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Dusty Nabor

Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017

Dusty Nabor Wines Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, vanilla, cola, dark chocolates, tobacco, black pepper, earth and Indian spices.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity with blackberries, black currants, oak, light vegetables, vanilla, coffee, spices, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Syrah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 90 minutes of airtime. As it opens up, lots of coffee and chocolate notes come in, which is very nice to see.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Already drinking well, but will be better in the next 3 to 5 years.

Nicely balanced, interesting and engaging. I especially enjoyed the nose here.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.
— 4 days ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Ballard Canyon Chenin Blanc 2017

Stupid good. So expressive and easy for me to love as Chenin is probably my favorite single varietal grape in the still form. Viscous passion fruit, ripe apricot, lemon meringue, and plenty of spice. — 4 days ago

Iwan, Paul and 28 others liked this

Keplinger

Mars Moon Mountain Red Blend 2016

1 hour decant. An inspiring inky ruby red color. On the nose: dark fruit, pine tree, earthy, floral. Taste: kaboom goes the BlackBerry, pencil lead, orange peel, some coffee.. with a nice rich mouthfeel and a black cherry tar medium plus finish. Fine tannins still kicking, will give it just a little more time for next bottle. — 11 days ago

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Orin Swift

Mannequin California Chardonnay 2017

A blend of (changes each vintage) mostly Chard, with Sauv Blanc and Muscat, aged in 35% new French oak for 8 mos. Grapes sourced from some new AVA’s this year, Sonoma Coast, RRV, Santa Lucia Highlands & Atlas Peak AVA’s. Pale lemon with aromas of stone & citrus fruits with complex floral spice. The palate shows flavors of peach and apple with hints of sweet lemon, vanilla and wet stone. The wine is well balanced with integrated oak, crisp, lively acidity and a long finish ending with pepper and mineral. — 10 days ago

Shay, Dawn and 6 others liked this

Au Bon Climat

"Isabelle" California Pinot Noir 2014


Au Bon Climat 2014 Isabelle Pinot Noir
This is best-barrel bottling by Jim Clendenen, named after his daughter.
Medium body. Ripe cherry, very ripe raspberry, black licorice, sweet spices. Mouth-cleansing acidity. Drinking for another 5 + years. Drinking like it’s a premier league PN😉
— 6 days ago

David, Sharon and 42 others liked this
Dawn E.

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@David L sounds really nice! Cheers! 🍷
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@Dawn E. I’m biased towards the Wines. Impossible to beat for the money. Especially if you’re a club member. They consistently get in the mid 90s. Club members get these wines $30/$40+a bottle . So worth checking out the HUGE collection. Cheers!
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@David L thanks for the info!! 🤗

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XI Napa Valley Merlot 2013

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a delicious one from Napa.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, peppercorn, dust and graphites.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, peppercorn, cedar, leather, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, metals, chocolates, dark roast coffee and light vegetables.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Rich and extracted.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show the tannins. After 3 hours of airtime, black licorice notes come in, which was a nice surprise.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely now.

This Single Vineyard is a very hard one to come by. Thank you Kim and Barry for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Merlot grapes were grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. Aged in French oak (60% new) barrels for 25 months. A small production of only 143 cases.

Delicious and tasty.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$215.
— 7 days ago

Brandon, Shay and 15 others liked this
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Nice bottle!!!!

Orin Swift

Abstract California Grenache Blend 2017

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, cola, espresso, spice box, cinnamon, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, alcohol, cola, cinnamon and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from the house of Orin Swift. Fruity, big, rich, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour). After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose really opened up, so be patient with this young wine.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch or with friends.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months (30% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$35.
— 15 days ago

Shay, Rob and 28 others liked this
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Salad looks tasty.
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Burger was better 😂

Turley

The White Coat California Grenache Blanc Blend 2017

Nose of exotic fruits, mandarin orange, and ripe green bean. Palette is full, with med- acid and a med finish. Mostly indecipherable, but then I’m a Roussanne n00b. A nice wine that hopefully gains complexity and interest. — 6 days ago

Mike, David and 4 others liked this

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Le Cigare Volant Red Rhone Blend 2015

Timothy Eustis
8.9

It’s the new Cigare V. No Mourvèdre. A bit of a loss. Drinks not like a CDP anymore — and that’s not a bad thing. More like a VdP Cinsault. Lots of cherries. Quite a bit lighter and drinkable. — 8 days ago

Ira, Severn and 2 others liked this

Monte Rio Cellars

California Rubired 2018

Blackberry with black pepper. Light on the tannin. Lovely with slowly simmered brisket in bone broth. Winter without ice and wet wool. Accessible. Light enough to carry into a chilly spring day- bulbs pushing through snow. Quaffing. A work night wine. — 10 days ago

Dawn, David and 1 other liked this