Sumac Ridge


Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A

My 2016 Rivers Marie Pinots are about gone…SummaOV is left. Occidental, Silver Eagle and SummaOV are always my favorites. I’m between a 93-94 here.

Great example of a Pinot that has a lot of power but plenty of balance. Deep black cherry colored in the glass but the aromatics are much more savory than expected. There’s an animalistic/feral quality to this initially (that I love) showing a smoked meat flair alongside dark blood orange and ripe black cherries. Commanding mouthfeel and great acidity. Continual back and forth of dark berry fruit and savory/herbal notes. The use of whole cluster is noticeable but it does a good job complimenting the wine (more high toned) and not taking center stage (as in, not overly stemmy/green). Wonderful lengthy finish. More brooding and savory than Silver Eagle but certainly not in the vein of a “cab lovers pinot” style. This was delicious and likely hangs in this window for at least 5+yrs.
— 4 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Guadagni Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019

Popped too young, but I just wanted to open it, dammit. Classic fairly old-school Zin nose, with brambly blackberry, a bit of American oak, and stony gravel. Fairly tight in the mouth. I love the focused fruit, which is not jammy in the least. It’s very dry (which is almost jarring these days of jammy Zins with residual sugar), and it’s got some youthfully drying tannins. Needs, and will be better in, at least 2-3 years, but enjoyable now. — 6 days ago

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Drew Family Cellars

Mid-Elevation Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir 2020

Delectable Wine

The 2020 Pinot Noir Mid Elevation is bright and punchy in the glass. Sweet red cherry fruit, mint, spice, licorice, anise and blood orange lend energy throughout. This mid-weight, rather nervy Pinot has quite a bit to recommend it. Medium in body, but with terrific persistence, the Mid-Elevation has plenty to say. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2022)
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Columbia Valley Tempranillo 2020

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Peterson Family Vineyard Petite Sirah 2009

Color is still a deep ruby/garnet with a nose of plums, black tea, black pepper, and hints of dark chocolate. Amazingly smooth, this Petite Sirah has developed nicely over 13 years. Fruit is still there, but florals are popping out and the texture is wonderful. Full-bodied, bold, powerful wine given to me by a friend. Paired with prime NY strip and ribeye = perfection. — 5 days ago

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McNab Ridge

Family Reserve Largo Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Nice Mendicino Cab. Dark ruby color. Intense nose of black cherry and vanilla cream. The very busy pallet includes dark cherries and currants with hints of cocoa, tobacco, baking spices and that ever present vanilla. Soft but rich at the same time. The finish just goes on and on. Aged 26 months in French Oak. Also a great value! Appreciate you sharing this one, Kase! — 6 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

East Bench Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2019

Balanced Zinfandel with strong notes of pepper and red fruit, mostly cherry. It’s balanced and enjoyable now, but it will definitely hold good for a few years. Very good! — 6 days ago

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Cameron Winery

Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2017

In a wide-bottom decanter for 3 hrs and it needed every minute. On the nose: black tea, wild strawberry, soft bubblegum. Amazing acidity and good density, stony minerality, bright red fruit leaning wild strawberry. Soft tannin on the long finish. I wanted to see how this was tomorrow, but it was such a hit that it disappeared fast: eminently drinkable; 12.8% ABV to boot. Wow. Better than I remember my last btl being, if still very primary. — 22 days ago

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