Clarksburg, Central Valley

Di Bruno

Clarksburg Pinot Noir 2018

Richard Bruno has again crafted a Pinot upon which even non-Pinot oenophiles, such as myself, may yet shower with praise. It has a lot of dark and inky body, which makes one wonder; in California, a wine can be labeled as varietal if it is at least 75% from that grape. It therefore begs the question for Mr. Bruno: what other grapes are in this blend? While it has the acidity of a typical PN, making it a great accompaniment to fish or Chinese food, it has a very solid tannic structure, as well as a much darker tint to the color than is normally seen in a typical dark pink PN. Mayhap some inky Bordeaux grape, such as Cabernet, Merlot, or even some Petit Verdot has entertainingly corrupted the PN Purists’ concept of a PN? This PN lacks the disgusting cigar flavor of the “pure” version, and presents dark cassis and dried currant fruit, with a chewy licorice tannic structure, and a unique gravelly mouthfeel to the finish. I love it when I find a beautiful PN that is certain to annoy the cognoscenti! Cheers and L’Chaim to all those who rebel against the status quo in any regional varietal! — 6 days ago

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Clarksburg Cortese 2018

Tailor Nashville second course natural and delicious — 19 days ago

Michael David Winery (Michael & David Phillips)

Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2015

Here is a beautiful wine to celebrate Cabernet Franc Day.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish rim.

Fruity nose of dried figs, blackberries, cooked cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and light alcohol.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, tobacco, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs and coke.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California. Fruit forward, extracted and tasty, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, when the tannins show up.

Delicious, but might be too sweet for some. I'd like to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 20 hours ago

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Chateau St. Rey

Sutter Ranch Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018

Pretty intense and sustaining wine... Savory with flavors of sun dried hay and oyster not usually found in CA white wines. — 4 days ago

Vinum Cellars

Pets Petite Sirah

Drinking with Serena — 2 days ago


Clarksburg Viognier 2018

14% Not bad at all — 10 days ago


Barbera 2018

Fairly dense red, moderately extracted pigment. Black cherry, black currant, mint and butter aromas. Fairly ripe flavors of cherry, blackberry, black currant in mouth, rounded mouthfeel, slightly tart blackberry and cranberry on finish with seed bitterness and mild skin astringency. Lactic aftertaste. After an hour, white pepper and then, 90 minutes later, cocoa emerges in the finish and aftertaste. After two hours, barrel smoke emerges. Great fruit, nothing too fancy on the winemaking end (perhaps deceptively so) but exactly what I’d want from a Lodi Italian varietal like Barbera, especially if you can decant an hour or two and wait for that white pepper and cocoa to emerge. — 9 days ago

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Very nice review!🍷


Reserve Clarksburg Sur Lie Aged Chardonnay 2018

Fantastic nose with pineapple and floral notes. The palate yields grapefruit with cantaloupe in the finish. This wine is creamy and buttery. — 11 days ago

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Clarksburg Chenin Blanc-Viognier Blend

Easy to drink, slightly sweet. Refreshing — 14 days ago

Dry Creek Vineyard

Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2018

Go-to bottle of white for aperitivo, risotto, chicken... v versatile. — 22 days ago