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Vineyard: Bric Paradiso

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Vineyard: Bricco Medica

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Vineyard: Bric Valdiana

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Vineyard: Mont de Milieu

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Vineyard: Montmains

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Vineyard: Valmaggiore

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Vineyard: Pietrarizzo

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Vineyard: Pignatuni

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Vineyard: Feudo di Mezzo

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Vineyard: Santo Spirito

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Vineyard: Guardiola

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Vineyard: Contrada

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Is not a single vineyard, but a term for a bigger vineyard site, mainly in Sicily

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Vineyard: Los Olivos

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Vineyard: Los Sasos

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Vineyard: Colonia

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Vineyard: Rancia

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Vineyard: Le Clos

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Vineyard: Il Campitello

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Vineyard: Ashe Vineyard

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Vineyard: Clos du Roi

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comment by John H. Trombley:

Previous note in error, because this is not the Clos du Roi of the Grand Cru Corton in the Cotes de Beaune but that in Mercurey (Cotes Chalonnais):

Grape variety : Pinot noir
Planting dates : 1932
Planting density : 4000 vinestocks per acre
Soil : clay and limestone
Orientation : south, south-west
Altitude : 220 metres (720 feet)
Average yield : 175 cases per acre
Annual production : 600 magnums, exclusively.

Exact position on

Manual harvest • Crushing • 100% destemmed
Open fermentor • Pumping over and punching of the cap 1 to 3 times a day • 12 to 18 days vatting
Temperatures control

18 months in oak barrels • 35% new oaks
First racking after malo-lactic fermentation, then after all six months periods
No fining • Polish-filtration before bottling, if necessary

Wine tasting
A deep, ruby red wine whose color fades somewhat with aging to take on orangey-red highlights. The nose and the palate are a mixture of power and delicacy with aromas close to those of red fruits. The finish is marked by a toasty touch. With age, this wine can be distinguished by its game aromas.

Suggest food dishes
Roasted pigeon with spring vegetables and crumbled truffles.
Ideally enjoyed at 13-14°C

Awards & prizes
Due to the very small quantity of the production, the Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos du Roi" is never presented for tastings or contests.
This wine has obtained the 1er Cru classification in 1936, such it is definitely one of the oldest & famous crus in Mercurey's history.

Vineyard: Bonneveaux

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A comment from John Trombley:

Gary and Teresa Wilson provide the fruit from Tale Feathers Vineyard. The general central region of the Old Mission Peninsula was earliest farmed (late 1970s) and is now intensely farmed for grapes since the first V. Vinifera plantation in this quite contoured area, perhaps the most contoured on the peninsula. Nearby are the home vineyards of Chateau Grand Traverse, the Shangri La, Too vineyard, the Prairie School vineyard, the Manigold vineyard of Gewurztraminer fame, and so forth; this is not exhaustive. For the whites, Riesling and the Pinots are predominant, in the region; for the reds, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Dornfelder are found. We may guess the soils: reef and mostly igneous sands from the Canadian Shield in the form of glacial till; various clays, mostly alkaline; and some humus from Recent forestation and human use. These are almost universal in varying amounts here. The vineyards here are mostly West-facing, flowing down from Center Road M-37 and the scenic outlook at the top of the center ridge down to the water line, with secondary elevations and depressions. This means they are very fine for ripening grapes but are prone to weather-related accidents: spring frosts and hail, and as elsewhere, requite strict attention to vineyard hygiene and canopy management in the intense summer sun and fog/rain that tend to alternate here. The wines are bright, energetic in the citruc range, somewhat rustic, and resinous, with best Pekoe and Pu'er tea notes that remind one of opening a ream of pine wood -based Kraft paper. This may be the signature nose and palate (terroir) of the Up-North (northern Lower Peninsula) white wines.

Vineyard: Weill a Way

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Weill Vineyard is the vineyard formerly known as Shanel, from which David Ramey crafted some lovely Syrah’s. The vineyard was developed by Daniel Roberts, also known as Dr. Dirt, who aided in the planting of many vineyards including a couple used by the Turley-Wetlaufer duo on the coast. As such it carries all the hallmarks of a modern vineyard-tightly spaced, modern rootstocks, cane-pruned, etc... Though the vineyard is still mainly planted to Syrah (and is the backbone of its North Coast Syrah), Bedrock Wine Company converted a small section of the vineyard to a recreated field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre. The vineyard is in a cold site that would normally not get many of these varieties ripe but taking advantage of the tight-spacing they limited the vines to one cluster per shoot and dewinged. A bit of new and a bit of old.

Vineyard: Besson

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It's pronounced BESS - on.  The family is not entirely sure when it was planted.  "Teens, definitely by 1925 because that's when I was born", is what George Besson says.  This old vine treasure is located in the heart of the Hecker Pass

Vineyard: Herzogberg

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Vineyard: Haspel

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Vineyard: Lamaione

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Vineyard: Vigna Ferrovia

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Vineyard: Vigna del Lago

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The Mahoney Ranch Vineyard is located behind the Mahoney Family home. The 45 acres of vineyard were specifically selected to focus on 16 different clones of Pinot Noir and 2 clones of Chardonnay.
The ridgeline vines are planted running east to west catching plenty of sunshine and the elevation of the hillside allows cooler temperatures to regulate ripening.

Vineyard: Clavoillon

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Der Weinort Graach und seine Weinlagen

Der Weinort Graach, moselabwärts neben Bernkastel-Kues gelegen, wird erstmals im Jahre 975 in einer Urkunde des Trierer Erzbischofs Theoderich (965-977) erwähnt. Der Ortsname "Graach" selbst ist keltischen Ursprungs und weist auf die Besiedelung des Moseltales durch den keltischen Stamm der Treverer im 5. Jahrhundert v.Chr. hin. Daß Graach eine ehemals bedeutende keltische Siedlung gewesen sein muß, belegen Ausgrabungen aus jüngerer Zeit, die auf der Moselhöhe über dem Ort einen keltischen Tempelbezirk freigelegt haben.

English translation below--cleaned-up Google Translate. jht

In Graach, das zu den größten Weinbaugemeinden des mittelalterlichen kurtrierischen Staates zählte, hatte die Geistlichkeit umfangreiche Besitzungen. Nach einer Aufstellung aus dem Jahre 1720 gehörten der Kirche 25% der Gemarkung; zusammen mit einigen ritterschaftlichen Besitzungen waren ein Drittel der Graacher Weinberge in grundherrschaftlichem Besitz. Noch heute zeugen die verbliebenen Weinbergsnamen Himmelreich, Dompropst, Abtsberg und Josefshof von diesen engen Bindungen zu den geistlichen Feudalherren.

Wie überall an der Mosel begann der Aufschwung des qualitätsorientierten, bürgerlichen Weinbaues mit der Säkularisation des Kirchenbesitzes durch den Reichsdeputationshauptschluß 1803, als ein Großteil des geistlichen Besitzes für billigstes Geld veräußert werden mußte. Die Eingliederung des Moselgebietes in das Königreich Preußen brachte wirtschaftliche Blüte und veranlaßte viele, nunmehr zu Grundeigentum gekommene Winzer, ihre Weinberge mit Rieslingreben zu bepflanzen, die bessere Qualitäten bei geringeren Mengenerträgen brachten, als die zuvor verwendeten Kleinbergerreben. Der Ruf der Graacher Weine konnte sehr schnell Anerkennung finden und bereits 1837 schrieb Christian von Stramberg , der Klassiker unter den Weinautoren, Graach produziere einen der edelsten Moselweine.

Der Graacher Weinberg selbst ist Teil des mächtigen, rechts der Mosel gelegenen Schieferhang-Massives, das sich von Bernkastel über Graach und Wehlen bis nach Zeltingen hinstreckt und eine Fülle weltbekannter Rieslinglagen aufweist: den Berncasteler Doctor, die Badstube, Graacher Himmelreich und
Dompropst, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr und Schloßberg. Die Graacher Weinbergsgemarkung weist ca. 135 ha Rebfläche aus und ist ausnahmslos mit Rieslingreben bestockt. Die beiden großen und bedeutendsten Lagen Dompropst und Himmelreich haben davon einen Anteil von 28,5 ha bzw. 87 ha. Die Exposition der 100%igen Steillagen liegt nach Süd-Westen; der Boden ist mittel- bis tiefgründiger steiniger, frisch verwitternder Tonschiefer.

Während der Name "Dompropst" direkten Bezug nimmt auf den Trierer Dompropst, dem ein Drittel des Weinzehnten von Graach zustand, ist der Name "Himmelreich" als hochgelegene und alle Winzerwünsche erfüllende Lagenbezeichnung zu deuten.


The wine making town of Graach and its vineyards

The wine-growing 'Ort' of Graach, situated along the Mosel bank next to and northwest of Bernkastel proper is mentioned for the first time in 975 in a document of Trier Archbishop Theodoric (965-977). The place name "Graach" itself is of Celtic origin and points to the settlement of the Mosel valley by the Celtic tribe of the Treverer in the 5th century BC. The fact that Graach must have been a formerly important Celtic settlement is confirmed by recent excavations, which have uncovered a Celtic temple district on the Mosel.

In Graach, one of the largest winegrowing communities of the medieval Kyrgyz state, the clergy had extensive possessions. According to a list from the year 1720, the church controlled 25% of the territory; Along with some knightly possessions, a third of the Graach vineyards were owned by individuals. The remaining vineyard names of Himmelreich, Dompropst (Domprobst), Abtsberg and Josefshof still bear witness to these close ties to the spiritual feudal lords.

As everywhere in the Mosel, the rise of quality-oriented, small-tenant viticulture began with the secularization of the possession of the church by the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss 1803, when a large part of the Church's property had to be sold for what they could bring at auction. The incorporation of the Mosel region into the kingdom of Prussia brought economic prosperity, and led many vintners, who had now become property owners, to plant their vineyards with Riesling vines, which yielded better qualities at lower volumes than the small-scale vines used previously. The Church is also remembered as playing a role in the propagation of Riesling in the best sites along the Mosel--jht.) The reputation of the Graach wines was very quickly recognized and as early as 1837: Christian von Stramberg, the classic among wine authors, wrote, "Graach produced one of the noblest Mosel wines."

The slope on which the Graach vignoble is located is part of the powerful Schieferhang massif, situated on the right side of the Mosel. It stretches from Bernkastel past Graach and Wehlen to Zeltingen and has an abundance of world-famous Riesling sites: Bernkasteler Doctor, Badstube, Graacher Himmelreich und Dompropst (Domprobst more usual spelling these days), Wehlener Sonnenuhr, The Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Schloßberg. Within the vineyard boundaries of Graach there are about 135 hectares (300 acres) of vineyards and therein is grown only Riesling. The two major and most important locations of Dompropst and Himmelreich have a share of 28.5 ha (64 acres) and 87 ha (196 acres) respectively. The exposure of the 100% steep slopes is to the south-west; The soil is medium to deeply rocky, quick weathering [hard blue clay--jht] slate. [Erosion off the slopes is a serious problem in Graach. jht]

While the name "Dompropst" refers directly to the Trier Dompropst, or Cathedral provost or financial official, which was one third of the best of Graach available to the Church, the name "Himmelreich" ishould also be thought of as a high level vineyard whose quality limits depend only on the skills of the maker.

Vineyard: Altenbourg

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The lieu-dit Altenburg is located between 220 and 300 m of altitude, gently sloping, just below the lower boundary of the Grand Cru Furstentum.

Its soils are marl-calcaro-sandstone, comparable to those of the Furstentum, with a higher proportion of sand and a slightly earlier maturation. The Altenburg promotes great ripeness, it produces very beautiful Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

The deep, clay-limestone soils of this Kientzheim hill are recognized geologically and empirically as being very favorable to Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

The lowest part of this hill gives birth to the Gewurztraminer Cuvée Laurence.

Le lieu-dit Altenbourg se situe entre 220 et 300 m d'altitude, en pente douce, juste en dessous de la délimitation du Grand Cru Furstentum.

Ses sols sont marno-calcaro-gréseux, comparables à ceux du Furstentum, avec une proportion de sable plus importante et une maturation légèrement plus précoceL’Altenbourg favorise de grandes maturités, il produit de très beaux Pinot Gris et Gewurztraminer.

Les sols profonds, argilo-calcaires de cette colline de Kientzheim sont reconnus géologiquement et empiriquement comme étant très favorables aux Pinot Gris et aux Gewurztraminer.

La partie la plus basse de ce coteau donne naissance aux Gewurztraminer Cuvée Laurence.

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Vineyard: La Princée

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Vineyard: Il Mondello

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Vineyard: Mondello

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Vineyard: Vigne Nuove

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Vineyard: San Calisto

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Vineyard: Vigne di Popoli

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