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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Rajat Parr Branches into Burgundy

The globetrotting sommelier-turned-winemaker's 2010 vintage of Maison l'Orée shows promise

Posted: November 26, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Rajat Parr, wine director for the Michael Mina group, began making wine in California with the 2004 vintage. What originally began as a quest to vinify whole-cluster Syrah led him to Beckmen's Purisima Mountain Vineyard. He also sourced a little Chardonnay from Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat from the 2004 and 2005 harvests.

From 2006 through 2009, Parr's wines were under the Evening Land umbrella before consolidating the Sandhi project with partners Charles Banks and winemaker Sashi Moorman in 2010. Parr and Moorman purchased a 40-acre Pinot Noir vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills from Evening Land in 2012 with plans to make wines from it under the Domaine de la Côte label. Sandhi wines are from purchased fruit.

Now, Parr and Banks are making wine in Burgundy, under the Maison l'Orée label, with the help of Nicolas Potel and his team at Domaine de Bellene in Beaune. I caught up with Parr recently in New York.

News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: Riesling, a Great Grape

An ancient and noble white grape edges back into the spotlight

Posted: November 18, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Delicious Reds from Italy

New reviews of versatile Piedmont bottlings for everyday enjoyment

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

French Reds and Whites, Malbec, New World Values

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Coravin's By-the-Glass Breakthrough

A new device allows wine lovers to enjoy bottles without removing the cork

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Esther Mobley, Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

The Quiet Innovator

Robert Drouhin earns Wine Spectator's 2013 Distinguished Service Award

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

17 Vintages of Bruno Giacosa

A vertical tasting of the master’s Barbaresco and Barolo riservas illustrates a transparency that reveals vintage and vineyard character

Posted: November 4, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Bruno Giacosa is an icon of Piedmont. A guardian of the traditional style, he has made benchmark Barbarescos and Barolos since 1961. I recently had the opportunity to taste 17 vintages of Giacosa’s Barbaresco Asili Riserva, Barolo Falletto Riserva and Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva spanning the years 2008 to 1967.

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Hail Devastates French Vineyards

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich, Ben O'Donnell, Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Tuscan Bounty

Recent vintages deliver big reds from Bolgheri, Chianti and beyond

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Savvy Shopper

New World Reds, Bargain French Whites and Sherry

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

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