Fair Play, Sierra Foothills

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Edmunds St. John Bone - Dry Fairplay Riesling 2018

Salty and bone dry Riesling. It’s got a muscadet-like, light on its feet still substantial texture. 11.8%abv. Ticks the oyster box better then anything I can think of stateside. — 25 days ago

Diana Cho
with Diana
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Scott Harvey Wines

Mountain Selection Amador County Zinfandel 2014

Solid, but not a fair comparison to the previous night’s Zin. — 5 months ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

Casto Oaks

Port Zinfandel 2015

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of mint, cherries, blueberries, dried figs, raisins, spices, eucalyptus, cloves, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, peppermint, licorice and black pepper.

Full-bodied with high acidity and great legs.

Sweet on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, black currants, spices, licorice, oak, mint, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Vintage Port, made out of Zinfandel grapes from California.

Well-balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a red Zinfandel, but sweet. Good all by itself, as a dessert.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when nice tannins come in to play. I really enjoyed the tannins and the mouthfeel on this port. Very unique.

I paired it with sweet desserts.

Aged for 18 months in neutral American oak barrels.

18% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

— 2 years ago

Kirk, Dawn and 18 others liked this

Mediterranean Vineyards

Fair Play Estate Grown Nebbiolo 2017

Nice label. Kinda a passport vibe. Dark and ruby colored. Smells intoxicating. Apple pulp, fresh cut pine, cut black walnut leaves, nutmeg, black fruits. Flavors are more complexity. Black pepper, roasted red peppers, chocolate, coffee, and dried black cherry. Also hint of mint, basil, oregano. Herb basket. This is a great example of young drinkable Nebbiolo. Complex, balanced, forceful, and a joy to drink. After a bit of air it’s got lots of cigar, pot smoke and cedar shakes. Funk is in town as well. It’s gonna evolve as it ages. Nice now though. — 3 months ago

Douglas, MaJ and 1 other liked this
Jeff Shaw

Jeff Shaw

Pot smoke? Fresh nugs or shakey joint?
Tree Kilpatrick

Tree Kilpatrick

Nuggs for sure.

Clos Saron

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

This bottle brings me right back to the beginning where I fell in love with Gideon’s work. Highly concentrated, intense, sappy texture that sticks to your gums.
Juicy ripe black summer plum, black cherry, blood orange, fresh fennel, pomegranate, purple flowers, tomato leaf, black pepper. Extremely complex and extremely delicious.

Still a strong backbone of acid and fruit persisting through the long finish. Tannins are fully resolved. Completely clean after a couple minutes to air out the bit of Brett and VA (which I expect and embrace with these wines).

I was ready to start popping all my remaining Clos Saron bottles thinking they were starting to decline, but a bottle like this could go forever. There is definite bottle variation at play, and the off bottles can be a bit muddy and dull. But when they hit (which they usually do) there’s really nothing like it.
— 5 months ago

Chris, Ira and 5 others liked this

Baiocchi Wines

Fair Play Roussanne 2015

The best Roussanne from America I have ever laid my palate upon. — 3 years ago

Brett Pinkin

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Myka Cellars

fair play Montepulciano 2017

Lovely dark maroon color. Smells hearty. Lots of plum and some mineral oil, dark flower essence. Flavors are nice. Leather, cherry Coke, molasses. Plenty of acid snap and strong tannins. Rich and full bodied. Nice beefy red. — 3 months ago

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Diamond Bar Syrah 2013

Decant. In the drinking window. Simply a wonderful way to begin covid Fourth of July. Dark stone fruit on the nose and then the wine beautifully unfolds.... — 4 months ago

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Wise Villa Winery


2015 Bronze winner @ CA State Fair comp but underrated IMO. Red fruit, spice, earth. Good stuff. — 2 years ago


El Dorado Gamay Noir 2016

If you ask me, drinking pure, low octane, delicious wines is the right play for Sunday evenings — 3 years ago

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