Green Valley, Sonoma County

Pax

Kobler Family Vineyard Syrah 2007

This was an unexpected surprise. @Mason Balistreri poured this beauty out for us.

Unreal juice. Incredibly complex. Initially Vanilla Coke but then morphs into a blueberry pie before settling down into a peppery smoked meat. Wild! Absolutely massive palate with all the textures and tannins. Has aged beautifully.
— a month ago

Mason BalistreriJillian Varner
with Mason and Jillian
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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Monte Rosso Zinfandel 2013

Needed a big friendly Zin to help obliterate an unusually stressful week at work. This Zin is so flavorful yet contained. Fruit, spice, intense minerality, concentration, length, balance. Hard to name a patch of earth that creates better Zin than Monte Rosso. Superb. — 6 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Best Zin site IMHO
Tom Casagrande

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@Severn Goodwin - Only other site I put in this category I’d Beatty Ranch on Howell Mountain
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@Tom Casagrande Nice, I'll check that one out, not had wine from there yet.

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016

Going into pregnancy my wife adored this Chardonnay. The great test, then, was to figure out if she loved it the same postpartum, or if her adoration of it had waned amidst her abstinence of alcohol consumption. Well, the test results are in: her love has not diminished! Be it known this is still her favorite Chard.
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Buttery oak, green caramel apple, and Meyer lemon on the nose. On the palate ginger, lemon zest, and a buttery, waxy mouthfeel.
— 16 days ago

Krystal Vento
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Smith Story

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

Shay A
9.2

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

I served this blind as the first red out of four in a flight of all cab francs. Every person in the room guessed Pinot based on color, and it’s hard to disagree. Certainly more translucent in color compared to most dark Cab francs. Chinon like and as far as the style of the wine itself, I think it’s also Chinon at its core with just a touch of new world flare. Not sure I’ve had such a floral cab franc. Lavender and rhubarb and the finish did a great job of requiring you to get another sip to analyze. Nice complexity. Nothing vegetal or green about this. One of the lightest cab francs I’ve had, and pairs well with lighter style meats.
— a day ago

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Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson

Sounds delicious!

Bevan Cellars

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

White number three. Copying notes from my recent note about 6 months ago. No surprise here, but this was rich and powerful. After it warmed up, the fruits became more honeyed, and there was an added smoked butter note. I enjoy Ritchie vineyard Chardonnays, and with Bevan’s take, I always get a very pronounced nutty type note...this vintage isn’t as pronounced at this stage. Not a bad or a good thing...just a thing. This vintages seems a bit more focused compared to previous vintages. In my opinion, the best vintage of Bevan’s Ritchie chard I’ve had.
— a day ago

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Limerick Lane

1023 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend 2016

Very backward at the moment. Dark brooding cherry, dark berry. gravelly. 93 for now but this will develop/improve substantially over the years. — 2 days ago

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Iron Horse Vineyards

Gratitude Sparkling Blend 2013

beautiful tiny bubble action, White peach, lychee, and some creamy mousse. Really nice high end everyday sparkler. — 18 days ago

Randall Brater
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Daniel Cohn Wine Company

Bellacosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Color of deep bloody red, with shades of purple on the rim, looks dense and thick. Nose is nice with dark fruits, spice, green pepper, crayon, vanilla, a bit dried strawberry, strength of alcohol, and the nose is plenty. Taste is also good, chewy and mouthful, good polished tannins, dark fruits, tobacco leaves, dried strawberries, oak, refined sweetness and acidity, and layers of flavors. Aftertaste is also pretty long with addition of pepper and mineral. Way better than I originally thought. — a day ago

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TOR Kenward Family Wines

Durell Vineyard Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2015

15’ Tor Durell Vineyard Chardonnay. Orange Zestiness(tang/orange Slurpee, lemon peel, guava, A bit tart , splash of tropical spices.
This Chardonnay has absolutely evolved for the better with little time in the bottle. Drink them up in the next 2/3 years Edit- It truly starts to balance out with a little time in the glass. Nice bottle!
— 10 days ago

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Pedroncelli

Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2016

Purple-red, moderately to highly extracted pigment, very good clarity. Leather, mint-eucalyptus and red fruit (raspberry, strawberry, maybe blackberry) notes in nose, with a hint of butter and prune. Black currant and butterscotch flavors, some seed bitterness and chewy tongue coating tannins in finish. Mild skin astringency initially. Needs time for tannins to die down, but flavors are “good to go” on opening the bottle. Tart cherry and an almost-cranberry flavor emerge after 90 minutes. Yummier than I remember my previous tasting of this vintage. — 5 days ago

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