A beverage geek with a thirst for discovery, transparency, & acidity that will rip your face off. White wine werewolf. Sonoma, CA
roast chicken slayer ⚡️⚠️💥🐔!! — a month 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 — 5 months 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! — 5 months 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 — 3 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 — 5 months ago
Deliciously unctuous. So fresh out of the bottle. Spirited and jumpy on the first pour. This wine walks a curious line between freshness and underlying funk. A beautiful expression of Trousseau from start to finish. All I can think of is umami in its purest sense with the dichotomy of bright fruit & complementary savoriness throughout this wine’s expression. Muddled strawberry meets rhubarb and light roast espresso grounds. Incredibly delicious. One of my top wines of the year.
Enjoyed on a cold autumn night w/ homemade Kabocha squash soup — 5 months 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. — 5 months ago
Didn’t see this one coming. Wowed by its expression, weight, and innate ability to complement food so well. Enjoyed over a meal at Sorrel (SF) with friends. My favorite white wine to be opened this evening. Transparency and minerality in full effect. Though not overpowering, this wine played all its cards. The guy at the shop I picked this up from warned I would be back for more of this, and sure enough I will be. — 5 months ago