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Monday, March 24, 2014

My, My, Malibu

"The only wine I grew up with was once a year – Manischewitz,” Elliott Dolin tells me as we stand in his vineyard in, uh…Malibu. “Until I was about 36 all I knew was that there was red and white wine.” Poor fellow. Today Dolin has Chardonnay planted in the Malibu hills and the Malibu area is slowly refining their winemaking and skills. Dolin, a former studio musician whose weapon of choice was the electric bass, performed originally in The Manhattan Transfer.

Elliott and me discussing his property
He fell in with a group of friends who were wine collectors, where his education by experience took hold and at their routine gatherings they each would bring a bottle of wine to share, discuss and drink (I like this idea much better than a book club). “Any fool can go and buy the most expensive bottle,” he says, and he learned from his friends about the subtleties of wine. Elliott Dolin grew up in northern New Jersey, and his music career of necessity brought him to L.A. He started taking wine appreciation classes at UCLA, and planted his vineyard, all to Chardonnay, in 2006 on a slope below his home, as I’ve mentioned before, in Malibu. I drive this point home because, though there are actually quite a few vineyard sites in Malibu, it’s still such a novelty as to seem amusing. I tasted though a series of Malibu wines at a media function a while back and the overall quality was suspect. Nice people, but the wines were iffy. Then I stopped by Elliott Dolin’s place in January, 2014. I was gleefully surprised by what he was accomplishing. “We would like to put Malibu on the map, but we can’t plant anymore here, the land values are too great,” he tells me, therefore they need to source grapes from other areas, and Dolin has done well for himself, having secured fruit from two top Central Coast sources; Talley Vineyards in Edna Valley and Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara’s premier grower. Winemaker Kirby Anderson (formerly of Gainey Vineyards and who I learned much from before I started writing about wine) is turning out some terrific juice including a 2012 Pinot Noir Rose ($22) with mild strawberry good acids a hint of lemon curd.

But it is the Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, that is the wine to ponder over as it clearly suggests that the area can indeed turn out some fine grapes. Dijon clone 96 is the heart of this wine. Using 25% new French oak, this wine has terrific focused lemon citrus, a slight tang, and an earthy, wood quality - not oak but roasted wood – and bright acidity, all harmoniously balanced. An unforeseen delight – go get some. DOLIN ESTATE
ORIGIN: Malibu, California
PRICE: $39 - 750/ml
ALCOHOL: 14.4%
BOOZEHOUNDZ SCORE:  90 POINTS

3 comments:

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  2. Elliott Dolin is a convicted felon, caught by the Feds & FBI in an international money laundering FRAUD scheme whereby millions of Dollars were illegally funding the Yeshiva & Spinka cult with 90% of it being returned to the “donors” such as fraudulent Elliot Dolin in ILLEGAL kickbacks “under the table” and an IRS fraud.

    Elliot Dolin was incarcerated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Taft Prison for his felony conviction, and is a CONVICTED FELON for life!

    Or you can also review most of the files here or on https://malibucriminals.wordpress.com

    OR

    www.convictedfelonelliottdolin.wordpress.com

    or just go to Los Angeles County Court website for full access to same public files

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  3. Dumb as Dumb-ss D...

    Elliott Dolin of Dolin Estate is a convicted felon caught in an FBI sting along with both his partners David Hager & Adam Milstein for Federal tax fraud and he served prison time at Taft Federal Prison for his corruption. Extensive public documents on Elliott Dolin and his felony conviction and his convicted felon partners can be seen in the Los Angeles County court records, all public files. More can be seen on Elliot Dolin IRS and tax fraud and money laundering felony conviction at the Los Angeles County Courts website or at

    http://www.malibucorruption.wordpress.com

    or google Elliott Dolin Fraud…

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