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I think we as Americans drink wine too young, especially Pinot. People understand about aging varietals like Cabernet, but they tend to drink American Pinots upon release. They may not need to be aged as long as Burgundies, but they can definitely benefit from a few years. At this point, my 2010 Pinot and 2009 Syrah are tasting well.
Bonaccorsi Wine Company As we talked through the Bonaccorsi wines, the group celebrated founder Michael Bonaccorsi’s dedication to winemaking through the region. He was devoted to exploring the appellation, and learning quality winemaking alongside those that had established their knowledge of the area.
As Wes explains, this special microclimate began forming 20 million years ago when tectonic plate movements pushed mountains up from the ocean here in a north-south orientation. Over a period of 12 million years, the mountains gradually broke from the plate and shifted east to west. Wes calls the area "the most erosive, geologically unstable part of California."...
THERE WAS CERTAIN POETRY in the moment I arrived at my table at Spago at !e Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bachelor Gulch last week to find a bottle of Bonaccorsi Pinot Noir set between stemware, ready for pouring.
On a beautiful day in Santa Barbara last Saturday, wine enthusiasts were able to taste unreleased wines from a collection of Santa Barbara County's top vineyards. The Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting was held at the courtyard in front of Les Marchands, a new wine shop and wine bar in the Funk Zone, i.e.
Winemaker Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi who sources grapes from 12 different vineyards, poured her delicious Pinot Noirs from Cargasacchi, Melville and Neilson vineyards. But it was the aromatic JL White, a blend of 85% Viognier and 15% Chardonnay that turned out to be my favorite. What a refreshing wine!
There's nothing wrong with drinking the new and exotic for Thanksgiving - why, of course you can uncork Trousseau from the Jura - but there's nothing wrong with the familiar, either. As we looked to homegrown options for the holiday table, I thought we might enjoy a dose of both.
2008 Chardonnay Melville Vineyard Santa Rita Hills ($45) Hazy yellow. Ripe, lees-accented citrus and pear aromas are complicated by honeysuckle and dusty minerals. Bright lemon and orchard fruit flavors are deep and chewy, perked up by gentle minerality and a touch of anise. Clings nicely on the long, juicy finish, which features a suave floral quality.
Poor California Syrah. It’s the wine everybody loves to bash. Sommeliers seem to have forgotten it exists. Bloggers write about the Syrah “conundrum” and that it is “suffering an identity crisis.” Critics bash it; the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jon Bonné recently declared that Syrah “has hit a brick wall.
Traffic jams and tasty waves aren’t the only things Southern California has to offer. Northern California may be better represented on wine shelves around the country, but southern regions like Santa Barbara County—within a two- to three-hour drive of downtown Los Angeles—have been on wine lovers’ radar for years.
Lucky for me, some of my friends share my bad taste in television and good taste in wine. In what’s become a guilty-pleasure tradition, a small group of us have been meeting at my house to indulge in both. The last time we kept it simple—just a pepperoni pizza and some snacks, but I always pull some wines from the cellar to try to wow them.
It's no secret that Angelenos live less than two hours from a world-class region for pinot noir. In our April issue, winemaker Wes Hagen sheds light on the serendipitous geography of the Santa Rita Hills and how it's a perfect microclimate for the varietal. Naturally, it made sense to form a tasting panel so we could sample some of the best pinots of the region.
While attending a tasting last week at Bistro 360 hosted by West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart and ably emceed by Tom Black, I got to thinking about how lucky we wine lovers are to live in Nashville.
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Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 2007

($60) Bright ruby. Primary dark berry and cherry skin scents are complicated by Asian spices and potpourri.

There is a growing trend in the wine industry for high quality wines produced by small artisan winemakers to become “cult wines”—extreme following with little supply. Typically such a winery has no tasting room and very little retail distribution. One must obtain the wine from a mailing list and the amount of wine (if any) one is allocated is extremely low.
Bonaccorsi Wine Company
Winery location: Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County
Annual Pinot Noir production: 2,400 cases
Founded: 1999
Web site: www.bonawine.netMichael and Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi formed the Bonaccorsi Wine Co.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.NO one would dream of describing this resolutely easygoing seaside community, which likes to call itself the American Riviera, as one of the nation's (or even California's) cutting-edge restaurant towns.