North Coast, California

Bee Hunter

Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015

Bee Hunter Wines Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015 Mendocino, California

A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide brick rim.

Interesting nose of blackberries, cedar, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, chocolates, sweet vanilla, cola, spices, mint and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries and strawberries, lemon peel, vanilla, light raisins, dried fruits, cedar, herbs, licorice, cola, chocolates, sweet vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Grenache from Mendocino County in California. Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it is so yummy.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when it shows the complexity.

This six year old is peaking now, and drinking very nicely with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Alcohol is not showing at all, so watch out. Nicely balanced at this point. Easy drinking and tasty.

A great sipping wine, but good with food too. I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 3 days ago

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Wilde Farm

Donnelly Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

This is well-done in a Burgundian style. Nose has bright, sappy cherry fruit, a little stemmy in a good way, some very Burgundian wet earth. In the mouth it’s bone dry, with just-ripe cherry and earth flavors initially and then crushed rocks and savory tones carrying it through to the finish, which has a very slight bitter note (it works). Nice acids. Medium body. Tannins are there if you wait and look for them, but they’re close to resolved. — 6 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

Where is this winery?
Tom Casagrande

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@Pinotman /// Andreas - Forestville in Sonoma County.


Cuvée Christine North Coast Syrah 2003

Sour, bitter and not much evolution. — 7 days ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay

This 1994 aged beautifully. Check color! . Lots yeast. Complex earthy flavors . Tingly bubbles . Ready to drink after 25 years! Just delightful flavors — 3 hours ago

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Bravo Hugh. Glad it held up for you. From your cellar??
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

From my cellar aka basement. When we built our “ new” house 21 years ago I never thought of a wine cellar. We did put in a 16 foot basement . It’s dark and cool . I spent a year with the architect and a year of construction .we love the place. I never thought of a wine cellar!! Put in special wiring for my stereo, house is heated by passive solar( no matter how cold if sun up it’s 80f) but no cellar. We even have a walled courtyard ( the wet garden) but no cellar . Hugh

Patz & Hall

Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Last but not least! We made it to @patzhall for the final flight of the day. 🙌🙌

Featured in this picture are some wines from the ‘Sparkling & Still Wine Tasting Flight’ and the ‘Library Flight.’

I tried the Library Flight and found all of the wines to be richly concentrated, with strong fruit flavor and complexity from the winemaking process. 🍷

I enjoyed them all, but especially loved the 2012 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, which had candied cherry, strawberry, raspberry jam notes alongside violet, crushed rose petals, fennel, anise, leather, nutmeg, vanilla, mushroom, and earth notes. It had a delightful complexity and long, elegant finish. 👏👏👏

Almost 30 miles today on bike (to be fair they were eBikes 😉) with three tastings along the way and we’re ready for bed 🛌 😌 Cheers 🥂
— 15 days ago

with Deked1
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Neil Valenzuela

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What line-up! 👏


@Neil Valenzuela it was a fabulous tasting !! 🙌🙌🙌

Guthrie Family Wines

Heirloom Grenache 2020

Transparent ruby, almost a deep rosé, bright red fruit, med + acid, I would have never guessed carbonic Grenache 😋 — 6 days ago

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Bee Hunter

Late Harvest Greenwood Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2014

Bee Hunter Wines Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling 2014, Anderson Valley, California

Deep yellow in color with a golden 24 carat hue.

Beautiful nose of yellow apples, ripen pears, minerals, tropical fruits, apricots and spices.

Fill bodied with high acidity.

Sweet on the palate with pears, apricots, honey, apples, tropical fruits and spices.

Long sweet finish.

This is a delicious Sweet Riesling from Anderson Valley. Nicely balanced and rich, with lots of acidity to balance the sugars.

This 7 year old is drinking beautifully now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Showing great complexity with beautiful flavors. Good by itself as a sipping wine.

I paired it with a chocolate cake, but I preferred it all by itself.

A special selection that was only produced in this vintage. Very special.

9.7% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$32 (375ml).
— 14 days ago

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Domaine Carneros (Taittinger)

Le Rêve Carneros Chardonnay 2013

Finally made it to @domainecarneros after a 13 mile, stunningly beautiful bike ride (check out my story on Instagram @amateur_oenophile for footage). 🚴 🚴

It was worth the effort - we’re in for a treat. 🙌 The grounds and château are beautiful. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular tasting location. 👍👍

Here we have a flight of:

-the Single Vineyard Sparkling, crisp, lean, with bright acidity and mineral notes,

-the Blanc de Blancs comprised of 83% Chardonnay and 17% Pinot Gris, offering more ripe tropical and citrus fruit notes along with pie crust,

-the Late Disgorged Rosé, which is rich and creamy and offers raspberry, strawberry, toasted almond, brioche notes, and

-Le Rêve Blanc de Blancs, the tête de cuvée made from 100% Chardonnay offering additional floral and honeycomb notes. The tête de cuvée was aged 8 years in the barrel prior to the second, bottle fermentation.

Cheers 🥂🍾
— 15 days ago

with Deked1
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Manzanita Cellars

Mendozino Zinfandel

I don’t think this was super expensive but a nice surprise 72 % Sonoma - 28% Mendocino but really deep jammy black fruit ( perfect SM tri- tip wine ) spice , slight oak background 15.5% abv but nicely balanced in the bigger style — 11 days ago

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Byrd Vineyard

Reserve Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County.

Showing red and black fruits with wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, earth, leather, bell pepper, tobacco, light vegetables, violets and light forest floor.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward, with a touch of earth notes. Interesting and spicy. Nicely balanced and elegant. Showing a lovely nose at this point.

Feels like a Right Bank Bordeaux, actually.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be good in the next few years. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Needed an hour to open up properly, and we enjoyed it for the next 5 hours.

Very tasty and enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 19 days ago

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