Bodega Gran Cruz

Thomas Fogarty

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2017

Definitely somewhere on the butterscotch spectrum which is usually a big turnoff for me, but here it’s part of a sweet creamy lemon / just-ripe pineapple meringue with acid lift and a crazy long finish for something that costs 30$. — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Swan Terrace Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard 2008

First time I’ve ever tried a Rhys Pinot I felt was really ready—I guess the 10+ year mark is the way to go. Beautiful red and blue fruit, rose petal, dried herbs, campfire and soil tones, layered and nuanced — 4 days ago

Ira, Jae and 13 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.4

Nose displays lanolin, Meyer lemon and beeswax. Oily texture on the palate, intermixed with crème brûlée and hints of white pepper. Finishes with moderate sweetness and soft caressing acidity. Stunning effort - Fulton St by Jean Georges. — 5 days ago

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Eric S

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Nice.
Eric S

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Great spot too.

Terra Noble

Gran Reserva Maule Valley Carignan 2018

This inky wine has a slightly medicinal nose, with blackberry and tar notes. The tannins are forceful to a fault upon opening. Let it sit awhile and allow them to be less inflamed. The fruit is fairly forefront, possibly due to the aging of half the wine in concrete eggs. The savory finish is quite long and satisfying.
— 12 days ago

David, Daniel P. and 3 others liked this

Bodegas Faustino

Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2005

Bing cherry color in the glass with a ruby rim. Just the barest touch of bricking but certainly nothing to be concerned about. Spice and red fruit dominate this nose with black pepper and cherries leading the way. Fresh cut tomatoes, plums, and lavender show up too.

Showing pretty well at this age with no discernible defects. In fact, the fruit is fresh and lively. It’s not an overly complicated wine but it is classy. As much as an old reliable as there can be, it’s silky on the tongue with firm tannins. Vanilla, oak, and damp moss on the palate. This is a winner and reliable as all hell. Pretty stuff.
— 6 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

I really love this Pinot. Beautiful fresh red fruit up front with a super silky mouth feel. Ethereal and weightless. I think it has many more great years ahead of it. — 2 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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Great to hear. I have a couple 2010’s and have wanted to open them several times but Im patiently waiting. Sounds delicious.
Eric LaMasters

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@Bryan Kesting I think you will be very happy with them. No hurry to open them, but I bet they are getting into a nice zone.

Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Ready to drink now with all the “Meursault meets Puligny” thing that Rhys Chardonney gets into after a few years in our opinion. Medium bodied and medium length with citrusy, floral and a hint of almonds. Very fresh and balanced, great with food. Recommended. — 17 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

A. R.
9.3

After drinking a few of these in a short period of time I’m getting more of the sense of the “Montebello” house style. This one is more restrained and slightly more austere than the 2010. On the nose, tobacco, cassis and earl grey tea. In the mouth, grippy tannins, dark fruit, black tea, acid. Long finish. Like all MB, needs time, but totally accessible now. Yum. — 7 days ago

Ira, Josh and 2 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend 2008

A. R.
9.4

Powerful stuff. Young. Too young. On the nose, spices, roses, cassis, graphite. In the mouth dark fruit, leather, teeth coating tannins, acid. Long finish. Excellent vintage. — 2 days ago

Ira, Josh and 1 other liked this

Bodegas Faustino

Faustino Rioja Gran Reserva I 2006

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A beautiful color of ruby with a wide brick rim.

Light and gentle nose of blueberries, black cherries, black currants, light oak, Indian spices, cinnamon, light licorice, coffee, light vinaigrette, curry and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, light cedar, vegetables, coffee, tobacco leaf, herbs, black tea, peppercorn, vinaigrette and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 14 year old is drinking very nicely now, although not from the best vintage.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show the beautiful nose, but pretty good right out of the bottle too.

This Gran Reserva is always enjoyable. A nice wine to have by itself or with food, and especially great with fatty cheeses.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.
— 16 days ago

Severn, Rhonely and 28 others liked this
Peter van den Besselaar

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Utterly reliable. I was só impressed bij 1982 when I drank this, 33 years old. Fine producer.
Rhonely Boy

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Very nice portfolio, should you come across a Rep pouring the offerings