Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast

Talley Vineyards

Estate Bottled Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay 2018

Such a consistently good value. Outgoing nose features butterscotch, tangerine, wet limestone, and a floral note. Dry and tangy in the mouth, with loads of stony minerality and acid, along with a bit of toasty barrel spice. — 3 days ago

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Scott Rose

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Have never found a Talley wine (dating back to the 1991 vintage) that leapt out and always found both the whites and reds kinda monolithic. That sed, have never had an aged wine of theirs and thinking they would be pretty darned good with 4-7 years of aging.

Fogscape Vineyards

Dijon 113 Suter and Windmill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Simple nose, some berries. Flavors are lovely. Elegant and balanced. Tannins are nice. Smokey and herbal. Interesting and complex stuff. — 13 days ago

Neil, Ericsson and 2 others liked this

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2003

The first Alban wine I ever had was the 2003 Reva. My last bottle of this in my cellar…and it is unreal. Still has that iodine/roasted meat character on the nose, the wine is balanced, elegant, integrated - just a fantastic bottle of wine. — a day ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Shay, Paul and 7 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Still sitting on my Mag of 05.
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Me too!
Eric

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Very cool!

Piedrasassi

Rim Rock Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Syrah 2014

A nice showing, but no stunner. Blackberry crumble cooked over an open fire. Acid is a bit strong still. — 19 days ago

Bob, Bryan and 6 others liked this

Laetitia

Arroyo Grande Valley Brut Rosé Blend

Cherry, strawberry, raspberry and apple. Good acidity and balance. — 18 days ago

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Presqu'ile Winery

Presqu'ile Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Un Chardonnay Californien de la vallée de Santa Maria 2016 qui ne fait pas trop “Américain super boisé” justement, rien de super complexe mais assez frais, une acidité moyenne sans que ce ne soit trop riche ou trop lourd. 89-90

A nice Chardonnay 2016 from Presqu’Ile winery in Santa Maria Ca, nothing complex but fresh and very enjoyable.
— 5 days ago

Severn, Josh and 7 others liked this

Paul Lato

Duende Gold Coast Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.4

A producer I’ve had a handful of times, and really find myself wondering why I’m not putting more focus/attention on Paul Lato wines.

Gorgeous translucent ruby color in the glass sporting 13.9ABV. I followed this out of the bottle over the course of a few hours and it showed well from pop all the way to the end. Profile here is restrained richness. I didn’t pick up any whole cluster/stem inclusion spice or greenness. Aromatically it is filled with cranberries, black raspberries, bright floral tones, and cracked peppercorns. Beautifully balanced on the palate with vibrant acidity. A back and forth between dark red spiced fruits and herbal/crunchy flair. Black tea and even some savory iron notes too. Still young and will improve, but this is already excellent.
— 16 days ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

That’s a new one for me. Great review.
Jody Scharf

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Shay UDaMan
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A I feel these wines are consistently good. Nice note.

Talley Vineyards

Estate Bottled Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir 2009

Tried it the second day the bottle was open and the color was bright, the fruits well blended, and the spices subtle enough to add interest. A delicious glass to start the evening. — 18 days ago

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Blanc White Blend 2019

46% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino, 20% Clairette Blanche.

Clairette was noticeable in the structure of the body, lighter in some ways.
— 6 days ago

Severn, Ira and 4 others liked this

Foxen

Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018

Definitely one of the better Chenin Blancs I've had. Balanced, not tart, or grassy, or overly fruity. Solid. One of my favorite whites in a long time! Z really liked it too. Took to Etts for Thanksgiving.
Got at Vendome. Not a cheap white at $26+ (can't remember exact $), but you get what you pay for.
— 4 days ago

Zivile Taylor
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Jonathan, Eddie and 5 others liked this
Scott Rose

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Props to Foxen for being one of the very very few CA wineries focusing on a wine/varietal that's not exactly paying the bills but is fantastic.