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by Fred McMillin
This Char Is Up to Par
" The golf tee is on the patio between our winery and our home, overlooking 1,500 feet of valley floor. It's one hole, a par 50."
... Golf-loving Proprietors Ayn and David Coleman
The Rest of the Story
If you think a winery with a golf tee high in the Mayacamas Mountains (that separate the Sonoma and Napa Valleys) is unconventional, you ain't heard nothing yet. For example...
Adler Fels Chardonnay
David makes two blends, an ultra-rich Coleman Reserve, and a less-complicated Sonoma County Chardonnay (which in David's typically irreverent manner used to be labelled "UNRESERVED"). Checking my notes, my panel tasted the first (1990) Reserve on May 9, 1992 and it won Best White. More suprising, on May 2nd, the less-expensive Sonoma County ALSO won Best White. The $14 '97 County and the $16 Reserve are now available and are as impressive as ever.
We shouldn't ignore the Ayn factor in all of this. She is the niece of the founders of Chateau St. Jean, and grew up among the vines and wines. Re sales, phone her at (707) 539-3123.
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