Mankas Hills Vineyards

Sandhi Wines

Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Sandhi, Sanford & Benedict, Sta. Rita Hills, Pinot Noir, 2016, ABV 13.5%.

This Pinot Noir comes from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County in the Central Coast region of California. Despite California having generally a Mediterranean climate, due to its westerly location, Sta. Rita Hills AVA receives cooling maritime and fog influences from the Pacific Ocean, aiding in the preservation of acidity, lending balance, finesse, and elegance to the resulting wine.

This wine is medium ruby with a medium(+) intensity of youthful aromas. The aromas include primary notes of candied cherry, strawberry rhubarb, orange peel, violet, tulip, mint, wet stone, white pepper, secondary notes of nutmeg, and tertiary notes of earth and wet leaves.

On the palate this wine is dry, with medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, delicate tannin, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.

This is a beautiful wine with a strong fruit character and expression. It is well-balanced and offers concentrated aromatics and flavors and nice complexity.
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Cameron Winery

Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018

Pop and pour. I've found significant variation in perceived brett on Cameron wines from vintage to vintage and, frankly, from cuvee to cuvee. I adore these wines, and this bottle is no exception. A touch of reduction and some.bretty funk, but the brett blew off with 30 min of air. On the nose: pure sweet strawberry and raspberry, spice, soft vanilla, pepper...To be honest, this bottle showed better than the 18 Reserve and closer to the 18 Clos Electrique in spirit, at least aromatically. On the palate: fantastic density and good acid, loads of wild strawberry, soft leafy notes and soft tannin on the finish. This is downright excellent, and has forced me to revise my views on the 2018 OR vintage (speaking in broad strokes, I've far preferred 15 and 17 vintages to 18, until this bottle and the Hundred Suns Bednarik I had recently). — 13 days ago

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Melville

Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2018

The nose and palette smacks you in the face with a variety of dark purple flowers. You proceed to drink the rest just saying “WOW” with every sip. Great Syrah tasting line up. Melville was most versatile... great alone or with food, anytime, anywhere. Loved it! — 9 days ago

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So good! Piedrasassi is killer too.

Paul Lato

Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Paul Lato Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016: Bright elegance. Fine balance. Perfect structure. Nice primary fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry & blackberry, followed by some secondary flavors of vanilla & spice. The finish was soft & silky, leaving you with the desire for another sip! Overall, a high quality Pinot, leaving me beyond impressed. Hands down, the best California Pinot Noir I have tasted this year. Great weekend to all! Cheers🍷 — 5 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

Memorious Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.2

Ever since the Somm III movie, the wines of Domaine de la Cote have been intriguing. About 2-3yrs ago, I had their Bloom’s Field and really enjoyed it. I was able to pick up a few of their Memorious, and this was my first time opening one.

In comparison to Bloom’s Field, I’d say this has less depth and complexity, but it has its own fun flair and character. Upon opening, the use of 100% whole clusters is easily noticeable. Crunchy, herbal twang with fleshy black cherry skin and stemminess notes are very concentrated. Made in a more fresh style with lower ABV, the mid palate focuses more on mineral and floral notes like herbs de Provence, dark potpourri, savory and underripe red and black fruits with green peppercorn. High acidity. A hybrid of lean Sonoma Coast Pinot and Willamette Valley Pinot.
— 10 days ago

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Scott Rose

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Great review. Have only had one wine ( a pinot)from this producer and was unimpressed but willing to opt-in again
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@Scott Rose : They mainly focus on Pinot, and while I haven’t had all of them, the ones I’ve had share a lot of characteristics (leaner, high acidity, more savory/herbal than fruit forward)...that being said, there is good quality, so give them a try again if you have the chance!

Walter Scott

The Rock Salt Chardonnay 2019

Quite reductive. Citrus/mineral nose. Saline, lemon-lime/mineral accord. Great texture. Long finish. This really blossomed over 5 hours. First bottle from this producer. Lovely work. — 3 days ago

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Barkan Vineyards

The Beta Series Judean Foothills Single Vineyard Colombard 2018

(French) colombard used to be the most planted white variety in Israel. used as the white blend workhorse. lost it's popularity a few decades ago and now being used again.

most winemakers consider it a fresh not to be aged crisp week day quality sipper.
this is my second try, the other one was ok-ish.

11.5% abv

high acidity.
light body.

apricot, peach, grated 🍋peel and a hint of nuttines. maybe a guava slight memory.

balanced and interesting.

medium + 🎯

had it on it's own by the pool while vacationing in the dead sea desert area.

lovely sipper and great vfm (79 nis)
— 13 days ago

Sine Qua Non

Testa dei Cherubini Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache

2014 Vintage. 16% Alcohol. Needs a bit more time but extremely enjoyable. First time we’ve seen a white wax seal on any SQN. Part of Gail’s birthday celebration. With black truffles on house made fettuccine at Il Cortile in Paso Robles. First wine from that wooden six pack. After a day of tastings at Torrin, McPrice Meyers, Fulldraw, Booker and Benom, had to be a special bottle to stand out! Paso rocks! — 2 days ago

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There you go. Beautiful wine & Bday ...great day in Paso!
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I love Paso wines! Happy birthday to Gail! 🎂🍷
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@Sharon B Thanks Sharon. Picked up a SUV full of our Paso favorites!

Ken Wright Cellars

Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Cranberry, cherry, floral, with fresh herbs and soil. A very nice presence on the palate--a welcome medium plus body, silky. Waning medium acidity, medium minus tannins. Long finish. Well balanced, but also not overly expressive. Very good.

91+ points
— 6 days ago

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Belle Pente

Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Crazy perfume on this. So so floral with masses of ripe black raspberry and roses, as well as peony, lavender and violet. Tart red and purple fruits gradually build on the palate. Citrus zest, spice and salty clay minerals linger on the tongue. Seamless, vibrant, and still tastes really young.

Enjoyed every drop of this bottle over a week. It is singing.
— 12 days ago

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Fun stuff!
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@Severn Goodwin first time with this producer and very impressed!
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@Josh Morgenthau That's probably his best vineyard.