Fair Play, Sierra Foothills

Baiocchi Wines

del Papa White Rhone Blend 2017

Very tasty white Rhone blend.

No notes on bottle or website, but it contained Grenache Blanc.
— 12 days ago

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Myka Cellars

fair play Montepulciano 2017

Lovely dark maroon color. Smells hearty. Lots of plum and some mineral oil, dark flower essence. Flavors are nice. Leather, cherry Coke, molasses. Plenty of acid snap and strong tannins. Rich and full bodied. Nice beefy red. — a year ago

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Mediterranean Vineyards

Fair Play Estate Grown Nebbiolo 2017

Nice label. Kinda a passport vibe. Dark and ruby colored. Smells intoxicating. Apple pulp, fresh cut pine, cut black walnut leaves, nutmeg, black fruits. Flavors are more complexity. Black pepper, roasted red peppers, chocolate, coffee, and dried black cherry. Also hint of mint, basil, oregano. Herb basket. This is a great example of young drinkable Nebbiolo. Complex, balanced, forceful, and a joy to drink. After a bit of air it’s got lots of cigar, pot smoke and cedar shakes. Funk is in town as well. It’s gonna evolve as it ages. Nice now though. — a year ago

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Jeff Shaw

Jeff Shaw

Pot smoke? Fresh nugs or shakey joint?
Tree Kilpatrick

Tree Kilpatrick

Nuggs for sure.

Baiocchi Wines

Orellana Fair Play Tempranillo Grenache 2014

70% Tempranillo, 30% Grenache

Very tasty, nicely aged
— 22 days ago

David and Mike liked this

Thumbnail Moonlight

Edmunds St. John Bone - Dry Fairplay Riesling 2018

Salty and bone dry Riesling. It’s got a muscadet-like, light on its feet still substantial texture. 11.8%abv. Ticks the oyster box better then anything I can think of stateside. — 9 months ago

Diana Cho
with Diana
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Scott Harvey Wines

Mountain Selection Amador County Zinfandel 2014

Solid, but not a fair comparison to the previous night’s Zin. — a year ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

Wise Villa Winery


2015 Bronze winner @ CA State Fair comp but underrated IMO. Red fruit, spice, earth. Good stuff. — 3 years ago

de Négoce

N. 109 Fair Play Syrah 2018

Eric I

Pop and pour, decent stuff, typical Syrah notes — 6 months ago

Szabo Vineyards

Reserve Sierra Fothills Syrah 2014

Cute three tree (or shrub) label. Dark color. High alcohol (14.7%). Smells rich and robust. Maybe a bit of wet leaves in the garden. Berries too. Flavors are deep and intense. Violets and black cherry syrup. Coffee and something licorice-y. Plenty of fir branch and pine cones on the fire in there too. This is a nice Syrah. Hint extra on the fruit front, but balanced and complex. Label says boysenberries a roasted beets. I’d say yeah, beets, sure. It could age a fair bit longer too. It’s just getting started 6 years on. — 7 months ago

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Clos Saron

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

This bottle brings me right back to the beginning where I fell in love with Gideon’s work. Highly concentrated, intense, sappy texture that sticks to your gums.
Juicy ripe black summer plum, black cherry, blood orange, fresh fennel, pomegranate, purple flowers, tomato leaf, black pepper. Extremely complex and extremely delicious.

Still a strong backbone of acid and fruit persisting through the long finish. Tannins are fully resolved. Completely clean after a couple minutes to air out the bit of Brett and VA (which I expect and embrace with these wines).

I was ready to start popping all my remaining Clos Saron bottles thinking they were starting to decline, but a bottle like this could go forever. There is definite bottle variation at play, and the off bottles can be a bit muddy and dull. But when they hit (which they usually do) there’s really nothing like it.
— a year ago

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