Mariana Bay

Wood Family Vineyards

One Oak Vineyard Merlot 2017

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of plums, cherries, currants, light wood, earth, licorice, spices, black pepper and light vegetables.

Full bodied, smooth and soft, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Livermore Valley in California. This Single Vineyard is nice and plush. Showing mild complexity with a soft, elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but I gave it an hour to open up properly.

A nice wine to have by itself and better with food. Spicy, tangy and interesting.

I paired it with meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with brie cheese.

100% Merlot grapes from a low yielding single Vineyard. Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 138 cases.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 16 days ago

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The Mountain Winery

Reserve Livermore Valley Zinfandel 2012

The Mountain Winery Livermore Valley Reserve Zinfandel 2012: Cherry cola nose. Red fruits, cedar & spice on the palate. Nice fine tannins and a smooth, unforgettable finish. Great weekend to all! Cheers🍷 — 8 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Turkey day wine. 12.9% ABV and all the fruit, acid, forest floor and sap had this singing with Thanksgiving dinner — a day ago

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Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Alder Yarrow

You’ll hear wine geeks throw around the word “nervosity” from time to time, and this is a perfect example of a wine that displays that thrumming electrical current of acidity and sappy piney lemony zip that earns the adjective. Gorgeous wet pavement welded to neon lemon pith and pink grapefruit all dusted with fleur de sel. Utterly mouthwatering and delicious. This is the remains of a sample bottle that I’ve been nursing for a few days since tasting it and it continues to be fantastically fresh and demonstrative of a long life ahead of it - provided you have the willpower to wait that long. — 3 days ago

Shay, Romain and 16 others liked this

The Rare Barrel

Ensorcelled Dark Sour Beer 2020

Raspberry jam but very tart with some raw cocoa. Insane amount of flavor packed into this one. — 4 days ago

Randy Boesch
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Fellom Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Alder Yarrow

Gorgeously expressive, explosively juicy, deeply stony, fantastically fresh, and black cherry herb gushing goodness. Hot damn, Cabernet like few know how to make it. — 8 days ago

Shay, Josh and 20 others liked this

Wente Vineyards

Southern Hills Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

2015 Vintage - currants , berry , good balance for its age out of a 375ml really a nice surprise from Wente ( they have a lot of different lots ) tannins are soft good time to enjoy screw top from G.O. Good value — 20 days ago

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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Snappy red fruits, cranberries, sour cherries with an excellent supporting structure of fine tannins and good acidity that frame the excellent finish. Needs an hour decant or a other year in the cellar. Very nice. — 3 days ago

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Cline Cellars

Small Berry Vineyard Mourvèdre 2002

Nose has blueberry jam, dried out brownie corner, dried blackberry, old leather and dried eucalyptus.

Palate has cedar & oak shavings, dark cocoa powder, blueberry-blackberry jam (low sugar), dried orange peel, (light) baking spice with light tannins and a long, dry finish. Decanted 3H.

Purchased several bottles in 2004, down to one left after this bottle. Last bottle was 213 weeks prior, and it assuredly didn't taste anything like this gem tonight. I recall heavy green notes and overbearing eucalyptus, even after 24 hours... I guess this just needed a solid 18 years to get going. Note to future self, last bottle should be 2022-26.
— 15 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin Sounds like a good representation of Mourvèdre from your description.
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Thanks @Bob McDonald This is the best of 5 out of 6 bottles acquired so far. California Mourvèdre bottles, when young, have been a tough sell for me in the past, they generally have been excessively green for my liking. This was an experiment to see how long it might last and see if still all the vegetation might drop out, success finally.

Rhys Vineyards

Mt. Pajaro Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

First bottling of this vineyard and the wine is already amazing. Can’t wait to try each year as the vineyards mature. Rhys does it again! — 7 days ago

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Rob Brobst III

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@Brian Szluk wow I’ve not heard of this bottling... really cool that it’s good!!!
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@Rob Brobst III they also make a pinot and chenin Blanc from the vineyard. Both are outstanding!