Mount Harlan, Central Coast

Calera

Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Alongside an ‘09 Williams Selyem Pinot, It was difficult to pick a favorite. This wine brought cherries, raspberries, pepper, and a hint of blackberry to the table, providing a lighter, fruitier addition to grilled lamb with balsamic and honey. Delicious with food, and on its own. — 9 days ago

Calera

Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir

1997 is fruity and tasty. — 2 months ago

Mount Eden Vineyards

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2015

Rich, woody, smells great, has a nice lasting finish. Highly enjoyed. — 3 months ago

Calera

Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Plenty of forest floor and minerals balance the fruit. Bottle age has improved this. — 4 months ago

Eugene Ruyle
with Eugene

Crown Point

Estate Selection Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Shay A
9.3

Earlier this week, a rep for Crown Point wines hosted a tasting to show off a few of their newer releases. New to me, they are out of Santa Barbara and have the duo of Adam Henkel (former assistant winemaker at Harlan for 8yrs) and Philippe Melka (who came on starting with the ‘15 vintage) making the wines.

I found there to be a noticeable step up in quality between the ‘14 and this ‘15...maybe that was due to Melka coming on board at this point. Where this differs from the ‘14 is the added cab franc and petit Verdot. Smells a touch more herbaceous and crunchy instead of being a fruit bomb. It was also more chalky and dusty. Floral with potpourri and flowers give this better balance on the nose. The palate sports the whole fruit spectrum from red, blue and black but also has good acidity and tannin. Slightly savory finish of dark cocoa, peppercorns and cassis with underripe blackberries. Nice aging potential.
— a month ago

Clare GilletteWeston Eidson
with Clare and Weston
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Calera

Mt. Harlan Aligoté 2017

Tart & refreshing perfect opening wine to a great meal. A Cal rarity from a benchmark winery. — 3 months ago

Calera

Reed Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

20190717 with Suzuki-san at 鉄板 かや乃 — 4 months ago

Crown Point

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.3

Earlier this week, a rep for Crown Point wines hosted a tasting to show off a few of their newer releases. New to me, they are out of Santa Barbara and have the duo of Adam Henkel (former assistant winemaker at Harlan for 8yrs) and Philippe Melka (who came on starting with the ‘15 vintage) making the wines.

The difference between this wine and the previous two is that this is their Cabernet (92%) with just a dash of merlot, petit Verdot, malbec and cab franc. Similar to the ‘15 Estate Selection in how this is big and dense but still harmonious. Rich and dark fruits with graphite, cassis, and mocha. Big tannins with a dark and compact core...blackberries, underripe blueberries, violets, and dusty cedar.
— a month ago

Clare GilletteWeston Eidson
with Clare and Weston
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Calera

Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

inky purple; plum, sassafras, violets; dense, powerful, dark fruit; medium+ acidity, 13.9% ABV, tight, tannic; sourced from Calera’s highest vineyard, 70% whole clusters, 20 months in 30% new French oak; $32 for a 375 mL — 3 months ago

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Calera

de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

medium violet; plum, violets, licorice, mint, baking spices; dark fruit; medium tannin, medium+ acidity, 14.2% ABV; made from 100% organically grown Pinot Noir, 50% whole cluster, fermented with native yeasts, aged 20 months in 30% new French oak; $32 for 375 mL — 3 months ago

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