Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Gonsalves Contra Costa County Mataro 2018

2018 Ridge Gonsalves Mataro (Contra Costa County). This is delicious but flirts with a bit of underripeness (in a good way). Nose has a slight vegetal note (as my brother pointed out), but also has vanilla and nice ripe cherry. No inderripeness in the mouth, with great acid/fruit balance. Delicious and a unique take in that it avoids blowsey jamminess that some wineries get from warm Contra Costa County fruit. — 12 days ago

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Viano Vineyards

Reserve Selection Valdiguié 2015

Valdigue aka Napa Gamay. Estate grown in Martinez, CA. Lovely fire engine red. Not much brick in there yet. Strange perfumed aroma. Smells like good decomposition and roses. Just a bit of berry jams. Flavors are strange. Hints of tart berries. Or maybe rosehipz. A kinda hibiscus thing. Like Zinger teas. Maybe some Capsicum flavors too. Aka red pepper. This is a strange and lovely wine. Throwback/euro style thing. Aroma and color are stunning. Flavors are good if a bit sharp. — a month ago

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Viano Vineyards

Reserve Selection Sand Rock Hill Zinfandel 2018

Deep red brick color. Smells just a hint like some fruity vinegar. Flavors are complex and zippy. Juicy. A tad more going on than the Viano private stock Zin. Classic Contra Costa County old vine Zin. — 13 days ago

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Dirty & Rowdy

Evangelho Vineyard Mourvedre 2019

OMG! Lean and sharp as a light-saber. The wine is med brick in the glass… light and lively in the mouth. It dances across your palate. Caressing all the corners and crevices. A dichotomy of lightness in weight snd power in black fruited ripeness. Way too young but great with baby portobellos and dry aged prime rib from Publican Meats…Covid Christmas II sucks apart from family, but we’re spoiling ourselves… successfully as it happens. Life’s too damn short to drink shit wine…,Cheers! — a month ago

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Trois Filles Pinot Noir 2015

Second bottle. 2014 drunk in late 2021. Definitely better than first bottle, which was obviously off. Nice brightness, but unexceptional fruit. Decent. — a month ago


Contra Costa County Red Table Wine 2019

Great with the beef bourguignon — 13 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Gonsalves Contra Costa County Carignane 2019

Dark currant. Plum. Smooth. Shockingly good - even for Ridge. — 23 days ago

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Cline Cellars

Ancient Vines Contra Costa County Carignane 2015

Delicious fruit notes, smooth finish. Paired well with steak and delicious on its own. — 23 days ago

Three Wine Company

Evangelho Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

2016 vintage. One if the best expressions of Zin I’ve had. Fabulous — a month ago