California Roots

Beachwood with Urban Roots Brewing

Steely Jam West Coast - Style India Pale Ale

16 oz can. 7.1% ABV. Super smooth, pretty and bright for a West Coast IPA. Bleepton of different hops. — 15 days ago

Ted, Ericsson and 5 others liked this

Orin Swift Cellars

Machete Petite Sirah Blend 2018

Boom! This wine is super purple inky. And incredibly in your face with big berry flavors and a roundness and lush bursting profile. There’s nothing subdued or elegant. This is just big.

Funky labels aside - I enjoyed this wine and reminded me a touch of Turley without Turley’s distinctiveness of fruit and site flavors. A good blend and great wine when you just want to drink wine. I could see this being good at a tailgate.
— 6 days ago

Ethan, Ericsson and 9 others liked this

Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A

On my first trip out to Napa (2015), Jarvis was one of the favorites, and so we went back in 2016 and again in 2018. We go to Napa every year, and it’s one of the only wineries we have visited multiple times.

This was part of a retrospective on 2012 Napa cabs, alongside Shafer HSS, Scarecrow, Morlet CdV, Bryant DB4, Dominus, Pulido Walker Melanson, Kapscandy, Buccella Cuvee Katrina Eileen and others. Definitely the most restrained.

For some reason, I always get a streak of green peppercorn on all of the reds from Jarvis. It’s not off putting, just a signature of the winemaking. I’ve never found these wines to be overblown/high alcohol. They aren’t quite Bordeaux like, but they are clearly in between current Napa style and a restrained bridge to Bordeaux. This 2012 was true to the above. Aromatics here has green peppercorn, tar, underripe black fruits and a very fragrant potpourri note. Even after being open a few hours this was strong with zippy acidity surrounded by pepper crusted blackberries, mocha, black cherries and even some leather (not Brett driven, though). Blind, maybe someone takes this to left bank Bordeaux in a ripe vintage…but the kiss of sweetness is hard to take away from Napa. Wonderfully delicious and complex Cabernet starting to enter a great drinking window.

— 4 days ago

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach : Someone brought a 2010 Araujo Eisele to the tasting and it ended up winning 😂 But between the 2012s, the Scarecrow and Buccella were favorites among the ripe Napa crowd, and the Bordeaux enthusiasts preferred the Jarvis (even over the Dominus and a 2012 Montelena, which I think was slightly flawed). The Scarecrow and Buccella have so much fruit that they are best enjoyed in the near term versus the Shafer HSS, Dominus, and others.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

All great wines, surprised by Scarecrow though, my Tasting was way to tight, oak & alcohol was all I tasted. Needed another decade so I flipped them

Roots Run Deep Winery

Educated Guess North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

One the nose: vanilla, nutmeg, black cherry and tobacco.
Taste: red fruits, oak finish.
Good with or without food
— 18 days ago

Sine Qua Non

Patine Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache 2011

2011 Grenache.15.6% ABV. Absolutely lovely now and went perfect with grilled salmon with truffled pasta on the side. Best towards the end of the bottle so a quick decant may help. Amazing wine! Thank you Manfred and Elaine! — 3 days ago

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David B

David B

Nice! The posting shows 2017 but I think you had 2011. We actually had the 2017 EC Grenache on Saturday. It was young, but also delicious.
Joseph Barsky

Joseph Barsky

@David B Thanks for catching that. Corrected.


Lone Pine Vineyard Lagrein

Lone pine is a great name for this vineyard because the Lagrein really delivers pine notes on the nose. Delicious and well made. — 14 days ago

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Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Unfiltered Finch Hollow Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A

I’ve long been a fan of the Jarvis Finch Hollow Chardonnays (whether the regular or the unfiltered). They are expensive, but the type of wine when you open it ever so often, you are glad you have some. The unfiltered version is worth the extra $20.

I followed this over two days. Both days it sported such phenolic prowess that is enticing. If comparing, it’s in the same realm as an Aubert CIX based on phenolics and profile. Both days showed lemon cream, kiss of marzipan and honeyed sea salt aromatics but also a real bright tropical flair that I haven’t experienced before. The oak here provides some roundness on the palate, but the acidity is really complimentary. A friend, who is a white burg nut, said he’d blind this to burgundy all day long. This is more rich tropical fruit driven than previous ones that have been mostly caramel and baking spices. Delicious now, but I’d hold another 2-3yrs.
— a day ago

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Casto Oaks

Zinfandel 2016

Deep purple in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, light bitter vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with raspberries and spices.

This is a very tasty Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills in California. Spicy and a good sipping wine.

Nicely balanced and easy drinking, with nicely integrated alcohol, so watch out.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now, with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and tannins show up after 15 minutes of airtime. As it continues to open up, it shows more earth notes.

Will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a burger.

100% Zinfandel grapes were aged for 19 months in neutral American oak. Unfiltered. A tiny production of only 4 barrels.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 2 days ago

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