Lake County, North Coast

Kivelstadt Cellars

Wayward Son Lovett Vineyard "Orange" Wine

A pretty low-key orange wine. Nice cloudy, glowy goldfish hue. Strawberry, red cherry, white peach, tangerine, dried savory herbs. Mild tannins, moderate acidity. Approachable and very food-friendly. (This review is for the 2018 Mendocino Marsanne/Roussanne orange wine) — 4 days ago


Clear Lake Trousseau 2018

Light, fun red. I enjoyed this. — 4 days ago

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Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

Shay A

Just a few pics of the wines from last night’s monthly 4th Friday. Too many bottles to try!

This was decanted about an hour by the time I got to it. Still needed another 2+hrs. Mark mentioned a bordeaux like nose to this and I totally agree. Deep purple in the glass. Dusty gravel, violets, dark cocoa and underripe blackberries. The entry and middle palate of this were big, but the finish beefed up even more with chewy tannins and big structure. Graphite, baking spices, currant, roasted plum, and sweet pipe tobacco. Very good, but hold for even better days ahead! Thanks
@joe leatherwood .
— a month ago

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That is one of my favs under the right vintage @Shay A
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

At 11 years of age, this one definitely needed decanting. It could have decanted for days, but we did not have that much time! The nose on this wine was very reminiscent of Chateau Ducru... Dirty Blackberry, menthol, a little bit of licorice and chocolate. The entry is quite powerful and round. Adds some graphite. Again reminiscent Left Bank with powerful black fruit, but this one also had a hint of purple fruit as well. Young tobacco leaf. Pie spice. Finishes with black pepper, tons of blackberry and an herbal nature. Still has a lot of very stiff young oak tannin to it so the finish was a little bit jagged. Someone remarked that you could definitely tell the difference between this and a Left Bank because of the power of the fruit profile. I'm not so sure of that. In a blind lineup you would have a very tough time discerning this from the best of Left Bank. You could cellar this one for another 15 to 20 years. If you decide to drink now, decant for at least an entire morning or afternoon, or both!

The Girls in the Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

R Bl

At 15 years old, perhaps slightly past peak maturity but still fruit dominated, with a little tannin. Nicely balanced though only a trace of structure; very pleasant. — 15 days ago

Adobe Cellars

Private Selection Carignane 1976

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, wild flowers, coffee, light earth, light vegetables and pencil lead. Wonderful nose.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, dried cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, vegetables, earth, spices, black pepper, wet leaves and herbs.

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

This is a very enjoyable Carignan from Mendocino County, California. This 43 year old is still drinking nicely. Still very tasty, but doesn't have many years in it.

Great nose, but not fully balanced any longer. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels like an old Northern Italy red.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins and complexity. Died after 3 hours of airtime.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

12% alcohol by volume.

89 points.
— 16 days ago

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Steele Wines

JT Steele Special Red Wine Blend

Date night with my wife after the symphony. — 6 days ago

Imagery Estate Winery

Lake County Mourvèdre 2016

Medium-body, smooth, notes of cherry — 6 days ago