Elqui River

De Martino

Single Vineyard Alto Los Toros Elqui Valley Syrah 2011

Nice Syrah! Violet with slightly orange edge. Very interesting nose, at first it has lots of mature red fruit, then it changed to a very meaty profile, also dried prunes, and violets. Medium acidity and low astringency but good permanency and nice aftertaste. De Martino is without a doubt one of my favorite Chilean producers. — 16 days ago

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2013

Shay A
9.3

I’ve enjoyed a decent amount of Calisle zins and really enjoy their take (not overly jammy, balanced spice), but this was my first experience with this offering and it was very unique. The aromatics here don’t smell like Zin...more Syrah like. Funky nose. Blood orange and spicy rhubarb with red fruits and cardamom. On the palate it is crunchy and energetic, oozing black cherries and zesty citrus. Very intriguing. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald . — 7 days ago

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Two Shepherds

Saralee's Vineyard Viognier 2012

Jerae Knutson
9.5

Viognier. 2012. This shouldn’t be possible. The 2012 Two Shepherds Viognier is waking up! Still showing bright acid and a lovely oily viscosity that you would expect from Viognier. Balanced & lively. — a day ago

Paul, Mark and 2 others liked this

EnRoute Winery

Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.1

I remember drinking this wine a few years ago and when thinking back, it feels like the newer vintages have upped their ripeness and extraction. This was quite dense with rich fruit and spice...crunchy cranberry, pomegranate, and black peppercorn aromatics. The front palate is loaded but fades a touch to where the finish is a bit thin. On the palate there is a lot of potpourri and spicy rhubarb pie wrapped in black cherries. Not much acidity. I’d drink these fairly early. — 4 days ago

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David T

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Whenever I see this label, I am reminded of the owner that was going to be the first Napa producer to grow & make Pinot Noir on the Napa Valley floor. After seven years, he ripped out the vines and planted Cabernet. Too hot for that varietal on the floor. A very expensive experiment.

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2004

Nice piece of Napa history went down tonight to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary at Folly Beach SC. Herbal nose. Aged yellow fruit. Poured medium to dark amber color into the glass. An hour gave this one more aromatics. Cashews, peanuts, rosemary, overripe yellow fruits. The entry was surprisingly dense and full bodied. Palate rather equal to the nose. Finishes with a little more acidity than I thought it would. Went well with an eclectic group of tacos which brought out a kinds of things here. — 9 days ago

Severn, Shawn and 23 others liked this

Two Shepherds

Saralee's Vineyard Grenache 2014

This wine is hitting a peak. A confectionary note over cool rhubarb, dried flowers, and red currants. Lenny of acidity and a dusting of tannins commingle with more fresh red fruit and a dash of sweet spice in my mouth. Just delicious! — 8 days ago

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Chono

Single Vineyard Syrah 2012

Spicy and dry very good. — a day ago

Sonoma-Loeb

Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2016

Deep ruby. Abundant nose of red cherry. Structured medium-bodied palate (medium minus tannins) yields red cherry and black tea with a lengthy dark finish. Medium acidity wraps it up making this a classic food PN that some may enjoy as a sipper. Excellent example of what the Russian River Valley can do for this variety. Drink now through 2026. — 4 days ago

Jonathan, Anil and 1 other liked this

Martinelli

Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2009

Punching massively above its weight. Think a Cayuse Syrah but ever so slightly leaner. Tangy berry laser beam, never straying from the edge of tart or fruit, but dancing between nonetheless. Drink up, as the tannins’ feet are aching... — 2 days ago

Shay, Kimberly and 9 others liked this

Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.4

Freshly baked pastry and peaches bring together a great ensemble. In its youth, it was an ugly duckling - ugly no more! It’s now soft and rounded, suggesting short-term cellaring only. Beautiful layers and texture, but minimal acidity - @ Domodomo, NYC.
— 9 days ago

Kimberly, P and 34 others liked this