North Coast, California

Chateau Montelena

North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

This is what cab is all about. I feel grateful when I have the opportunity to try California Cabernets from the 70s. This from a 3L - pulled from the Montelena library. Gorgeous fruit with healthy development but given the bottle and impeccable cellaring I think this is only middle aged at this point. — 7 days ago

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Very cool.

Bedrock Wine Co.

North Coast Syrah 2015

Spice box, jam, and pepper. Lush and full bodied. Supple yet firm tannins. Still has miles to go. — 6 days ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Methode Traditionnelle Brut Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2002

Another delicious 2002 bubbles. Not oxidized at all but ready to drink. Dark honey color with secondary flavors. Lots of bubbles. Still some subtle fruit. From my collection of old bubbles. Schramsberg ages well. — 14 days ago

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Aubert

Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay 2014

Deep gold color. Intense nose of tropical and stone fruit, pastry, all backed by lemon notes. Full body, oily with a fair amount of oak. Long finish. Great wine, but even better if you like the style. — 8 days ago

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Terlato Vineyards

The Federalist Honest Red Blend 2017

This North Coast red blend offers up a dark nose of smoke, tar, plums, cigar box, vanilla, cedar and an old baseball glove. The palate shows huge black and red fruit, also with plenty of oak spice. BTW, the wine is said to pay homage to Abraham Lincoln. He may have been Honest Abe, but he was not a Federalist. But whatever. You’re not really drinking it for the backstory, are you?
— 4 days ago

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Kistler

Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

A few days late in posting the Wednesday Wine Committee wines. Standard format with 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

One of the better Kistlers I’ve had. Green tinged in the glass with gorgeous notes of keylime pie and crust, lemon cream, and honeysuckle. Rich and powerful on the palate...more so than most Kistlers I’ve had. Soft and round profile. Finish has a savory sea salt note. Very nice. I guessed young Kistler Chardonnay.
— 7 days ago

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HYDE!!!

Kistler

Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

Thanks to @Mark Flesher for opening this as a side by side versus my 2016 Aubert Hudson. Same vintage, same vineyard source, very different wines. Whereas the Aubert was rich and powerful on both the nose and palate, this was decidedly more herbal on the nose with hay, herbal spices and underripe honeydew. Similar to the Aubert in how round and soft it was initially, but this one has less of the sweet fruit and toasted oak and in turn, has more sea spray, limestone, with added poached pear toward the middle and finish. — 14 days ago

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Compared to a 16 Aubert Hudson from the same year, the qualities of this wine are the same, yet also not so much the same. This wine has more herb on the front (basil, yellow fruit in the background) and more of a rounded yellow fruit finish with some pear and mango. Almost exactly the "anti-Christ" of the Aubert from a structure standpoint. The Kistler and Aubert 16 Chards were really neck and neck to me but I think the Aubert edged it out. But wow what different styles these were. I can see the Kistler going better with game dishes and the Aubert going better with charcuterie. And, in all honesty, considering that I have had some of these Kistlers and their cousins on the more aged side, my belief is that this one is only going to get a little more funky by the year, so I think now is the right time to pop these.
9.3

Navarro Vineyards

Mendocino Rosé Blend 2016

A random bottle from a recent Fukubukuro offer from Navarro. 692 cases produced of the Grenache-Carignane blend. Reddish-pink, excellent clarity. Dry, medium-to-strong fine-grained skin tannin astringency, strawberry flavor with some guava, as accurately noted on their website. Tart strawberry and mineral finish with good acidity balance. A different style and flavor profile than most rosés - West Coast, French and Italian - I’ve tried in the last few years... — 7 days ago

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Intriguing! Nicely written notes. 🥂

Pax Mahle Wines

Testa Vineyards Carignan 2016

Rustic and brambly with notes of wild blackberries and raspberries, tart red cherries, violets, raspberry popsicle, cinnamon, and a hint of savory soy sauce. The juicy fruit notes are balanced by a yummy umami quality. Med+ acidity and med- tannin. — 6 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Carneros Pinot Noir 2016

Ron R
9.2

Cherries, sandalwood and white pepper on the nose. Lovely expression on the palate, with notes of red and black fruits, overripe cherries and brown sugar. Very well done - burger and wine night at Capital Grille, Paramus.
Wifey rating - 93 pts.
— 7 days ago

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My favorite in the past 3 years has to have been the 1989 BV Carneros Pinot Noir. @Ron R @Paul T- Huntington Beach