Laurel Ridge Winery

Clos Erasmus

Laurel Priorat Garnacha Blend 2019

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve sort of avoided the wines from Priorat. Not for any ideological reasons, more so I simply found the wines too often over the top for my palate. However, after years of skipping offers, I bit the bullet a couple years ago and swooped up a couple bottles of Laurel which is a wine made by Clos i Terrasses (most famously known for Clos Erasmus). I’m so glad I did. What I discovered was a wine of tremendous character and beauty.

The 2019 version of this wine is no different. It pours an almost magenta red ruby with a translucent core and moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, raspberries, plums, purple flowers, dried herbs, organic soil, limestone. There’s abundant fruit but it comes across super fresh, not jammy. There is also the faintest whiff of pyrazines. On the palate, the wine is dry, medium bodied and confirming the complex fruit set and non-fruit characteristics. Medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Such a fresh, youthful and gorgeous wine. For those that are wondering, Laurel is aged in a combination of neutral oak, concrete egg and amphora.
— 3 days ago

Andrew, Daniel P. and 11 others liked this

Utopia

Estate Reserve The Utopia Vineyard Clone 777 Pinot Noir 2012

Turned out way better than dinner (but that is to be expected to some extent) — 9 days ago

Brian Broxson
with Brian
Bobbi Jo, Heather and 1 other liked this

Ott Farms and Vineyard

Cherish Chenin Blanc

A very nice Chenin Blanc that a friend brought back from a winery near Blue Ridge — 15 days ago

Daniel P., Philip and 15 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Beautiful glass for a beautiful wine. 🥂

Newfound Wines

Shake Ridge Vineyard Mourvedre 2019

Medium garnet red with hints of smoke, leather, tobacco on the nose. Lighter on attack than anticipated, but holy s@hit does this wine take off in your mouth! Blackberry, ripe black cherry, sweet baking spices, and viscous round notes of forest floor and mushroom. The wine is lithe and alive, but coating your mouth with tooth-staining goofy grapiness! The wine cries out for food, rich, wintry, braised food. It’s pleasing young, but I have an idea it would improve with 3-5 years…maybe more. Not a boring wine… positively boisterous.., looking for a party! Well done! — 12 hours ago

Eric, Joe and 3 others liked this

Brick House

Cuvée du Tonnelier Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir 2018

Lots of RS first 1/2 hour, got a lot better with air. Decant. — 3 days ago

Andrew, Ira and 15 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Gonsalves Contra Costa County Mataro 2018

2018 Ridge Gonsalves Mataro (Contra Costa County). This is delicious but flirts with a bit of underripeness (in a good way). Nose has a slight vegetal note (as my brother pointed out), but also has vanilla and nice ripe cherry. No inderripeness in the mouth, with great acid/fruit balance. Delicious and a unique take in that it avoids blowsey jamminess that some wineries get from warm Contra Costa County fruit. — 12 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
with Angelo
Angelo, Dawn and 15 others liked this

Goodfellow Family Cellars

House Block Whistling Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

Strawberry, tart cranberry, orange zest, this was a bit tight at first but started to open up on day 2 - will hold my other bottle for several years — 5 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 8 others liked this

Beaux Frères

The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

Wonderful—mushrooms and earth on the nose, palate has blue fruit and earth tones — 3 days ago

Romain, Deborah and 9 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Nose has brown butter sauteed pineapple, fresh coconut meat, (damp) crushed granite, faint sea spray and baked pear.

Palate has under-ripe pineapple, lime peel, sugared lemon slice, cold caramel yellow apple, phenolic notes which runout though a medium finish.

Needs YEARS, revisit 2026+.

I was intrigued by the nose but underwhelmed by the palate tonight.
— 12 days ago

Paul, Juan and 57 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

The 2021 wasn’t available yet?
Severn Goodwin

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Didn't even try getting them, figured you had them all locked down already.

Ridge Vineyards

Demostene Ranch Zinfandel Carignane 2017

Terrific blend that juxtaposes the low-toned blackberry of Zin with the tight cherry of Carignane, to great success. Still a bit tight (so be sure to decant ahead of time, as we did not), it’s got nice acids and soft tannins. Terrific with grilled butterflied leg of lamb! — 12 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
with Angelo
Angelo, Aravind and 15 others liked this