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View in Browser.'s August 15, 2022 Monthly Newsletter.

This month we had 114 winery updates and 56 wineries releasing wine.

Greetings once again from the south of France in Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

After Burgundy, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is my second favorite wine region in France and last week I visited Chateauneuf-du-Pape for the third time since we began our vacation here in July and one of my favorite CDP discoveries is Domaine Durier (10 Av. Baron le Roy, 84230 Chateauneuf-du-Pape). Their entry level CDP is € 21 ($21.33 as of today's exchange rate) and they have a great line up of Rhone and CDP white and reds. Their Grenache dominant Lucile Avril is their reserve CDP and at € 28 is a bargain.

CDP street
The vineyards are full of rocks that absorb heat during the day and release it during the night.

CDP street
Cute streets.

CDP vineyard with rocks

Our crew at Domaine Durieu
The Domaine Durieu Wine Tasting Room.

Domaine Durieu Crew
Our friends, including Rosie, our dog.

The advantage of CDP is the ability to taste from many different domaines as the city center has many winery tasting rooms within a 10 minute walk (Clos Des Papes, Domaine Olivier Hillaire, Clos Saint Jean, Domaine Usseglio Raymond & Fils, Chateau Fortia Sarl, Ogier, Domaine Juliette Avril, Clos du Mont-Olivet, Perrin Family of wines, Domaine du Pegau, to name a few).

We visited Chateau La Nerthe, which is 4 minutes from the center of town, then parked our car in the middle of town and visited the Famille Perrin tasting room (Chateau de Beaucastel, La Vieille Ferme, Miraval, Clos Des Tourelles, Tablas Creek in Paso Robles and others), Clos du Mont-Olivet (a white CDP I discovered at Pertinence restaurant in Paris), Jean Pierre Boisson, Domaine Moulin-Tacussel and had a great lunch at La Part Des Anges.

And now, onto the wine releases...

August 2022 Wine Releases

  • Amici Cellars; 2017 Napa Valley Oakville Cellar Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ($150)
  • Amigoni Vineyards; 2020 Urban Cepages Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre ($22)
  • Aperture Cellars; 2020 Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet Franc, 2020 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Arista Winery; 2020 Russian River Valley Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Russian River Valley El Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Auclair Winery; 2019 96 Cedars Red
  • Beekeeper Cellars; 2018 Sonoma Valley Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel ($70), 2018 Sonoma County Hidden Hillside Reserve Zinfandel ($75), 2018 Sonoma County Rockpile Vineyard Zinfandel ($80)
  • Big White House; 2019 Winter Star
  • Broc Cellars; 2021 Vine Starr Zinfandel (595 cases, $38), 2021 Mendocino Fox Hill Vineyard Amore Rosso (1,003 cases, $28)
  • Cairdeas Winery; 2021 Diffraction Ros� ($18), 2021 Diffraction Red Wine Blend Syrah/Mourv�dre/Cinsault/Counoise/Grenache Noir/Petite Sirah/Carignan/Alicante Bouschet ($24)
  • Ceritas Wines; 2020 Carex Chardonnay, 2020 Porter Bass Chardonnay, 2020 Cuv�e Chloe Pinot Noir, 2020 Hellenthal Old Shop Block Pinot Noir
  • Cirq; 2019 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir ($150)
  • Cobb Wines; 2021 Cole Ranch Vineyard Riesling, 2021 Anderson Valley Vonarburg Vineyard Riesling, 2019 Sonoma Coast Doc's Ranch Vineyard JoAnn's Block Chardonnay, 2019 Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2019 Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir, 2019 Sonoma Coast Coastlands Vineyard Diane Cobb Pinot Noir
  • Copper Bear; 2021 Napa Valley Proprietary Ros� (50 cases, $40), 2020 Napa Valley Oakville To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon ($120)
  • Crowley Wines; 2021 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($28)
  • Cultivar; 2021 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (161 cases, $49)
  • Dana Estates; 2019 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Onda Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Devison Vintners; 2019 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($65), 2021 Columbia Valley Ancient Lakes Evergreen Vineyard Pocket Full of Shells Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ($49), 2020 Columbia Valley GPR Syrah/Grenache/Mourv�dre ($29)
  • Domaine Nicolas Jay; 2019 Willamette Valley Own-Rooted Pinot Noir, 2019 Willamette Valley L'Ensemble Pinot Noir ($70)
  • Eleven Winery; 2020 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard Chardonnay ($55), 2021 2021 Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Destin Estate Carol�s Song Riesling ($38)
  • Failla; 2020 Eola-Amity Hills Eola Springs Chardonnay ($38), 2020 Chehalem Mountains Chardonnay ($42), 2020 Sonoma Coast Olivia Chardonnay ($42), 2020 Sonoma Coast Platt Vineyard Chardonnay ($55), 2019 Eola-Amity Hills Bjornson Pinot Noir ($45), 2019 Napa Valley Coombsville Haynes Pinot Noir ($52), 2020 Anderson Valley Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir ($58), 2019 Sonoma Coast Reuling Pinot Noir ($75), 2019 Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Pinot Noir ($85), 2019 Sonoma Coast Vivien Pinot Noir ($100), 2019 Sonoma Coast Hirsch Old Vine Pinot Noir ($120), 2019 Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Meter by Meter Syrah ($75)
  • Flat Rock Cellars; 2020 The Rusty Shed Chardonnay, 2020 Gravity Pinot Noir, 2020 Nadja's Vineyard Riesling
  • Fritz Underground Winery; 2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($45)
  • Fujishin Family Cellars; 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020 Dry Riesling
  • Helvetia Winery; 2021 Willamette Valley Tualatin Hills Estate Chardonnay, 2020 Willamette Valley Tualatin Hills Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Homefire Cellars; 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2019 Mia's Secret Zinfandel
  • James Cole Estate Winery; 2021 Ros� ($85 per 1.5ml)
  • Jean Edwards Cellars; 2019 Napa Valley Mt. Veeder Yates Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Merlot, 2020 Sonoma Coast Gold Coast Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Kinsman Eades; 2019 Rhadamanthus, 2019 Anjea
  • Lewis Cellars; 2020 Alec's Blend, 2020 Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020 Syrah
  • Lynmar Estate; 2020 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($38), 2021 Ros� of Pinot Noir ($33)
  • MacRostie Winery; 2021 Napa Valley Yountville Clockwise Ros� of Cabernet Sauvignon (170 cases, $30)
  • Mor�t-Brealynn Wines; 2021 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50)
  • Ojai Vineyard; 2021 Santa Barbara County Camp 4 Vineyard Vermentino (159 cases, $34)
  • Otis Kenyon; 2016 Walla Walla Valley Matchless Red Wine Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo/Merlot ($29)
  • Page Wine Cellars; 2020 North Coast The Fury Cabernet Franc ($55)
  • Parrish Family Vineyard; 2018 Adelaida Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (527 cases)
  • Peay Vineyards; 2020 West Sonoma Coast Estate Marsanne/Roussanne (28 cases, $54), 2020 West Sonoma Coast Estate Chardonnay (200 cases, $60), 2020 West Sonoma Coast Estate Pinot Noir (300 cases, $70), 2019 West Sonoma Coast Les Titans Estate Syrah (175 cases, $66)
  • Ponzi Vineyards; 2021 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir Ros� ($25)
  • Pulido-Walker; 2019 Napa Valley Mt. Veeder Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (715 cases), 2020 Napa Valley Mt. Veeder Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, 2019 Napa Valley St. Helena Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rasa Vineyards; 2020 Occam�s Razor Riesling (103 cases, $20), 2021 Occam's Razor Pinot Gris (597 cases, $20)
  • RD Winery; 2021 Sonoma County Carneros Las Brisas Vineyard Fifth Moon Riesling (180 cases, $29)
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2019 Santa Cruz Mountains Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc
  • Roadhouse Winery; 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Robert Keenan Winery; 2020 Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Chardonnay ($45)
  • Robert Mondavi Winery; 2021 Napa Valley Stags Leap District Sauvignon Blanc ($50)
  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards; 2018 Napa Valley Los Carneros Vandal Vineyard Commander Zinskey Zinfandel (251 cases, $65)
  • Rochioli Vineyards & Winery ; 2020 Russian River Valley Sweetwater Pinot Noir ($90), 2020 Russian River Valley Little Hill Pinot Noir ($90), 2020 Russian River Valley Three Corner Pinot Noir ($100), 2020 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir (3,168 cases, $68), 2020 Russian River Valley River Block Pinot Noir ($100), 2020 Russian River Valley Big Hill Pinot Noir ($90), 2020 Russian River Valley West Block Pinot Noir ($120)
  • Salvestrin Wine Company; 2019 Napa Valley St. Helena Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Seven Stones Winery; 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Silver Oak Cellars; 2018 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($90)
  • St. Clair Brown Winery; 2020 Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Merlot (150 cases, $65)
  • Tatomer Wines; 2021 Hinter der Mauer White Blend Gr�ner Veltliner/Riesling ($17)
  • The Prisoner; 2021 Central Coast Unshackled Chardonnay ($23), 2021 Blindfold Blanc de Noir White Pinot Noir ($35)
  • Three Sticks Winery; 2020 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay ($70), 2020 Alana Vineyard Chardonnay ($75), 2020 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75), 2020 Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75), 2020 Walala Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75), 2020 William James Vineyard Pinot Noir ($75)
  • Williams Selyem Winery; 2020 Rochioli Pinot Noir, 2020 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Wood Family Vineyards ; 2021 Para Mas Amigas Chardonnay, 2020 Malbec

September 2022 Wine Releases

  • Acorn Winery; 2019 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2019 Axiom Syrah, 2019 Sangiovese
  • Axios Wine; 2017 Napa Valley Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Bordeaux Blend
  • Bella Oaks; 2019 Bella Oaks Proprietary Blend
  • Boeschen Vineyards; 2018 Carrera Estate Blend, 2019 Petit Verdot
  • Clos Du Val; 2019 Napa Valley Stags Leap District Hirondelle Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Corison Winery; 2019 Napa Valley St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon ($110)
  • Crocker & Starr; 2019 Stone Place Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Di Costanzo; 2020 DI CO Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Di Costanzo Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dunstan; 2020 Durell Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Fairchild Estate; 2019 Pritchard Hill Sigaro Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ferren; 2020 Silver Eagle Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Lancel Creek Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Frei Road Vineyard Chardonnay, 2020 Sonoma Coast Volpert Vineyard Chardonnay, 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir
  • Fujishin Family Cellars; 2020 T's Rose, 2020 Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay
  • Gallica; 2018 Oakville Cabernet Franc
  • Gnarly Head; NV Lodi Limited Edition Grateful Dead Old Vine Zinfandel, NV California Limited Edition Grateful Dead Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hawley Wines; 2021 Tanuda Ridge Pinot Noir ($65), 2021 Estate Viognier ($40)
  • John Anthony Vineyards; 2021 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2019 Crane Vineyard Merlot, 2019 Crane Vineyard Syrah, 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Twisted Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Jones Family Vineyards; 2018 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kanzler Vineyards; 2020 Kanzler Vineyard Estate Reserve Pinot Noir ($84), 2019 One Fifteen Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir ($78), 2020 Mes Filles Vineyard Pinot Noir ($78)
  • Lewelling Vineyards; 2019 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (950 cases), 2019 Napa Valley Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (600 cases)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2020 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020 Merlot, 2021 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2021 Sonoma Russian River Chardonnay
  • Lobo Wines; 2019 Napa Valley Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon (289 cases, $105)
  • MacDonald Vineyards; 2019 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Nemerever Vineyards; 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Parra Wine Co; 2021 Havlin Vineyard Syrah, 2021 Zenith Vineyard Tempranillo
  • Peter Michael Winery; 2019 Au Paradis Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 L'Esprit des Pavots Estate Cabernet Blend, 2021 L�Apr�s-Midi Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 Mon Plaisir Estate Chardonnay, 2020 Ma Belle-Fille Estate Chardonnay
  • Plinth; 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Rockway Vineyards; 2021 Pinot Noir, 2020 Cabernet Franc
  • Salvestrin Wine Company; 2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Seven Oxen; 2018 Petite Sirah, 2018 Tannat, 2018 Polaris
  • Shafer Vineyards; 2019 Napa Valley Relentless Syrah/Petite Sirah, 2020 Napa Valley TD-9 Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Napa Valley Stag's Leap District Firebreak Dessert Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Stones; 2019 Pritchard Hill Fairchild Sigaro Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Stones No 2 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stones No. 3 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Youngberg Hill Vineyard; 2019 Natasha Pinot Noir, 2019 J Block Pinot Noir
  • Zeitgeist Cellars; 2019 Napa Valley Sleeping Lady Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Napa Valley Sleeping Lady Cabernet Franc's Winery Newsletters and Mailing Lists Sign Up Page: Click here.

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Wine Quote of the Month: "If your heart is warm with happiness, you'll need a glass - if sorrow chills your heart, have two! Hannu Lehmusvuori

Till next month.

Neil Monnens

Special thanks to the following sponsors of Arbios Cellars, Bacio Divino, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, Cellars33, Gamba Vineyards and Winery, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Lucia Vineyards, Parry Cellars, Rocca Family Vineyards, School House Vineyard, Snowden Vineyards, Selene Wines, Seven Stones Winery, Stein Family Wines, Steltzner Vineyards and VIADER Vineyards & Winery. They help make WineRelease possible.

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