Chalone, Central Coast

Trader Joe's

Reserve Chalone Lot# 223 Pinot Noir 2020

Color of light purple. Nose of ripe raspberries, strawberry, milky vanilla, and quite sweet. Taste follows the nose with addition ample acidity, spice, quite refreshing and juicy, sweet, almost no tannins, and a bit zesty. Aftertaste is quite clean with zesty touch. Crowd pleaser Pinot. — 14 days ago

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Chloe Wine Collection

Central Coast Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

Very nice Central Coast Rosè Aromas of melon, strawberries and wet stone. Lush texture, orange pink in color. Tastes of melon strawberries and Ranier cherry. Nice deck sipper! — 15 days ago

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Dawn E.

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@Trixie Thanks Trixie!
Dawn E.

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@Sharon B I'm never sure what to do with mine! They are finicky about watering!
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Mine are outside maybe that’s my problem!

Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Thought I posted this 6-7 months ago but evidently it didn’t go through.

While I’m still on the waitlist, I’m able to buy a few bottles a year from a friend. This is the first bottle I purchased back in 2017. I know it’s young, but I couldn’t resist any longer. I double decanted this for about an hour then consumed from bottle over the next three.

I’ve had most of the Saxum offerings, but I don’t think I’ve had Broken Stones before, yet it’s just absolutely killer like every other Saxum I’ve had. Deeply purple/black in the glass with aromatics of roasted blueberries and blackberries that are then dipped in dark chocolate, alongside smoked meat. I never know how else to describe it, but certain high quality Paso Rhône style blends have this airy/weightless-jammy flair to them, which I love…definitely present here. Coiled up at first but as the evening moved on, the layers kept unfolding with notes of charcoal, spiced dark fruits, cherry jerky. Perfect balance of acidity & tannin.

Best in 2-3yrs, but quite enjoyable with 3-4hrs of air now.
— 11 days ago

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach @Eric S : I’ve been fortunate to have many aged Saxums (the brother of the owners of Epoch is in my local wine group and brings plenty). What I’ve found is I love Saxum both young and old. I made the list after a 5-yr wait and tried quite a few today from some friends’ cellar and it reinforced my affection.
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IMO 8-10 years is great. It really depends on the wine and the vintage. Consistently good!
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

Sounds delicious!

Folk Machine

Central Coast Pinot Noir 2021

Pale ruby color. Aromas of cherry, smoky cedar and baking spices. Dry wine, easy drinking, good cherry flavors with cedar finish. — 9 days ago

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Optio Vineyards

Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Optio Vineyards San Luis Obispo Grenache 2020, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, dried figs, raisins, oak, licorice, cooked cherries, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with stewed blueberries, cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins.

This young Grenache is drinking very nicely already. Spicy and rich.

Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Showing a smooth mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Easy drinking and good by itself. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes were aged in oak barrels for 17 months. A tiny production of only 3 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$58.
— 5 days ago

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Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Red Rhone Blend 2017

Shay A
9.5

My second bottle of Saxum Broken Stones to open, the other (2015) about 6-8 months ago. I wanted to open a Broken Stones as I made the Saxum list after about a 5yr wait, and Broken Stones is one of the wines I’m allocated. Thankfully I’ve been able to buy Saxum the last 5yrs or so from a friend’s allocation, so I can test out my taste preference before buying direct.

Compared to the 2015, this was so much more perfumed and ready to go. Wow! Brambly dark fruit, dark chocolate, potpourri, and a hint of smoked jerky. Deceptively nimble on the palate with great lift…blackberries, blueberries, violets, savory herbs, and sweet smoke. Texture here is hedonistic. Youthful, but less tannic than the 2015. Aromatics filled the room! Enjoy now with a short decant.

As an aside, I got to try this next to a 2017 Heart Stone and a 2017 Hexe (both included in this upcoming release), as well as a 2019 James Berry. I found the Broken Stones to be more purple fruit forward and supremely fragrant, the Heart Stone a touch more savory and red fruited, and the Hexe a total monster in regards to fruit and structure.
— 10 days ago

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Nice write up. Thanks.

Sine Qua Non

Labels Syrah 2007

This syrah is simply excellent and I drank it at the right time. Not as viscous as I anticipated given the relatively high (15.3%) alcohol, but maybe the residual sugars have mellowed with age. It has some of the syrah “wildness” I like in my favorite K Syrah. Almost a raisin flavor, with some tannins. Too bad this isn’t every night. RP 98 pts, $299. — 16 days ago

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Tatomer

Hinter der Mauer Central Coast White Blend 2021

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2021 Hinter der Mauer, 80% Gruner and 20% Riesling, is a white of uncommon depth, especially at its price point. Scents of pear, jasmine, mint and lemon confit lend nuance to a classy, polished wine that overdelivers big time. A long, clean finish rounds things out in style. $18.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2022) — 18 days ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District Mourvedre Blend 2012

10 years old…lighter in color, texture, tannin, the Tablas CdP influenced blend is in a very good point of it’s development. A touch of browning, the sweet viscus weight of this Paso blend has morphed into something thinner, more complex, more balanced., more nuanced, more interesting. Worked well with simple summer take-out pizza. I love Tablas… their entire program just keeps illustrating how to keep new world conditions and old world farming principles together. Kudos, to all the folks at Tablas and Beaucastle. — 3 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2013

A nice surprise Syrah wine my husband opened that we are trying for the first time. Wow the color is a deep inky purple. It’s color definitely matches it’s bold fruit blueberry aroma mixed with a sweet vanilla-chocolate wafers, florals followed by notes of earth and cedar. Taste — nicely layered and velvety with initial flavors of boysenberry and a hint of raspberry followed by secondary flavors of smoked meat, minerals ending with a jammy graphite licorice cocoa long dry finish. — 2 days ago

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