Wine Dine and Play: September 2013

Ecco Restaurant

Ecco restaurant is part of the Fifth Group Restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia











European With A Touch Of The South
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Airport location
Cuisine Style: Upscale Mediterranean
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 4/5
Dined in July 2013
Article Updated: April 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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By Cuisine  /  By Country

Ecco Zomato Rating:

Ecco Airport Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 




Harvest Moon Café

The Harvest Moon Cafe in Sonoma California is an organic California cuisine restaurant









Local, Philosophical, Sustainable
City of Sonoma, California, USA
Cuisine Style: Californian, Mediterranean
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 4/5
Dined in July 2013
Article Updated on April 2019 
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
**A full article and index glossary of restaurants, wines, recipes and travel for 
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Harvest Moon Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 



The French Laundry

The French Laundry in Yountville, California is Michelin 3 starred restaurant by Chef Thomas Keller

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A Focused Culinary Journey From One Course To The Next
Yountville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cuisine Style: French
Average Price: $$$$$
Overall Rating: 5/5
Dined on August 2013
Article Updated on April 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
**A full article and index glossary of restaurants, wines, recipes and travel for 
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French Laundry on Zomato:

The French Laundry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 





Gaia Restaurant

Gaia at the DoubleTree by Hilton in American Canyon, California is now called the Table 29 Bistro and Bar








Concentrated More On Being “Green” Then On Service And Food 
American Canyon, California USA
Cuisine Style: American
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 1/5
Dined in: August 2013
Article Updated: April 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Row Eleven Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2011















A Notable “Old World Style” Wine
San Rafael, California USA
Wine Style: New World
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 91 points
Article Written in September 2013
Article Updated in March 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Château or Vineyard Owner:
Richard de Los Reyes














I first wrote about Row Eleven when I happened upon a little wine store just outside Charleston, South Carolina, where the wine distributor was offloading for the store-owner. We started into the conversation, and he recommended the Row Eleven. I was very impressed, writing an article on Wine Dine and Play that you can read about by clicking here. That fateful encounter would lead to the continuing stories with Row Eleven and their wines. Now I have the opportunity to review the Santa Maria 2011 Pinot Noir, soon to be released, along with a few others.

The grapes for Row Eleven Pinot Noir's come from four vineyards in three distinct appellations. All the vineyards are sustainably grown. When you think of Pinot Noir, most people think of the Old World first. Pinot Noir appeared in Burgundy around 6 BC. Over one millennium, scholars, princes, soldiers, kings, and Popes have traveled through the fabulous Cote d’ or, drinking, hearing, and dreaming about the great wines found there. New World Pinot Noir was pushed by plantings in California in the 1990s in the Russian River and Santa Maria Valleys where California’s Mountains, climate, and soil combine to make a good growth of Pinot Noir grapes.

After writing my first article on Row Eleven in 2012, the wine owner and I kept in contact, and since I was traveling through the area where his office was located, on my way to Napa, I let them know that I would pop in. Unfortunately, I arrived when they were on vacation since, in a few weeks’ time, it would be harvest, and they would be working like cats and dogs. Therefore, they emailed me to stop by the office anyway, where they had a few bottles waiting for me to pick up and try. One of which was their 2011 Santa Maria Pinot noir (soon to be released). Not only did I enjoy as always, I decided while doing some cooking a few days later to enjoy the entire bottle. I even included it as part of the recipe, for a sauce I was making; the Row Eleven Red Wine Demi-Glace, a sauce that takes nearly eight hours to reduce, but in the end goes great with steak.


Wine and Grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palate Experience:
2011 Santa Maria Pinot:
Winemaker Notes:  
Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre, and J. Torres Appellations; Wild berries, heavy spice, and cola.
Winemaker Notes:
Big yet smooth firm tannins with a velvety long smoky finish. 14.9% ABV
2011 Rose
Winemaker Notes:  
A blend of Merlot, Grenache, Syrah, and of course Pinot noir. Dark, intense, and cold.

Winemaker Notes:
possessing layered aromatics, concentrated ripeness of fruit and a complex, yet classy palate 13.9% ABV
2009 Russian River Pinot noir
Winemaker Notes:  
100% Pinot Noir, Russian River, and Dutton Ranch Appellations; Extremely aromatic with complex notes of spice and bacon.

Winemaker Notes:
This wine possesses lively, clean, and focused fruit flavors. The tannins are firm to medium without being aggressive and are in perfect balance to the hint of smoky wood from the French oak barrel aging. 14.7% ABV
2009 Vinas 3 pinot
Winemaker Notes:  
100% Pinot Noir, Santa Maria, Russian River, and Napa AVA’s; Bright fruit and smoke, misty like a forest after a rainfall.

Winemaker Notes:
expressively layered with deep fresh cherries, lightly toasted French oak and minimal tannins. 13.9% ABV, cloned from Burgundy vines  





Final notes, review basics, and observations:



*** NOTE TO THE READER ***

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about.
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman — which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert, and thus subjective, not objective. See the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ on how I arrived at the rating percentage below:


Overall Star Rating For 
Row Eleven:
5 of 5 Stars: 
An Extraordinary Tasting Experience
Wines Produced
Red: Pinot Noir
White: Rosé
Grape Blends
Red: 
Pommard and Dijon Burgundian clones


Wine regulatory’s for the tastings in this article:


“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is the strength, in the water there are bacteria.” - David Auerbach

United States: 
California:

Sub-Napa AVA’s:




Other California wines, winery (Château’s), or food articles on Wine Dine and Play:
Jonata Winery Tasting Screaming Eagles sister winery, El Desafio cab, in Santa Barbara, California
Kamen Estates Low yield, high quality + film writing in Sonoma, California
Silver Oak Cellars Near the Silverado Trail, known for high-end Cabernet in Oakville, California

See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary


A Few New World Favorites:
Bergström Wines Kings of Pinot in Newburg, Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Biltmore Estate Local and California grapes produced in Asheville, North Carolina
Chateau Montelena The famed Bottle Shock “Judgement of Paris” winner in Calistoga, California
Erath Vineyards Pioneers in Oregon Pinot in Dundee, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Ken Forrester A focus on the Rhône vs Bordeaux Meritage in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Sijnn Wines Sister winery to De Trafford near Stellenbosch, South Africa

Some Old World Favorites:
Bordeaux - A Sip and Taste Wine tours and restaurants in Bordeaux, France 
Château Lanessan A Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in Haut-Médoc AOC, Bordeaux, France
Domaine Guy and Yvan Dufouleur 1st Cru producer in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France


See the whole list by visiting “The Wine Dine and Play Article Glossary by country





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Bottle Prices 
(excluding taxes)
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
**Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 


Currency rates in the top wine producing & wine purchasing countries:
Price Chart :
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2009 Russian River Pinot (750 ml):

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Row Eleven Vineyards:

135 Third Street, Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901   





Tasting Room Information:

Website:
Tasting room:
+1 415 259 2770
Website contact:
Tasting Room hours:

Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
Monday - Sunday

11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Social Media 
And 
Accolades for 
Row Eleven:


Row Eleven Facebook Link                








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The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.


A few to tease you with…
Creatively presented high-energy Mediterranean Fare
Denver, Colorado, USA
Farm-to-fork upscale local chain for Southwestern cuisine
Austin, Texas, USA
Upscale eatery with butchery at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tampa, Florida, USA






“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is the strength, in the water there are bacteria.” 
- David Auerbach




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TTFN




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