VOLUME 9, ISSUE 40
April 17, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Winemaker & Winegrower Ted Lemon Celebrates 20 Years of Littorai, 30 Years of Winemaking Clos de la Tech Ceja Vineyards: Inspiring Preserverance Leads to Success Newest Bacigalupi Wines Truly Honor a Legacy Adventures on the Pinot Trail: In Pursuit of Balance 2014 Rivers Marie: Back on Track in 2012 E16 Pinot Noir: A Pleasant Surprise Recent Sips of Chardonnay Recent Sips of Other Interesting Whites Recent Sips of Pinot Noir Pinot Briefs Alquimie: “The Drinks Are On Us” Harvest Down Under
Relic Wines is the shared dream of husband and wife Mike Hirby and Schatzi Throckmorton. Hirby career in wine began as a sommelier. He later was the assistant winemaker at Behrens & Hitchcock Winery and left in 2002 to make wine for Relic and several other Napa Valley wineries.
The winery's Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from the 1-acre Avion Vineyard which is situated above the famous Durell Vineyard west of the town of Sonoma. An Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir as been produced since 2002. In 2007, a Pinot Noir bottling, Tradition, from Alder Springs Vineyard is an homage to Burgundy. It is a single barrel of Pinot Noir fermented with 50% whole clusters. A Syrah and white and red Rhone blend round out the portfolio.
The wines are sold exclusively through a mailing list.
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