Sacramento Valley, Central Valley

Viña Vik

La Piu Belle Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

N: Manure, loam, spicy dark fruits ( the wife says no manure) definitely earthy and dirty, crushed blackberries, smells like a few cahors I’ve had.deep and dank.
P: Raisiny but not cloying, tart yet controlled, tannins quite resolved.
Very round on the palate. Delicious.
14° Easy to quaff.
This is no monster, consensus is it would work w poultry, some fish. We had beef stew.
For what it’s worth @Decanter gave this a 98.
— 8 days ago

Vanessa, Eddie and 3 others liked this

Cosentino Winery

The Franc Lodi Cabernet Franc 2019

ESF
8.9

Very dark & mysterious w/huge nose full of red/black fruit, deep extraction here, some white pepper & herbaceous notes. Really nice, and the palate was redolent of nose. I typically am unimpressed with Lodi, but this had plenty of stuffing and wasn’t clumsy - it was a bit flabby & lacked defined tannic structure but was very enjoyable — 11 days ago

Tom, Lyle and 3 others liked this

Dierberg

Steven Pinot Noir 2007

A dense dark ruby color in the glass. Evidence of bricking with a bit of rust on the edges. The nose is still fresh and kicking with spice and potpourri up front. Customary earthy notes with a little overgrown underbrush and funk. Over time, the fruit begins to shine through with plenty of blackberries and blueberry cobbler. Cherry compote and just the faintest whiff of citrus fruit.

Distinctively Californian, this definitely reminds you of how nice Pinot Noir can be from there. Single vineyard Pinot from the aptly named Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. Even at fourteen years there’s still plenty of liveliness and energy. At 14.1 the alcohol isn’t too hot and has receded over the years. Rich and full but never heavy or overbearing. Smooth in the mouth with more earthy notes and warm spice. The fruit is a bit more generous on the palate than you may expect with more red and blue fruits all in proportion. The finish is long and juicy. A pretty stellar Pinot but now is the time to drink up if you’ve got any.
— 13 days ago

Josh, Kevin and 2 others liked this

Concha y Toro

Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Considered one of the best vintages of Concha y Toro’s top Cabernet Sauvignon - with tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc (5%), Merlot (3%) and Petit Verdot (1%). From 100+ years old vines in the Puente Alto appellation in the Maipo valley (reputed region for Bordeaux varieties). Elegant, refined nose with aromas of dark fruit, prunes, leather and hints of mint. Silky tannins and flavors of marinated cherry and chocolate. Complex. Long finish. Excellent wine — 10 days ago

Oliver, Ericsson and 3 others liked this

Forsythe Vineyard (Alban)

The Mason Edna Valley Mourvedre 2007

Buy it if you see it, aftertaste stays with you for 5 minutes. Has another 10 years easy
Parker 96 review
A more recent addition to the portfolio at Alban is their 2007 Mourvedre Forsythe. This particular vintage, aged about 26 months in barrel, is a blend of 75% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah. This is the best Mourvedre-based wine in California. Inky bluish purple, with notes of anise, lavender, sweet black fruits, tobacco leaf, and incense, the wine is extraordinarily rich, powerful, full-bodied, yet remarkably silky. In short, this is an astonishing achievement for a Mourvedre-based wine. Since this is an anti-oxidant grape varietal, I would think this wine has at least 15-20 more years of life to it.
— 7 days ago

Tom, LM and 22 others liked this
Norman Gennaro

Norman Gennaro Premium Badge

Can’t remember when I had this last but agree with the assessment. If I’m not crazy I also remember the glass to be very think and crazy heavy although I just had a SQN where you would swear the empty bottle was full. Not sure why they make them so heavy.

Stirm

Calcite Riesling Blend 2020

This California guy makes really nice whites and this is a stupid deal for 18$. When I got the wine first it was disjointed. This has changed. This 88% Riesling 6% Chard. And 6% Scheurebe - I an surprised this even exist in CA is a standout white and no surprise sold out. Wild apples, and a potpourri of aromatics like passionfruit, peach, overripe Meyer lemon. If you can find a bottle try it. Clocks in at just 12.2%. — 8 days ago

Emily, Severn and 3 others liked this

Viña Aquitania

Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ming L
9.0

Along with cassis, fresh herbs, mocha, and eucalyptus, I really like the fresh red fruit notes here: raspberry, cranberry, and perhaps pomegranate? The supple palate offers more ripe dark fruit profiles. Juicy acidity and ripe tannins.
This will age nicely for another 5 years.
— 17 days ago

Bob, Daniel P. and 1 other liked this

Henri Bourgeois

Les Jeunes Vignes Sancerre Pinot Noir Rosé 2014

Tonight we opened the 2014 Sancerre Henri Bougeois Les Jeunes Vignes Rosé. From the Loire Valley Chavignol, France and 100% Pinot Noir.

On the nose is cherry, strawberry, melon, orange slices, saline and minerality.

On the palate there is cherry, raspberry, red grapefruit, wild strawberries, salinity and minerality.

This wine is medium bodied with a smooth elegant and fresh mouthfeel medium to medium + acidity with a long red fruit mineral finish. Our lives have been wrought with stress, worry and hardship over the last 2 years and we have seen friends and loved ones pass away. Be strong, stay positive and this shall pass. Love your family and friends and have strength in that we will all make it though this. Please stay safe and healthy. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 3 days ago

Brian, Dawn and 19 others liked this

Jean-Max Roger

Vieilles Vignes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Terrific Sancerre. Deep and lively. Nose has gorgeous crushed limestone dust minerality and mouthwatering lemony acids surrounding ripe gooseberry. Minimal grassiness. Full-flavored and weightier in the mouth than many, it’s got very nice acids to keep it fresh, however. Long, minerally finish. — 3 days ago

Pinotman, Erik and 11 others liked this

Concha y Toro

Reserva Privada Casillero del Diablo Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

At a Turkish restaurant in Tulum. Bought this wine at a local supermarket and brought into the restaurant. Needed time to open up but we consumed most of the bottle before letting it open up. — 11 days ago