Villa Maria

Au Bon Climat

Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Santa Maria Valley Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2015

N: Lemons, ginger, banana peel, very fresh, like a just passed thunderstorms sun. You can smell the oak, but it’s like a ghost in the background.
P:Lemon custard, ever so light, creamy,tart, long finish, slight wood. He was really talented.
R.I.P. Jim Clendenen
If served this “ blind”, very few would peg it as a Cali Chard. A stylistic response to criticism of previous, over the top Chards.
With time and air, some flinty mineral goodness appears along with the sensation of citrus pith.
— 6 days ago

Eddie, Lyle and 7 others liked this

Luis Pato

Baga Maria Gomes Rosé Blend 2017

Dusty cherries, dried raspberries, a healthy pinch of dried herbs.
Bone dry, fresh, juicy, with a mineral backbone.
Brilliant rosé - for sipping and with food.
— 4 days ago

Ira liked this

Quinta de Baixo

Gonçalves Faria Bical Maria Gomes 2015

Glorious length, palate-staining. Not fat but very pure & forceful waves of citrus, stone-fruit, minerals. Plenty of acidity, could age more — no idea which way the flavor profiles evolves. — 10 days ago

Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Vineyard Syrah 2017

Absolutely awesome - my favorite of the Presquile line up - really stood out -Boysenberry , black pepper (or maybe white pepper) spice ,cured meat great balance -love it 2017 Vintage — 14 days ago

Daniel, Aravind and 12 others liked this

Andrew Murray

Santa Maria Valley Viognier 2019

This was my note from my last tasting of this: Bought this after tasting at the vineyards. I usually avoid non N. Rhone viognier like the plague (or Covid, too soon?). But this was excellent, and compelling enough to make me buy more than 1 btl. Notes from Day 2 open, and in the fridge overnight, and then in a refrigerated bag during a hike followed by a long car ride. On the nose: peach, tangerine, lychee, so vibrant and with a soft minerality. On the palate: excellent acidity, which is always the problem outside the Rhone, good density...sappy without being overly oily, fantastic minerality on the palate with a soft bitter walnut note. Excellent.

This time, perhaps a bit less minerality.
— 25 days ago

Severn, Mike and 8 others liked this

Chanin

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Beautiful French-style CA Pinot. — 3 hours ago

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Classic Belle Glos style - fruit forward and really smooth for a Pinot. Great to revisit, and good vintage. — 11 days ago

Alex, MICHAEL and 5 others liked this

Clendenen Family Vineyards

Bien Nacido Estate Plantings Petit Verdot 2013

Wow. Kinda blew me away. Pale color, led to bigger nose than expected. First taste balanced, spicy, — 5 days ago

Desparada

"Wayfinder" Bien Nacido Chardonnay

Lovely light oak, lime and a tiny spicy hint of the exotic. All that is fabulous about new oak chardonnay — 10 days ago

Rancho Guejito Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

Nice on the palate. Minimal acidity. — 7 days ago