Notre Vue Estate Winery Balverne Russian River Valley Forever Wild Chardonnay 2019, California
Pale lemon in color with a green/ golden hue.
Nice nose of lemons, cedar, vanilla, toast, limes, grapefruits, honeysuckle, apples, honeydew, earth, minerals, sea salt and light river rocks.
Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, oak, vanilla, peppercorn, wet leaves and earth.
Nice tangy finish with almonds.
This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Elegant, fruity and interesting.
Loved the nose here. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime (20 minutes).
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives.
100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 5 months in French Oak barrels (20% new).
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$35. — a day ago
Though the brutal TX heat is back, it means plenty of time for grilling, and this was a fun red blend to pair with burgers.
A fun field blend where everything but the kitchen sink seems to be in here…mostly zin, with 6-7 lesser known varietals. A bit funky upon opening (pop and pour), this opened to reveal a brambly, tobacco leaf, weightless yet jammy profile. Soft and supple mixed fruits aromatically (mostly red and black fruits), with some added woody notes (more earthy than oak driven). The mid palate here reminds you this is zin to its core with plenty of black cherry compote and then the vibrant acidity driven finish sports some black pepper and spicy rhubarb. Mostly integrated at this point, I think this is at its apex. — 20 hours ago
Very little Petite Sirah left in the RRV, dominated by Pinot's, however David Rossi has done wonders! Very dark Ruby with aromas of deep dark fruit and exotic spices. On the palate big flavors of blackberry and ripe blueberry with smoky oak, floral notes and dusty drying smooth tannins. Well balanced on a long finish ending with a mineral character. — 3 days ago
This is a very tasty Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Nicely balanced and fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.
Showing cherries, strawberries, earth, raspberries, light oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with a long spicy finish. Easy drinking elegant and spicy.
Good by itself or with food. I gave it a slight chill and had it all by itself by the pool.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$55. — 17 days ago
Smith Devereux Winery M Vino Rosé 2020, Russian River Valley, California
A very pretty color of light salmon with a peach hue.
Fruity nose of sweet raspberries, limes, red apples, melons, flowers, red candy, rose pedals, earth and herbs.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.
Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and light vegetables.
Nice tangy finish with limes and almonds.
This is a very tasty Rosé from Russian River Valley. Smooth and nicely balanced. Elegant with pretty legs.
This Single Vineyard is showing a great mouthfeel with nice acidity. Really enjoyed the nose.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. A great party wine that everyone would love.
100% Pinot Noir grapes. A very small production of only 125 cases.
13.6% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 10 days ago