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Mays Canyon Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Right now, this is all about the nose. Incredibly complex after a couple hours. Medium weight with combination of blue and red fruit. Palate subdued behind a mountain of acid. Looking forward to the bottles stashed in storage. — 11 days ago


Labyrinth Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

‘Auteur’, meaning, ‘author’ in French, is a micro boutique, family-owned and run winery in Sonoma. The name captures a sense of creativity, artistry, and innovation.

Here’s a flight of the 2019 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2019 Labyrinth Vineyard Pinot Noir, and Auteur’s inaugural 2018 Nunnery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wow, each of these wines has such a strong sense of self. From a baked black cherry, plum, fruit focused wine (Gap’s Crown) to a more mocha, earthy, inky, spicy wine (Labyrinth), to an herbal, eucalyptus, rose, potpourri, green bell pepper driven wine (Nunnery).

The Pinots come from a clone known for its thick skin (relatively speaking!), which overall lends a deeper hue and more tannin to the structure. These wines are made exclusively from the free run juice.

The Pinots are all fermented in 60% new French oak (medium toast), the Cabernet is just slightly more with 70% new French oak.

The Cabernet was aged for 24 months in the barrel, lending cedar, clove, and cinnamon notes.

These wines are beautiful 😍😍😍
— 13 days ago

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Tysm. 👍🏻🙂


No rush! It I’ll be months before I plan that trip.


@Ericsson I’m on it! 👍


Finn Pinot Noir 2012

2012 DuMol ‘Finn’, the name for Kerry Murphy’s grandson, has great structure with a slight spice on finish. Great to drink now... but I am Irish and almost everything is great to drink now!! — 4 days ago

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Forever Wild Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Notre Vue Estate Balverne Forever Wild Pinot Noir 2019, Russian River Valley, California 8

Reddish in color with light to medium intensity.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, light wood, bitter herbs, earth, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins (after an hour of airtime) and strawberries.

This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Fresh and fruity. Light and engaging.

Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. A good pool or porch wine. Tangy and spicy.

Better after an hour of airtime, when tannins show up, but good right out of the bottle, too.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. A nice good quality wine.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 10 days ago

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Merry Edwards

Bucher Pinot Noir 2018

A Merry Edwards tasting of wines from the Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, to the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, to a single vineyard Bucher Pinot Noir, finishing with a rich, tropical Sauvignon Blanc. 🙌🙌

All wines are barrel fermented, with a mix of new and aged (neutral) French Oak, depending on the site and grape 🍇 expression. I loved learning more about Meredith Edwards (Merry, the happy winemaker), her background, education (which includes time in France studying clones), and her groundbreaking work birthing the UCD 37 clone, used in many of her Pinot Noirs.

Merry has retired from her role of owner and winemaker at Merry Edwards @merryedwardswinery , having sold it to Roederer about a year ago, but these wines from 2018 still had Merry’s touch and we’re excited to taste the 2019 vintage and beyond from current winemaker Heidi von der Mehden.
— 14 days ago

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I’ve visited the winery 15+ years ago. Wanted to see her before she retired a few years back. Drove 4+ hours to go see her in upstate New York. What a treat. 


@David L Lucky you! I would love to meet her. I’m in awe of, and inspired by, her and her story.
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Love her story

Hiyu Wine Farm

Crategus Syrah Blend 2018

Massive and complex. On opening it was some berries and gripping tannins. Let it sit for two days with cork in. Starting to open up on day 3. Still evolving. I get olive tapenade, crushed blackberries, wet wood, a bit of cherry, baking and savory spices. I’m guessing this needs many years to integrate and balance out. Will let you know in 2031! — 10 days ago


Harris Knowles Vineyard Syrah 2019

Light to med/light limpid purple... actually looks more like Pinot or Gamay in the glass. Light aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, slight metallic, and forest- floor. I like the weight, the lifted savory dryness, the lightness of the wine as it glides over the palate. Not a hint of sweet, of Jam, or over-ripeness. It caresses food, but might otherwise commit the unpardonable sin of falling into “good” rather than something more grandiose... but tonight, with good pizza and watching Biden’s speech... “good” is more than acceptable. — 7 days ago

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J Vineyards & Winery

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Pale lemon with aromas of stone and citrus fruits with honeysuckle notes for the RRV chard. On the palate flavors of apple, pear, lemon citrus zest and melon, complex, mineral tones with soft toasty oak and sweet spice. The wine was fresh, with vibrant crisp acidity, well balanced on a long finish ending with fruit and floral notes. Has some mid-term aging potential. Nice! — 7 days ago

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Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2005

2005 Vintage.14.8% Alcohol. Need to open with an Ah So type opener, not a corkscrew as the corks have become brittle over time. Thank goodness for the thick bright blue wax seal as it likely saved this bottle from being corked. — a month ago

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Russian River Valley Pinot Grigio 2020

Omg whaaa in a blind tasting I’d probably call it Oregon Pinot Gris. That’s the style. I love this. Pinot Gris and Grigio are the same grape so it’s interesting they went with the naming it a Grigio name.
Honeysuckle and pineapple fun. Acid and fruit ripeness says new world yah I’d probably blind tasted call it new world Pinot Gris or mayyyyybe new world chenin but the acid is too low for that fun.

— 11 days ago

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