South Coast, California

Broc Cellars

Love Rosé North Coast Valdiguié Blend 2020

A beautiful rogue and blush hue in the glass. Pink, but not. More amber, more salmon. Lovely flourish of color.

The bouquet is a booze soaked watermelon. 🍉

A picnic 🧺 A river current 🌊

I’m tasked with writing my third installment of my column “Liquid Carriage,” where and how drinks transport us for an online magazine out of Columbia University MFA grads, No Contact.

With the turn in weather, I debated what I should write about. Riesling? Aperol Spritz? Vermouth and soda? Orange wine? But how about pink? How about Rosé?

This one surely would support my angle of debunking the association of Rosé with the label “basic.”

Maybe at some point, the Rosé Americans were accustomed to drinking were majorly lacking in complexity or nuance. But not anymore.

Dry and mineral notes blend nicely with the watermelon pucker medium acidity. Not too overpowering, this hits multiple savory notes. I especially like it’s echo of of freshly plucked dark cherries 🍒 right towards the end note.

Perfect post run thirst quencher in this heat.
— a day ago

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A Tribute to Grace Wines

Hofer Vineyard Grenache 2020

I finally found a delicious grenache rose for summer. I just hope my wine shop can keep it in stock! — 2 months ago

B Side

North Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Medium bodied, soft flavors. Goes down easy! Nice with some gruyere or manchego. Not big enough to go with steak — 5 days ago

LM, Ericsson and 1 other liked this

Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Amazing QPR for this delightful, approachable pinot. Full of ripe, bright fruit with hints of spice. — 11 days ago

Kim, Tom and 6 others liked this
Kim Brater

Kim Brater

“Ant Hill” farms…nice

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Allwin Syrah 2014

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, peppercorn, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, cloves, spice box and chocolates,

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Syrah is delicious. Big and bold with lots of fruits.

This Single Vineyard is rich and extracted, and would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show the tannins, although, very drinkable right out on the bottle too.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Syrah grapes from Carneros.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 4 days ago

Ted, Paul and 11 others liked this


Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir 2019

This is a very tasty Pinot Noir from Carneros. Showing cedar, ripe raspberries, licorice, light vanilla, blueberries, sweet cherries, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Easy drinking and dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Fruit forward, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 6 days ago

Ira, Scott and 13 others liked this

Espinosa Vineyards

Tinto 2016

Inky color. Very aromatic, nose of dark fruit and spice, vanilla. Taste matches the nose - dark fruit, little spicy. Full finish. Very impressive. — 25 days ago

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Theopolis Vineyards

North Coast Petite Sirah 2018

This is a very nice Petite Sirah from California.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing black fruits with coffee notes, tobacco, wild flowers, spices, earth, leather, smoke, herbs and peppercorn.

Still young and would be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 3 days ago

Tom, Eric and 13 others liked this

Brecon Estate

True Acacia Head Central Coast Albariño

Pale lemon in color with a green hint.

Fruity nose of citrus, lemons, grapefruits, green apples, spices, tangerine and bitter herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, light earth and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nice Albariño from the Central Coast. Easy drinking, very refreshing and tangy.

Needs a couple of minutes to open up, and better when not too cold.

A good quality wine and good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh berries, cheeses and crackers.

Albariño grapes were fermented in Acacia barrels. A small production of only 276 cases made.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 17 days ago

Rob, Alex and 14 others liked this


Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2012

Shay A

Last time I had a Tensley Colson Syrah was about two years ago and it was the 2016. As a youngster, it was a purple fruit, bombastic, hedonistic monster. Tasting this 2012 with some age to it, I’m somewhat shocked it could channel the profile I experienced…as in, when it shed the baby fat, there is a distinct and rich mid palate here without going flabby.

Some bricking is taking place here as the wine pours a dark red with some fading around the rim. Aromatics of grilled dark plum, black currant, black tea and herbs with sweet cherry jerky. The palate is dense and rich with very little acidity, and an integrated finish with not much tannin. Balsamic drizzled black cherries dominate the palate here along with chewing tobacco leaves and muddled red and black fruits. Followed over two days and it stayed consistent. This isn’t getting any better, so drink up.
— 2 days ago

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Mark Turner

Mark Turner

@Shay A thank you for the reference point. I have several bottles of the 2012 in my cellar. I know what we are serving on the patio this weekend!
Shay A

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@Mark Turner : I’ll be curious to know how your experience is. This was my first (and only) ‘12, so let me know if yours is tasting more youthful than the one I opened!