Orange County, Central Region

Ducard Vineyards

Signature Viognier 2019

Rich but not overstated. Pleasant oak dances with rendered orchard fruit. Acid is balanced - an elegant, find food viognier — a month ago

Horton Vineyards

Nebbiolo 2019

Cherry, raspberry, currant, cranberry, strawberry and oak. Light-bodied and soft tannins. — 7 months ago

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Horton Vineyards

Orange County Rkatsiteli 2017

Wow, what a surprise! Light and brisk. Honeysuckle big time. No after taste and a great finish like very faint citrus but no fruity. Wonderful in summertime with an ice cube. Lovely!! — a year ago

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Williams Selyem

Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

San Benito County~ notes of plum and berry mix with vanilla & wood spices. Hints of purple flowers combined with orange rind are offset by elements of chalk and flint.  minerals and earthiness round out the finish in this elegant wine.  — 2 years ago

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Barboursville Vineyards

Reserve Virginia Barbera 2019

$16 bargain at Charlottesville Costco. Fragrant with aromas of ripe pear in fresh cut flower as the label says. — 3 months ago

Horton Vineyards

Orange County Norton 2019


You can see my previous notes on previous vintages: I really enjoy this varietal and Horton is very consistent thru vintage. Really shined second night, unfurling beautiful & complex aromas as only Norton shows. — 7 months ago

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Horton Vineyards

The Tower Series Norton 2018


Man I just love Norton - it is such a fun, expressive wine. It’s loud & boisterous and downright unruly, but it’s uniquely American. Inky and brimming with black fruit galore & then menthol, medicinal, licorice, forest floor, squirrely spice just pour out of the glass. So expressive. On the palate it is voluptuous w/plenty of acidity & tannins, it’s just a bit clumsy, but it means well. Black fruit compote with kitchen sink spices envelope the palate. Decent finish. Don’t know what the hell you’re supposed to eat with this stuff but it’s a lot of fun. — 2 years ago

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Norton! Yes👍
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Norton grape is fantastic!

Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Pet' Nat Ballard Canyon Trousseau 2021

A beautifully balanced nose, with an almost like, Starburst like aroma on one end, currents of florals on the other, and a pale orange color. The bubbles and not overly aggressive, and the palate has amazing balance and energy, with many more rose-like notes, with hints of peach, candied strawberries and silky floral, nectar like textures. Perfect brunch choice! — 3 months ago


Uno Numero Grenache Blanc Blend 2020

A very Californian orange — a year ago

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Santa Barbara County Grenache 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Grenache (Santa Barbara County) is a blend from various sites in the appellation. Bright and effusive, the Santa Barbara Grenache is particularly expressive. All the elements are so complementary. Blood orange, mint, spice and star anise lend gorgeous nuance. Bright acids and a spine of tannin make this far more than an entry-level offering. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2021)
— 2 years ago