Very enjoyable summer wine, nice nose and appropriate linger — 10 days ago
As good as it gets in the Russian River Valley by the sage of the valley, Bob Cabral....and I think it will only get better with time! What a gift! — a year ago
Excelente!! — 2 years ago
Don Van Staaveren last vintage I believe before Bob Cabral took the wheel. I'm interested in how the former winemaker for William and Selyem will put his spin on Three Sticks. Chalk, straw and cream fill the nose. First thing that catches me is the acidity comes in high then smooths out. Slightly booze, with the taste of alcohol. Smoke and slight spice and charred marshmallow. Not much fruit. Finish comes and goes. Paired with Thai food, could have muddled the flavors. — 3 years ago
Wow! I’ve had various Three Stick varietals, but this was one of the first (full) bottle of Pinot from the Vineyard (pre-Bob Cabral). Smooth upon opening, and it became more velvety and complex with time. Give it a few more years, and it will truly dazzle!￼ — 6 months ago
Bien corsé avec de bons tanins présents. Bien gouteux avec une forte présence de fruits mûrs. — 4 years ago
This is a $30 retail Chardonnay that just hit K&L this week at $14.99. To quote Ralph their Senior Buyer who buys their Bordeaux wines, “The best screaming deal in richly styled California Chardonnay I've tasted in my 40 years here. When I tasted this here at my desk with our buyer Ryan Woodhouse, I said to myself, wow this is very good, expensive Chardonnay.”
The nose shows big, round richness. Lots of green & golden apple, Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple, lime zest, some stone fruit, caramel, vanillin, butter, cream, white spice, volcanic minerals, good presence of nice chalkiness, hint of herbs with yellow flowers/lilies.
The palate is, round, rich and phat. It’s beautiful over the palate. Loads of green & golden apple, Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple, lime zest, some stone fruit with apricots dominating, slight notes of honey, caramel, vanillin, butter, cream, white spice with some palate heat, grainy volcanic minerals, good presence of; beautiful, moist, powdery chalkiness, hint of herbs with yellow flowers/lilies. The acidity is round and voluptuous. The long, rich finish is; elegant, well balanced, hedonistic and persists minutes.
Nice to see a newer release California wine at 13.4% ABV.
Drinks nicely even beyond its full retail price!
A little background on their Winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald. Dan cut his teeth as Brack Mountain’s founding Winemaker. Prior to that, he worked with Winemaker Bob Cabral at Williams Selyem Winery in the Russian River Valley, rounding out his trifecta of Pinot noir and Chardonnay winemaking. Also, had experience at James Halliday’s Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia’s Yarra Valley and Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley.
The Sierra Mar Vineyard was planted by the Pisoni Family and sits adjacent to the famous Gary’s Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is owned by Gary and Rosella Franscioni. The vineyard has been in their family for three generations. “Mountain Sea” translates in Spanish to Sierra Mar. The vineyard sits just over 1000 feet and is one of the highest altitude vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Photos of, the barrels this vineyard is fermented, WineMaker Dan Fitzgerald and their Sierra Mar Vineyard. — a year ago
Nice job Bob Cabral. Up there with Selyem single vineyards! — 4 years ago