogs/connor/ridge 🇺🇸🍷

Full disclosure: they’re my home team! I’ve been hiking on Monte Bello ridge since I was a child, and took every opportunity I could do drive Skyline Boulevard while living in the Bay. It’s no wonder to me that these vines are so happy.

With the retirement of the great Paul Draper in 2016, three men - Eric Baugher, John Olney, and David Gates - have taken up stewardship of the legendary estate. All three have been with Ridge at least twenty years.

There is no doubt: the principles instilled by David Bennion and perfected by Paul Draper are alive and well. If anything, Ridge is entering yet another golden era, and will continue leading American wine toward its most authentic self.

Signature: Eric Baugher
— 2 years ago

The Winery at Olney

Peach Infused White Blend

Wonderful peach infused white wine that is delicious chilled and sipped on a hot evening. Pretty sweet. — 4 years ago

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