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This Week's Tasting

Featuring Russian River Pinots + Chardonnays
July 7, 2021


Russian River


After visiting a couple of Boston's tonier restaurants, one of our distributor representatives will drop by our tasting with some of the finer wines that he was presenting to them. We invite you to join us in evaluating some excellent wines. I tasted and loved the Maritana wines on release two years ago and expect they are showing even better now.

I have not yet tried the other wines, but they come from fine winemakers and have had other vintages or wines from all.

Chapoutier's single-vineyard Viognier is a benchmark for Rhone versions of the grape

Deux Roches makes excellent Maconnais whites. Reportedly their Cremant is delicious.

Schlumberger is an excellent Alsatian vintner. Their Riesling from the grand cru Saering vineyard has been consistently excellent over several vintages.

Hourglass Sauvignon Blancs are as well made as their famous cabernets.

Rochioli Russian River Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs always very, very well constructed and get much critical praise

Whether you come to the tasting or not, you can take 10% off the bottle price for any mix of 6 to 11 of the wines below and get any 12 or more at the case discount.



Deux Roches Cremant De Bourgogne                                             24             19.99



2018 Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier                                  31              25.99

2018 Domaine Schlumberger Pinot Gris                                       26             21.99

2017 Domaine Schlumberger Riesling Searing Grand Cru    38             31.99

2019 Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc                                                      48             40.99

2019 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc                                                         51              42.99



2019 Rochioli Pinot Noir                                                                      96             81.99


Maritana Chardonnays & Pinot Noir

After the sale of Patz and Hall, Donald Patz started a new project he christened Maritana focussing on his favorite area for Pinot and Chardonnay, Russian River. If Patz & Hall wines are for Pinot and Chardonnay lovers, Maritana wines excite devotees of those grapes. Donald wants to draw out the aromatics of the grape. He has undoubtedly succeeded' showing the balance and finesse that minute attention to detail can evoke. They display nice tension between minerality, ripe fruit, chiseled acids, and delicate, decorous use of wood, all in balance.

            Maritana chardonnays have all the grape's expressive apple, pear, and light tropical notes but have a mineral drive that echoed Chablis. His Pinot Noir has extraordinarily seductive red and blackberry aromatics that complement without overwhelming a fine acid structure.

            They are not Burgundian, a term too often misused for West Coast wines, but they have finesse and complexity that I rarely see in California. I am excited to see how they have developed from my notes below from two years ago.


2017 Maritana Chardonnay la Riviere; Aroma: very clean a touch of flint; Mouth: smooth relatively dense fleshy neutral, clean rounded, rounded flesh, restrained dry; Very Good - Excellent 62; 6-11 Mixed 55.8; Case, 52.99

2017 Maritana Chardonnay Dutton Ranch Shopblock 55-year-old vines Aroma: flinty, Taut taut flinty again: Mouth: flinty rather firm, almost a RR Chablis, fleshy to the tongue; Excellent 79; 6-11 Mixed, 71.1; Case, 66.99

2017 Maritana Chardonnay Hansen Hill Dutton Ranch; Aroma: clean brighter acid, brighter lemon-lime oily note; Mouth: clean smooth lighter rather pretty fine acid lithe, mineral, acid, very dry long finish, it sings on the palate; Excellent - Outstanding 99; 6-11 Mixed, 89.1; Case, 84.15

2017 Maritana Pinot Noir La Russe; Aroma: rather sweet, very dense, some plummy notes with a lifted finish; Mouth: ripe & lifted, fleshy texture, bright acid nicely balanced with fat texture, fine underlay of mineral acid; Excellent62; 6-11 Mixed, 55.8; Case, 52.99


Take 10% off the bottle price for any mix of 6 to 11 of these wines

Twelve or more at the case discount.


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           - Len Rothenberg



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