David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery Winemaker's Diary

February 13 - February 19, 2011 arrow

Sunday February 13, 2011

There are some movies I have loved the first time I saw them (It's A Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz and many more.....) and continue to enjoy seeing them again. There are some movies I have been disappointed in on seeing for the first time and have enjoyed since and many I have hated and have not wanted to see again. I hated, A Clockwork Orange the first time. When I saw A Clockwork Orange in the Theater at the age of 28 I hated it but I could not get it out of my mind. I have seen it several times since and I have liked it better each time. The same can be said about other movies I have been disappointed in.....if I can't get them out of my mind  know I want to see them again. I was disappointed in Gone With the Wind and Casablanca at first but I enjoy seeing them again also. Last night I saw A Social Network for the second time and liked it much more. I am not happy with the subdued color but the acting is great.

It looks like we will be getting some rain for the next several days so bud break will be several weeks away. That is a good thing. Catarino and Salvador have a few more weeks of pruning and we all have to gear up for the Barrel Tasting. We will be featuring our 6 new Zinfandels so it will be fun.

Saturday February 19, 2011

We produce and bottle the Wine Guerrilla wines. The Wine Guerrilla received a bad review for the 2009 Wine Guerrilla Coffaro Block One from a very important wine reviewer. The description read as:

Washed out, sere at its heart and smelling vaguely of old apples, this bottling seems to be falling apart and oxidation effectively obscures any advantage as there may have been between it and the wine simply labeled Coffaro Vineyards.

I have tasted great wine since 1969. When I moved to this vineyard in 1979 I had enough great Bordeaux to schedule one a night for 5 years. I have made wine from my vineyard for 32 years, 15 as an amateur, 17 commercially as David Coffaro Winery. My wife Pat and I live on the 25 acre property in Dry Creek Valley, a great advantage being so near the wine. All wine tax paid or not is stored in several buildings right here. We have no wines at retailers. We sell 5000 cases through the winery, online and in person (2000 cases as "futures" at 50% off). Right now we are selling twenty two 2010 wines as "Futures". I love making wine but I do not like selling it so I do not travel and I have not sent my wines to reviewers for 10 years. Sure I would like to get more recognition for being a great winemaker but I have given up trying to please reviewers. I try to make wines that are food friendly with good acid, a lost art.

Bruce the Wine Guerrilla loves traveling and was a broker before so he knows how to sell. We make his wine but I have no input on how or where he sells it or to who he sends it to for reviews. He is new with his label and is struggling in such a competitive market.......most of his wine is sold out of state to distributors. Obviously a review like that can be enormous and he was devastated. As many of you know wine reviewers have a lot of power, because most people are followers.....I have tasted the Wine Guerrilla Coffaro Block One several times. I know when a wine is "oxidized". I can only surmise two possibilities: either their panel does not know the difference between a wine they do not like and an "oxidized" wine OR they received an "oxidized" wine. That is a mystery that I would like to find the answer to. I will ask Bruce to bring me several bottles of Block One from different pallets. Again I will taste them blind.

I opened 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Ultimate Cuvee last night. I will taste them again tonight and report back soon.


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