Nice meeting Paul Lato and talking about his wines.
This Zotovich Vineyard offering is delicious young but, will evolve into even greater pleasure in 5-6 years.
The body is full, round with beautiful texture. There is nice mix of perfectly ripe red & dark fruits with excellent blue fruits that hover around the plate. Gentle, soft wood use and subtle baking spices. This bottling walks the tightrope of Burgundy with its perfect waterfall acidity and round, soft structure and has Californian well ripen fruits.
He is one of few Southern California producers that doesn’t over extract and brings out those wonderful blue fruits I love in good Pinot Noirs.
Paul’s cousin was also nice to pour us a glass of one of their 2011 Chardonnays that was really beautiful and drinking at its peak. I didn’t get the vineyard designation as it was at the end of the event and security was being aggressive about clearing the hall. But, again, a beautifully textured Chardonnay that was round with beautiful fruit, great acidity and just the right amount of heather-honey notes. 9.5 on the Chardonnay. — 13 hours ago
This comparison was pretty awesome, had duck breast rubbed down with chinese five spice powder to accompany the wine. All very different. The Raen always takes me somewhere special, very unique in California. The Davies is a wine with gravitas and balance. And this one by domaine de la cote has laser beam precision and focus. The tension in the glass is very much alive with all three. Both aging, and enjoying now are recommended — 21 days ago
medium ruby; raspberry, baking spices, vanilla, hints of caramel; plush, dark fruit, finish is a bit hot and of medium length; medium body, medium acidity, light fine grained tannin, 14.3% ABV; made from 100% Pinot Noir from the Rancho Santa Rosa Estate Vineyard, gently destemmed, not pressed, all free run juice, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak; $55 — 13 days ago
Nikki & Jeff Nelson joined together with Dragonette Cellars winemaker, Brandon Sparks-Gillis, & craft 2 very different small production Chards. Blend 2 stylistically different wines, from 7 vineyards, with little intervention, minimal oak, no additives just pure expressions of Chard! White Hill is more Chablis-like of the 2; aromas of stone and tropical fruits with citrus notes. On the palate peach, pineapple and ripe apple with citrus and mineral wrapped in generous acidity. Fresh, medium+ finish ending with citrus and mineral character. — 15 days ago
It’s a shame this winery closed up a few years ago, as this was a lovely bottle (the vineyard is still producing and going strong apparently). Loaded with a crisp, oceany saltiness that was nicely leavened with lemon and cream soda. Bonus points for highlighting the woodsy, bonfire smokiness more common in the appellation’s pinots. — 4 days ago
Very subtle oak if any on the nose. Nice, steely notes of apple, lemon peel, and some stone. Crisp wine. Has a little viscosity on the palate but still quite precise. Better than I expected. Has some old world tendencies. Nice to see sub 14% ABV, even if there’s a little play there... — 20 days ago
Pretty decent if not highly predictable. Perfumed with floral & medicinal notes, cola, bright cherries, cherry syrup, Chinese five spice. Energetic and palatable, but a little mangled in structure. Good for what it is but still not entirely my jam. — 16 days ago
14 drinking near peak of mature brightness and silky tannins - really balanced front to back...I really love Melville! I think it’s the most underrated winery in the US likely! Really expressive and nice pure fruit! — 2 days ago