Sonoma Mtn. Winery

Aubert

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.2

I’m not in at winery or retail price but pre-aged @ $50 on the secondary market, yeah, ok.

The nose reveals; ripe, sour, dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, plum, raspberries & blueberries, spice, clove, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, vanillin, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, rich, earth, tree bark/sap, eucalyptus, maple syrup, dry crushed rocks, volcanics, limestone with some very bright, brilliant, candied fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue florals.

The nose at this point is better than the palate.

Ripe, sour, dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, strawberries, plum, raspberries some rhubarb & blueberries, dark spice pronounced palate heat, clove, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, vanillin, anise to black licorice, dark, sweet tarriness, dark, rich, earth, tree bark/sap, eucalyptus, dry stems, maple syrup notes, dry crushed rocks, volcanics, limestone with some very bright, brilliant, candied fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue florals. The acidity is a February waterfall in Hawaii. The finish is a little hot but, palatable, well balanced, nice tension & structure, elegant, lush, ruby, persistent, landing on deep spice & earth.

Hits 9.2 rounding up a bit.
— 4 days ago

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Bevan Cellars

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

Celebrating my Mom’s birthday 👏🏻

This is her favorite Chardonnay (or at least one of her top choices) so we pulled the cork on it to pair with a grazing board replete with cheeses, cured meats, nuts, fig spread, and olives. Solid choice.
— 20 hours ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Ovation Brut Freestone Vineyard Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015

Silky smooth refined bubbles with a creamy texture. This is by far the most interesting of the sparkling wines of Northern California that I’ve had in many years.... — 11 days ago

Rob, Shay and 18 others liked this

Marcassin

Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

I tend to avoid American Pinot as I often find them too extracted, opulent and awkward. Marcassin is one of the few I enjoy. It’s not Burgundy and it doesn’t intend to be, and despite the easily detectable use of 100% new oak, it’s well integrated and balanced. I found 2013 to be just about every bit as deep, layered and complex as 2012 showing rich black raspberries and black cherries, baking spice, incense, purple flowers and a terrific midpalate richness that gives way to a long palate coating finish. Maybe I have a subconscious attraction to its exclusivity and rarity, but Marcassin is definitely my favorite California Pinot. — 2 days ago

Shay, William and 12 others liked this
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One of these days Marcassin will release this wine to the mailing list!

Ceritas

Carex Chardonnay 2018

Love this. Impeccably balanced. Depth, energy, and precision matched up with alluring perfume and texture. Loved watching it evolve the past couple days. Stones, mint, tart citrus fruits give way to orange peel, honeydew rind, white flowers, spice, a subtle flinty edge. — 3 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018

Bang! This is a really delightful Pinot from the Freestone vineyard. Located just west of Santa Rosa and bordering Occidental. 2018. Seductive nose, crushed violets as far as the eye can see. — 10 days ago

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Scribe

Pétillant Naturel Riesling 2019

Daisies, honey, leafy bouquet.

Light cola, citrus, honey, the lavender on the afternote is quite nice, lingering for a moment.

Bready and piney at once. Lovely.

The book, too.
— 6 days ago

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Hanzell Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir 2014

👁 This wine has a medium ruby hue.
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👃 This wine has pronounced intensity in developing aromas. Aromas include primary notes of tart, cherry, red cassis, and strawberry, mint, lavender, and violet, secondary notes of vanilla, clove, nutmeg, and tertiary notes of mushroom, leather, and sweet tobacco.
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👄 This is a dry wine, with high acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium tannins, and medium (+) intensity in flavors. Flavors are consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium (+) finish.
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This is a very good wine. It may be consumed now but has potential for aging or further aging.
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Hanzell, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley. Vintage 2014. ABV 13.8%.
— 4 days ago

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Kistler

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

David T
9.2

Good. Better in two years.

Feels like it has some dusty tannins. Dry to ripe fruits of slightly tart & sour; dark cherries, black berries, black raspberries, dry cranberries, plum & creamy raspberries. Limestone/sandstone, dark spice with some heat, clove, nutmeg, understated cinnamon & vanillin, tree bark w/ sap, herbaceousness, with bright, brilliant; dark, red, purple & some blue florals. Really nice acidity. The finish needs two plus years to be all it can be. Still a bit astringent on the long set.

I am not buying in at retail but, at $50-$55 on the secondary market, I’m all in.
— 11 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Remember 10 years = 1 year in Covid years

Dirty & Rowdy

Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2019

Typical Dirty and Rowdy wizardry. Beautiful perfumed floral nose. Red fruit forward, a spice component that I was mesmerized by... not heavy by any means but a light little spritz that just adds to the funky greatness of this bottle. Can they do any wrong? — 11 days ago

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