Albemarle County, Central Region

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Sandhi, Sanford & Benedict, Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir, 2016, ABV 13.5%.

This Pinot Noir comes from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County in the Central Coast region of California. Despite California having generally a Mediterranean climate, due to its westerly location, Sta. Rita Hills AVA receives cooling maritime and fog influences from the Pacific Ocean, aiding in the preservation of acidity, lending balance, finesse, and elegance to the resulting wine.

This wine is medium ruby with a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb, orange peel, violet, tulip, mint, wet stone, white pepper, secondary notes of nutmeg, and tertiary notes of earth and wet leaves.

On the palate this wine is dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, delicate tannin, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.

This is a beautiful wine with a strong fruit character and expression. It is well-balanced and offers concentrated aromatics and flavors and nice complexity.
— 2 months ago

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Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

Nice new California style Chardonnay from exciting region in Santa Barbara....made from extra grapes of four vineyards sites which are used in all single vineyards line...great layered complexity ...clean crisp fruit but subtle cereal notes and finishes lingers with a salinity ...nice!! — 2 years ago

Horton Vineyards

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Great everytime wine, with food or without. — 4 years ago

J Vineyards & Winery

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Pale lemon with aromas of stone and citrus fruits with sweet toasty notes for this 3 region chard blend. On the palate flavors of apple, pear and lemon citrus with baking spices with vanilla and toasty oak, fresh, crisp acidity, good balance on a medium+ finish ending with fruit and sweet spicy notes. — 2 months ago

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Herman Story

Bolt Cutter Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

If you follow me, you will have noticed a lot of wines coming out of Paso Robles. It’s currently my favorite region. The eclectic blends of new world macerated wines that are ready to drink. Herman Story is a top notch vineyard. Cab dominate blend but with 32%petit Verdot. Blue fruit with a hearty nose. Even keeled on the palate and longer finish make this beauty enticing. — a year ago

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Horton Vineyards

Blanco XOCO White Blend

Chocolate flavor, sweet, yum — 3 years ago

Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Virginia Fiano 2019

Apple, lemon curd, grapefruit, peach, lime zest and hints of dried apricot. Racy acidity and good minerality. — 10 months ago

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Andrew Murray

Roasted Slope Vineyard Syrah 2018

The salute to the Rhône region is obvious - while the fruit is great (dark plum) the front of this wine is roasted meat. Also 8% Viognier is a great touch. If you can visit this winery in Santa Barbara! Ask for Andre - super cool guy. — a year ago

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Scheid Vineyards

Odd Lot Red 2015

Complex as the blend might suggest. Bright and dark fruits, some spice, hints of anise and cedar, a smooth but rich mouth feel. Pleasant drinking and a lot more interesting than many more pretentious varietal wines from the region. 2015 vintage — 3 years ago

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Castle Hill Cider

Levity Kvevri Fermented Albemarle Pippin Cider 2016

Very unique cider. It is tart and complex and beautiful. The mouthfeel is amazing, and as it opens up the flavors really come out. Definitely tastes like apple, but in a way you could never imagine. — 4 years ago