Green Valley, Sonoma County

Iron Horse Vineyards

Wedding Cuvée Sparkling Blend

Weighing in at 13.5% alcohol this wine is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and the remainder Chardonnay. Showing a brilliant near salmon color, the wine shows ripe pear with brioche and hints of wild strawberry that fill the nose. I love the mid-palate weight of the wine but despite the sturdy backbone this comes off remarkably refreshing. The palate shows a remarkable tension and salinity, yielding a wonderful range of flavors, from kumquat to Japanese pear to sourdough bread. Lithe and rich, this will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2018-2030- 93 — 4 days ago

Shay and Ron liked this

Arrowood

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Beautiful Old Cab nose of Tobacco and some cedar/cigar box. On the palate, seems a bit tired and balance leaning toward acidity, but still a nice drink. Blend of Alexander/Knights Valley fruit, with some Cab Franc and Merlot in the mix. This was the regular cuvée, so would like to try the “Speciale” from this vintage. — 4 days ago

Kirk, Eric and 12 others liked this

Aesthete

Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Thanks to @David L , I’m a believer. Loads of ripe melon, lemon zest, white grapefruit, lemongrass, and tropical fruits of all kinds; green guava, pineapple, kiwi. This is better with lots of air and closer to room temp. Jesse Katz is doing some really fun wines right now, and this stands out. I think this will age really nicely. Extremely interested to learn more about the oak treatment. When I heard Haut Brion Blanc barrels, my ears perked up. Check out @Greg Ballington ‘s post. — 9 days ago

Diana L
with Diana
Severn, Bill and 15 others liked this
Shay A

Shay A Influencer Badge Premium Badge

So good
David L

David L Influencer Badge Premium Badge

@Joe Lucca Thoroughly taken back how great this bottle of wine is.. Cheers buddy
Greg Ballington

Greg Ballington Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Thanks Joe!

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Decanting now, can you believe this is the only 2013 CA wine in our cellar?! All the rest is hiding, appropriately out of reach, in off-site storage. 👍

We tasted this at a walk-around in November of 2018, and I was impressed then...

Nose has chalkboard dust, milk chocolate, ripe plum, ripe raspberry, black cherry and cut green pepper (light).
Palate has chalky plum, ripe cherry, medium tannins, light green herbal notes, light toasted oak (few year old barrels?) and milk chocolate.

Very impressed at how approachable this wine is tonight after only about 2hrs of decant. Showing quite nicely at about 5 years past vintage. 2013 was very strong for CA, going to be legendary in my opinion; likely my favorite vintage in the prior 10 years.

Happy Valentine's Day 2019 to all.
— 9 days ago

Hermes, Shawn and 24 others liked this

Patz & Hall

Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2016

Greg Ballington
8.9

Second of the blind white wines. Theme was new world Chardonnay.

Clear and pale golden yellow. A little chalky on the nose with lemon, minerality and green apples. Rich and buttery on the palate with sharp acidity (6.5/10) and medium body. Seems to have some oak in it and notes of almonds, green apples and lemon curd. Medium plus finish. Drink till 2025.
— 14 days ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
with Sean and India
Shay, Jo and 16 others liked this

Hanzell

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir 2009

Did fit in well with the German Pinot’s. Plenty of acid hint of prune plum - cherry and spice - very tart - a ton of acid. Cellar for 10 more years. Very impressive. One of the best bigger style Pinot’s made in the US. Pricy. — 7 days ago

Daniel, Riddley and 10 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Nice reviews! Your notes are always meticulously written.

Lake Sonoma Winery

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Fruit forward with black fruits and chocolate notes, earth, vegetables, bell pepper, spices and peppercorn.

Nose of sweet red candy that fades out with airtime.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some complexity and tannins.

After a few hours of airtime it is much earthier with lots of vegetable notes.

Would benefit from another few years in the bottle.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.
— 2 days ago

Alex, Casey and 15 others liked this

Peter Michael Winery

Les Pavots Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2003

In December I took my Chicago Bear/San Diego-LA Charger loving Dad for a trip to to Chicago that culminated in a trip to Green Bay to catch a Packer game. We stopped off in Elkhart Lake with my friend from CA who grew up in the area and his sister runs the Lake Street Cafe in town. This was WOTN of the 4 wines that I brought to this leg of the trip. So much depth here, mouth coating tannins and gobs of well integrated fruit. — 2 months ago

LM, Ken and 33 others liked this

Robert Young Estate Winery

Big Rock Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

It's amazing how much these wake up if you can just keep your hands off of them. And I still have one more left? Six years, this one is drinking WELL. After this one had been opened for two hours, the bouquet is deep black fruit, truffle, hint of green pepper. The entry is slightly acidic, but has softened somewhat. Fruit is luscious, combination of blackberry and black cherry with a truffle. Black licorice and herbaceous middle with a savory hint. Finishes still with quite a bit of tannin. Very nice. I'll try to hold my other bottle until after 2022, as this one is DEFINITELY still on the rise. — 13 days ago

Bob, Aravind and 28 others liked this

Stuhlmuller Vineyards

Estate Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2015

I will admit.. I dont typically like warmer climate Chard - for my personal preferences, they tend to be overly ripe, overly oaked and flabby. Maybe that is a gross overreaction to new world Chardonnay.

However, this one surprised me. I haven't had any Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, which is more known for warm climate bold red varietals such as Cabernet and Zinfandel.. but it was well balanced, with lush acidity, ample NOT overripe fruit, well integrated nutty and buttery nuances, tropical fruit characteristics... overall for ~$30, great effort. Only complaint is that the finish falls just a tad too quickly... but it has a definite Mersault/St Aubin feel about it, which is what I enjoy. Definitely worth hunting down if you haven't tried this producer.
— 17 hours ago

Stephen, Bill and 6 others liked this