Central Coast, California

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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Deep ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Beautiful nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, dried figs, tobacco, spices, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, black pepper, chocolates, mocha, earth and dark coffee.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant with medium acidity and beautiful long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, cherries, wood, cloves, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, chocolates and mocha.

Long finish with very soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Pinot Noir from the Wagner family is drinking so nicely now. This 4 year old is well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Soft, velvety and delicious.

A Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover. Fruit forward, rich and extracted, and might be too fruity for some.

Good right out of the bottle and didn't really change much, even after 2 hours of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses, dried fruits and light flatbreads.

Aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$50.
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Bevan Cellars

Rita's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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9.4

Victoria from Bevan Cellars came to town and put on a wonderful tasting of some current releases.

Really enjoyed trying this next to the Petaluma Gap. I think I surprised myself in that I ended up liking the Rita’s just a tiny bit more. More spicy red fruit and the acidity seemed sharper. Very black cherry dominant. Main difference I got in the two was this seemed to have a more maple/sandalwood note compared to the more cedar with Petaluma.
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Booker Vineyard

Fracture 24 Months Syrah 2013

Needs time. Needs a LOT of time. Needs a vitamix. Or at least a decanter. This one pours like oil. Violet color. Purple and black fruits abound. Nutty, lavender, pie spice, hint of cinnamon. Finishes with stiff tannin. Will be best on day two. 95 points east, possibly higher in a few years. I think prime drinking for this is 2022. — 4 days ago

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In agreement with Mark here. Tight and needs a lot of time, but you could easily tell the quality was top shelf. Dark and chalky fruit...currant, blackberry, violet. Some pencil shavings and mocha. Mulberry note on the finish once it had gotten 2-3hrs of air. In time, this will be a knockout.
9.5

Sine Qua Non

Le Supplément Syrah 2013

Young, dense. At this point needs time in a decanter, but don’t pass it up if you get the chance to have it. In my opinion, Manfred Krankl is the greatest winemaker on the planet. I’ve never had one of his wines that I didn’t love. That being said, this wine, after opening up, has a nose of black fruit, bacon, and violets. On the palate, blackberry cobbler with a 2 minute harmonious finish. For fans of Rhône varietals, it doesn’t get any better. If you have it, wait a couple of years if you can. — 10 days ago

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Very nice @Keith Fisher !

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Sitting on them. You decant it? How long?

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