California Chenin Blanc 2017

Second tasting. Yellow in color, excellent clarity. Linen, lemon custard, stone fruit and honeydew melon notes in nose, even when just opened and over chilled. Lemon curd followed by ripe peach-apricot flavors, creamy tart finish with some skin astringency. After 60 minutes, ripe orange flavors emerge in the finish and aftertaste. Overall, this wine really shows why everyone should consider drinking more American Chenin Blanc. Thank you Sandlands! Fragrant yet subtly flavorful, and a fine exemplar of what this variety can be in a white table wine. — 4 days ago

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San Benito County Mataro 2015

Blue and black fruit, bramble, wet earth, violet, fine tannin. This is just starting to soften and I can’t wait to see it with a bit more age — 2 months ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Ballard Canyon Trousseau 2017

Shay A

This was a head scratcher. Combe is a joint partnership between Stolpman and Rajat Parr. Certainly not as floral or sweet as Arnot Roberts Trousseau or even Sandlands. This was like a more herbal version of Cru Beaujolais, minus the carbonic maceration. Super tight and locked up on day 1, gaining more savory and herbal notes on day 2. Cloudy in the glass. Oregano dusted cherries and sour red fruit gummies on the nose. On day 2, it gained a salted/cured meat savory note too. Puréed strawberries with bay leaf and peppercorn on the finish. Acidity and tannins are down the middle, but this seems to be a bit more structured (ie, less gummy) than other Trousseaus I’ve had. Seems organic. Best enjoyed with a slight chill. — 2 months ago

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Clare Gillette

Clare Gillette

So a win for an interesting wine? Great notes. I’ve had Arnot Roberts and Sandlands (which I love) but the Combe just strikes more of the old world nuances of Trousseau from Jura for me with the unfiltered cloud, salty, savory, and meaty characteristics, as opposed to the gummy red fruit in the glass of a new world Trousseau (to broadly generalize).
Shay A

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@Clare Gillette : Yes, totally agree on that generalization. Definitely a fun wine, and wines like this help me break out of the typical comfort wines while also helping to educate! We’ll have to do a Trousseau comparison at Classic one of these days.
Joe Davant

Joe Davant

I now see that we certainly had a similar experience. What a fun wine!


Sonoma County Trousseau 2014

Very light bodied, floral, red fruit, mineral ⚡️⚡️⚡️ — 13 days ago

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Contra Costa County Red Table Wine 2017

Super bright and bursting at the seams with freshness. A delicious youthful beauty - 2017 — 22 days ago

Shay, Mark and 7 others liked this

Le Rocher des Violettes (Xavier Weisskopf)

Touche-Mitaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2017

First time drinking Xavier’s wines and I’m really impressed. Stone fruit, apricot, peach, pineapple, white flowers...and continues to open with air and comes up to temp. Really delicious and reminds me a bit of Sandlands Chenin.
— 2 months ago

Ely, Daniel P. and 7 others liked this


Mataro 2017

Can you rate something a 100 on this scale? “Fucking perfect”...yup, that was my last tasting note. — 3 months ago

Mike, P and 11 others liked this


Amador County Chenin Blanc 2017

Typically I don’t enjoy Chenin Blanc but this was excellent. Vibrant citrusy notes. — 18 days ago

Shay, Neil and 16 others liked this


Contra Costa County Mataro 2015

Fresh, vibrant and racy; always so great to drink; more floral nose than I recall. Delicious. — 23 days ago

Shay and Brandon liked this


Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2017

Decanted about an hour before serving; drank over two days with very little evolution. A babe. This was classic Syrah, reminiscent of the Northern Rhône with a bouquet of blue fruits, spiced meats, flowers and minerals. To say this is fresh simply isn’t enough. The purity is absolutely bonkers. I wish I had another bottle to lay down for a decade or more. — 2 months ago

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