Hamelin Bay

McHenry Vineyard

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2005

This particular bottle was purchased at the winery during our visit back in 2019. We were fortunate considering they rarely host visitors due to the size of their operation. Popped and poured, the 2005 Estate appears a dark translucent garnet, slightly hazy and browning just a touch on the rim. Medium+ intensity with a huge nose of bruised strawberries, sun-ripened bramble fruit and mushrooms. Some VA is present but this is not unusual from this producer. With additional air, the nose becomes even more complex with tomato leaf and coniferous forest floor. On the palate, this is bursting with ripe fruit confirming the bruised strawberry and brambles though most on the dried end of the spectrum with baking spices in a combination reminiscent of fruit cake. Some leather and mushrooms present as well. The finish is dry, saline and so, so long with a sort of Blood orange thing going that’s wonderfully compelling. High acid. Medium (+) tannin. Pair very well with dry rubbed grilled chicken. While this should easy see it’s 20th birthday it’s simply fantastic right now and fully mature. — a day ago

Josh, Ceccherini and 5 others liked this

Arnot-Roberts

Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Hands-down one of the best California Cabernet I’ve had in a very, very long time. I remember tasting with Arnot and Roberts a few years ago in New York at a trade tasting and being bowled over by how typical their syrah was to a Saint Joseph, but with this gorgeously fresh fruit.. Quite frankly to me what put CA wine on the map in the first place.

This Cabernet showed everything I like about great Cabernet. It was powerful, it was seductive, it was rich but balanced and fresh and showed all the classic hallmarks that the grape is known for. The slightest note of pyrazine folded in perfectly with the cassis, black cherry, and currant fruits. The palate had energy and complexity, generosity and a super long finish.
#arnotroberts
— 12 days ago

Tom, Daniel P. and 9 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Gor
9.3

Perfumed nose of bramble fruit, cherry, cedar, tomato leaf, hint of dark chocolate, white pepper. Beautiful and light on its fit at mid palate. Ends in a lingering finish. Great stuff. — 8 days ago

Byron, Paul and 5 others liked this

Te Mata Estate

Estate Vineyards Hawke's Bay Syrah 2019

Powerful juice here - explosive in the mid palate, insanely long finish, dusty tannins. Black/blue fruit with some charcoal and vanilla. Very young but really very good. — 12 days ago

Neil, Dawn and 8 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Happy Labor Day. The wine I have chosen is the 2010 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon. From Saratoga, CA a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, plum sauce, nlack currant, green bell pepper, vanilla, smokey oak, spice and earth.

On the palate there is black cherry, blackberry, black currant, green bell pepper, woody oak, black pepper, spice, herbs and dark earth.

This wine is full bodied well integrated and balanced with medium+ acidity and medium+ firm mouthcoating sandpaper tannins that leaves you with a long dark fruit oak driven earthy finish. This wine still has a long way to go and a loy of pleasure to give. I hope everyone's weekend has been enjoyable. With the new week ahead please stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 12 days ago

Brian, Byron and 17 others liked this

Cloudy Bay

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

I love this wine. I’ve been drinking a lot of European Sauv Blancs and NZs, but this one has a body and mouthfeel that is more full than others. Really nice value for price. — 5 days ago

Jonathan, Ted and 2 others liked this

And Co. Ltd

The Supernatural Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc

A New Zealand Sauvignon blanc that tastes like a Sancerre? I can F w that. — 6 days ago

Ceccherini, Sharon and 3 others liked this

Skywalker Vineyards

Marin County Pinot Noir Rosé

Pomegranate and raspberry gelato. Dry and delicious. Long finish. One of the better CA Rosés I’ve had this year. — 9 days ago

Rhonely, Aravind and 2 others liked this

Big Basin Vineyards

Homestead Block Roussanne 2018

Very nice, needs a bit more bottle time, guessing November, though completely drinkable now.

A chill in the air, a tangine of quail with preserved lemon & green olives, and a nice crackling fire, paired with the brightness and texture the 2018 Roussanne would be most proper. Or, something like that:)
— 3 days ago

Jeremy, Ericsson and 5 others liked this

Domaine Hamelin

Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2018

Excellent. Nice citrus and mineralogy. Bright and lovely. Enjoy as an aperitif or with fish or chicken. Will buy again. Really nice — 14 days ago