Adams County Winery

Pax Mahle Wines

Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2017

The famed wine that @Antonio Galloni scored 100 points last year. Pax invented this style - whole cluster and zero oak California Syrah nodding Saint Joseph. So concentrated you’ll stain your hands removing the cork. But not overextracted. Picked early with salty metallic wild sour blackberries, rosemary, and lavender. Youthful but still very raw. Complex today but will benefit from a few years to soften the sour green.

Bought two. One for today, one for tomorrow.
— 10 days ago

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Nice review. Thanks

Fallon Place

Landa Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, currants, oak, light vanilla, wood, black licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, dust, alcohol, black pepper, leather, earth and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Elegant with long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and red candy.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Zinfandel from Sonoma County, is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. Showing great elegance with nice complexity and a beautiful nose. Great complexity on the nose.

Not a typical California Zinfandel at all. Much lighter than I expected from one.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and I would really recommend doing that, as it is a completely different wine, once open. I had this vintage a year ago and it was not there at all. So nice to see that it came back so nicely.

Will be better with age, and would be nice to revisit it in the next 3 to 5 years.

Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 55 cases produced. (this is bottle number 600).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses, nuts and olives.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 2 days ago

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Kalin Cellars

Cuvée LV Sonoma County Chardonnay 1995

Golden, soft, honeyed, slightly oxed. Classic aged kalin. Good — 6 days ago

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Pax Quail Run Vineyard Valdiguié 2017

Picking up a little pepper, lots of soft cedar on the nose. This wine is soft and super easy drinking. Perfect to warm up the palate for the night!! — 5 days ago

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@Michael Mathews Michael Great boo on you sound like an interesting person. From BC Cheers 🍷
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Thanks. Much appreciated! Looking forward to meeting this amazing crew soon....somewhere....

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@Michael Mathews Michael make that bio Cheers 🍷

Enfield Wine Co.

Coryelle Fields Syrah 2014

Superb! Earthy and savory with some real stuffing to age well for another 10-12 years. John Lockwood crafted this sensation with hillside grapes growing 380 meters above the Pacific. Cool climate Syrah I want to drink a whole lot more often. — 14 days ago

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Russian River Valley Syrah 2010

Deep purple in color and cloudy, with a short reddish /brick rim.

Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, vanilla, wood, spices, forest floor, tobacco leaf, wet cave, medicine, vegetables, black pepper, acetone, old leather and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, dark coffee, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette and vegetables.

Medium plus on the finish with sour cherries and fine grained tannins.

This 9 year old Syrah from Russian River Valley is still drinking nicely, although on the way out.

Unbalanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and died after 90 minutes of airtime. After 60 minutes tannins come out.

I really liked the nose more than the palate, and loved smelling on it.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.3% alcohol by volume. Unfiltered.

90 points.

— 4 days ago

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Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A

Heintz fruit is some of my favorite and for some reason, it’s normally easy for me to identify, this being no different. I always get an overload of guava with Heintz Chardonnays, like this one, on the nose. Big aromatics of roasted Meyer lemon and ripe tropical fruits. Oak isn’t a star here, as the acidity takes center stage. Sharp and focused down the middle. Apricot, underripe pineapple and lemon oil on the palate. 13.2 ABV. I know Littorai picks super early, so it’s impressive that they are able to get this beautiful amount of pure fruit.

I followed this over 2 days and day 1 was sharp acidity and led me to believe this needs another few years to integrate. Day 2, the acidity mellowed and the fruit really warmed and became very perfumed. I’d probably hold, but no harm in opening now if you have time to follow/enjoy it.
— 7 days ago

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Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Ron R

A night cap after the Scarlett Reserve. Tasted many times with consistent notes. This is a stunning SB. Exotic, tropical bouquet. Loads of citrus fruits on the palate. Deftly balanced. Best domestic SB we’ve tasted.
In the background, our new cellar. Glass frame will be inserted in a week or so.
— 12 days ago

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Thanks, @Hugh O'Riordan. It’s been a labor of love. The germ of the idea came from @Mo Salem, who also provided huge help with our renovations. Wifey gave me the green light, and I did the rest. Very expensive to build, but I think the impact will be worth it.

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Glad to help a good friend!!

Ultramarine Wines

Charles Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2014

Dry, to the bone. So much there was nugget, ah smintch of oxy? No can’t be. — 4 days ago

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Mauritson Wines

Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2016

A very enjoyable Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County.

Well balanced and fruit forward with black fruits, chocolates, earth, wood, light vanilla, spices, figs, peppercorn, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.This one has high alcohol so watch out.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Good by itself or with food like a nice burger.

I paired it with skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, potatoes and asparagus.

Will drink nicely in the next 5 years and already delicious.

A blend of 95% Zinfandel and 5% Petite Sirah. Aged for 14 months in 100% French oak barrels.

14.75% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 5 days ago

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Very enjoyable Tom