Santa Clara Valley, Central Coast

Birichino

Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017

Wow! Pure summer in a glass...who drinks rose..any rose..when this Chenin Blanc is available. Utterly crushable..lemon, lime, yuzu...capable of removing a couple coats of enamel with the electric acidity. Low ABV..no noticeable oak. Kicking myself that I only bought 2. In the running for bargain of the year! — 12 days ago

Steve, Ira and 3 others liked this

Dorothy Jean Wines

Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Well made, from the Sta Maria valley. There is a touch of oak prevalent. — 5 days ago

Ted, P and 6 others liked this

Jonata Winery

Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

I thought that this was going be much better than it was. A bit of a disappointment (a little bit of a rut here wine-wise here in the last few days). This wine has a great nose. Floral, herbs, hint of tobacco leaf, pepper, bacon, raspberry and kirsche. But the entry is a little bit metallic and flat, reminiscent of the nose. A little muted. The finish is a little bit tart and acidic and fades rather fast. Out of balance. Not really all that enjoyable and probably think this one would have done much better 1-2 years ago or perhaps maybe in a dumb phase? — 20 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

That’s the entry level bottle, try the other ones, haven’t had a disappointing bottle yet. Never tried this one
Shay A

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Wonderful aromatics! Brings you in with bacon fat, black peppercorn, charcoal grilled raspberries and muddled blackberries. However, the palate was way off here...quite muted and flabby. Possibly flawed, or in a very odd dumb phase.
9.1

Saarloos & Sons

In Grateful Memory Of Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Thought this bottle made sense today 09/11. I was across the street from the WTC. Lost many dear friends I did business with, partied with, worked out with, and loved. Sad day. 🙏 — 8 days ago

Paul, David and 10 others liked this
Daniel P. Drake

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This breaks my heart. It is a sad day and will always be. So sorry for your loss. 😢

Jonata Winery

El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

This wine is locked up. Initially this was displaying a lot of blueberry muffin influence on the nose with very stiff oak. Entry has a hint of vanilla, blackberry, blueberry, wildflowers. Middle is where this one starts to get a little dry. Oak splinters. Very guarded finish. The best years of this wine are ahead of it. After 2 hours in decanter, this one got quite a bit more savory. Some grilled ribeye notes, more blackberry character, pepper, but still quite a bit of astringent oak here. I really think this one will be close to a 95 at peak maturity, which is definitely not now. Give this one another five years. — 20 days ago

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My second favorite Jonata on the table today. Needed every bit of the decant it got. Smoky on the nose with cedar, peppercorn, and white pepper (showing its little bit of cab franc notes). Dusty and chalky on the palate. Grilled dark fruits, plum, cassis, and herbs. Tannic on the finish. Needs a few years or a 6+hr decant.
9.3

Au Bon Climat

Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay 2014

Clear pale gold color.
Clean nose, medium intensity. On the nose, primary aromas of elderflower and melon.
Off-dry, medium(+) acidity, low tannin, medium alcohol, medium(-) bodied, pronounced flavor intensity. On the palate, primary aromas of pear and pineapple. Long finish.
— 2 days ago

Gail Hodges
with Gail

Alta Maria Vineyards

Bien Nacido Block 1 Alta Maria Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013

Dark garnet. Mildly earthy nose. Full body, balanced, smooth. Loaded with black and blue fruits. Tasted at winery 4-plus year’s ago; has aged nicely. — 9 days ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
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Jason Stephens Winery

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Well balanced with smooth flavor. — 11 days ago

The Paring

Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend 2014

Apparently Jonata fruit that is baby or slightly off the value plot. Makes this a relative bargain. It was tight and not showing much at first. Tasted over 3 nights it got more expressive. — 17 days ago

Randall, Shay and 7 others liked this

Au Bon Climat

Le Bon Climat Pinot Noir 2017

Fresh red raspberries and strawberries jump out of the glass with red licorice, sweet baking spices, red flowers and with a pleasant minerality on the palate . Medium plus acid, medium plus body and low tannins. Enjoyable and complex Pinot for the price. Visited Au Bon Climat on a recent trip to Santa Barbara and was really impressed by their portfolio of wines. — 20 hours ago