Picton 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.

— 19 days ago

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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. — 6 days ago

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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. — 7 days ago

Randy Boesch
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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. — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Just approaching the beginning of maturity, with tremendous depth and complexity of fruit and a touch of fresh blackberry cane vegetality, it was initially a little tart on the finish but the acid integrated with air. It’s a world class example of the variety with years of development remaining. — 5 days ago

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Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling 2017

Dutton Goldfield Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling 2017: Fresh. Floral aromas. Green apple & white peach flavors. A welcomed, alternative smell and taste (& meal) from all of the Thanksgiving leftovers! Cheers🍷 — 3 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🍷 — 11 days ago

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Picton Bay

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Tastes like passion fruit! Recommended my Amelie, a wine connoisseur... 😎 — a month ago

Cloudy Bay

Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Ron R

Staring down the barrel of home workouts once again, sigh...
I think vintage received rave reviews from WS, and for good reason. The nose presents blossom, lychee and jasmine. Palate is vibrant and energetic. Beautiful, exotic delineation, with pineapple and limestone.perfect sweetness with racy acidity. Excellence from NZ.
— 3 days ago

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Jody Scharf

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A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Ron
Hugh O'Riordan

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I visited this winery a few years ago while birding in NZ. A good place with great wine. We bought a mixed case and drank it all the way to Stewart island. A really great wine.
Ron R

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@Jody Scharf, I’m a little late, but hope you and yours had a great one, too.
@Hugh O'Riordan, Cloudy Bay wines are a point of reference in our book. Not made it to NZ tho, yet!

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 — 4 days ago

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