North Coast, California

Schramsberg Vineyards

J. Schram Brut Rosé 2011

Shay A
9.5

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Third year in a row to hang out with
@jesus g as he pours some amazing Schramsberg and JDavies wines for us. One of the best hosts in the entire valley! If you find yourself in Napa, don’t miss out on doing a tasting with him!

This is spectacular. The cool vintage only strengthened this sparkler in its aging capability. Has everything you could want from a Rosé sparkler...bright red fruit accompanied by underripe mixed fruits like black cherries, hint of oxidation, potpourri, minerality, and a battle of tart and sweet notes on the finish. Great now, likely fantastic with a few years of age.
— 4 days ago

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Arden Barnett

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Hard to beat a J. Schram. Hope to catch up soon!
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I can’t wait for the april release of the 2011 j schram. It will be so much more bright and elegant. I walked past those stacks for 5 years now! Was great to hang out and catch up with you and the fam

Clos Pegase

Carneros Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Ron R
9.3

Impressive for its verve and vitality. This arrests your senses with sherbet and melon on the nose, which transitions to a zippy, almost nervy palate. Bright as a button with high-pitched acidity. Stunning as a result of its laser-focus. At the price, it’s a MUST try in our minds.
If you travel to Napa, they have great gardens, and art exhibits to enjoy while you sip.
I still scoop up flowers for wifey on Valentines 😍
— 2 days ago

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MUST try . Thanks buddy.
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@David L, You’re very welcome! I’m very confident that you will enjoy this example...

Aubert

Hudson Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2014

2014. Interesting 20 years comparison with the Meursault. While very much in the CA style, crisp lemon and green apple character backed by a healthy dose of oak. Yet everything remains in balance all the way through the finish. This a a strong upside potential. — 6 days ago

Chris ThalkenFrankie CohenMichael Lasky
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Schramsberg Vineyards

Reserve Sparkling Blend 2010

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Third year in a row to hang out with
@jesus g as he pours some amazing Schramsberg and JDavies wines for us. One of the best hosts in the entire valley! If you find yourself in Napa, don’t miss out on doing a tasting with him!

This is always my favorite sparkler for enjoyment now. My notes on the ‘08 and ‘09 below won’t look much different than my note on this ‘10. Maybe a touch more gently oxidative with classical nuttiness, ripe strawberries and cream on the nose with toasted cranberry scone and a rich and powerful profile on the palate. Always so consistent.
— 4 days ago

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Arietta

Variation One Red Blend 2010

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Our visit to Arietta was one of the favorite visits of our trip. I had the pleasure of attending an Arietta lunch a couple months ago with owner Fritz, and a lot of the wines we had during our visit were poured during the lunch (2017 White Keys, 2016 Merlot, 2016 H Block, 2006 H Block) which I posted about back in November.

Close to pushing this to a 9.5. Everything in check and firing on all cylinders. This is a good balance between cool climate Cali Syrah and Walla Walla Syrah. It shows wonderfully lifted and perfumed aromatics of potpourri, wild smoked game, licorice and rhubarb tart. Nicely integrated and beautiful fruit paired with savory peppercorn, cherry jerky, sweet tobacco smoke and a good balance of tannin and acidity. Structure is here to cruise for a few years, but I think this is at peak.
— 2 days ago

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Pax

North Coast Syrah 2017

Charles (Chad) Bucklin
9.0

Sheer drinkability is up there! Great blend of the northern Rhône and California Syrah. Yum! Definitely unfiltered. — 13 days ago

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Cuvaison

Diablo Carneros Syrah 2017

Enjoying a cool climate Syrah from Carneros. Hints of baking spices, red and blue fruit. Lots of black pepper, grape jam, dried spices, dark cherries and a slight hint of smoked meats on the palate. A delightful wine with a very nice finish. — 6 days ago

Lisa Mayer
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Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Delectable Wine
8.9

The NV Pinot Noir (North Coast), a blend of 2017 and 2018 vintages from Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast, is a total knock-out and a great value to boot. Floral, cinnamon and crushed red berry notes grace a mid-weight, gracious Pinot Noir that screams with character. $25.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2020) — 5 days ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Methode Traditionnelle Brut Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2015

Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a goal to produce world-class sparkling wines, passing torch to their son Hugh. A blend of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay (blend varies each year) with stone and berry fruit aromas and earthy spice. On the palate the light mousse shows raspberry, peach and mango flavors with biscuit and slight baking spice notes. Long finish, lively acidity ending with citrus and yeasty tones. Grab a bottle for Valentine’s Day. — 10 days ago

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Lioco

Sativa Mendocino Carignan 2016

Blood-ruby, undiluted tenor from rim to rim. Blackberry-cran with a smoky coat, violets, raspberry reduction, wild nettle, suede, rose petal, dried cherry, applewood, and gingerly ginger, spare cedar, finest snuff, cherry pit and damp clove spiced nose. All with a slight memory of campfire. Black plum, cedar, violet, dried, sour cherry, dark leather, peppercorn, dried cranberry and red currant, cinnamon apple, fine, grippy tannins that integrate into the whole with a pleasing sense of herbs and bitters, sage and lavender. Did not expect this complexity from carignan, and floral notes that evoke like Nebbiolo. Class. .
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#Lioco #Mendocino #carignan #sativa #oldvine #liococarignan #handharvested #submergedcap #wholeclustergoodness #Pinemountain #santarosa
— 12 days ago

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