Bennett Valley, Sonoma County

Ridge Vineyards

Guadagni Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019

Popped too young, but I just wanted to open it, dammit. Classic fairly old-school Zin nose, with brambly blackberry, a bit of American oak, and stony gravel. Fairly tight in the mouth. I love the focused fruit, which is not jammy in the least. It’s very dry (which is almost jarring these days of jammy Zins with residual sugar), and it’s got some youthfully drying tannins. Needs, and will be better in, at least 2-3 years, but enjoyable now. — 13 days ago

Severn, Peter and 12 others liked this

Kistler

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Superbe Pinot de CA au style Bourguignon, belle surprise en suivant tous ces beaux Bourgognes, du fruit à revendre, ne faisait pas son age.

Very nice Pinot from CA, has a Burgundy feel and texture to it, lots of fruit, well balanced, not even showing his age, very classy. 91-92
— 6 days ago

Brent, LM and 11 others liked this

Renouveau

Bacigalupi Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.4

Prior notes apply. Very little bottle variation. Excellent presentation. — a day ago

Daniel P., Ericsson and 33 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Never heard of this one, I’ll have to look it up
Ron R

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Direct from the winery only.

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Blend of 98% Cab Sauv & 2% Merlot, blended then aged for 24 months in 50% new & 50% once-used American oak. Deep Ruby color with aromas of black fruit, licorice & minty floral notes. Palate displays rich ripe blackberry & black cherry, hint of sweetness, vivid acidity & the right touch of toasty vanilla oak, still youthful in development. The wine has nicely integrated tannins, still holds some grip on a long finish which should give way to let this wine age for the next decade+. Excellent. — 2 days ago

LM, Eric and 9 others liked this

Crescere

Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Ron R
9.4

Such a smashing rendition of a SB. I can’t think of anything else quite like this on the market today.
The acidity is relaxing, suggesting that you should consider consuming these now.
— 5 days ago

Deborah, Tom and 35 others liked this
Jody Scharf

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David L

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Enjoyed a bottle of 18 last night. In the zone as we speak. I tend to agree with you. Not getting any better.

Unti Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley Grenache Blend 2018

Solid new world Grenache.

Yes, it’s all fun and strawberry jam at first. But this wine is fresher and more structured on the palate. Syrah lends some smoke, pepper, savoriness, depth and structure. Red and black licorice.
— 15 days ago

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DuMOL

Russian River Valley Syrah 2016

The wife and I did a fun Syrah blind tasting with the coravin. We ranked the wines exactly the same. I feel like a Modus Operandi fanboy, but their wines really do perform well in these blind tastings. #1 Modus Operandi 2018 Caldwell Vineyard Syrah #2 Dumol 2016 Wild Mountainside Russian River Valley Syrah # 3 Kimsey 2017 Syrah. The MO and DuMol were much better than the Kimsey. I was really disappointed in the Kimsey. It just wasn’t there. Since DuMol is tagged here, the nose had dark fruits and a bit of funk. Flavors were nice, and the finish lingered a bit, but not as long as I would have liked. Score is for the DuMol. — 13 days ago

Shay, Paul and 3 others liked this

Novy Family Winery

Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2016

Deep Ruby, complex, yet delicate with aromas of dark fruits, spice and earthy notes. On the palate flavors of plum and cherry with smoky oak, pepper and cacao wrapped in generous acidity. Fine sweet tannins, long finish, great structure ending with fruit, cedar, spice and slight earthy tones. Nice! — 14 days ago

Tom, Paul and 1 other liked this

Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019

Balanced Zinfandel with strong notes of pepper and red fruit, mostly cherry. It’s balanced and enjoyable now, but it will definitely hold good for a few years. Very good! — 13 days ago

Douglas, Deborah and 8 others liked this

Merry Edwards

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019

This wine was fun and delicious. Green apples and melons stood out on the palate. Definitely an enjoyable easy drinking wine. Paired well with charcuterie. — 13 days ago

Tom, Ron and 10 others liked this