VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Ariki (Rick) Hill is a New Zealand native and spouse of noted California winemaker, Lane Tanner. A trained winemaker himself, Rick launched Labyrinth in 2000 with a Pinot Noir from Bien Nacido Vineyard. A Yarra Valley, Australia Pinot Noir was added in 2002 (Rick received formal training in winemaking in Australia).
In 2007, the portfolio was expanded to include full-bodied reds from the Paso Robles region and a Bien Nacido Reserve Pinot Noir from the earliest (1973) plantings under the HAKA by Labyrinth label. In 2012, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was sourced from the Presqu'ile Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley.
Eddie and Stephanie Schwartz joined the ownership of the winery in 2011. A tasting room was opened in Ventura, where wine education classes are also held. Wines are produced with both the Labyrinth and HAKA by Labyrinth labels.
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