Russian River Valley

Bevan Cellars

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

White number three. Copying notes from my recent note about 6 months ago. No surprise here, but this was rich and powerful. After it warmed up, the fruits became more honeyed, and there was an added smoked butter note. I enjoy Ritchie vineyard Chardonnays, and with Bevan’s take, I always get a very pronounced nutty type note...this vintage isn’t as pronounced at this stage. Not a bad or a good thing...just a thing. This vintages seems a bit more focused compared to previous vintages. In my opinion, the best vintage of Bevan’s Ritchie chard I’ve had.
— a day ago

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Merry Edwards

Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir 2013

Shay A

Weekly Wine Committee. 1 sparkler, 3-4 whites, 3-4 reds and 1 dessert wine format. Served blind.

I called this Russian River valley Pinot. Extracted, powerful and flavorful. Loads of black cherry, cola, sweet oak, and candied blackberry on the finish. Still young. Underlying notes of cedar and maple.
— 8 days ago

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Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Shay A Absolutely love Klopp Pinot 🍷👌

Balletto Vineyards

Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

Pale salmon color. Aromas of strawberry, watermelon and orange. Flavors of strawberries and crisp cold watermelon. Hot day in the bay today. — 5 days ago

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@Neil Valenzuela Neil Great presentation Cheers 🍷


@Neil Valenzuela Looks like a food magazine picture! 🥂
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@P A & @Trixie - thank you! 🥂


Russian River Valley Syrah 2014

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group meet up. This month is new world vs old world Rhône’s. All wines tasted blind. 3 flights.

This was one of my contributions and it may have been due to the comparative style of the night, but this was more ripe than I expected. Many called this Aussie Shiraz. I decanted for about 2hrs by the time this was enjoyed and it was open for business. Ripe blue and black fruit, oak, and a hint of savory notes (sage, charcoal). To its credit, there was a nice lift on the mid palate that gave this a lighter than expected feel.
— 8 days ago

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Kosta Browne

Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2014

As Pinot is not my go to, this was incredible. The nose is massive, floral with red fruit. The mouth feel is burnt raspberries and pepper with medium+ acidity and a longer finish. The acid will lend to longer aging. American Pinot in a class of its own. — 19 hours ago

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Belle Glos

Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Bold and robust Pinot of those Pinot noirs for people that don’t necessarily enjoy Pinot noir. This is a great wine that is wonderful on the nose and bountiful on the palette. — 4 days ago

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016

Going into pregnancy my wife adored this Chardonnay. The great test, then, was to figure out if she loved it the same postpartum, or if her adoration of it had waned amidst her abstinence of alcohol consumption. Well, the test results are in: her love has not diminished! Be it known this is still her favorite Chard.
Buttery oak, green caramel apple, and Meyer lemon on the nose. On the palate ginger, lemon zest, and a buttery, waxy mouthfeel.
— 16 days ago

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The Hess Collection


The wine has an intriguing nose which shows apricot, Meyer lemon and tropical fruit. The palate shows why people like California Chardonnay. Tropical notes highlight the flavors, with a strong layer of minerals underneath. The 15 months of oak don't interfere as much as one might think, adding a noticeable - but not dominant - aspect to the profile. Racy acidity begs for a food pairing, and I'm thinking swordfish. The finish carries the fruit, not the oak. — 10 days ago

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Merry Edwards

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Aromas of buttered popcorn that blew off to butter, citrus and white flowers. Viscous wine that coats the mouth, but not in an unpleasant way. Bright key lime and other citrus with fresh mineral crispness. Definitely some oak influence, but not the primary like with a chard — 20 hours ago

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Kimberly Anderson

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@Mike R not usually into CA SB, but this was really nice! It’s like NZ SB and Puligny Montrachet had a baby😎
Jason and Jennie

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Yep this is a go to for us at restaurants
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@Kimberly Anderson Always a go to for me. Never a bad vintage by ME

Paul Hobbs

Edward James Estate Chardonnay 2013

Beautiful spring afternoon and enjoying this on the back patio. Apricot, honeydew, toasted hazelnuts, and vanilla. Slightly oaky and buttery but not overly done. Very good! — 5 days ago

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