Chalk Hill, Sonoma County

Hanzell Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Industrialist James D. Zellerbach acquired the 200 acre Hanzell estate on the Mayacamas slopes in 1948, in 1952 he planted 2 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 acres of Chardonnay on the site. Aromas of red fruits and floral scents with notes of cola and tea. On the palate flavors of cherry, dried raspberry, brewed tea and cola with floral and spicy notes. Smooth tannins, long finish, great balance, ending with earthy mineral tones. Something Special from the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Western Hemisphere. — 13 days ago

Tom, Charlie and 7 others liked this

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2011

2011. I really like how this aged. It’s not a jammy, acidic, alcoholic Zinfandel. Lighter body, spice aromas, red plum fruits, mellowed tannins and acidity. — 20 days ago

Ericsson, Aravind and 3 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

Very smooth, dry light body. Easy to drink for the blend of grapes — 10 days ago

Williams Selyem

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009

2009 vintage. Some cola nut, cinnamon, allspice and fairly bright cherry. Had some sulphury funk upon opening but blew off after 2-3 minutes. Still medium-bodied. Don't see it getting better but should hold here for another 4.5 years. — a month ago

Aaron, "Odedi" and 12 others liked this

La Crema

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020

2020 Vintage out of a 375ml screw cap -nice cherry fruit , some floral , don’t get any oak here a bit phenolic but a descent wine — 10 days ago

Mark, Bob and 4 others liked this
Douglas Braun

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A little stemmy (stem inclusion?)

Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021

Beautiful purity of fruit here. Certainly can tell it’s Pinot from a warmer climate but doesn’t feel heavy or cloying. — 7 days ago

Ira and Ely liked this

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Rob N
9.3

This wine is drinking great. Silver Oak can be pretty tannic, especially the Alexander Valley. 10 years in, that has mellowed and you’re getting some nice fruit and secondary flavors. Chloe V-Day gift. — 7 days ago

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vinokeeno

The SO Alexanders all need a mandatory, 10 year cooling-off period. After a decade, the ridiculous oak has faded and you're left with an integrated Cabernet that I'd blind taste against anything...ANYTHING from California or Bordeaux. Might not come in first but it will be accounted for. Before that mandatory 10-spot, it's coming in last every single time. Just sayin.'

A. Rafanelli

Unfiltered Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017

Popped and poured. Enjoyed over three days and it was more or less consistent throughout. No formal notes. The 2017’s are beautifully balanced with deep, dark fruit; a combination of ripe and dried (but mostly on the riper end of the spectrum) mixed with some lovely baking spices too. Secondary characteristics have not yet entered the frame. Was an awesome pairing with grilled burgers. Drink now or over the next 10-15 years easy. — 2 days ago

Shay, Lyle and 13 others liked this

Peter Michael Winery

Estate Vineyards Les Pavots Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

2019 vintage. Last tasted 12.2.22. Scored the same. Drinking decently now but just needs a solid decade to get affairs, papers and priorities in order. Unfair to be tasting it this young. 6.2.23. — 3 days ago

Ericsson, Severn and 13 others liked this

La Crema

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021

The straw colored wine offers a bountiful nose, full of floral notes, citrus, stone fruit and a decent helping of oak spice. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, yet with an acidity that is just short of racy. The fruity palate is draped with enough oak so that you know it’s there, but not so much that it is a bother. La Crema has a nice sipping Chardonnay here. — a month ago

Tom, Paul and 3 others liked this