A glimmer of hope for well priced natural wine from California. Combe Chenin is deep with personality. Ripe with plenty of residual acid, there is spiced pineapple, quince, basil, and earthy mushrooms. Terrific and underpriced ($20) and will probably retail for $31 next year. — 7 days ago
All these guys do is make delicious, pretty wines. Medium burgundy color with light ruby undertones in the glass. Definitely needs some decent decanting. Ripe red fruits, fresh, fragrant herbs, and rose petals on the nose. This is an almost perfectly balanced Pinot, with nice complexity and depth. Restrained and elegant, there’s a nice level of complexity here that you’re just not going to find in most California Pinots. And as elegant as I say it is, she still has plenty of dirty funk going on. Beautiful cranberries, tart cherries, and tobacco smoke absolutely shine on the palate. White pepper, forest floor, and a bit of cinnamon play along, as well. Good length on the finish with peppered vanilla. I love these Santa Barbara wines. I really love these Liquid Farm wines. Outstanding stuff. — 13 days ago
Looks very young, having the appearance of clear and pale ruby color. On the nose, it is clean with medium intensity. Being able to smell flavor of strawberry jam, smokiness, light plum, mushroom, floral, light pepper. On the palate, there is no sweetness, medium to high acid, very low tannin, strong alcohol, tasted light overall. Medium to long finish with taste of fig at the end. Is a good wine. The fly in the ointment is the lack of tannin, feeling more like a juice. — 5 minutes ago
A point of reference is useful... this crushes the Morlet, and at $23 it’s a case but.
Pristine, focused and lifted. RP nailed the notes and rating. Loads of pears and flowers on the nose and palate. Beautiful delineation and acidity. Trust me on this - you won’t be disappointed. — 5 days ago
This afternoon I have opened the 2016 Gainey Vineyard Santa Barbara County Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The Gainey Vineyard has been around since 1962 and has been producing wonderful wines since then.
On the nose there is strawberry, raspberry, cherry cola, rosemary, herbal and vegetal notes, slight hint of vanilla and oak with an earthy undertone.
On the palate there is cherry, raspberry, plum, clove, spice, light oak, lavender and an earthy backbone.
This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity and medium to + fine tannin that leads into a medium long fruit and earthy finish. I hope everyone has had a wonderful long weekend and are ready to get back to the grind. Please be safe and enjoy the short work week. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 18 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.
Jammy! It actually smelled carbonic? Surprising. Dark and baked fruit without being dense with rich meats/bacon at the finish. I guessed this as Cali Syrah with French oak. Thanks @Will Adams — 9 days ago
Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.
Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light alcohol, vinaigrette, graphite, bonfire smoke and peppercorn.
Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, tobacco, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, pencil lead and light vegetables.
Long finish with fine tannins and cherries.
This is a delicious Syrah blend from Paso Robles. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).
Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature and calm down. Might be too fruity for some.
I paired it with cheeses, dried fruits and light appetizers.
A blend of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Syrah. Aged separately for 26 months in 85% New French Oak barrels.
15% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 16 days ago