Humboldt County, North Coast

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa County Cabernet Franc 2011

Fragrant blackberries and currants explode from the glass even at 10 years old. A bit more muted on the palate but presents a nice balance of black and blue fruits, milk chocolate and a bit of bell pepper. Finish has some tannic grip but finishes on a savory note. Drink up if you have any left. Pride makes some of the best Cab Franc in Napa (though the CF is technically from the Sonoma side of the property). — 11 days ago

Tom, James and 2 others liked this

Bee Hunter

Elevate Mendocino County Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017

Bee Hunter Wines Elevate Pinot Noir 2017, California

A very pretty ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, spices, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light chocolates, spices, light oak, rose pedals, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from California. Easy drinking and well-balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good right out of the bottle.

Tangy and fruit forward. Rich and elegant with nice complexity.

I love the fact that it is relatively low in alcohol. A great porch wine.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 years.

Grapes are from Mendocino County (68%) and the rest from Sonoma County.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 24 days ago

Brandon, Daniel P. and 14 others liked this

Pax Mahle Wines

Buddha's Dharma Mendocino County Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc’s day is coming, and PAX really gets it right. The nose is pretty restrained but on the palate the wine is broad and satisfying. It has a great weight and texture, the finish is clean. Fantastic with our spread of Sonoma County cheeses. — 8 days ago


Indica Mendocino County Carignan Rosé 2020

Grapefruit aromas and flavors, tart citrus acid, lingering minerals for a long finish. — 7 days ago

Laura liked this


Mendocino County Grenache 2015

Very light in color and very pretty floral nose. Elegant. Really enjoyed this with pizza at The Red Grape — 9 days ago

Shay, Ron and 6 others liked this


Pinot Noir Wild Horse Valley Napa County 2006

Bryan was kind enough to share one of his original Pinots from 2006. Sadly the Vineyard was later sold to a financial buyer as so he had to move on. — 6 days ago

Ron, Eric and 13 others liked this

Broc Cellars

Wirth Vineyard Zinfandel

You know I’m going to do my part and celebrate #NationalWineDay with a glass of vino!

Here’s a California Zinfandel, produced by Broc Cellars. The grapes hail from the Wirth Ranch Vineyard in the Solano County Green Valley AVA of California, less than 15 miles from Napa Valley.

These grapes were grown on old vines, originally planted in 1948. Due in part to the volcanic soils, age of the vines, and Broc Cellars’s dry-farming practices, these vines produced lower yields and more intense concentration of flavors, aromas, and color.

A noteworthy feature of Zinfandel is its tendency to have an irregular fruit set, i.e., grapes that are part of the same bunch may mature at different speeds, something called millerandage, which can be a challenge, creating lack of uniformity, but in some cases may create a beautiful complexity.

This wine is medium purple.

It offers a medium intensity in youthful aromas. Aromas include tart black cherry, black currant, strawberry, rhubarb, violet, anise, fennel, pepper, nutmeg, clove, and delicate peat notes.

On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. It has a medium finish.

This wine was spontaneously fermented with native, ambient yeast in an open steel tank and then aged for 10 months in a neutral French oak vessel. The resulting wine displays a freshness and purity of fruit character with more subtle spice.

Broc Cellars, Wirth Zinfandel, Solano County Green Valley, California. Vintage 2018. ABV 13.5%.

— 24 days ago

Iwan, Ericsson and 17 others liked this
Mike R

Mike R Influencer Badge Premium Badge

WSET level? Great notes


@Bob McDonald Thank you so much 🙏 I really enjoyed the WSET curriculum and love trying to make connections between what I learned and am now tasting / experiencing. Cheers!


@Mike R Thank you! I got through Level 3 successfully 🙏 and am now strongly considering Diploma!! 🧐

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of wildflowers, blueberries, blackberries, light cedar, licorice, spices, black pepper, chocolates, dark coffee and earth.

Full bodied smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will be nice to revisit this in a few years, and see how it evolves.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 2 hours of airtime, when it becomes so aromatic. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Grapes are grown on rocky red volcanic soil, at elevation of 2,200 feet. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit verdot. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels. 1800 cases produced.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 7 days ago

Daniel, Jonathan and 13 others liked this

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Petite Sirah 2017

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, sweet cedar, light earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and smooth

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light earth and herbs.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from Lake County. A nice sipping wine that doesn't need food at all. Easy drinking with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it a couple of hours in a decanter.

This Single Vineyard is tasty, spicy and interesting. Really enjoyed the nose here.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

100% Petite Sirah grapes where grown at 2,200 feet of elevation. Aged in (40% new) French Oak barrels. A small production of only 150 cases.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 13 days ago

Tom, Doctor and 13 others liked this


Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

My wine is a Napa County which is different from the 12’s & 13’s rated here but there isn’t a Napa County listing yet. They are VERY slow when you submit something for review. Nice wine for the price point. Should have bought 12 @ $20 instead of 6 @ $24 — 6 days ago

David liked this