Butte County, Central Valley

Maudiere

Millennium Brut Reserve 1983

Alex Lallos
9.6

What a unicorn. So did you know this was made by the great chef de caves ‘maudiere’ of @dom perignon and harveates from Monterey county grapes In 1983. It was only discourged and bottled recently. Only en magnum. Our buddy fred dame bought them all and presented one tonight. Alright, not ethereal, definitely a treat with a cool story.
Monterey baby!!!!! Thanks Fred and go GWC
— 24 days ago

Alex, MICHAEL and 3 others liked this

Chalone Vineyard

Estate Bottled Chalone Chardonnay 2016

Honey-hued. Aromas of almond, apple, butter, cream, minerals, pear, salt, toast, and vanilla. Medium-plus body with medium acidity. Smooth mouthfeel with a finish of minerals. Exemplary California Chardonnay: not super oaky with complexity. Outstanding value (under $10) for a well-known producer from Grocery Outlet. — 5 days ago

Herman Story

Tomboy White Viognier 2019

Pale gold; medium plus intensity aromas of fresh nectarine, canned peaches in syrup, pineapple, mango, rose petals, intense vanilla, cream, cedar, toast; off dry, medium minus acid, high alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; this is a big, thick, ripe wine; decadent in its flavors and new oak treatment; delicious, but drink sparingly (very high alcohol) — 21 days ago

Severn, Daniel P. and 5 others liked this

Sandlands

San Benito County Mataro 2018

In anticipation of the 2019 fall release of Sandlands, I figured I should open something from my 2018 allocation. The fruit from the San Benito Mataro was sourced from the Enz Vineyard which, I believe is the only active vineyard in the Lime Kiln Valley AVA. However, the Enz vineyard has some of the oldest vines in all of California . I have found that Sandlands Mataro benefit from significant air and this was no exception. In the glass, the wine is bright ruby with a flashy magenta rim; medium viscosity. On the nose, lingonberries, cranberries, red flowers and black pepper. It actually smells spicy. On the palate, again tart red berries with some black pepper. Super primary at this stage with sneaky tannins (medium) that seem to build over time. Acid is high and the somewhat bitter finish is loaded with minerals. Ultimately, this wine is bright and full of energy; a beautiful pairing with Spanish chicken and rice. Really good now but I think the best is yet to come. — 12 days ago

Severn, Peter and 8 others liked this

Morgan

Metallico Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2002

Really enjoyed this. Crisp and refreshing — 2 days ago

Jason, Dawn and 3 others liked this

Gainey Vineyard

Santa Barbara County Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Medium ruby hue with high saturation. Aromas of cola, raspberry, sage, strawberry, and vanilla. Medium body, with medium tannins and medium-plus acidity. Silky mouthfeel, though the finish remains a bit oaky and tannic. A worthwhile, highly quaffable Santa Barbara Pinot. — 7 days ago

Stolpman Vineyards

Love You Bunches Grenache Rosé

Grenache 11.5% ABV

Good, completely enjoyable, nice fruit, pleasant acidity w/wo food.

— 3 days ago

Jeremy, Severn and 4 others liked this

Lieu Dit

Santa Barbara County Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

Nariz: freza, manzana madura, toronja, piedra

Boca: Acidez M/M-, Alcohol M/M-
— 4 days ago

Dawn, Paul and 3 others liked this

Bargetto

Monterey County Pinot Grigio 2019

Gold color with amber hue. Really good Pinot Grigio from The Santa Cruz Mountains. Citrus, candied fruit with some guava.

🥇 89 points - Wilfred Wong
— 19 days ago

Tom, Anthony and 7 others liked this

Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Pet' Nat Ballard Canyon Trousseau 2019

Bone dry, yeasty and a great showcase of Trousseau grapes. Not very sweet but lingers nicely after each sip. Lovely effervescence reminiscent of a champagne. A slight hint of apple on the nose and some earthyness on the finish. — 5 days ago

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