Left Coast Cellars

Funk Zone

Santa Barbara County Rosé Grenache Syrah 2019

This bottle was left at my birthday picnic, so we took it home not thinking much of it.

Roses, gummy bears, and strawberries.

Wow, unexpectedly great. Always a wonderful feeling when you’re not expecting anything.

Blood oranges flirt with rose petals, and threesome with grapefruit gummy bears to make a tart, refreshing, savory, and slightly pleasingly astringent autumn wine.
— 2 days ago

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Drew Family Cellars

Valenti Vineyard Pinot Noir

Red fruit, cola, spice, and minerals. Very fine tannins along vibrant acidity. Still plenty of life left in this bottle! — 10 days ago

Martha Stoumen

Mendo Benchlands Zinfandel-Nero d'Avola Blend 2019

Best Martha to date. Her wines get interesting at this level, beyond Post Flirtation. Here she channels Sicily and projects Cali through two grapes she adores - Nero D’Avola and Zin.Dark brew of juicy fruits and toasted spice. Plums, Driscoll’s blackberries, ripe raspberries. Cinnamon and cardamom. — 3 days ago

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Ely Cohn

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@Josh Morgenthau I’d say comparative. Blackberries - sour and juicy the way they are in the grocery store vs wild caught which I think can be more concentrated flavor and sweeter
Josh Morgenthau

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Makes sense! Have yet to try her wines. Would you seek this out or another cuvee for a first timer?
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@Josh Morgenthau she makes wonderful wines. I would skip over her post flirtation line of wines and focus on the others. Her wines are maybe slightly more expensive than they should be but they are very good nevertheless.

Addax

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

Really good chard. Poured more of an amber color than I thought. Nose of bay breeze, oyster shell, salinity, yellow fruit. Entry of cantaloupe, banana, herbal character. Very round on the front, and then dries to an acidic character in the middle and finish. This wine is really quite dense on the front and yet doesn't seem to impose with whatever is paired with it. Has a lot of density, complexity and balance, and I think this one has many years left. Bottle didn't last long! — 14 days ago

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Shay A

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Glad you finally opened this! I actually prefer this to Bevan’s Ritchie chard (although they are basically the same).

Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Eric S
8.9

Massive spice- hiding something? Great value and fun to drink. First Anthill and will definitely try other types. -17 / -18 vintage combo. — 6 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Atlantis Fe2O3-1a Syrah 2005

Wow wine. Delicious, with lots of life left. Thank you Joe and Gail. — a month ago

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Kistler

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008

David T
9.2

I’ve been picking up nicely aged Kistler’s off the secondary markets for between $50-$60. I have to say I’m pleased but, don’t understand why they go so under valued. I am not going to tell you Kistler makes the best Pinot Noirs. However, they make very good ones. Especially, when they hit 10 years in bottle properly stored. Maybe, it’s just the economy?

The body is heavenly round, full and lush with nice viscosity. The fruits are in fantastic shape. In fact, I would say peaking. Full range of; blackberries, dark cherries, both plums, raspberries, cherries, pomegranate and blueberry highlights. The baking spices nicely soften; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla hues. Beautiful mixed fruit cola. Understated, round dry, crushed rock, delicate limestone minerals, shades of; tobacco, savory meats & mint, light dark spice with faint heat, hints sweetened mushrooms, dark, rich earth with bright florals that are; dark, red, purple & blue framed in violets. The acidity is spot on. The beautiful, elegant, well knitted & balanced finish exits with nice, soft persistence. Wire to wire a beautiful wine.

I thought I might get some smoke presence from the 2008 fires in Sonoma...it either was light & faded or never existed.

Still has another 4-5 years of solid drinking ahead.

Photos of; Kistler, their barnyard tasting room, Founder-Mark Bixler who passed away in late 2017 (RIP) and their barn that houses one of their tasting rooms.
— 11 days ago

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Ming L

Ming L

Have seen some of Chard discounted to $50 range, but not Pinot. Needs to find some.

Shirah

Bro.Deux Red Blend 2016

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from California is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. I had this vintage a year ago, and it is better now.

Showing red and black fruits with wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, pencil lead, tobacco, chocolates and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity. Spicy with nice complexity.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins.

Good right out of the bottle, fruit forward and good by itself or with food. Nice, enjoyable and a good quality wine.

I gave it a light chill and had by the pool.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit verdot. Kosher non mevushal

Only 13.7% ABV, which I loved.

89 points.

$45.
— 14 days ago

Iwan, Casey and 12 others liked this

Navarro Vineyards

Mendocino Chardonnay 2016

New vintage for me, no new wood in this, according to their website. Yellow in color, excellent clarity. Apple notes in nose. Peach, apple and lemon flavors with hints of mineral and malolactic on the finish. Lingering malic-apple aftertaste, ever so slightly tart throughout. A superior Chardonnay, blessedly free of new oak, and all the more refreshing and delightful because of it. Well made, and almost convinced me that my avoidance of Chardonnays is all about their high price, but not, in this case, because of a lack of quality. Good stuff — 9 days ago

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Trixie

Pretty photo!

Licorne Méchante

le ours repose ZINFANDEL 2017

Licorne Mechante (wicked unicorn) is where Les Lune can experiment. When the wines are good, we get some great buys. This Zin, as it goes, is very good. Spiced cherry cola mixology type stuff with cinnamon Hot Tamales and wild berries. — 9 days ago

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