Picton Bay

Ridge Vineyards

Gonsalves Contra Costa County Mataro 2018

2018 Ridge Gonsalves Mataro (Contra Costa County). This is delicious but flirts with a bit of underripeness (in a good way). Nose has a slight vegetal note (as my brother pointed out), but also has vanilla and nice ripe cherry. No inderripeness in the mouth, with great acid/fruit balance. Delicious and a unique take in that it avoids blowsey jamminess that some wineries get from warm Contra Costa County fruit. — 8 days ago

Angelo Casagrande
with Angelo
Angelo, Dawn and 15 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2017

Dark red berries, red plums, brambly piquant fruit. Concentrated sweet and tart fruit grip the palate. Transparent, energetic, vibrating. Incredible length. — 2 days ago

Daniel, Tom and 35 others liked this

Mount Eden Vineyards

Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2015

Stupendously rich opening & luxurious finish bookending fruit of great freshness and purity. Judicious oak. Exotic fruit. Structure and heft for the long haul. Beautiful CA chard recalling richness of meursault. 😍 — 15 days ago

Alsu Shakirova
with Alsu
Aravind, Jim and 16 others liked this

Ceritas

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Really loved this. Quite intense, racy, minerally, with wonderful acid and just a hint of fruit. A wine that demands your attention in the mouth. Very nice. Went quickly. — 15 days ago

Bryan, Eddie and 12 others liked this
Brent Young

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Very nice 👍 @Pooneet K

Ceritas

Trout Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Glorious expression of California Pinot Noir….explosive nose of dark plum, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, blueberry, and baking spices. Weightless, lively, balanced, absolute fun to swallow. I enjoy Pinot… but this is another level. Not quite Burgundy, not California, not Willamette….but absolute Socratic Pinot Noir. The meal kinda sucked… but… but this wine almost made it worth the time, reservation, bullshit necessary for decent Covid dining. Bright, lip-smacking, multi-faceted and changing with time in the glass. Smooth, silky, sexy…. Well worth the expense and time in the cellar. — 11 days ago

Rob, Shay and 9 others liked this

Las Positas

Estate Bottled Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Giving this a try with 7 years on it. Aging well, oak is finally a little more muted giving way to cedar, sage, mocha, vanilla, and butterscotch. Beautiful expression of Livermore fruit. Balanced acidity. 14.1% — 6 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

KD
9.2

Deep gold with apple, pear, honey, pineapple with some oak and smoke on the nose. Medium to full body with a fresh acidity that is balanced by the subtle tannins. Buttery but not overly so with apple, poached pear, peaches in cream, kiwi and pineapple with some notes earthy oakiness. Peaches linger in the hot medium long finish.
Paired with southwestern grilled tuna, which worked great!
— 6 hours ago

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Nose has brown butter sauteed pineapple, fresh coconut meat, (damp) crushed granite, faint sea spray and baked pear.

Palate has under-ripe pineapple, lime peel, sugared lemon slice, cold caramel yellow apple, phenolic notes which runout though a medium finish.

Needs YEARS, revisit 2026+.

I was intrigued by the nose but underwhelmed by the palate tonight.
— 7 days ago

Paul, Juan and 56 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

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The 2021 wasn’t available yet?
Severn Goodwin

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Didn't even try getting them, figured you had them all locked down already.

Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2017

Good glass as a pop and pour. And that much better with a two hour decant. Beautiful fall flavors. Tastes like thanksgiving. — 8 days ago

Aravind, Ericsson and 21 others liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Subtly leafy, brambly, minty. Density without weight. Pure tart red fruit and gentle sweetness through the palate. Delicious. — 13 days ago

Tom, Ericsson and 25 others liked this
Aravind A

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@Josh Morgenthau continuing the Rhys discussion, the Syrah they make from this vineyard has been spectacular in all instances I've tried it...
Josh Morgenthau

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@Aravind A good to know- will have to seek some out!