Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

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๐ŸŽ… Santa says โ€œOpulent, Exotic & Spicy are also words Mrs Claus uses to describe me ๐Ÿ˜Š it is that Erotic ๐Ÿค” โ€

๐Ÿ“ I say a wine Iโ€™ve been dying to try for donkeys years & it sure delivers but itโ€™s darn expensive Ho bloody Ho - at least itโ€™s not over syrupy like many from here ๐Ÿ˜‰

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๐Ÿ“ Kistler Vine Hill Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014

๐Ÿต 94 points

๐Ÿ‡ Chardonnay

๐Ÿท Golden rich yellow

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Soft melon & pineapple driven tropical exotic fruits, honey & vanilla w/ a touch of mineral, citrus, green apple, cut grass & a light smokey spiced oak & date backbone

๐Ÿ‘„ Med+ body of waxy opulent creamy tangy citrus & green apple through punchy tropical gooey fruits in med acidity w/ a fine mineral & honey touch

๐ŸŽฏ Long mouth coating citrus & tropical honeyed fruits linger w/ a touch of dry lime, green apple & minerality linger
โ€” 5 days ago

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Amici Cellars

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

There's not a lot of Chardonnay out there in my opinion that can put this one in its place. Heintz vineyard, with botrytis rot on the grapes as it arrives (by choice), and yet it turns into this incredibly floral, complex dry chardonnay. 200 case production. โ€” 3 days ago

James, Shay and 6 others liked this

Edge Hill

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Enjoyed this while food prepping for the big @Michael Mathews Christmas extravaganza! Proof positive that these can age well - similar notes to @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum and i think @Shay A too. Candied lemon peel and a richness that lures you back, over and over again. โ€” 7 days ago

Dawn, P and 15 others liked this
Shay A

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Yes! Big time chardonnay. The richness on these reminds me of Kongsgaard.

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

The delectable review below is spot on. A great young Carlisle Vineyard built on a firm backbone, this will be one to improve for a number of years. As always this includes a number of interplanted and cofermented varietals for added depth and color. A beautiful wine year in and year out, showing off both the best of Zinfandel and of Russian River. โ€” 4 days ago

Shay, Brandon and 1 other liked this

Walter Hansel Winery

Cahill Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

A bit reductive at first, alongside burnt lemon, meringue and sea salt aromatics. More banana peel and honeyed mango and truffled mushroom came through as it opened and warmed up. Great producer. Thanks
@Dan Fitzgerald
โ€” 2 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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These are very good wines for the money.
Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : Totally agree. Great pinots, especially with age on them!

Albini Family Vineyards

Unfiltered Russian River Valley Merlot 2015

I waited over a year to revisit this and I am so happy with this decision! This has a beautiful flavor - cherries and plums. Iโ€™m really happy with where this is right now. Might have to see if Don has more for sale! โ€” 17 hours ago

Mark, Jason and 5 others liked this

Bedrock Wine Co.

Sodini Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

I last had this in March and am struck by how different this bottle seems from that one. Thereโ€™s a brighter fruit profile and more piquant acidity, with brown spice (cinnamon?) on the back-end. Not sure to what extent itโ€™s my palate on two different days vs. bottle variation? โ€” 10 days ago

Eric, Shay and 3 others liked this

Joseph Swan Vineyards

Trenton Estate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group meet up.

Stemmy/green, rhubarb tart and 100% delicious! Great aromatics. Spicy plum and herbal notes. Awesome acidity and finish on this wine, showing some orange peel & fleshy red fruit skin. Love when
@Dan Fitzgerald opens these.
โ€” 2 days ago

Dan FitzgeraldWill AdamsWeston Eidson
with Dan, Will and 1 other
Severn, Jason and 28 others liked this
Ron R

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These guys/gals are solid...
Shay A

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@Ron R : Totally agree! Nothing over extracted or fruit bomb like here. Definitely more Burgundian in style. Just wonderful.

Sonoma-Loeb

Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2012

I have to say I did not like the nose on this bottle. We did not get to decant this one so my perception may be a little off. I got red fruit, anise and cloves ( clove is not my favorite smell ) now I have to say it did go away a bit by the next glass so could be just the initial opening. Lucky on the palate you get rich dark fruits and a silky finish, a little bit of a lingering cranberry was left on your palate. This was a pretty easy drinking wine. โ€” 3 years ago

P, David and 1 other liked this

Limerick Lane

1023 Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend 2015

Update: 4 hrs in, this is singing. Acidity has calmed down a bit and fruit is showing more blue than red now. So silky. 95 now from initial 94.

Coravinโ€™d the 2016 against this and it was nowhere near ready. The 2016 was dense closed primary fruit (think unsweetened fruit juice). Reminded me somewhat of the 2013 vintage for limerick. It needs time where this 2015 is very lively with minimal decanting. Good acidity. Tart bright brambly berry with baking spices. Pricey at 70 dollars but itโ€™s a wine I look forward to trying every year. Itโ€™s a fun blend that showcases the fruit and terroir more than manipulation or oak influence (all neutral oak).

95 galloni 95 wine spectator
โ€” 10 days ago

Severn, Neil and 15 others liked this