Black Sea Gold

Sea Smoke

Southing Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

Best Pinot from Santa Barbara I’ve had. Strong fruit (black currant) on the nose and front, but layered with tobacco and wood notes nicely. Really enjoyed the wine. Paid $110 at Hillstone, retails for $90-100. Worth it. — 12 days ago

Kevin Christian
with Kevin
Marcel liked this

Il Palazzone

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Tasted alongside the 2013 vintage. Both wines were opened about eight hours in advanced and allowed to slow-ox at cellar temp (51°F). Comparatively, this was initially more reticent. Eventually, after letting it sit in the glass for about 30min and coming up to temp, damp earth (decomposing leaves), potpourri, sea breeze, mushrooms, and sandalwood on the nose. Cherry, black tea, and dried herbs on the palate. Towards the end of the bottle, this was gaining momentum and rivaling the 2013 in terms of enjoyability. Hold’em if you got’em. Better after 2025. — 2 hours ago

Eric, Peter and 3 others liked this

King Frosch

Sauvignon Blanc 2019

King Frosch Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Pfalz, Germany

Light yellow in color with a green hue.

On the nose citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, minerals and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemon juice, citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Tangy finish with lemons and sea salt.

This is a nice Sauvignon Blanc from Germany. Easy drinking and great for the pool. Tangy and engaging with nice balance.

Good by itself or with food. Better when properly chilled, and would pair very well with seafood.

12% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— a month ago

Ted, Daniel P. and 9 others liked this

McBride Sisters

Black Girl Magic California Riesling 2019

Star bright yellow gold. Shy nose and medium bodied palate of yellow apples, honeysuckle, and a hint of white pepper. Medium acidity (low for the variety, but not for California) but still bright enough and with just enough fruit for classic white wine fare. Pork chops or roasted chicken come to mind. Drink now. — 23 days ago

Byron, Laura and 1 other liked this

Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Enjoyed this with a black pepper-encrusted gold-grade Waygu filet mignon from Snake River Farms. Both were amazing! — 15 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
with Vanessa
Iwan, Paul and 12 others liked this


Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

First time I tried this wine some years ago I thought it was a Pinot for Shiraz lovers. It remains a full bodied Pinot with black cherry and black plum with fluid soft tannins. Easy to like and very much a new world Pinot. Good with Duck Pancakes at a good Asian Restaurant on the Gold Coast. — a month ago

Daniel, Severn and 16 others liked this

Bodegas Crapula

Cr Gold 5 Monastrell Syrah Blend 2017

Deep fruity blackfruit/blackberry aroma; Touch of tobacco leaf and black pepper, licorice(?), chocolate/espresso, and vanilla oak on the bouquet. Medium plus tannin. Yummy. $12 rec from Deb at BGarden. — 11 days ago

Santa Rita

Medalla Real Gold Medal Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Rich, smooth and medium bodied. Black fruit leaning with hints of fig. $16 at WF. Great for the price — 13 days ago

Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

The grand finally of the evening was the full bodied Cab with multiple layers of dark, dry earthy fruit soaked in tobacco chocolate and fine, well integrated tannins that create a sensational finish. Paired with bbq lamb chops marinated in olive oil infused with rosemary, Basel, black pepper, garlic and sea salt. Heavenly! — a month ago

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Skip and J liked this

Nik Pegasus

Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast in California, is drinking very nicely now, although still young.

Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, chocolates, coke, light vegetables, Indian spices, violets, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Dry on the palate, full bodied and elegant.

Grippy tannins (once it opens up), on the finish with tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon. I had it before, but apparently did not let it open up all the way. Really enjoyed the mouthfeel.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and come to itself, so be patient.
Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.

Nice to see this kind of wine from California at such a low octane.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 2 months ago

Alex, Paul and 12 others liked this