Central Coast, California

Desparada

Sackcloth & Ashes Central Coast Red Blend 2016

Lovely Bordeaux blend from Paso Robles. Wife of Herman Story wines makes great juice herself. — 3 days ago

Shay, Neil and 2 others liked this

Broc Cellars

Central Coast Sparkling Chenin Blanc 2016

A little bit upset. This might be my last time with the wonderful Broc Cellars Sparkling Chenin. It would appear they’ve moved on, dedicating the 2017 sparkling to Valdigue (which I’ll review shortly). But the Chenin is so stinking good. It has an elegance and lighthandedness that you wouldn’t expect. It has the spirit of Cremant.

Aromatically there is tarragon, white flowers, and damp dough. Then there is underripe citrus with lemon drop, nutmeg, and light honeyed flavors that become a spiced poppyseed lemon coffee cake I remember eating as a kid.

Been real Broc Chenin.
— 21 days ago

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WALT Wines

Rita's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

From Clos Pepe, Radian, Fiddlestix & Bentrock vineyards, aged for 10 months in French oak (45% new), aromas of ripe red berry fruits and complex spice. On the palate cherry and raspberry flavors with notes of tea and pepper wrapped in smoky oak. Fine tannins, nicely balanced lingering ending with an earthy mineral tang. — 2 days ago

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Stolpman Vineyard Roussanne 2016

JWC founded by Craig Jaffurs, known for his Rhone blends, & released his first commercial wine in 1994. Craig turned the business over to Dan & Janelle Green in 2016. This is made with 100% Roussanne, which is a bit unusual as there is usually a blend. 100% of the Roussanne is aged on French oak (12% new), reflecting aromas of tropical fruit, floral and notes of honey. On the palate pineapple and apricot with bright acidity and a touch of citrus spice. Medium finish, elegant, ending with a gentle sweetness. Very nice! Tasting Sample!
— 9 days ago

Jeff, Daniel P. and 1 other liked this

Sandhi Wines

Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2012

II’ve loved all the Sandhi 2012 range of whites & this £65 S&B is superb 👍 Paired with enough curry to get a small village going regular for a week 🤣 💨 sorry I didn’t take pics of that feast 😁

📍 Sandhi Sandford & Benedict Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay 2012 @sandhiwines

🏵 94 points

🍷 Golden yellow

👃 Chopped pineapple, crushed rock mineral, lemon oil, key lime pie, honey gloop & white jasmine flowers w/ light oak, vanilla & apple

👄 Med+ body of creamy refreshing clean tropical & citrus yummyness without being overly syrupy & a hit of green apple, pineapple, honey & minerality in med acidity

🎯 Med+ fresh apple, citrus & tropical trickle w/ a dry mineral honeyed pineapple slapette
— 12 hours ago

Chris, E and 16 others liked this

Gemello

Cabernet Sauvignon 1970

It’s been called “the greatest wine you’ve never heard of” or a true “unicorn” wine but is inarguably an under the radar California legend. In the early 2000’s it ran away with the title at a CA recreation of the 1976 Judgment of Paris. Google the wine and learn a little about Mario Gemello and this vintage in particular. Fun stuff. This was over the hill IMO but gets a 90 for coolness factor alone. From the master of the Durand @Matthew Beckman — 2 months ago

Bill, Daniel and 19 others liked this

Qupé

Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Roussanne 2014

Fantastic wine. Nose has a lot going on. Ripe pear, cold butter, lanolin, wet stones with algae clinging from them plucked from a (non polluted) river. Rich and large-framed in the mouth. A nice bitter note builds, along with a nice bit of acidity, in the very long finish. I popped it with pasta carbonara, and it was magical. — 3 days ago

Daron, Severn and 12 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Yes, CA Roussanne, one of my favorite white varietals!

Jason Stephens Winery

Estate Merlot 2014

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot from California.

A pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish/ burgundy rim.

Great nose of cherries, blueberries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, earth and mocha.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead and red candy.

Nice length on the finish with tangy pomegranates and round tannins.

This is a nice surprise. This 5 year old Merlot from Santa Clara Valley in California is drinking very nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Needs an hour to open up properly and come to its own.

At some point the nose reminded me of a Napa Cabernet, as it changed in the glass every 10 minutes, which was a wonderful experience, as I got to taste different wines in the same glass 😉

Would age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. Aged for 36 months in oak barrels (25% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$24.
— 10 days ago

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Shawn Thompson

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Great review @"Odedi" cheers! 🍷
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Thank you very much @Shawn Thompson

Enfield Wine Co.

Brosseau Vineyard Syrah 2014

One sniff and I can already tell. That is going to be good. Real good. Like scary good. Not messing around good. Good in the way that winning the lottery would be good. — 10 days ago

Shay, Ira and 2 others liked this

Arcadian

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2005

Shay A
9.3

Hello whole cluster! Wow, this is so delicious right now. For my palate preference, I enjoy whole cluster pinots with a bit of age on them. Very floral and potpourri dominant aromatics. It’s got that streak of pepper/green stem down the middle of the palate sandwiched between underripe blackberry and sage. — 2 days ago

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Al Shikoh

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Love Joe’s wines!
Mark Flesher

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This one flirts the line between way too early to drink and right on the money to drink right now. Hard to explain. One thing is for sure: whole cluster fermentation can really mess with the mind. This is a dark black cherry with a little bit of cola and brambly and somewhat green earthy and vegetal notes that dominate the front and middle. The middle is almost medicinal. Finishes with a lot of power yet still has good acidity and finesse. I really don't think there is any hurry to drink this wine quite honestly. It will probably be around for the next five to seven years, although when it drinks like this, you might as well enjoy it!
9.5