Green Valley, Sonoma County

Martin Ray

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

It’s time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. Here is a nice one from Sonoma County, California.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, earth, green tea, vegetables and graphite.

Medium-plus on the finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 7-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon from a Double Magnum is a nice surprise. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Well balanced with nice complexity. Spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a full hour to open up properly. I used 4 decanters.

After 2 hours of airtime, it drinks like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Interesting stuff.

Could continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$120 (double Magnum).
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Old Vine Heinstein Vineyard White Blend 2014

Holy cow, was this good. I guess I was not anticipating how tasty this would be. A blend of Sylvaner and Riesling. Apple, pear, and some citrus. If you have any open it up...its drinking beautifully. — 7 days ago

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Obsidian Vineyard Syrah 2006

In the world of American Syrah, there isn’t something better. Massive extraction with the intense subtleties of being refined. Massive nose with long deep finish on this 13 year old Syrah. Old Pax is an experience worth its weight in gold. — 21 hours ago

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Edge Hill

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Ron R

Renovations update - the stairs are in. And is there a better way to mark the occasion that with a Baciaglupi chard? Presents a beautiful, rich yellow color in the glass. Notes of lemon curd and pineapple almost overwhelm on the nose. The palate is multi-layered, and rounded. Perfect tension between the acid and fruit on the mid-palate. Stunning...
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Manny Abascal

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Stairs look great, particularly what is at the top!
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Anne-Marie and I are minimalists. We like clean, simple lines. She did most of the designs that you’ve seen in my posts. I do the fixtures, fittings, lighting and the wine cellar. Glad you like it, bud. @DavidL, thanks for introducing me to the Baciaglupi vineyard and whites like these! @P A, @Scott Petrus, @Manny Abascal, thank you for those words. If any of you are prowling around in the tri-state area, our door is always open 🙂
Ryan Vento

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I can see that - it looks very good. I consider myself to be an adherent to minimalistic / contemporary design schemes, as well.

EnRoute Winery

Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

EnRoute established in the RRV in 2007 by the partners of Far Niente. Les Pommiers introduced in May 2009 and reflects a blend of vineyards from Green Valley and upper Middle Reach area of RRV AVA. Complex fruit aromas, cedar and mineral notes. On the palate cherry and cranberry flavors with tobacco and toasty oak, rich structured tannins. Nice mouthfeel, zesty crisp acidity ending with fruit, mineral and oak character. Nice! Tasting Sample. — 8 days ago

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Lake Sonoma Winery

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Great potential but bit young. This is a nice cab with well balanced fruit punch but a bit of youth is shown through the pyrazine notes of the green bell pepper. I bet in 5 years it would be more approachable — 10 days ago

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Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

On 8-26-19, I turned 52. I am now obsessed with cards, since I am now playing with a full deck!

My first exposure to this winery. Nice big cab, with veggie notes, green bell pepper, rosemary. Really nice.

93 points
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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Visited them the last time we were out in the Valley. Solid lineup. I think this was one of my wife's favorites
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Their single vineyard wines are really good.

Freeman Vineyard & Winery

Green Valley Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2005

Some bricking in color...otherwise would not know this was an ‘05 ...vibrant red Keefer fruit aromatics and on palate...a joy...additional confirmation of wines Ed K craft age well — 7 days ago

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Louis M. Martini

Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

100% Cab Sauv from Sonoma and its a beauty. Aged for 27 months in about 80% new oak, majority French, with a bit of American oak. Aromas of black fruit, spice and cedar. On the palate flavors of blackberry, blueberry and currants with notes of licorice, tobacco and cacao. Great mouthfeel (high alcohol), full-bodied, ripe big tannins, well balanced on long lingering finish ending with smoky earthy character. Wow!! — 10 days ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.

I’ve had the AV ‘07 a few times over the last year and notes are consistent. Classic American oak notes of dill and coconut, with tobacco leaves and dusty blackberries. Balanced. Palate showed cocoa dusted dates, fig, and blackberries. I called this Cali cab with American oak. Thanks
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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

I really struggled to identify this as California cab. I have had this exact wine several times in the past, however I admit it has been a few years. This wine is drinking really well right now. Has the depth and focus and power that you would see in a twenty-year-old Rioja and does tend to be very grippy in the front, catching your attention with blackberry and herb and finishing with a nice black pepper spice and actually pretty rounded on the finish.