San Antonio De Las Minas, Baja California

Sanguis

The Modern Syrah 2017

A Santa Barbara County Proprietary Red Wine. Unfiltered and unfined. Entirely constructed of Estrella-clone Syrah from two ends of the Santa Rita Hills and a sprinkling of Viognier. Native-yeast fermented with 40% whole cluster inclusion and raised in large neutral barrels for 26-months. Matthias’ expression of great Syrah from a great Syrah growing region, cool coastal vineyards north of Santa Barbara. Recommended to a little above cellar temperature.

NOSE
Young boysenberries. Steeping Darjeeling tea. A hint of barbecue smoke drifts by.

COLOR/MOUTHFEEL
The color of a deep burgundy Chrysler Cordoba. Big, velvety mouthfeel, but not Corinthian leather.

TASTE/FINISH
Taste: Black cherries, just before 100% ripe. A touch of blueberry pie, but savory, not sweet. Finish: A finish of black pepper with a touch of cocoa nib at the last few touches of finish. Juicy, bustling tannins right to the point where you think they’re a touch too bold, but then the finish reaches over and says “I believe you were mistaken”.

MUSIC
Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt with the track “I’ve Just Seen Her” on his album “The Art of Intimacy”. The Jazz Crusaders with the track “Young Rabbits” from their “Festival Album”, 1966, recorded live at the Newport and Pacific Jazz Festivals.
— 11 days ago

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Melodramatic

California Red Blend 2018

Let’s be Melodramatic now! 50% Damsel 50% Villain. Paired with a mild (tastes very sharp to me) Derby cheese with dried sage. The wine is a bit too sweet for me but the cheese is great! 🕷 — 2 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

What an awesome label! 🍷Cheese looks delicious!🧀

Wilson Foreigner

Rorick Vineyard Albariño 2016

Half price beauty on K&L.


Winery Notes: "Citrus blossom aromatics, with lemon oil, pineapple, lemongrass, minerality, and viscosity on palate. The Albariño comes from a beautiful vineyard site in Calaveras County, owned and managed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn in mid August at 22.5 deg brix., and promptly hauled "down the hill" to the winery. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian oak barrels, there were no additions made to the wine aside from a moderate amount of sulfur dioxide to prevent oxidation. Aged 11 months on lees, and bottled on August 24th, 2016. The vines were planted in 2003 on a mixture of schist, quartz, and volcanic soils."
— 17 hours ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Touriga Nacional Rosé 2019

Brilliant California Rose’ made with native Portuguese varietals. Blend of Touriga National (80%) and Tinta Cao (20%). Aromas and flavors of Watermelon (like Jolly Ranchers without the sweetness), lemon rind and rose petals. Touches of dark raspberries and a Real purity of fruit. Hint of vanilla and saline with a bit of a creamy finish. Wonderful consistency all through the pallet. Beautiful balance. Clean with just the right level of bright acidity. Winner! — 4 days ago

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HobNob Wines

Wicked Red 2019

I thought this would be a good “creepy” wine to post before Halloween. And it’s delicious! Nice blend from France. Paired really well with a Transylvanian hard cheese soaked in red wine and aged in a “spine chilling Romanian salt cave”. 🧀🍷💀 — 3 days ago

Eric, Romain and 15 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Terrific post! 🍷Like the cheese name!🧛🏻‍♂️🧀

Dirty & Rowdy

Familiar California Mourvedre 2019

Hits on everything. The fruits, the woods, the meats. It’s what you get when you pair a great California winemaker with his best grape.

Hardy Wallace makes beautiful things happen with Mourvèdre.

Murky, fresh pressed wild blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Salty thick cut beef jerky. Coffee, cocoa, rosemary stems.

Plush and classically balanced like a real-life checkbook.
— 14 days ago

David, Dawn and 16 others liked this

Robert Craig Winery

Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Sex in a bottle. The good kind. Everyone has their own favorite California winery, but for me there’s no doubt. It’s Robert Craig. Deep purple with cherry red undertones in the glass. How about this nose? It starts with ripe red fruit up top. Cherries and raspberries and fresh strawberries oh my! Warm spices and créme de cassis follow that up. The barest hint of vanilla tops it all off.

I love the funk. I live for the funk, I die for the funk. But that’s not the water that Robert Craig swims in. Completely eschewing dirty funk, this is a profoundly clean and immediate wine. Full bodied but with none of the seemingly innate flabbiness of other Cabernet dominated blends. Pure sexy sleekness instead here.
— a day ago

Eric, Tegan and 5 others liked this

Neyers

Sage Canyon California Red Blend

Great wine co. Thought I’d give it a shot.

Smells like cinnamon stick in a mulled wine.
Definitely.Mourvèdre driven, with the candied like fruit cubes of red and yellow. A good and classic Cali mouthfeel, fresh, clean. An easy going blend, and not that usual hotel Cali style for the price. Weighty, yet not too weighty, and a dance of lively kumquat acidity and hints of oak tannin.
— a day ago

Tom, Ron and 3 others liked this
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Sounds like a nice wine!

Cloud Break Wines

California Chardonnay 2018

Color of bubbly light gold. Nose is a trio of roasted nuts, mineral, and ripe tropical fruits, like mangoes, and a bit oaky note. Nose is nice. Taste shows good long lasting acidity, citrusy, oak, a bit salty mineral. Quite light as the fruits notes are not pronounced. Aftertaste of good quality acidity and some more mineral. — 8 days ago

David, Mike and 2 others liked this

Andremily

California Mourvedre 2017

The 2017 Andremily Mourvedre is a blend of 88% Mourvedre from the Alta Mesa, and Larner Vineyards, co-fermented with 3% Viognier, and polished off with a touch of Syrah from the White Hawk Vineyard.,
Forgot I still had 2 more bottles. Nice Monday night football 🏈 wine.
— 9 days ago

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Great stuff.