Monterey County, Central Coast

The Lord of the Rings

Gandalf Monterey County Pinot Noir 2016

Raspberry, strawberry, bit of earth and vanilla #tastingroom #momisintown — 7 days ago

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Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

This brand/label makes me giggle. Glad it was good!!

District 7 Wines

Estate Grown Monterey Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruits in this one are stellar. Amazing medium bodied bottle for the price. Definitely buy again! — 8 days ago

J. Lohr

Wildflower Monterey Valdiguié 2017

I quite like this wine… the color is exceptional, almost neon! It’s a fresh young wine, the epitome of glou glou. Think Gamay. The 2017 vintage is the shit. — 2 days ago

Robert Mondavi Winery

Private Selection Aged in Bourbon Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Nice dry wine. Great with steak, pasta. $13 buy at Sam’s. — 7 days ago

Tensley

Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012

Shay A
9.2

Last time I had a Tensley Colson Syrah was about two years ago and it was the 2016. As a youngster, it was a purple fruit, bombastic, hedonistic monster. Tasting this 2012 with some age to it, I’m somewhat shocked it could channel the profile I experienced…as in, when it shed the baby fat, there is a distinct and rich mid palate here without going flabby.

Some bricking is taking place here as the wine pours a dark red with some fading around the rim. Aromatics of grilled dark plum, black currant, black tea and herbs with sweet cherry jerky. The palate is dense and rich with very little acidity, and an integrated finish with not much tannin. Balsamic drizzled black cherries dominate the palate here along with chewing tobacco leaves and muddled red and black fruits. Followed over two days and it stayed consistent. This isn’t getting any better, so drink up.
— 2 days ago

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Mark Turner

Mark Turner

@Shay A thank you for the reference point. I have several bottles of the 2012 in my cellar. I know what we are serving on the patio this weekend!
Shay A

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@Mark Turner : I’ll be curious to know how your experience is. This was my first (and only) ‘12, so let me know if yours is tasting more youthful than the one I opened!

The Ojai Vineyard

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018

2018 vintage. Lots of cola nut, white sage and eucalyptus in the nose that shows up in the taste profile along with a bit of cracked black pepper. Initially a bit closed, opened up after about 20 mins. Medium-bodied. — 2 days ago

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Hahn Winery

Monterey Chardonnay 2019

Light, buttery, easy sipping chard with a good price. Will definitely buy again. — 10 days ago

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Talbott

Cuvée RFT Diamond T Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

at a peak, beautiful mixture of fruit/tannin. drink now. sorry this was my last bottle! — 4 days ago

Diora

La Petite Grace Monterey Pinot Noir 2018

Sturdy body for a Pinot Noir but still light flavors of the varietal. Hint of bitterness at the end. Not from any residual tannin. Nice earthy flavors mixing with mineral and citrus overtones. — 2 days ago

Montoya Vineyards

Monterey County Pinot Noir 2013

Deep, dark fruit and berry flavors; finishes smooth and not too dry. Delicious with Italian food or on its own. Lighter bodied but finishes strong — 20 days ago