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Here is THE FEDERALIST, zinfandel from dry creek valley. 2018. The boquet is raspberry and rubarb pie. The beginning starts with buttery smooth tart berry jam on toast and develops a ￼ Black licorice beginning. The mid palate delivers a punch of spice and pepper and that wonderful cedar impression. The finish is very smooth and again buttery and semidry. ￼ I will purchase this again at a low price of 20 bucks a bottle.￼ — 19 days ago
A rosé made from first press pinot noir grapes. So well made. Some tannin coupled with bright acidity. Strawberries on the mid palate help to create a lifted finish. Great for the summer. Best enjoyed without fud - doesn’t need any. — 14 days ago
So fresh and so clean! Bright, spicy red fruit, malabar pepper and florals. Licorice root. Fine tannins. Just delicious, integrated and wonderfully balanced. — 5 days ago
Notre Vue Estate Winery Balverne Russian River Valley Forever Wild Chardonnay 2019, California
Pale lemon in color with a green/ golden hue.
Nice nose of lemons, cedar, vanilla, toast, limes, grapefruits, honeysuckle, apples, honeydew, earth, minerals, sea salt and light river rocks.
Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, oak, vanilla, peppercorn, wet leaves and earth.
Nice tangy finish with almonds.
This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Elegant, fruity and interesting.
Loved the nose here. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime (20 minutes).
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives.
100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 5 months in French Oak barrels (20% new).
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 3 days ago
This was our “back-up” bottle just in case the 1981 Clos du Val Zinfandel was DOA. In the end, the vitality of the ’81 rendered a back-up unnecessary however, we were resolved to open this nevertheless. The Old Hill Ranch is a historic vineyard endowed with a natural beauty that has few peers. Carefully farmed as a field blend with 30 other varieties, the vineyard is thought to be home to the oldest vines grafted to St. George rootstock (some of them are over 130 years old!!). The wine pours a bright ruby with no signs of sediment. On the nose, dark sour cherry, meat fat, brambles, and pie spice. On the palate, a mix of tart dark and red fruits, minerals, and a soft touch of baking spice. The finish is dry and long. Remarkable structure. Medium+ tannin, medium+ acid. This is a wine with tremendous vigor and it’s just getting started. While this is drinking very well already, I suspect these will have a very long life and should drink very well into the 2030’s and possibly, beyond. — 18 days ago
Joseph Jewell Rosé of Pinot Noir 2019: Dry. Crisp. Refreshing. Gorgeous pink salmon color with a mouth-watering, fruity taste of strawberry, watermelon & grapefruit. No better way to celebrate California’s reopening (No mask requirement!) but with this perfectly balanced, small production Rosé of Pinot Noir! Cheers to pure summer in your glass & cheers to a new day🍷 — 3 days ago
I didn’t get to wait as long for this to open up as the last bottle (since I was sharing with a few other people). This needs either a 3-4 hour decant to really open up or at least 3-5 more years in the cellar before attempting to open. Laying the rest of mine down for a while. — 2 days ago
Smith Devereux Winery M Vino Rosé 2020, Russian River Valley, California
A very pretty color of light salmon with a peach hue.
Fruity nose of sweet raspberries, limes, red apples, melons, flowers, red candy, rose pedals, earth and herbs.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.
Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and light vegetables.
Nice tangy finish with limes and almonds.
This is a very tasty Rosé from Russian River Valley. Smooth and nicely balanced. Elegant with pretty legs.
This Single Vineyard is showing a great mouthfeel with nice acidity. Really enjoyed the nose.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. A great party wine that everyone would love.
100% Pinot Noir grapes. A very small production of only 125 cases.
13.6% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 12 days ago
Showing a bit of age with brick brown around the edge, a bit dusty but still has a core of dark fruit, lovely with our Tuscan grilled ribs. — 6 days ago