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Seven Leagues Santa Maria Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

Very light pale salmon color in the glass. These guys make such lovely wines and it’s nice that they keep it up with the Rosé too. Really nice dried rose petals and citrus fruits on the nose with a touch of fresh herbs. If it wasn’t already obvious, this isn’t your standard cookie cutter Rosé, not by a long shot. It’s exceedingly fresh and lively and has plenty of complexity and depth that’s rare nowadays. The palate generally follows the nose with vibrant citrus, baking spices, and floral impressions. This is what Rosé should be, what it could be. If everyone gave a damn. — a day ago

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Trixie

Cheers! Another nice post!

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from a reputable Santa Cruz vineyard. Double decanted for an hour. This vintage is light but bold at the same time. Only clocking in at 13.1%. It is thin on the palette but structured. Good tannin structure, light red fruit, minimal oak and charming acidity. After 10 years in the bottle, this vintage is just waking up. Luckily I have 2 more bottles in my cellar. After the first glass, your palette really adjusts to the light but subtle flavors. Don’t drink this after a big, bold wine. This should be the first wine you consume. Drink now with decanting or age for 20 more years. — 3 days ago

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Arcadian

Francesca Central Coast Pinot Noir 2000

This wine is in incredible shape. For almost 19...seriously, really good. — a day ago

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@Boxer Briefs Briefs it does not surprise me at all. Winemaker @Joseph Davis Davis is producing wine to do exactly that.

Sandhi Wines

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016

Just a very solid Chardonnay. You can taste just a hint of the malo notes on first sip but that quickly fades with some air, leaving a fleshy, intensely minerally chardonnay with great acid. Would have guessed puligny blind probably. Very nice and a good value. — a day ago

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Hahn Winery

SLH Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016

Founder Nicky Hahn, grew up speaking German. In his native language, the word ‘Hahn’ means rooster, which is why a depiction of this bird has always graced the label of his wines. Aromas of dark berry fruits with sweet dried spice notes. On the palate cherry and blueberry with oaky notes, cacao and sweet spice. Fine grippy tannins, savory, lingering ending with fruit and mineral tones. Nice value! — 12 days ago

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Kosta Browne

Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Great time to drink. Not overdone like some of the KB wines can be at times. This was refined and pretty. — 7 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.3

A nice bridge between ripe/rich white burgundy and ripe/rich Cali chard. I’ve had a few of these and really enjoyed them. These are made in a more high acidity style so they benefit from a few years of sleep...in fact, this one seemed to just be coming around. Not sharp, but zippy lemon zest over honeyed brioche and sea breeze. It’s at its most flavor packed in the middle before turning tart and mineral driven (chamomile too) at the finish. I’d imagine ‘12s and ‘13s are in the zone now. — 7 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay: this will be fantastic in 3-4 years.

Whitcraft Winery

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2015

I have an affinity for the first reactionaries against the big oaked Napa wines of the 1990s and 2000s. These guys/gals deserve more credit than given for connecting wine with my generation and all before Natural Wine was a recognized term.

Chris Whitcraft was one of these guys buying the best fruit (from places like Hirsch) and leaving the the rest to the land. His son, Drake, took over in 2009 and built out a flourishing business.

This one is excellent and has a high acid rustic murky full bodied tingly perfumed persona. It’s very complete - a full circle. Big exploding sour cherry and red currant. All in harmony.
— 13 days ago

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Talbott

Estate Grown Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

Happy 4th of July to everyone. We have been experiencing a bit of heat here in the Chicago area and I have decided to open the 2013 Talbott Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California.

On the nose I am able to tell there is pineapple, lemon, pear, honeysuckle, almond and a good amount of minerality.

The palate has lemon, apple, white peach, pear, minerality and wet flint rock.

This wine is dry, medium bodied whit a creamy mouthfeel and medium + acidity that leads into a mineral driven medium to long finish. Please be safe tonight while enjoying your holiday festivities. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 16 days ago

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@Daniel P. Drake Sounds really nice!

Dolin Estate Wine

Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A nose like a candied Apple, with hints of hazelnut.

Medium bodied and an explosion of flavor.
All of your classic red and blue berries, high and racy acidity. Long, lingering finish.
This wine has aged beautifully, and is drinking great right now. Perfect hot summertime PN.
— 15 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Cheers! Sounds delicious!