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
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
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
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
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
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