Cantina Santa Benedetta

Tercero

Larner Vineyard Grenache 2014

Greg Ballington
9.1

Medium ruby red in appearance. A bit savory on the nose with berries, spices, cocoa and a hint of earthiness. Well balanced palate with a medium body and medium tannins (5.5/10). Fresh red berries on the palate with some darker spices and bramble berries. Medium plus finish. Drink till 2029. — 7 days ago

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Sunstone Vineyards and Winery

Eros Santa Ynez Valley Merlot Blend 2019

Blend of 76% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, deep Ruby with aromas of berry fruit, spice and earthy notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and cherry fruits, baking spices and earthy notes. Fine tannins, opened nicely, long finish ending with notes of berry fruits espresso, vanilla and earthy spice. Nice, will age well!! — 14 days ago

Daniel P., Tom and 1 other liked this

Jonata Winery

Fenix Santa Ynez Valley Merlot Blend 2015

Blend of 65% Merlot / 30% Cab Franc / 5% Petit Verdot. Beautiful fruit, excellent mouthfeel. A little green from the Cab Franc Very elegant and delicious — 12 days ago

Raul, Jonathan and 19 others liked this

McHenry Vineyard

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2019

Popped and poured; served with cedar plank salmon for Father’s Day. No formal notes but consistent with previous experiences. Bruised strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, mushroom, a kiss of baking spices and a touch of VA. Way more open for business than typical from McHenry at this stage, but the challenges of the vintage explain it all. Drink this vintage now. — 10 days ago

Tom, Brian and 6 others liked this

Colluvial Wine

F.R.F Tinaquaic Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

Deep ruby/purple color. Aromas of tomato leaf, blue and black berry, tobacco with a touch of green bell pepper. Pallet is rich and full of dark fruit, cocoa, wood, roasted poblano pepper and a touch of vanilla. A bit of tobacco, minerals and earth on the very long finish. Extremely complex and multi dimensional wine. Thank you so much, Kasey! — 10 days ago

Brent, Bob and 1 other liked this

Andrew Murray

Curtis Vineyard Enchanté Roussanne Grenache Blanc 2020

A great Granche Blanc from a Santa Barbara winemaker who loves the Rhône varietals. Clean with a touch of stone fruit. — 5 days ago

Ron, Tom and 3 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2016

Absolutely an amazing wine! Thank you @Ron R for recommending this! I am experiencing so many elements at the same time. Reminisce of an aged Chenin Blanc where you get creaminess almost wax cheese rind and honey. Picking up an almond sticky bun. Not really acidity but unique freshness of lemon, peaches & yellow apples. Golden hay in color, Med+ body w/ nice long finish. Drinking this w/ a nice chill presents some nice acidity.
Hard not to make a comparison (sigh) to something I paid a lot more for and enjoyed...not so much! Love the balance and 13.5 alc.
— 6 days ago

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Nice!
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@Dawn E. So happy you enjoyed this as much as I did. Hanzell Sebella at $22 per is just as strong. Get some!
Trixie

Trixie

Classy! Have a good weekend!🥂

Big Basin Vineyards

Rattlesnake Rock Syrah 2017

California Syrah the way I like it. And I do definitely like it. A really pretty deep dark purple with a wide brim and little cherry red flecks. This nose is just plain silly good and exciting. Plums and raspberries abound here. Blackberries with a touch of fennel go a long way. The olive aromas are jumping out of the glass and my goodness it’s special. There’s a rich meaty, fatty aspect to the nose that just blows me away. Stupendous.

Every wine I have from Big Basin is just as good as the next one. All so good and so well crafted. Hailing from the Rattlesnake Rock vineyard in Santa Cruz and definitely fruit forward. At this age, it’s drinking with more refinement than you may expect. Classy and stylish but never forgets about the fun. A lesson in how to make a big and bold Syrah without even coming close to going overboard. Smoke and grilled meat in the mouth to go with the vibrant red and blue fruits. Black pepper and menthol. The finish is long and fulfilling. Don’t listen to me, seriously don’t. Just go taste it.
— 4 hours ago

Trixie, Jason and 2 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Cheers friend!🍷
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Trixie Same to you!!

The Ojai Vineyard

John Sebastiano Vineyard Syrah 2018

Great black fruit. Black pepper. Ripe and slight underripe. 36th bday wine. Violet tar tabaco. Charred earth. — 7 days ago

Peter, Joseph and 5 others liked this

Hahn Winery

SLH Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Grown Chardonnay 2019

Delectable Wine
9.0

Mineral- and spice-accented citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by floral and tarragon suggestions in the 2019 Hahn Chardonnay SLH. Meyer lemon, pear and white peach flavors unfurl and take on a spicy ginger note with air. This finishes tight and long, with a touch of vanilla. $21.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2022) — 19 days ago

Peter, Severn and 5 others liked this