Sierra Foothills

Crystal Range

Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2017

Cool label. Pretty abstract painting. Lovely ruby red. Smells complex with rocks and forest. Flavors are lovely. A mix of smoke, berries and apples. Balance is great. Gratifying complex zin. — 6 days ago

Douglas, Neil and 1 other liked this

Jolie-Laide Wines

Barsotti Vineyard Gamay Noir

Stunning cranberry-violet color. Inviting nose of pomegranate, red cherry, rose, violet, and red licorice, with some fresh earth undertones. Bright, juicy, and lively on the palate. Not super complex but really delicious and fun. Slight CO2 spritz and tart red fruit, with some zippy acidity. Perfect chilled. — 13 days ago

Emmett Dzieza
with Emmett
Paul, Josh and 3 others liked this

Turley

"Buck" Cobb Vineyard Zinfandel 2018

Alex Lallos
9.1

The lineup of 2018s is really goods. The old vine amador county buck Cobb is great for the price. Confectionary sugar, red currants and cinnamon on the nose. Smooth and soft. Not showing too much alcohol. Just really really good zin — 13 days ago

Shay, David and 14 others liked this

Renaissance Vineyard & Winery

Estate Bottled North Yuba Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Gideon Beinstock’s note on the label suggested, at the time of bottling, that the lifespan of this wine would be 15-25 years. The high end of that range has turned out to be correct. Dried sweet red and purple fruit, creme de cassis, classic renaissance herbal and cedar/mesquite note. Tannins resolved into the background but still present; slightly but perceptibly drying out, should hold another few years — 18 days ago

Ira, Severn and 14 others liked this
Russ W

Russ W

How long did the aromatics hold up?
Matt Perlman

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@Russ W At least as long as it took to finish the bottle which was like 1.5 hours

J. Brix

Limestone + Schist Rorick Heritage Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Candied yellow fruits on the nose with a slatey minerality. Super dry on the palate with underripe tropical fruit and vanilla cream. Lots of tension and energy. These guys just make killer wine. — 4 days ago

Severn, Josh and 6 others liked this
Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Heard you came to 4 Corks to see me. Let me know when you’re in town again.
Adam Beasley

Adam Beasley

@Peggy Hadley will do! I’ll definitely be stopping by when I’m down that way next.

Cooper Vineyards

Amador County Barbera 2008

Palmer Emmitt
9.1

Amazing how well this has held up. 10 years in my cellar and it is so similar to the wine I tasted back then. It definitely leans a bit towards the new world in ripeness and richness but still has plenty of balance and varietal character. Wild cherry, black plum, red licorice, with lots of sweet spice, brown sugar, and a slightly medicinal undercurrent on the long finish. — 15 days ago

Eric, Kimberly and 10 others liked this

Twisted Oak

*%#&@! Red Rhone Blend 2016

I love a Mourvèdre-heavy GSM. Jeff does it better than anyone. — 15 hours ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

Mount Saint Joseph

Sierra Foothills Mourvedre 2017

Impressive Mourvèdre. Powerful yet elegant and smooth. Bandol hints for sure but definitely new world. Only 40 cases, and only a few left. There is a new red gold rush in California’s Sierra Foothills. — a month ago

Romain, Bob and 11 others liked this

Arnot-Roberts

El Dorado Gamay Noir 2019

Nose of perfectly candied bing cherry. Darkens in tone slightly and becomes lace on the palate. Boop and it’s gone. — 17 hours ago

Aravind, Josh and 7 others liked this

Fiddletown Cellars

Petite Sirah 2014

Another day in the pandemic.. another bottle of wine. I purchased a whole case of 2014 Fiddletown Cellars Petite Sirah when I read an article saying this wine was affordable and would age well. Tonight we gave one of those bottles a try... perhaps a bit early, but, even now, the wine is quite nice! It is inky dark. On the nose the slight dark fruit smell is pushed aside by the smell of peppery bay leaves (the greenness may be an indication that wine will be even better with more time). But, as stated, the wine is going down smooth tonight, even with it’s pronounced tannic structure, or is accessible and food friendly. — 13 days ago