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Dirty & Rowdy

Old Vine California Mourvedre 2018

Grapes for this wine are from Fred and Dora’s 100 year old vineyard in Mendocino. Color is nearly black, nose is tight, closed only yielding on day 2. Schizoid wine...huge, young, tannic, acidic, alive—but ABV 12.5! Fine on day 1... amazing on day 2 with Medium filets, mushroom risotto, and brocolini. I laugh as I type this.. the mouthfeel is medium at most... not viscous or oily... but vibrant, alive, dancing across the palate. I really like this utterly California, but not new world at all. — 3 days ago

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Sound Spirits

Depth Cacao Liqueur

Made by a small scale Seattle distillery, flavored with Theo Chocolate cacao nibs. It’s a crème de cacao, a liqueur, a cordial. Clear, smells like grappa or maybe really weak or diluted moutai, so slightly aldehydic nose. Medium sweetness, probably sucrose, pleasant mouthfeel. Very nice flavor, the quality cacao nib profile shows. Some may be put off by the nose, but my partner and I found it highly sippable. Paired well with red pear slices and a homemade cocoa-dusted flourless almond cake with almond yogurt. — 8 days ago

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Yummy! Cheers!

Enfield Wine Co.

Citrine California Chardonnay 2018

There’s an awful lot to like here for @$30. Beautiful ample nose of ripe pear and tart apple. Round, rich attack in the mouth, more weight than anticipated. Very pleasant to pop and pour... drinks very well already. ABV listed at 12.9, the wine shows nice acid/fruit balance and little noticeable oak.. I assume barrrels were 2 or 3 year old. Grapes from four very good vineyards..Rorick Heritage, Heron Lake, Haynes Old Vine, and Brousseau. Nice partner tonight for Veal Piccata and simple cheesy fettuccini. — 7 days ago

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Nice post. Cheers


Cabernet Sauvignon

Aerena Lean In 2017 cabernet sauvignon . Only $25 a bottle. Again another world wine of wonder by the people at Bespoke Wines. An amazing opening of blackberry and dark currant. There is a fig note as well. Like its big brother Narrator, The buttery note throughout the pallet is incredible. Lots of vanilla and even a little licorice in the middle. The finish is mildly dry with oak and cigarbox on the back of the palate. I want to buy a case of this! Wait a minute, I already did. ha ha! — 23 days ago

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Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Had this back in August. Very nice vino. Cheers!

Quilceda Creek

Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

It’s Friday!! Opening one of my favs!!! Dark ruby red color—Raspberry plum, sweet currants and floral-perfume on the nose with hints of crushed crocks and forest floor. Dark cherry chocolate and spice are the initial taste. Soft and velvety notes coat the mouth with a long veggie-spice and cedar finish. Plenty of acidity making it a really nice juicy wine that does not disappoint— A fun way to end a week and remember the finer things in life during this almost 3 week stay at home. — 6 days ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Gambrels of the Sky California Grenache

Galloni was spot on here with his 93 pts. The soaring aromatics on this are ethereal. Gobs of young fresh fruit in abundance in a mid-weight, translucent wine. Has a little turpentine hint on the nose and a brambly strawberry character in the mid palate that I find fascinating. Drinks like a California Vacqueyras. Bravo 👏 — 4 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Lightmotif Roussanne Blend

2014 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. This style is not for everyone. Roussane dominant on the nose and taste. I’d prefer more acidity and more Chardonnay. Looks like an overaged white with dark yellow color and plenty of tropical notes. Best after open three days, but argon gassed and refrigerated. — 3 days ago

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Cecchetti Wine Company

Line 39 California Pinot Grigio

Oh hey! Line39. I keep wanting to ignore them but they keep overdelivering on price point and right now if I can tell you a good budget friendly thang to find at Whole for that. It has a bunch of that yeasty lees-y honeyed fruit richness but a refreshing acid and...damn I am enjoying this wine also it goes well with cheesy-ness on bread aka white pizza. Also I get a hint of beer and peanut shell but blinded, what would I think this was? Maybe okay maybe a pinot Grigio but an old world one. I don’t know if there are manipulations on this wine but it has a good balance and taste. I like. — 5 days ago

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California Rosé Blend 2018

pale peach color; nectarine, tangerine, orange peel; tart stone fruits, bit of phenolics; light bodied, dry, very fresh, only 11.5% ABV; blend of 44% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, and 5% Counoise with fruit primarily from Windmill Vineyard in Dunnigan Hills AVA in Yolo County with additional Syrah from Hurley Vineyard in Napa Valley; fruit picked early in July, whole-cluster pressed then fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation; $22 — a day ago

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Formaglini Vineyards

La Quercia Block Pinot Noir 2016

15+ hr work days everyday this week call for a killer Pinot, some chicken and morel mushroom pot pie and a little Grateful Dead.

I am not familiar with Formaglini, but this Pinot makes a solid argument as to why I need to start paying attention to Oregon little more.

In the glass, this wine has an extremely light tint to it which is extremely misleading. The nose is full of vibrant red fruits, dirt, dried herbs and a little smoke that I’m all about. This leads to an extremely intense rush of big red fruit, white pepper, dirt and a little taste of the Rhône. The slight smokiness lingers for quite sometime. This is a really nice, balanced wine from a producer I’d love to explore a little more.

Think it’s time to dig into Oregon wines beyond Eyrie. Would love some suggestions. Been hearing a lot about the wines coming from Walter Scott.
— 11 days ago

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Arden Barnett

Arden Barnett

@Shay A I’m on the Antica Terra mailing list but I’ve hesitated to buy some bottles without trying one of their wines first. Royal Blue sells the Ceras so I might need to go snag a bottle. Heard the Rose is insane. Heard fantastic things about Bergstrom too. Thanks!
Shay A

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@Arden Barnett : Price point can be tough, but Ceras is very mineral driven. I’ve got quite a few bottles of the rosé (it’s my favorite), and I still have one ‘14 left. Happy to open it whenever we get together to pop bottles next. And Bergstrom is fantastic...definitely more restrained than AT.
Bryan Kesting

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@Arden Barnett @Shay A : im happy to bring a couple bottles of Antica Terra when I come back in town. I’m sure I will be back as soon as the COVID-19 is over.