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WineRelease.com's May 15, 2011 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,753 winery listings strong!

Since our trip last month to Walla Walla, we’ve been fairly homebound in the beautiful city of San Francisco, other than a few trips up to the Mendocino coast for abalone diving. For those who’ve been around for a while, you may recall that I’m well into my fifteenth year of this fun sport, the fruits of which are enjoyed every year at our annual abalone feed, featuring fresh Northern California coastal abalone (sliced thinly, pounded, then lightly fried in an egg wash and Panko bread crumb crust) and of course, many delicious wines. In addition to some of those that we ordered on the Walla Walla trip, two sponsors’ packages arrived in good time for the annual feed, Lula’s 2009 Mendocino Pinot Noir (very fitting) and Mara’s Laughlin Road Ranch 2008 Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Both were huge crowd pleasers and went very well with the meal.

We turned our small San Francisco flat into a dining hall for the evening and managed to seat 35 or so good friends from various walks of life. I lost count of the wines that were poured throughout the night, a nice mixture of reds and whites from California to Washington to other parts of the world, but it gave me great pleasure to share my passion for wine, as I looked around the rooms at our friends enjoying many of those that I come across each month in preparation of this newsletter.

Along those lines, I’ve got a small change to the newsletter that I’ll be implementing beginning this month. To date, I have listed the next month’s releases in the current issue. So, typically, on May 15th, I would be sending you the June release dates that I have received up to time of publication; therefore, your May issue features solely June release dates. What I’ve begun to notice is that in many instances, I may not receive release dates until beyond my publication date, sometimes well into the month of release. Looking at this month as an example, I’ve received a number of May releases since the April 15th issue was published. Beginning this month, I will now include the current month (of publication)’s releases (both those that were previously known, as well as new updates), and the upcoming month that you have always seen. This means that your May 15th issue includes a more robust May listing than you saw in the April 15th issue, and a June list that contains the information we have to date. June’s issue will include an updated June as well as the July updates that have been received at time of publication. And so forth and so on.

I hope that you are all able to enjoy the spring weather and will take advantage of the still cool temperatures in many parts of the country as you’re purchasing wines to be shipped to add to your collections.

And now, onto the wine.


May 2011 Wine Releases

  • Adastra Wines; 2008 Syrah (120 cases, $40)
  • Aiken Wines; 2009 Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir (143 cases, $55)
  • Airfield Wines; 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Viognier, 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay, 2010 Riesling, 2009 Sangiovese, 2010 31 Brix Zinfandel, 2010 Runway Late Harvest Riesling
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards; 2010 Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard Vin Gris Pinot Noir, 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot Blanc
  • Anam Cara Cellars; 2010 Dry Gewurztraminer
  • àMaurice Cellars; 2009 Viognier (290 cases, $25), 2008 Malbec (320 cases, $35), 2008 Syrah (231 cases, $34), 2008 The Horiuchi Red Blend (492 cases, $35), 2008 Chardonnay (314 cases, $28)
  • Arista Winery; 2010 Ferrington Vineyard Gewurztraminer (196 cases, $28), 2009 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir (318 cases, $52), 2009 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir (106 cases, $58), 2009 Toboni Vineyard Pinot Noir (350 cases, $58), 2009 Smokey Vineyard Zinfandel (517 cases, $36)
  • Austin Hope Winery; 2009 Hope Family Vineyard Syrah/Grenache Rose (1,018 cases, $16)
  • Bacio Divino; 2008 15th Anniversary Proprietary Red Wine ($80)
  • Bokisch Vineyards; 2010 Albariño Las Cerezas (72 cases, $16), 2010 Albariño Terra Alta (411 cases, $16), 2010 Garnacha Blanca (82 cases, $16), 2010 Rosado (33 cases, $16)
  • Cafaro Cellars; 2008 Merlot (325 cases, $26)
  • Caldwell Vineyard; 2010 Joy Syrah Rose (75 cases, $70)
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2008 Howell Mountain Lot 253 Cabernet Sauvignon (300 cases, $20), 2009 Los Carneros Lot 222 Chardonnay ($13), 2009 Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard Lot 219 Zinfandel ($16)
  • Candor Winery; NV Central Coast Lot 1 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre/Merlot Rose ($16)
  • Castello di Amorosa; 2010 Gioia Rose of Sangiovese ($24)
  • Chase Family Cellars; 2010 St Helena Sauvignon Blanc
  • Clos Pegase Winery; 2009 Napa Valley/Carneros Mitsuko's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc(1,110 case, $20)
  • Cooper Mountain Vineyards; 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Copain Wines; 2009 Chalone Brosseau Chardonnay (80 cases, $48), 2009 Anderson Valley Wentzel Pinot Noir (200 cases, $55), 2010 Anderson Valley Hein Vineyard P2 Pinot Noir/Pinot Gris (200 cases, $25)
  • Crocker Starr Wines; 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($34)
  • Dacalier Wine Co.; 2009 Cote Du Soleil White Rhone Blend (100 cases, $21)
  • Daviana Winery; 2010 Napa Valley Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenache (32 cases, $20), 2008 Napa Valley Cabernache Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenache (114 cases, $45), 2008 Napa Valley Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc (25 cases, $55)
  • Duck Walk Vineyards; 2009 Pinot Noir
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2010 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2009 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Ehlers Estate; 2010 Sylviane Rosé of Cabernet Franc (250 cases, $28)
  • Elegante' Cellars; 2008 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah (70 cases, $28)
  • Fantesca Vineyards & Estate; 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($75)
  • Frank Family Vineyards; 2009 Rutherford Reserve Sangiovese ($59.50), 2009 Reserve Zinfandel ($49.50)
  • Gilbert Cellars; 2010 Columbia Valley Estate Gewurztraminer, 2010 Columbia Valley Estate Riesling, 2010 Columbia Valley Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Goldeneye; 2010 Anderson Valley Vin Gris of Pinot Noir ($22)
  • Herb Lamb Vineyards; 2008 HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Jelly Jar Wine; 2010 Rosé (220 cases, $16)
  • Kamen Estate Wines; 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($38)
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2010 Viognier/ Roussanne, 2010 Riesling, 2010 White Revelation, 2010 River Village Cellars Traminette
  • Kontos Cellars; 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Gossamer White
  • K Vintners; 2010 Washington State Rose (160 cases, $30)
  • Lava Vine; 2010 Rose of Grenache
  • Lula Cellars; 2009 Mendocino Coast Pinot Noir (550 cases, $39), 2009 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (25 cases, $39), 2009 Talmage Zinfandel (500 cases, $28)
  • MARA Winery; 2009 Russian River Valley Laughlin Road Ranch Pinot Noir (336 cases, $49)
  • Martin Ray Winery ; 2007 Napa Valley Reserve Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($20)
  • Matthiasson; 2010 Napa Valley White Wine
  • Medlock Ames; 2010 Alexander Valley Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)
  • Melka Wines; 2008 Napa Valley Métisse Jumping Goat Cabernet Sauvignon ($155)
  • Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery; 2009 Blancaneaux Roussanne/Marsanne/Viognier ($46)
  • O-S Winery (Formerly Owen-Sullivan Winery); 2009 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Riesling
  • Palmina; 2010 Santa Barbara County Botasea Rosato ($18)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2009 Dry Creek Valley TR Passalacqua Cabernet Sauvignon ($42), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel ($29), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel ($36), 2010 Bevill Heirloom Vineyard Zinfandel ($36), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Lavender Hill Primitivo ($37), 2010 Russian River Valley Viti della Nebbia Zinfandel ($35)
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2009 Rubeo, 2009 Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Red Car Wine; 2009 Red Car Estate Syrah ($60), 2009 The Fight Syrah ($50), 2009 22 Syrah ($50), 2010 Trolley Chardonnay ($38), 2010 Trolley Pinot Noir ($45)
  • Redmon Family Vineyards; 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Blend (250 cases, $49)
  • Robison Ranch Cellars; 2008 Red Mountain Ranch at the End of the Road Petit Verdot (24 cases, $36), 2009 Walla Walla Valley Blue Mountain Vineyard Sangiovese (24 cases, $24), 2008 Dinner Bell Red Sangiovese/Petit Verdot/Grenache (85 cases, $19), 2010 Walla Walla Valley Dwelley Vineyards Viognier (30 cases, $19), 2010 Columbia Valley Airfield Ranch Vineyard Pinot Gris (33 cases, $15), 2010 Walla Walla Valley Spofford Station Semillon (30 cases, $15)
  • Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate; 2008 Newton Canyon The Devon Vineyard Merlot
  • St. Josef's Wine Cellar; 2010 Estate Pinot Noir Rose' ($15)
  • Sans Liege Wines; 2009 Prophetess Red Blend ($40), 2008 The Adversary Mourvedre($40), 2009 Groundwork Grenache ($20), 2009 Cotes Du Coast White Blend ($24), 2009 Call to Arms White Blend ($30)
  • Saviah Cellars; 2007 Columbia Valley Laurella Red Wine ($35), 2008 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28), 2009 Walla Walla Valley Une Vallee Red Wine ($32), 2010 Columbia Valley Star Meadows White Wine Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon ($20), 2010 The Jack Riesling ($15), 2010 Syrah Rosé ($15)
  • Scott Harvey Wines; 2007 Amador County Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel ($32)
  • Smasne Cellars; 2010 Farm Girl Rose, 2009 Columbia Valley Farm Girl White Wine
  • Stuhlmuller Vineyards; 2009 Estate Zinfandel ($38)
  • Talley Vineyards; 2009 Oliver's Vineyard Chardonnay ($32), 2009 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay ($42), 2009 Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay ($46)
  • Three Rivers Winery; 2009 Merlot, 2009 River's Red, 2009 Chardonnay, 2009 Riesling, 2007 Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Weinbau Cabernet Franc, 2007 Svelte
  • Treana Winery; 2008 Monterey County Vineyards Marsanne/Viognier (9,620, $25)
  • T Vine; 2009 Napa Valley Mount Veeder Paras Vineyards Grenache (372, $42), 2008 Napa Valley Zinfandel (790 cases, $32), 2008 Napa Valley Merlot (420 cases, $32)
  • Van Duzer Vineyards; 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé (600 cases, $16)
  • Viader Vineyards; 2010 DARE by Viader dry Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Whetstone Wine Cellars; 2009 Russian River Valley Pleasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (123 cases, $50), 2008 Napa Valley Phoenix Ranch Vineyard Syrah (22 cases, $55)
  • William Church Winery; 2010 Viognier ($22)
  • Wilridge Winery; 2010 Burgess Vineyard Pinot Grigio ($16), 2010 Estate Melange Blanc ($19), 2010 Rosé of Sangiovese ($16), 2010 Estate Port ($19)
  • Woodinville Wine Company; 2008 Double Vision Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah



June 2011 Wine Releases


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Wine Quote of the Month: "The wine seems to be very closed-in and seems to have entered a dumb stage. Sort of a Marcel Meursault." Paul S. Winalski


Till next month.


Neil Monnens


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