Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Rochioli

Rachael's Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

Shay A
9.3

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

Very good, and at this age, there is a lot of burgundy characteristics. Little trace of oak. Lots of pure and ripe (but not overly sweet) fruit...lemon oil, honeysuckle, pear, passion fruit, and mineral notes. Good acidity and a lengthy finish.
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Aubert

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.3

Nose displays butterscotch and blood orange. Palate presents caramel, baked bread and a hint of green capsicum. Finishes with good weight, round acidity, and moderate sweetness. These appellation bottlings from Aubert are understated, and wonderful as a result.

Renovation update - first phase of stairs are finally in, after I (general contractor) screwed up my angles. Monday/Tuesday will be big...
— 11 days ago

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That is great to hear things are going good on renovation @Ron R
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@Severn Goodwin, I’m over my head here. @Eric Shanks, nah I’m just project managing and coordinating contractors - along with some guidance from @Mo Salem. @Mike R, the major work will be complete by the end of the week 🙂
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

When will everything be done? I started 10 years ago and now on to the last room.

Château Boswell

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

16’ Château Boswell Ritchie Chardonnay. Dark golden in color. Honey-apricot, white peach. Backside pineapple, floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied...oak well-concealed(NOPE)?!? Lingers for a good 30 seconds. Pop & pour. Cheers!
My favorite Chardonnay from this famous vineyard.
— 11 days ago

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Yes yes yes
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@Mike R So Damn good!

Elyse

York Creek Vineyard Petite Sirah 2014

Deep Ruby with dark purple edges, with pronounced aromas of black and red fruits with blossom notes and meaty spice. On the palate blackberry and black plum flavors with notes of lavender, licorice and earthy tobacco. Vivid acidity with big firm tannins, well integrated and made to age, long finish ending with weighty fruit and spice character. Very Nice! — 6 days ago

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Martinelli

Martinelli Road Chardonnay 2015

Classic RRV Chard served for Thanksgiving 2019. Nose of herbs and butter. Entry of honeysuckle, mango, wildflowers. Middle gains a limestone grit. Finishes with brighter acidity than I would have expected given that the entry of this wine is quite a bit more rounded than I expected it to be. Hint of walnut. Very balanced. These wines are built for an extremely long haul, 1 to 2 decades. Drink or hold. — 12 days ago

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Hartford Court

Three Jacks Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

It’s a very rich style chardonnay, but it’s unapologetically delicious. Professional scores have it as high as 97 and the purity of fruit along with the deft use of french oak and balanced acidity are certainly deserving. It strikes a nice balance even with everything amped up and an alcohol level of 14.6%. Only 326 cases made, if you see a bottle in the wild drink it! — 11 days ago

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@Patrick Derdeyn I enjoy Hartford Court Chardonnay’s. Gotten better in recent years.
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Not long lived. IMO
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@davidl Still trying to work through the lineup to get a feel for how the style plays with the really diverse vineyard lineup they have.

Martinelli

Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2009

inky purple; licorice, plum, black cherry, tar, vanilla, spearmint; dense, powerful black fruit, exotic spices, long velvety finish, surprising balance for 16.7% ABV; sourced from 130 year-old head-trained vines in the steepest non-terraced hillside vineyard in Sonoma County, Helen Turkey was consultant — 4 days ago

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J Vineyards & Winery

Strata Pinot Noir 2016

I contain multitudes and so does J. Especially the STRATA a wine as layered as the soil it comes from but way more elegant than dirt. It’s more like one of those patterned sand gardens someone raked. Berry rich but light, fills your mouth without coating it. Finish goes onnnnn. Also pairs with a certain favorite layered food tbd. — 6 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

I love wine thats more elegant than dirt, actually prefer it

Acorn

Alegría Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2016

Bright floral bouquet. Plums and dark fruit on the palate. Nice acidity that balances well with somewhat grippy tannins that has a hint of pepper on the finish. Overall it is an easy drinking medium body can franc. I always enjoy this under the radar producer out of Sonoma. — 10 days ago

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Cartograph

Leonardo Julio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

So here is the thing. The folks at Cartograph in Healdsburg really know their shit. And you need to age their wines just like Burgs. Pale - spicy orange zest hint of violets and jasmine. On second thought baking spices and an almost a Port like mouthfeel. Excellent. — 13 days ago

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