Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2018

2018 vintage. Enveloping, deep French oak nose. Light-medium/medium body. Hammer drops of tangerine, lanolin, Persian lime and guava flavor wise. The 2017 vintage had a little more acidity and is/was showing fantastic but this vintage seems to have a little more “personality.” Obvs super-youthful and needs some space and time. If you can lay off it for a year or two, kudos. For the rest of us mere mortals, this is world-class Chardonnay at a seventh of the comparable French white burg pricing and half/a third of many of the high-end California Chard producers. QPR in spades. — 2 months ago

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Ron R

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Nice notes, @vinokeeno. I like the fact that you are seeing a little more acid. I like that in US chards, as they tend to be a little muted in that department.

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@Ron R hoping the flabby days are over.

Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Lascombes has, in some obscurity, been building back to its 2nd growth status. It doesn’t get the kudos it deserves yet but this 2005 is exceptional. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, it has a beautiful range of aroma and flavors: black cherry, coffee and vanilla notes, restrained violet and forest floor, it’s an elegant wine and still has its bright Ruby color. Surprisingly good. — 4 months ago

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Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019

A nice, simple Pinot. Fruit forward and mild. Good but not a show stopper for me. — 6 months ago

Tan Fruit

Dux Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Bright lemon yellow color, explosive aromas of lemon curd, yuzu, and a hint of ripe red apple. Medium weight, brilliant balance between acid and fruit. Beautiful round, ripe, rich fruit tones that morph and change as the wine warms and struts its stuff. Simple, yet complex… the wine is singularly impressive. Kudos to Jim Marish. If you love Chardonnay and you’re not diving deep into Oregon Chardonnay, you’re missing something truely marvelous! — 3 months ago

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Bryan Kesting

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Thanks for taking one for the team. Been wondering about these. How much of a decant before you reached “marvelous”?
Stephen Redenbaugh

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Surprisingly approachable…. Was too cold, but as it warmed the wine found it’s focus, strutted it’s fruit, and blossomed. Would have better in 3-5 years, but I’ll bet mine are gone in 3.

Bevan Cellars

Ontogeny Oakville Red Wine 2017

Ron R

This is a construction, but we don’t care. A much maligned vintage, but no signs of that here. Kudos Mr Bevan! — 5 months ago

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M. Christopher Roebuck

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This I need to try my friend. Happy New Year @Ron R et al.
Mark Farrell

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@Ron R I agree. I had the ‘17 Ontogeny a few months ago and thought it was great.


Blueline Estate Cabernet Franc 2016

Wow! Huge structure dark chocolate, espresso, pencil lead, huge Rutherford dust, dark fruits, violets, black licorice, smoked meat (bacon which I hate but will accept in my wine) peppercorn and mild vanilla. Unlike Lorie wines I am not detecting vegetal notes at this stage!
Medium tannins nice integration, med+ acidity, great balance. Kudos
@Anthony Biagi !
— 7 months ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Sharon B 😔 yep! I once was pretty much a vegetarian. Really picky about protein..I hate salt..maybe that is bacon thing...🤷‍♀️


Lovely Christmas decorations! Hope your kitty i🐈s leaving them alone.
Dawn E.

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@Trixie thanks! Me too 🐱😉


Carneros Pinot Noir 1997

Cathy Corison

Singing at a quarter century. Kudos to Tony Soter. — 3 months ago


Clementine Wilyabrup Valley 2017

An unexpectedly delicious Bordeaux blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. Oak grazed, dark-berry nose with hints of earth and a herbs. The oak's definitely more prominent on the palate, offering vanillin creaminess which seemingly melts into the concentrated yet juicy fruit profile. Medium to full bodied with chalky tannins and lively acidity. Finishes long with an interesting marmalade-like note. Not a wine I'd typically like, but I really appreciate how there's not an ounce of jamminess in the wine, nor the heavy pyrazines I associate with the Cabernet's of Margaret River.

NB: I was really pleased with the condition of that wines last night. With this session, that's 4 out of 6 bottles from the new wine shop/bar in town with little-to-no heat stroke issues - that's a huge win in my books! Kudos, RL.
— 4 months ago

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Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2020

Well balanced. Excellent — 6 months ago

Hirsch Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019

For me, classic Hirsch vineyard Chard … clean, crisp, med-weight, touch of matchstruck reduction with a finish that scratches my itch and goes on forever. Ripe, juicy pear and lean crisp apple. I buy my allocation every year and go light on the pinots. For my money, this is year to year a star on the Sonoma Coast…kudos to David and the entire Hirsch family. — 7 months ago

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