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Kirschenmann Chenin Blanc 2015

Understated and majestic. God, I love Chenin Blanc as a food wine. Crisp, clean notes of lemon curd and kaffir lime. Silky smooth, low ABV, and racy palette cleansing acidity make this wine a wonderful dining companion. Factor in the versatility and affordability and I can’t get enough. Kudos Tegan! — 5 days ago

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Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2016

Its so young and so dense. Rich ripe fruit with bracing acidity and a present tannic structure. All in a package of only 12.6%. This needs years still, but it’s scarce that unfortunately this was my only one. — 25 days ago

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Contra Costa County Red Blend 2017

Nice basic bottling. Had a bit of a tang to it, for lack of a better descriptor. — a month ago

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Grenache 2017

Fresh, balanced, and light on its feet, but also complex, savory, and layered. Wow, I really really like this. — 2 months ago

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San Benito County Mataro 2015

Virile, yet tiny dancer light on the initial attack. Not rich, but a spreading carpet of complex, vibrating ripe black fruit with a healthy dose of black olive tapenade and balanced acidity. No noticeable oak and ready for the table NOW! Long soothing finish. Kudos Tegan! — 19 days ago

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Amador County Chenin Blanc 2014

This was lovely and supple at 5 years of age. Tasty stuff - 2014 — 19 days ago

Shay, Stanley and 6 others liked this
Bill Bender

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Doesn’t matter what it is, lovely and supple is always a good thing.

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California Chenin Blanc 2017

First allocation bottle I’ve opened. Lemon and fresh linen notes in nose. (I was skeptical about linen aroma mentioned by others, but yes, they were accurate. Does anyone remember what line-dried linens smell like?) Very crisp, dry, creamy with lemon pulp and candied lemon skin flavors. Great potential as a food wine. Simple, well crafted. Later hints of melon and mint flavors emerge with rounded mouthfeel, slight astringency
— a month ago

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Jeff Venier

Jeff Venier

Gotta get my hands on a bottle
David Shaw

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There’s a waiting list, but better to have friends with allocations
Jeff Venier

Jeff Venier

I’m on that waiting list... gotta ask a rep or two at work...

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Contra Costa County Mataro 2016

On the first crack it was bracingly tannic and thin on the mid, but with nice aromatics. Night two, mid-palate opened up tannins tamed down. Made a lot more sense. Really nice wine, young and needs some air. — 24 days ago

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I had the ‘16 San Benito the other day and it was showing open and ready for business. Will keep the CC in the cellar a while longer.

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Amador County Syrah 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

One of the highlights in this range, the 2017 Syrah is positively stellar. Black pepper, sage, lavender, blackberry and menthol give the wine layers of nuance, with an extra kick of aromatic intensity from the 100% whole clusters. Dense and yet also light on its feet, the 2017 has so much to offer. Once again, Tegan Passalacqua has crafted a decidedly old-school Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019) — a month ago

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Contra Costa County Carignane 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2016 Carignan is bright, punchy and distinctive, with tons of varietal character. Succulent red cherry, plum, tobacco, menthol, licorice and leather are pushed forward in this racy, pliant Carignan. There is a directness to the Carignan that is impossible to resist. As is the case with most of these wines, the 100% whole clusters are not at all evident, except perhaps in the wine's structural feel. The purity and density of the 2016 is striking. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018) — 2 months ago

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