Dunnigan Hills, Central Valley

Sea Smoke

Southing Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Shay A
9.4

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

En mag. Gorgeous red and black fruit, more dominant blackberry and cassis. Licorice too. Starts heavy on the palate but it’s not overwhelming. I got more blueberry notes on this than most of the other pinots of the night which gave this a great sweet note. Coming from a mag, there’s no rush with these but it drank surprisingly well! You are too kind,
@Mike R !
— 7 days ago

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Foxen

John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Nothing special to begin with but it grew on me with a bit of aeration. Still young and shy, not giving up a whole lot on the nose but a hint of chocolate and dark fruit, maybe a little sea air at a stretch. The palate is mid weight, plums, black cherry, blue fruit into strawberry, all very varietally true. But overpriced at $59 - blame the LCBO, for what I’m sure you pay for this in the States, it’s probably decent value. — 5 days ago

Liquid Farm

Golden Slope Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2015

Crispin and Golden Delicious take the foreground alongside fresh pear, white flowers and melon. More subdued aromas of raw honey and beeswax follow. The palate faithfully mirrors the nose alongside a creaminess and textural complexity that lead into a soft but lengthy finish. — 3 days ago

Paul Lato

"Seabiscuit" Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Shay A
9.5

WNH event number 3...new world Pinot. Such a treat to experience the many different variations of Pinot!

Another surprise of the night for me. I’ve only had their Syrahs before. Lots of crushed potpourri and underripe red fruit on the nose with a darker palate of violets, black cherry and plum. I need to get some of these. Awesome bottle,
@Bill Bender .
— 7 days ago

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Incredible juice!
9.6

Sine Qua Non

Dangerous Birds Grenache 2007

Absolutely brilliant. This is one of the best grenaches I’ve had in a long time. Incredible aromas of plumbs, blackberries, candied blueberries, along with hints of cinnamon and clove. The palate is absolutely stunning: seamless evolution of fruit coupled with perfectly intergrated sweet tannins leading to a finish that goes on for over a minute. I have no idea if this will improve with more time in the cellar, but I have no idea why you would wait: this is unreal. Manfred Krankle is a GOD!!! 👍 — 20 days ago

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I’m picky on Grenache, but Manfred’s takes are just on a different level without a doubt!

Sandhi Wines

Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2014

Very nice style. Thanks Tim Edwards for bringing to a disappointing LSU loss ☹️ — 13 days ago

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Liquid Farm

SRH Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Opened this one waaaay too soon, but it was nice overall. If you’re sitting on some bottles, wait about 3 years. — 3 days ago

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Sea Smoke

Ten Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Perky but forgettable. For as much as I have sampled this - I just don’t get the hype. It is Good, indeed. But not Great. Better values in Pinots abound in this environment. — 2 months ago

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I stopped buying this around 3 years ago for similar reasons.

Brewer-Clifton

Mount Carmel Pinot Noir 2008

Absolutely brilliant wine. Dried cherries, spice, and pomegranate on the nose, the palate is utterly fantastic in terms of its balance. One of the best Brewer-Clifton wines we’ve ever had (and just confirms that these wines need to sit for a few years in the cellar in order for them to really shine). Awesome. — 19 days ago

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Melville

Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2014

Medium ruby violet color. Quite aromatic and complex on the nose offering blueberry, lavender, licorice, black olive, black pepper, smoke, and vanilla bean. Medium body despite the 15% alcohol, it offers some nice dark fruit notes before black olive on the finish. Made with 40% whole clusters. — 6 days ago