Albemarle County, Central Region

Horton Vineyards

Orange County Norton 2017

ESF
9.0

Lovely example of the variety, not as wild & savage as some VA Norton, yet still plenty of flavor w/an elegant presentation. Great stuffing, balance & style. — 3 months ago

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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.
— a year ago

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Tyler

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!! — 3 years ago

Horton Vineyards

The Tower Series Norton 2018

ESF
8.9

Man I just love Norton - it is such a fun, expressive wine. It’s loud & boisterous and downright unruly, but it’s uniquely American. Inky and brimming with black fruit galore & then menthol, medicinal, licorice, forest floor, squirrely spice just pour out of the glass. So expressive. On the palate it is voluptuous w/plenty of acidity & tannins, it’s just a bit clumsy, but it means well. Black fruit compote with kitchen sink spices envelope the palate. Decent finish. Don’t know what the hell you’re supposed to eat with this stuff but it’s a lot of fun. — 7 months ago

Jason, Lyle and 3 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Norton! Yes👍
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Norton grape is fantastic!

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. — 2 years ago

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@Scott Soren Scott nice post and pic and as always we enjoy your reviews Cheers from Canada 🇺🇸🇨🇦🍷
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Patois Cider

Readymade Perry

Awesome pear cider from Albemarle and Orange Co. VA! French style very dry and light. Had with Thanksgiving dinner. — 7 months ago

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Gabriele Rausse

Redlands Vineyards Grüner Veltliner

nice Gruner from a great Virginia winemaker — 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. — 2 years ago

Tom, Adam and 5 others liked this

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 — 4 years ago

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