Dunnigan Hills, Central Valley

Two Shepherds

Windmill Vineyard Picpoul Blanc 2019

Zippy and tasty. Lively lemon zest and plenty of briny minerals. — a month ago

Severn, Daniel P. and 4 others liked this

Chanin

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Clean winemaking, transparent Sanford fruit. Nice complexity, If you know the vineyard you’ll be pleased, this is a nice iteration. I’m still not convinced that I loooove central coast PN. At its best it’s really good but just doesn’t really blow me away. Personal preference. I’d rather drink Sonoma coast, Anderson Valley, Oregon — 16 days ago

Josh, Jenks and 1 other liked this

Jacuzzi Family Vineyard

Tracy Hills Sagrantino 2013

Deep rustic aroma of cooked blueberry/plum and bouquet of vanilla/oak/subtle spice on the nose (date I say graham cracker?), abundant berries and balanced tannin/acidity on the palate with a lingering flavor that leaves you smiling and eager for more. Absolutely love this wine. First use of my coravin and excited to compare next time I open a fresh bottle. — a day ago

Folded Hills

Whole Cluster Santa Ynez Valley Grenache 2018

This is a very tasty Grenache from California. Showing raspberries, cherries, red currants, earth, vanilla, vegetables, wood, spices, tobacco and chocolates.

Nicely balanced with mild complexity.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Spicy and entertaining.

I had it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses by the lake.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$34.
— 17 days ago

Trixie, Brandon and 16 others liked this

Brewer-Clifton

Machado Chardonnay 2013

Brought by a friend. Light gold in color. Notes of lemon creme and citrus fruit, some vanilla and some light dusty earth. Rich in the mouth with nice acidity and a solid finish. A nicely made wine. — 8 days ago

Tom, David and 14 others liked this

Liquid Farm

White Hill Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

Really loving these wines!!!! Need to get more Liquid Farm. #delicioso — 3 days ago

Dawn, Shay and 13 others liked this

Sea Smoke

Ten California Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

Medium ruby color. Aromas of dried flower, violets and blueberries. Bright blue fruits, spices, lavender and cocoa. Always impressive.
— 11 days ago

David, Shay and 17 others liked this
David L

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Neil , What vintage?
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2016 @David L - not their best year, but always a good wine.

El Pino Club

Sea Floored Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018

Ted
9.2

Citrus/grapefruit, Little hints of smoke. I like the Mark V divers helmet on the label. Decent effort that I am going to enjoy with my usual Saturday dinner, a thick bone in chop. — 9 days ago

David, Ron and 11 others liked this

Morgado Cellars

Rita's Crown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018

David T
9.3

I have to be completely honest. This producer was not even on my radar. I tasted it at Elyse while tasting Montagu. We met the Winemaker-Kimberly Hatcher. In addition to being a Winemaker, she is a hero as a full time Firefighter in the Napa Valley. She also sports one hell of a ripped physique. Not sure where she finds the time.

I normally have an aversion to Santa Rita Hills Pinot as they are normally too extracted for me. Not the case here. It runs just short of that marker.

The 2018 Morgado drinks surprisingly well this young. The mouthfeel is sexy, rich, lush & full. The fruits are nicely ripened & just a touch candied; black plum, blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries mulberries & blueberries. Softly layered baking spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & vanillin. Soft savory grilled meats, understated tobacco & soft leather, dark rich soils, black licorice, mixed berry cola, crushed rock powder, limestone/sandstone, soft wood use, black fruit tea with purple, dark, red & blue florals set in lavender. The round acidity is near perfect. The finish is as glorious as the start...rich, elegant, well knitted & balanced fruit and earth & persists minutes.

One of the nice surprises on our Napa experience.
— 20 days ago

Alex, Dawn and 21 others liked this
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I’ve had the 2016 Steiner Chard and the 2016 Sugarloaf Red...really enjoyed both. She is very kind.

Alma Rosa

El Jabali Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Worth the wait. Nice soft fruit, only a hint of oak. Less complex on day 2, but initially was very refreshing. — 14 days ago

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