Penguin Bay

Osawa Wines

Prestige Collection Pinot Noir 2017

Thought this blind was an aged red burg, so colour me surprised when it was revealed to be a young NZ pinot. Clearly a little more developed than it should be (colour and aromas), but credit where credit’s due, this was quite elegant. Even after the reveal I could not detect that marmalade finish I find so often in NZ pinot’s. This was all red cherries and ripe strawberries, with savoury spices and earthy notes. Perhaps the quality of the oak, which left much to be desired, and rich velvety texture were the only indications of it’s origin. Finished a touch short. There were wines with more intrigue on the table so I didn’t drink much of it, but it definitely wasn’t a bad drop. One to revisit. — 10 days ago

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Sandlands

Contra Costa County Mataro 2020

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. No formal notes. The 2020 Mataro pours a deep garnet/purple with a nearly opaque core and some staining of the tears. Predominately dark fruited with some pepper, and minerals. The wine is dry with very good structure. Tart and so fresh at this stage! I’m going to give my remaining bottles a bit more time. — 10 days ago

Peter, Tom and 12 others liked this

March Wines

Redwing Vineyard Old Vine Riesling 2018

Second time having this wine. This wine is kicking off a long weekend in Nashville with me and the wife. Very good. Not giving the detailed notes I usually provide, because I just wanted to enjoy without analyzing. So I will standby my rating before. Glad I have a few more of these. — 16 days ago

Shay, Eric and 4 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2016

Absolutely an amazing wine! Thank you @Ron R for recommending this! I am experiencing so many elements at the same time. Reminisce of an aged Chenin Blanc where you get creaminess almost wax cheese rind and honey. Picking up an almond sticky bun. Not really acidity but unique freshness of lemon, peaches & yellow apples. Golden hay in color, Med+ body w/ nice long finish. Drinking this w/ a nice chill presents some nice acidity.
Hard not to make a comparison (sigh) to something I paid a lot more for and enjoyed...not so much! Love the balance and 13.5 alc.
— 4 days ago

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Nice!
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@Dawn E. So happy you enjoyed this as much as I did. Hanzell Sebella at $22 per is just as strong. Get some!
Trixie

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Classy! Have a good weekend!🥂

Big Basin Vineyards

Homestead Grenache Blend 2017

6/2022. Nice Grenache blend. Full of flavor and a smooth finish.

Mr. Friendly’s
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Retzlaff

Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Merlot 2014

Very good Merlot from Livermore! Ripe red and black fruits, ripe tannins. Very enjoyable! — 3 days ago

Kendric Vineyards

Marin County Pinot Noir 2018

Super fresh and clean Pinot Noir, nice acid and excellent balance, medium-long finish, very nice!! — 5 days ago

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McHenry Vineyard

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2019

Popped and poured; served with cedar plank salmon for Father’s Day. No formal notes but consistent with previous experiences. Bruised strawberry, cherry, pomegranate, mushroom, a kiss of baking spices and a touch of VA. Way more open for business than typical from McHenry at this stage, but the challenges of the vintage explain it all. Drink this vintage now. — 8 days ago

Tom, Brian and 6 others liked this

Pax Mahle Wines

Marine Terraces Santa Cruz Chenin Blanc 2021

Guava, pomelo, lime. Chalk mineral and a touch of haze. Gorgeous and drinkable. One of the best chenins in America. — 10 days ago

Ira, Brent and 3 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Thie is a classic one, spice-box, chocolate and great use of wood. — 5 days ago

Jan, Peter and 7 others liked this