Eminence Road Farm Winery

Fogline Vineyards

Mattei Road Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2015

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now. Showing blueberries, black cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, pencil lead, bitter herbs, Indian spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and smooth. Dry on the palate with medium acidity. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

This Single Vineyard has a tangy finish with fine grained tannins, but not particularly long.

Very enjoyable, easy drinking and fruit forward. A little hot at the back of the throat, though.

Showing a gorgeous nose at this point, full of wildflowers and blue and black fruits.

Good right out of the bottle, good by itself, and better with food.

As it opens up, more complexity comes in, especially on the nose.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

A small production of only 72 cases.
— 4 days ago

Paul, Tom and 16 others liked this

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Broken Road Chardonnay 2018

Yeah, so, I’m a fan of this one. Some orange and zest. A little campfire, but not smoke taint, more like toasted marshmallow and graham cracker. If it had chocolate itd be a s’more. Caramel instead.

Summer camp in the mountains.
— 11 days ago

Jillian Varner
with Jillian

Craggy Range

Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Nice, fresh and vibrant Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. Gooseberry (reminded me of growing up on the farm at home) and hints of subdued grapefruit. Beautiful light gold color, crystal clear. Not from Marlborough on the northern end of the South Island but Martinborough on the North Island. Very interesting region that grows all their grapes on a strip of 3-4 miles long and 1-2 miles wide raised tectonic plate of alluvial gravel. Pinot noir is king in this region, but this Sauvignon blanc was also very nice. — 5 hours ago

Tammy de Weerd
with Tammy

Adobe Road

Bavarian Lion Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Knights Valley.

Pretty color of dark ruby with a brick rim.

Beautiful nose of black currants, cooked cherries, black plums, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, cola, Indian spices, earth, chocolates, black pepper, pencil lead, turmeric, cumin and tobacco.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, dried figs, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, light herbs, cola, turmeric, graphite, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins, spices and cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a long, smooth finish.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 3 hours of airtime, when the complexity shows up. Worth the wait.

Loved the nose, and kept smelling on it for a while. Tastes very much like a Napa Cabernet.

This Single Vineyard from the great 2014 vintage is rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward, deep and smooth. Tasty and delicious. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now.

Thank you David for sharing this with me.

A great sipping wine that doesn't need food at all. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Aged for 30 months in 90% new French oak barrels.

15.4% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$88.
— 5 days ago

Ted, Scott and 17 others liked this

Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

Even though I’m a big fan of Ferren’s Frei Rd Chardonnay, this was my first Frei Rd Pinot.

Not sure of normal experiences here, but the richness here seems to fall in between Rivers Marie (love) and Aubert (just so so for me). Darker color in the glass…bit of a purple tinge to it. Aromatically it sports potpourri, violets, underripe black cherries, underripe blue fruit and some cedar. Initially, the front palate seems like it will be heavy based on all of the flavors but it turns really elegant. Dark chocolate, a slight roasted character, and spicy fruits. With RM, I get that orange zest note, and with Aubert, I get more alcohol and kirsch. My in between note here is more ripe pomegranate than either of the others. These probably need 5-7yrs from vintage to be in a good spot. Followed over two days and stayed consistent.
— 17 days ago

Hermes, David and 31 others liked this
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@Bryan Kesting : I think there is some confusion. @David L ‘s comment was for the Chardonnay, but my post was for the Pinot. I definitely think the pinots need about 7yrs as this one at 5yrs was young! Or maybe everyone is wanting to discuss the chard!
Bryan Kesting

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Sorry for the confusion. I personally feel the 7 year mark is best for both the Pinot and Chardonnay…generally speaking. Im sure it also depend on vintage. My opinion.
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@Bryan Kesting : Ah, got it. I haven’t had the Frei chard with that much age, but it sure was good at 4-5yrs, however, definitely young. I’ll do my best to hold a bottle.

Schwarz Wine Company

Thiele Road Grenache 2005

ESF
9.3

Wow - the freshness, the color, the soaring rich liqueur aromas, pure decadence… Chambord, truffle, licorice, cough drop, vanilla, truffle, absolutely insane. Smooth rich luxurious - had this out of barrel and on release and it is still youthful. — 5 days ago

Aravind, Randy and 9 others liked this

Williams Selyem

Eastside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2016

Erik Helms
9.3

Luxurious and silky, just delightful. Ripe raspberry and dark red cherry, fades after a time into some barrel spice. Really well integrated tannins. Happy Father’s Day! — 2 days ago

Tom, Daniel P. and 2 others liked this

Felton Road

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016

David T
9.2

Dark cherries in the salad meet dark cherries.

If you love mid & dark, ripe fruits, spice, soft dry earth-dry gravel & stone, pronounced limestone, soft, fresh tobacco and cool climate acidity for days, spend $60-$65 on a Block 3 or 5 Pinot Noir. So good.

Both lettuces picked hours ago from my garden.
— 18 days ago

Eric, Bob and 14 others liked this
Joshua Fisher

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Nice lettuces

Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

In a great spot… — 11 hours ago

Eric, Tom and 8 others liked this
Ron R

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Always superb. Cheers