VOLUME 9, ISSUE 33
November 9, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Winemaker Ken Brown: Veteran Still On His Game Littorai: Balance & Harmony is Theme Dijon Clone 943: Early Reports Hahn Estates: Consistently Top Notch Mueller: Over 20 Years of Excellence in the Russian River Valley Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir A Life Worth Living: Russian River Valley Original Charles Bacigalupi 1924-2013 Pinot Briefs Why You Like The Wines You Like
Chris Mazepink, formerly the winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars and now winemaker at Benton Lane since the 2008 vintage, has a private label. Ebony Wines is named for the dense, fine-textured black wood highly valued as an ornamental wood.
Two blends are produced: The Quarry, which embodies the rocky nature of the selected vineyard sites, and Olenik Vineyard, of which Mazepink is part owner (initially all the fruit from this vineyard went to Penner-Ash, Patricia Green, Raptor Ridge and Elk Cove).
Mazepink uses 100% oak fermenters to add to the textural element of his wines. Projected production is 350 cases annually.
The wines are sold through a mailing list.
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