Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Tongue Dancer

Bacigalupi Vineyard 2015

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group tasting. This month’s theme was chardonnay from any region or vintage. Nice eclectic bunch! All wines tasted blind.

My first thought when I smelled this, and again when I tried it, was “this is so familiar.” I was correct. I had the 2016 vintage courtesy of
@Shawn R a year ago for the WNH event in San Antonio. This was so rich and flavorful! Sporting a warm and soft profile, it shows baking spices on the nose with powdered sugar and honey roasted cashews. On the palate it’s full of Creme brûlée, banana pudding and savory truffles toward the finish. Drinks a touch hot. If you enjoy the bigger style, you’ll love this. Thanks Ryan.
— 5 days ago

Jidhin RJason JJack Thompson
with Jidhin, Jason and 5 others
Michael, Ryan and 26 others liked this

Williams Selyem

Foss Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Everyone agreed on the floral nose. Beautiful full body Pinot. Tart cherries. Nice acidity. Drinking really well right now. — 15 hours ago

Tom, Dawn and 6 others liked this

Orin Swift Cellars

Blank Stare Sauvignon Blanc

Definitely new world wine. Much better than any other white I’ve had from this producer. Very yummy — 2 days ago

P, Shay and 6 others liked this

Paul Hobbs

Katherine Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir 2014

Wow, this is really, really good! Very expressive aromatics of black cherry, blood orange, and sandalwood. Terrific balance and energy on the palate. — 13 days ago

Sharon, Billy and 33 others liked this

DuMOL

Russian River Valley Syrah

One of the best Syrahs I’ve had. Complex nose of bittersweet chocolate, raspberries, cherries, smoke. The wine was very focused and fresh for 14 years old. Blackberry, black pepper, graphite, with a hit of menthol on the finish. Sadly, the last bottle of 2006 they had. Would def buy this again. #dumol #theunionhotel — 9 days ago

Chad Anderson
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Eric, Shay and 21 others liked this

Albini Family Vineyards

Unfiltered Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2001

Came out of the bottle hot, hot, hot. I think it’s prime time to drink this if you’ve got it.

I recently heard that Don is selling off the vineyard - such a bummer! Wishing him and his family the best.
— 7 days ago

Paul, Tom and 8 others liked this

Martinelli

Martinelli Road Chardonnay 2010

Man, this one gave the younger Aubert Ritchie a run for its money. This is drinking perfectly at this point. Lots of herbs and yellow peach on the front with probably less acidity than it had a few years ago. Very rounded and full bodied mouthfeel. A little bit of kiwi and pear. Toward the finish, this one still showed a tiny bit of astringency. With the right aging, I think this one still has another three to five years and it without a doubt. Definitely not over the hill, although I would say this one is really close to peak. — 16 days ago

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Severn, Joe and 18 others liked this

Walter Hansel Winery

The Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Rated previously; I love Walter Hansel Pinot Noir!
Rose petals.. bubblegum..cherry lifesavers.. cola and baking spices! Absolutely no alcohol taste or burn! I think I should get another and let it cellar longer..although it is absolutely delicious now!
— 5 days ago

P, Severn and 27 others liked this
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Ron R Thank you kindly! ☺️
Trixie

Trixie

Your photo is inviting! 😀Nice lighting. 🍷
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Trixie thanks! Hope you have a warm up soon!

Merry Edwards

Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Always love Merry Edwards and this one doesn’t disappoint. Elegant. Bright red color. Medium light body. Raspberries on the nose. Dark red fruit on palate. Mild tannins on the finish. 7 years young and still very youthful. Parents in town and paired with mom’s seafood gumbo. Everyone enjoyed. — 11 days ago

David, Ira and 9 others liked this
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Very nice.

Aubert

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Exceptional for an AVA level blend. Stone fruits supported by a balanced structure and excellent finish. Tasty, and drinking well now. — 19 days ago

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