San Sebastian

Finca Las Moras

Barrel Select Chardonnay 2019

Sid S
9.0

Mr. Staran feels this wine is not dry, although claimed by the sommelier to have vanila note, Mr. Staran disagrees. Acidity is on a higher side, oops after discovering of Acidity, Mr. Staran somewhat felt the vanila hint as well, but its mild. I asked for more inputs but Mr. Staran replied me "nothing much". I guess Mr. Staran has a love hate relationship with this wine. I wonder why he rated it high though, maybe its the bourbon barrel affect on Indians. — 7 days ago

Azienda Agraria Lisini

San Biagio Toscana Sangiovese 2017

Popped and poured. This is quite the quaffer; round with lush red fruit, dried earth, minerals and black tea with good tannin and acid. Finish is medium. A great lunch wine. Great value. — 2 days ago

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Castellani

Cavaliere Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2019

Nice and tart almost honeydew nature. Will be having with wedding soup and should pair nicely — 10 days ago

Stirm

San Benito County Cabernet Pfeffer 2020

Apparently we are the only people who drink Cabernet Pfeffer 😂, seemed to like this vintage a bit more than last year’s. Higher acid with some pep — 4 days ago

Williams Selyem

Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

San Benito County~ notes of plum and berry mix with vanilla & wood spices. Hints of purple flowers combined with orange rind are offset by elements of chalk and flint.  minerals and earthiness round out the finish in this elegant wine.  — 11 days ago

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Madson

Ascona Vineyard Pinot Noir

2019 vintage. Explosive nose full of cracked black pepper, cola nut, eucalyptus, raspberry, orange peel and cranberry. One of those pinot bouquets that is so impressive and giving, you’re reluctant to taste the wine. Light medium body. Entry palate a little watery and focused on that orange peel + a dash of cinnamon. Mid-palate brings it all back together with everything mentioned plus a slight fattening of the body. Finish is 45 seconds long with that cracked black pepper clinging to the back of the tongue. Would have scored it a 9.5 if the entry palate was a little less watery. Still, fantastic stuff. A whole 75 cases made. Had I been blind tasting, would have guessed this for a Santa Ynez Valley area effort. — 10 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2013

Wholecluster aromatic is a dead ringer for Gonon Iles Feray. Not as fresh on the palate as desired. Extremely stylish although not with enough delicious character. — 9 days ago

Aravind, Josh and 4 others liked this

Guerrieri Gonzaga

San Leonardo Marchese Red Blend 2008

Nice bbq chicken 🐓 bottle Wine Advocate review & rating 92 points, be released in 2015, the 2008 San Leonardo is a wine in its infancy. The nose is immediately redolent of dark cherry, blackberry, leather, tobacco, mint and eucalyptus leaf. You will also appreciate the floral tones of pressed rose and almond blossom that lift from the glass. The harvest schedule played out on time with Carmenère coming in at the end of September and Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon towards the beginning of October. The 2008 vintage is especially marked by a duality of floral and menthol notes that rise from the glass with brilliant intensity. The 2008 vintage needs ten year or more to find its proper footing. — 2 days ago

Tom, Severn and 12 others liked this

Clos De La Tech

Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Ming L
9.2

The intense nose shows a nice mix of ripe blackberry and blueberry with fresh raspberry. Notes of steeped black tea, forest floor, and violet too. The palate is more supple than the nose suggested, but remains lively with good fruit intensity and fresh acidity. The tannins are still quite firm at almost 10 years.
A powerful PN with finesses and nuances.
The winery, with one of the steepest vineyards in the US and high tech equipment, was founded by the CEO of a prominent semiconductor company.
— 10 days ago

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Viano Vineyards

Private Stock Hillside Red

Basic and simple label. No extras. Rust edged ruby colored in the glass. Aroma is unique. Old books in a wood paneled room meets well made finished compost with a splash of cherry preserves. Flavors are cooked a bit, but not overly oxidized. Plenty of the cherry. Black cherry jam. Savory streak. Complex finish with some minty zip. This is fairly smooth and elegant. Low alcohol of 13%. Very much an Italian style like good chianti or clean Barbera. Great red vino at a very good price. — 15 days ago

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