Winegrower, Santa Cruz Mountains, organic farmer, happy husband, one dog lover, spey fisherman, surfer.
Set aside that this is THE ONLY SERIOUS SYLVANER FROM CA that I know of; this is just a plain excellent wine. I mean the Winemaker’s were skilled. To take a variety known for its “neutral character” and walk that fine line and bring out a purely pleasurable expression says a lot about this historic Sonoma estate.￼￼￼￼￼￼ Controlled aromas reflect its Alpine heritage.￼ never reduced nor overly fruity; The nose on this wine simply invites you to put it in your mouth. Light to medium full in texture it’s perfectly balanced on the edge of richness and acidity, with flavors of lemon citrus light herbs and a faint creamy finish￼￼￼￼. Bravo. I’m impressed. — 7 months ago
NOT THE GRUNER... this review is for their Gemiscter Satz With so many disappointing example on the mass market, it was so reassuring to find this genuine example of high quality winemaking. Clean well made and true to form. Fresh, citrus and mineral aromas lead to a tight and precise mouthfeel with lemon, complexities and light creamy notes. Brava and Bravo!! Sehr gut!👏👏👏 — a year ago
Green mango, honeydew melon, Thai lime and hints of creamy lemon fill out the dense and powerful nose… nice contrast between rich texture and clean lively acid mouthfeel…some minerals, and a long lasting ripe tasting finish. Pretty well made: slightly too much So2 but a style that hits it right down the middle..too bad I didn’t have some food to match this time.
— a year ago
Awesome wine. As usual, If you think you don’t like a category or variety, just go spend $80/bottle then come back and talk to me. This wine shows what Friulano can be. Polished, mildly enriched by oak barrels, very complex fruit, minerals and Unami and super stylish texture...Like the first time you saw a car designed by Karmen Ghia — 9 months ago
Short review - 2018 vintage DEAD ON PERFECT. This is in the top three wines of the year for me... it doesn’t have to be a impressive Napa Valley or Bordeaux Cabernet to win this distinction from me. So nice to have a imported wine with no noticeable Brett. This still gives deep earthy and black cherry CF flavors as well as a medium body and enough tannins to call for service at the table. Bravo. Great blend of 3 grapes . Captures the middle Loire red blend style to a T. — 10 months ago
Dense slightly rich aromas show yeast influence to the tropical under ripe white peach and lime aromas... true to type; this wine invites seaside foods...in the mouth it’s again denser than most, but well made and delivering well. Shrimp ceviche anyone? — a year ago
This review is not for the Merlot 2016 Clivi Brazan Friulano Best example of this varietal I have ever tried(from over 20 examples)...clean aromas, rich and complex but not at all reduced/earthy, so well made. Begs for dinner! Very fine texture without strong Almond bitterness in the finish. Not cheap for me at least it sets a benchmark for Friulano BRAVO! — 9 months ago
Showing that alluring richness of bottle aged GS. Must have been intensely austere in its youth. Steely (S02??) aromas with minerals, fusal notes and mature lemon. Some complex creamy notes in the nose. Perfect mouthfeel, lithe but rich... fresh citrus acidity, great oily mouth coating texture and a long finish with nutty nuisances. Bravo! — a year ago