Dogwood Cellars

Marc Isart

La Maldición Malvar de la olla de Marc Isart 2016

50 day laceration but tastes like 5-7, really sharp and sprightly and even sour. Vanilla tree and oak and dogwood on the nose, that umami quality of low ph maceration. Not too sweet lychee, honeyed mead vibe, with a touch of baked apple pie. Really complex, and from Madrid of all places! — 2 years ago

Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2014

Another vintage of one of my favorite value-driven CA Chardonnays! Jim Clendenen is truly a Chardonnay master. Reflects its California sunshine in its ripe fruit but is absolutely not lacking in finesse, subtlety, or freshness. Pours a pale gold hue. Moderately concentrated nose of ripe yellow apple, starfruit, and honeydew melon, struck flint and quartz minerality, a slightly bitter floral character reminiscent of dogwood tree flowers, a bit of leesy hard cheese rind character, fresh heavy cream, and a bit of nutmeg and coconut shavings from the deftly-applied portion of new oak. Palate shows very similar to the nose in terms of flavor. Medium (+) acid, dry, medium (-) to medium body with great oily, soft texture from oak, lees aging and ML. This is my go to wine to demonstrate to some people that not all CA Chardonnays are overripe, flabby, butter-and-barrel-char bombs with no subtlety or restraint. — 3 years ago

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Nice note. Thanks.

Dogwood Estate Winery

Willow Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

More bite than typical Cab, very tasty — 5 years ago

Nikolaihof

Vom Stein Federspiel Riesling 2006

Wonderful, complex Wachau Riesling with a little bit of age on it. I love how Nikolaihof is willing to hold on to their stuff a bit longer to release it at an appropriate time for the wine, this is singing right now but is also very youthful and has a long life ahead of it. Simultaneously rich and nimble on the palate, with great energy.

- Color: medium (-) yellow-gold
- Nose: preserved lemon, slightly underripe nectarine, wet river stone, some hard cheese rind leesiness, a bit of petrol-y action, an ever so slight oxidative bruised green apple edge from the bit of age, some white dogwood florals, and a tiny bit of mandarin orange
- Palate: just-ripe nectarine and mandarin, slightly bruised green apple, clean, wet slate-y minerality, a savory leesy edge, petrol, and a very slight sweet basil note, and the tiniest bit of almond skin oxidation.
- Acid: high
- RS: dry, few grams of balancing RS but not much apparent on the palate
- Alcohol: medium, not at all obstructive or hot
- Body: medium (-) body, oily, lees-influenced texture
— 3 years ago

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Lioco

Sonoma County Chardonnay 2015

First time trying the '15 Lioco's Sonoma County Chardonnay; I think I like the '14 a bit more but I first tasted the '14 not too long ago either so I'll have to revisit this in a bit more time to be sure, in case it just needs a bit more time to unfurl, it's rather tight at the moment but still really good. Lemon curd, slightly underripe yellow apple, slightly underripe startfruit, a truckload of crushed chalk, plus a bit of creme fraiche and slight dogwood floral character as well as a bit of brioche dough from the lees treatment. The flavor profile is very similar to the '14 but a bit more taught and mineral-driven. Acid is focused with medium (+) intensity. Body is medium and perfectly rounded out by spontaneous MF. Rivals a solid Chablis or Montagny. One of the suggested pairings on the label is fish tacos and I gotta agree, I think this would be killer with that. — 4 years ago

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Soos Creek

Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Powerhouse blackberry, black currant, licorice give way to a window of swamp water,tilled earth, dogwood, herbs de provence, toast. Leather greets the palate, fresh boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, plum tartness, smoke, dark tobacco, burnt corn kernels, graphite. Small, grainy tannins turn silky but darkly resonant. Rosemary, baked beets, in this super-young wine that still begs for years of aging to shine far beyond its plastic surgery California alternatives. Day 2: toasty black cherry, dried blackberry, dusty earth, graphite filings, sarsaparilla cookie burnt around the edges, dark raisins, a finish that is part negroni, part sazerac rimmed with raw cocoa. — 5 years ago

Alice et Olivier De Moor

L'Humeur du Temps Chablis Chardonnay 2015

Really awesome Chablis. In a richer style, which is further amped up by the warm vintage, yet still has that bracing, sea-spray Chablis-ness to satisfy the itch for racy salinity that you want a good Chablis to be able to scratch. Pours a bright medium (-) gold hue. High concentration of aromatics of slightly bruised green apple, lemon curd, saline sea spray, wet stone and crushed oyster shell, dogwood floral notes, fresh brioche dough and aged cheese rind leesiness, crème fraîche, and a slight fennel spice. On the palate, there's more perfectly ripe green apple, lemon curd, saline oyster shell and wet stone minerality, aged cheese rind, and crème fraîche. High acid, bone dry, medium (-) body but with a rich oily texture. Moderate, in-balance alcohol. Great length on the palate. Wonderful complexity. Would take well to a short-to-medium term cellaring but is honestly so delicious and generous now, too. Definitely want to seek out more Chablis from the De Moors. — 3 years ago

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Domaine de Villargeau

Coteaux du Giennois Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Cantaloupe, sugar snap peas, dogwood flowers, and a light touch of tropical fruit. 2014 is the year to look for terrific Loire Valley SB beyond Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. Well made and savory. — 5 years ago

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Dogwood Cellars

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2006

Something about Doug's wines. They just age well. — 5 years ago