Russian River Valley

EnRoute Winery

Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.1

I remember drinking this wine a few years ago and when thinking back, it feels like the newer vintages have upped their ripeness and extraction. This was quite dense with rich fruit and spice...crunchy cranberry, pomegranate, and black peppercorn aromatics. The front palate is loaded but fades a touch to where the finish is a bit thin. On the palate there is a lot of potpourri and spicy rhubarb pie wrapped in black cherries. Not much acidity. I’d drink these fairly early. — 2 days ago

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David T

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Whenever I see this label, I am reminded of the owner that was going to be the first Napa producer to grow & make Pinot Noir on the Napa Valley floor. After seven years, he ripped out the vines and planted Cabernet. Too hot for that varietal on the floor. A very expensive experiment.

Martinelli

Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.2

I’m finding more and more appreciation for Martinelli’s Syrahs. This is obviously young, and it only spent about 30mins in the decanter before I poured my first glass. Royal purple in the glass. Wonderful aromatics of savory and herbal spices...charcoal embers with bacon fat, accompanied by currant and underripe blackberries. Lifted acidity on the palate giving the profile of this wine the ability to wear its almost 15% ABV well. Dusty dark fruits alongside bayleaf, and pepper dusted cedar. Hold. — 13 days ago

Tom, Eric and 36 others liked this

Hartford Family Winery

Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Substantial pinot noir from RRV, succulent fruit, nice acidity and minimal tannins. This is very enjoyable and a great example of Pinot from RRV. Drink now or hold for a couple of years. — 9 days ago

Shay, David and 2 others liked this

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2004

Nice piece of Napa history went down tonight to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary at Folly Beach SC. Herbal nose. Aged yellow fruit. Poured medium to dark amber color into the glass. An hour gave this one more aromatics. Cashews, peanuts, rosemary, overripe yellow fruits. The entry was surprisingly dense and full bodied. Palate rather equal to the nose. Finishes with a little more acidity than I thought it would. Went well with an eclectic group of tacos which brought out a kinds of things here. — 6 days ago

Severn, Shawn and 23 others liked this

Two Shepherds

Saralee's Vineyard Grenache 2014

This wine is hitting a peak. A confectionary note over cool rhubarb, dried flowers, and red currants. Lenny of acidity and a dusting of tannins commingle with more fresh red fruit and a dash of sweet spice in my mouth. Just delicious! — 5 days ago

Severn, Daniel P. and 8 others liked this

Inman Family Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

I throughly enjoyed this RRV Pinot. This is considered a natural wine and the winery focuses on sustainable farming techniques. I think it shows through to the wine. Pure terroir. Worth drinking if you come across it. Small production, limited availability. — 9 days ago

Ira, David and 2 others liked this

Mayo Family Winery

Ricci Vineyard Reserve Old Vines Zinfandel 2002

Victory Zin. For the day and I dunno life. I’m amazed by older Zins because (of the ones I’ve tasted) you can tell they are not supes frosh but also you’d have no idea they were so aged. Well the sediment might alert you but that doesn’t come until the end of the bottle. Autumn leaves, roasty plums, black cherry, grippy but ripe tannins and baking spice of the nutmeg and mace sort. I love Zin. This one confirms my love. — 15 days ago

Aaron, Severn and 12 others liked this

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2013

Shay A
9.3

I’ve enjoyed a decent amount of Calisle zins and really enjoy their take (not overly jammy, balanced spice), but this was my first experience with this offering and it was very unique. The aromatics here don’t smell like Zin...more Syrah like. Funky nose. Blood orange and spicy rhubarb with red fruits and cardamom. On the palate it is crunchy and energetic, oozing black cherries and zesty citrus. Very intriguing. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald . — 5 days ago

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Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.4

Freshly baked pastry and peaches bring together a great ensemble. In its youth, it was an ugly duckling - ugly no more! It’s now soft and rounded, suggesting short-term cellaring only. Beautiful layers and texture, but minimal acidity - @ Domodomo, NYC.
— 6 days ago

Kimberly, P and 34 others liked this

Dehlinger Winery

Altamont Pinot Noir 2012

If you have any 2012 Altamonts this is a great time to drink them. Brilliant, sunshiny fruit and wonderfully melted tannins. It has clarity, depth and finesse right now with just enough acidity to keep the mid palate lifted. A real knockout vintage that may not get much better with time. Very harmonious. — 13 days ago

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Thx Jordan... I need to check my cellar!