Bodega Santa Julia

Bodega Santa Julia

Reserva Mountain Blend Valle de Uco Malbec Cabernet Franc 2017

The blend of Malbec & Cab Franc is outstanding. A wonderful formula for wine lovers. In dogs’ lingo it would be “sometime muts are better than pure breeds.” — 15 days ago

Bodega Santa Julia

Reserva Valle de Uco Malbec 2018

Color of bubbly vibrant shades of purple. Nose of blackberry, cherry jam, leather, oaky vanilla, strawberry ice cream, and a bit crayon. Taste of good acidity, ripe grapes, bittersweet zest, soft tannins. Aftertaste of some more pepper, but a bit off balance with too much bitter taste. — a month ago

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Bodega Santa Julia

Magna Winemaker Selection Valle de Uco Malbec

Rob
9.2

Secret Santa... very nice but bot quite Don David — 16 days ago

The Hilt

The Vanguard Chardonnay 2015

Re-committing to my long review backlog. This one is a perennial favorite for me, and Wayne does a great job from year to year with this central coast chard. More on the honey/peach side of the spectrum, with a light amount of oak and butter. Definitely one (like Aubert) that benefits from a bit of time in the glass and approaching room temp. — 6 months ago

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Calera

Fortieth Anniversary Vintage Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Winemaker's Notes: "Our debut vintage of Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay truly embodies the cool coastal climate of the Santa Maria Valley. The nose offers enticing aromas of Meyer lemon, citrus zest, and subtle brioche notes. On the palate, vibrant citrus, layers of lemon and pear are rounded out by hazelnut. This delightfully poised Chardonnay has a lush viscous mouthfeel leading to a beautiful finish."
Right up my alley for $20.00.
— 8 days ago

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Nice
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Not meant to replace Aubert or Rivers Marie, it stays in its lane. Pop & pour everyday viscous Chardonnay with a great nose & color

Bolt to Wines

Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017

Bolt to Wines Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose, blackberry jam, sweet cherries, raisins, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, light earth and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, herbs, tar, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Syrah from California. Bold and extracted, yet soft on the finish. Spicy and tangy.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

Might be a good idea to wait a few more years with this one.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.
— 17 days ago

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Nautilus!

Qupé

Stolpman Vineyard Syrah 2003

Dark color. Notes of black pepper, Stone, green pepper and black olive. Lots of dark fruit. Well aged wine, now is definitely a good time to drink it! 👍🏻 — 12 days ago

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Testarossa

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Pale purple and ruby hues with a delicate haze. Black cherry crisp, raspberry jam, plum sauce, almond paste, vanilla bean, spearmint, sage, sweet basil, molasses, cardamom, lemongrass, and dried lavender notes on the nose. Tart cherries and herbal influences on the palate. Medium- body and medium acidity. Nicely balanced with a semblance of reserve softening into a juicy ripeness with each encounter. Pairs nicely with herbed pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, roasted butternut squash, and steamed haricots verts.

Vintage 2013. ABV 14.2%.

#testarossa #doctorsvineyard #santaluciahighlands #pinotnoir #newworldpinot
— 12 days ago

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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Vanessa D Are green beans. Good review
Vanessa D

Vanessa D

@Dennis P. Thank you 🙏 Ah, yes, haricots verts are green beans in French. What can I say? Sometimes words / phrases sound a little lovelier in French, like, aubergine (eggplant), pommes frites (French fries), café latte (espresso with steamed milk) ... 😝
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Vanessa D Ahhh, should have known that. My barn is named maison de ma¡s, house of corn. I appreciate the explanation.

Tenshen

Santa Barbara County White Blend 2016

Sweet notes of honey, ripe melon and pine nuts. Agree with @Ron R - This does take you to a great place. Time for some sun now? Here’s to you Ron. 🙏😎 — 11 days ago

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Just so you know, @James Ayling, we jacked this wine from @David L. He’s the czar on white wines on DL. Ask somebody 😀
James Ayling

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@David L - Thank you Sir!
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Just fortunate enough to have tried it a few times. Happy you enjoyed it

Roar

Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Delicious ripe blue fruits with a savory quality that's really nice. Would merit a higher score if it had more structure to support the big fruits. Drink now. — 12 days ago

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