North Coast, California

The Grenachista

Mendocino County Grenache Noir 2016

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, wood, spices, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, cloves, herbs, earth, tobacco, coffee, light vegetables, chocolates, peppercorn and spices.

Medium plus in length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Grenache from Sonoma valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (60 minutes).

Tastes like a good quality Côte du Rhône red. Spicy and fruit forward.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and cured meats.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 3 days ago

Mark, David and 17 others liked this

Anthill Farms

Comptche Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

David T

This Anthill is well extracted. Too much for how I like my Pinot’s. It is also has a slight alcohol burn in the back of my throat which; I & other professionals consider a fault in wine. It’s like Oregon fruit & florals meet the over-extraction of Bella Glos. That aside, there are some merits here.

The nose reveals slightly stewed, yet ruby & candied fruits of; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, plum, creamy raspberries and notes of pomegranate. Pronounced baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Black, rich earth, black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone, dark spice, dry, crushed rocks and bright; red, dark, blue and purple florals.

The body is big, thick and lush. She still has sticky, meaty, tarry tannins. The structure & tension is quite big. The length and balance are good but, still require some more time to hit their peak. Slightly stewed, yet ruby & candied fruits of; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, plum, creamy raspberries and notes of pomegranate. Pronounced baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Black, rich earth, gravely, dark volcanic minerals, black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone, dark spice, stem inclusion, leather, hints of graphite, dry, crushed rocks and bright; red, dark, blue and purple florals. The acidity is round and good. The big, long, finish is, rich, ruby, elegant, well polished and persists for minutes.

Photos of; one of the vineyards they source fruit, three friends & partners that founded Anthill; Anthony Filberti, David Low, and Webster Marquez who met while working at Williams Selyem and the staff working the process in the cellar.
— 17 days ago

Shay, Severn and 19 others liked this


Hay Penny Rosé Blend 2017

Rick K

Nice light Rosé. Barely ripe strawberry, cantaloupe. Very dry -- 12.5 ABV. Great QPR. — 15 days ago

P, Serge and 6 others liked this

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Sangiacomo Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2017

Shay A

Color me impressed. I opened one of these after @Mark Flesher mentioned he felt they were already strutting and he is 100% correct! Can’t believe this is a ‘17. Sure, there are youthful traits, but this is drinking fantastic. The aromatics are a touch steely showing white flower, lanolin and even some underripe banana. Energetic on the palate with Asian pear, stone fruit, honeysuckle, and a kiss of oak but the finish shows the youthful and gripping acidity. This will probably improve a point or so over the next 1-2yrs, but I have a hard time saying to stay away from these! Best enjoyed slightly cooler than cellar temp. Very nice effort. — 5 days ago

P, Aaron and 32 others liked this
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Bill Harrison knows how to do it!

Schramsberg Vineyards

J. Schram Brut Rosé 2005

Oxidation obvious. Years , forest floor. I aged this 2005 to see if rose color faded. It did. Should have drank this wine earlier. — 2 days ago

Severn, Shay and 5 others liked this

Domaine Carneros (Taittinger)

Brut Carneros Sparkling Blend 2014

Est. in 1987, belongs to Champagne Taittinger (personal favorite) considered the concept in 1947 in the mind of Claude Taittinger. 138 acre estate is situated in the Carneros appellation of CA. A blend (changes ea year) of 35% Chard, 62% Pinot Noir & 3% Pinot Gris, aged 3 1/2 years in the bottle. Aromas of stone fruit and toasty spice. Raspberry and peach flavors, complex, with citrus notes in a fine mousse with good bubble flow. Well structured, vibrant lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Will benefit from some aging. — 15 days ago

Shay, Pete S. and 12 others liked this

Cruse Wine Co.

Monkey Jacket North Coast Red Blend

Notes of crushed raspberries, pomegranate seeds, and black cherries. While fruit-forward, it isn’t overly ripe or rich. There’s plenty of juicy acidity and a touch of spiciness to balance out the playful fruit flavors. As for tannins, I would say medium and soft. — 10 days ago

Matt, P and 10 others liked this

Belle Glos

Meiomi Méthode Champenoise Chardonnay - Pinot Noir Blend

Prosecco + rose. Yes it does almost have a pinkish hue to it. A touch sweet. Certainly not complex. Exactly what I would have expected from Meiomi. — 4 days ago

H.B, P and 7 others liked this

Kent Rasmussen Winery

Esoterica North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This wine is drinking beautifully right now. Has matured and evolved into a beautiful example of North coast can. The tannins have dropped away and now the wine just exhibits beautiful fruit with a little dust and cocoa powder there hint of vanilla and the slightest menthol hint on the end, but at the same time not overblown not overly sweet not overly thick. — 2 days ago

Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Rosé North Coast Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2016

Method Traditionnelle vintage sparkling dry Rose made from Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay for complexity. Lots of citrus fruits and lemon zest, white cherry, brioche, apricot. Very pretty blush color with nice zippy acidity and medium finish. — 7 days ago

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Yen Boubel

Yen Boubel

@Ryan Vento that’d be so awesome you could come. Early 2020 sounds good though haha. It won’t be too busy here. What’s in your itinerary? 😂
Ryan Vento

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The original lineup was Addax, Bevan, Alpha Omega, Cade, Inglenook, Newton, Stag’s, and Amici. However, I’m thinking about either substituting two of those for Kenzo and Far Niente, or simply adding them both to the itinerary and expanding the trip in doing so.
Yen Boubel

Yen Boubel

@Ryan Vento wow sounds wonderful! All the good spots!