Consistently my favorite RM Pinot, this was the last of my 2016s…no restraint! No surprise, it showed the most layers but also the most in reserve for evolving down the road. For those who still have, I’d hold another 2-3yrs, or decant 2+hrs.
This was opened later in the evening alongside other wines, but at least was given a decant for about an hour before it was mostly consumed. Out of the 2016 single vineyard Pinots I’ve consumed, the easy answer is it’s mostly similar to the Summa, but just because that’s the easy answer doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one. The similarities with the black tea, pomegranate, mint, and muddled underripe raspberries are obvious but where it diverges from the Summa is with the blood orange…the citrus layers here are absolutely fantastic. A great combo of fruit and savory notes (doesn’t seem to have much whole cluster), with nervy acidity and a lengthy finish. This is just beginning to unfurl. — 8 days ago
1/2 hour decant. A majestic medium hazy gold color. On the nose: lemon, butterscotch, white peach, oyster shells. Taste: creamy, smooth, rich wine with layered flavors of lemon, apricot, slight pineapple, white pepper, and a metallic minerally lime dry finish. YUM! — 8 days ago
[Gamay Noir Rancho Coda 2021 First Vintage]. High elevation in west Sonoma coast. Heady perfume of rose water, rose petal, strawberry, red cherry, kirsch, the usual carbonic notes, some Brett. High zippy acidity, a little bit of palpable tannic grip - medium minus level. Spritz. Sheer fun. Mild funk on the short finish. To be bottled in a month. — 5 days ago
straw colored, watery rim; yellow apple, lemon peel, white peach, toast, honey; good concentration on the palate with some glycerol and perhaps a bit of botrytis; medium body, medium acidity, 14.1% ABV; sourced from Platt Vineyard about 5 miles from coastline, barrel fermented and aged 15 months in 33% new French oak — 2 days ago
Butter, yellow delicious apple, stone fruits, fresh mango, pineapple, sweet baking spices, med+ acidity, lovely long finish. 42 year old vines, 415-810 elevation, 92% Hanzell clone, 94% St George, 27% new barrel, 73% stainless steel fermentation. Full malo. 18 months’ aging. — 4 days ago
60% whole cluster, darker pale ruby with a garnet hue. Darker fruit, blackberry, dark cherry (just ripe), dark plum, cola nuts, lavender, minty, more angular or mineraly, more herbal, slightly gamey, hints of iron. Elevated/high acidity. 250 cases made. — 5 days ago
Classic Ridge. Drinking nicely after decant and time in the glass. Zinfandel and Petite Syrah blend. Will wait a couple more years before opening the next one. This wine shows bright red fruit, medium body, and is nicely balanced. i see this one getting better with more bottle age. Excellent QPR. Paired perfectly with homemade wagyu burgers. — 4 days ago