A beverage geek with a thirst for discovery, transparency, & acidity that will rip your face off. White wine werewolf. Sonoma, CA
This is such a dynamic site. 1600ft above the valley floor, Wente clone on AXR-1 rootstock planted in 1982. This has white Burgundy nods written all over it in opening it tonight on 6/20/2019. Cheers John & Kai!
This is delish and the remaining bottles that capture this vineyard’s site expression still out there in the wild are worth celebrating. — 4 months ago
So old world in its interpretation and how it showed with graceful age here in 2019. Very little intervention in the winemaking as I have come to understand it from Randall and getting to know these wines past and present. A surprise winner of the bottles opened as part of dinner in good company. I will keep my eyes peeled for more bottles of the 1980’s vintages from LG as I have seen a few pop up across Sonoma County’s wine honey holes 🍯 — a year ago
Birth-year wine opened in celebration of a close friend’s 30th.
The wine finds itself quite mature in its presentation of fruit. Heavily dominated by savory herbs on the nose. Screams of dill and thyme. Curious to know the oak program for this wine in these times. Acid structure is what is keeping this wine alive and maintaining freshness in mouthfeel on the palette. Happy Birthday Mo! — a year ago
roast chicken slayer ⚡️⚠️💥🐔!! — 7 months ago
Classically speaking, La Jota is my favorite Howell Mountain producer. I’ve tasted so many treasures from this producer in the 1985-2005 span here in the past few years. Beautiful integration and expression of Cabernets on volcanic soils at elevation. But what do I love most about Howell Mt wines at their best? - Their ability to smell like Howell Mt itself. Being a 2003 this wine finds itself in a good place now though I wish I had others to try again in 3-5 years — a year ago
Snappy! This wine brings the pop. Great acid and dryness at its core, this builds the framework for this wine’s structure and ability to hold greater complexity in its expression of fruit. Lemongrass, ripe grapefruit, candied kumquat, slate, and petrichor zip across the palette. I’ve had other bottlings from this producer in mixed vintages but this one clearly rises to the top in 2014. At a great place to enjoy now. Grip & rip. One for the acid freaks — 9 months ago
A producer that finds itself included in my top five of true Sonoma Coast wizardry. The Las Colinas Syrah is always full the magic and I’ve found particular joy in the 2012 vintage of this La Neblina. The 2013 here was a little more nimble and lacked a bit of the depth the 2012’s I’ve tasted have offered. Wishing there was some for day 2 but the King Salmon, roast squash, & shiitake mushrooms soaked it all up. A lovely wine that’s garnered by grace. The loudest voice is the one you don’t first hear. Listen close — a year ago
My first dive into the Souillard wines. They come highly recommended from a friend bringing them into the area. 2015 filled with crunchy tannins and pop of freshness. All this by way of bright fruit, balanced acidity, and fine oak tannins. This is getting added to my most important list of “Wines to Crush Cheeseburgers”. A lovely autumn afternoon treat. — a year ago