North Coast, California

Argus

Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir 2017

A tasty and interesting Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Never had one from Napa, actually.

Showing cherries, strawberries, wood, raspberries, chocolates, vanilla, spices, cola and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Soft and elegant with nice complexity.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Balanced with nice acidity.

Would age nicely in the next 5 years.

Good for parties. Good by itself or with food. A nice porch wine. I had it slightly chilled which was great.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.
— 3 days ago

Paul, David and 8 others liked this

Marnet

Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Surprise find and at this price range it stacks up very well. Not overly ripe though it’s fruit forward and the tannins are soft making it very accessible now. Rolls around the palate in a good way. — 13 hours ago

Dennis, Eric and 3 others liked this

Arietta

H Block Hudson Vineyards Cabernet Franc Merlot 2006

Shay A
9.3

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Obviously in a similar vein to the other two, this was drinking perfectly. Very Bordeaux like. Abundance of flowers, tar, charcoal, aged black cherries and mocha aromatics. More of the same on the palate with added pipe tobacco, some tangy rhubarb, and black pepper at the finish. Drink now and enjoy.
— 15 days ago

Severn, P and 27 others liked this

Martha Stoumen

Mendocino County Nero d'Avola 2017

Nero is Martha’s grape. She spent her training at Cos and became one of the only, if the only, winemaker spotlighting the grape this side of the ocean.

It’s raw, seriously structured, and intensely tart. Mountain forest berries and a camp fire. Pine, mint, menthol, and cedar - Mezcal smoke circling above. Vibrant acid and tannin and ripe for food. Very good.
— 5 days ago

Sharon, Michael and 24 others liked this

Harrington

McEvoy Ranch 2018

Crushed by the ballerinas of the San Francisco Ballet, apparently — 16 hours ago

Tom, Willie and 10 others liked this

Trail Marker Wine Co.

Bartolomei Vineyard Rosé of Carignan 2018

The diversity of wines “Made in California” is astounding especially up the coastal area’s of and in the Sierra foothills close to Sacramento. Very nice Rose unfiltered. Lime and red currants - fresh and bright. — 10 days ago

Severn, Ira and 3 others liked this

Sarah Francis

Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Loving this juice! Previous notes still apply. EDIT- Holy crap 20 minutes in the glass... pure balance. Extraordinary — 3 days ago

David, Brandon and 36 others liked this

Arietta

On the White Keys White Blend 2017

Shay A
9.2

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Classically styled and balanced. Very reminiscent of Spottswoode’s SB. Floral with tart fruit and medium acidity. Lots of lemon-lime here but also melon. Crushed rocks. Vibrant.
— 15 days ago

Ryan, Severn and 28 others liked this
Joshua Fisher

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are you back in the Valley?
Shay A

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@Joshua Fisher : No, Fritz was passing through town and had a small lunch for a few people. I’ll be back in about 8 weeks...last few days of Jan and the first few days in Feb.

Arietta

Variation One Red Blend 2007

Shay A
9.5

Arietta Wines lunch with owner Fritz. We were able to taste through some current releases as well as some reserve wines Fritz brought with him personally. A treat to enjoy these Andy Erickson wines!

Definitely the most fun wine on the table. Merlot and Syrah blend. I believe this is around the time John Kongsgaard was leaving and Andy Erickson was arriving. Quite wild, and both sweet and savory. Black cherry tart, peppercorn crusted rhubarb, red licorice, and a sweet smoke to the nose. Tangy red fruits, espresso and cocoa bits on the palate with a finish that shows tea leaf and fig. Delicious!
— 15 days ago

Severn, P and 33 others liked this
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : Great wine, Shay. I enjoyed the last one of these had.

Schramsberg Vineyards

Reserve Sparkling Blend 2009

Dark gold color. Crisp and nutty. Excellent flavor and high quality. Very similar to the Moet Imperial from the night before. — 14 days ago

Steve GautierBrooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Steve and Brooke
Shay, Ron and 3 others liked this