Santa Cruz County, San Francisco Bay

Waxwing

Lester Family Vineyard Syrah 2014

Color of dark ruby, yet quite clear. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, a bit oak, and a bit strawberry. Taste is spicy, peppery, pure and round, dried strawberry, oak, a bit grassy, subtle and refined acidity, a bit salty bacon note, and low tannins. Aftertaste is smooth with more spicy note, oak, a bit plum and dates, a bit of mineral, and no edge savory. Only drawback is the nose, or she will be great. β€” 3 days ago

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Varner

Amphitheater Block Spring Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

I πŸ’— this producer & especially their Bee 🐝 Block Chard but I sure love this one to 😍 Great quality @ Β£43 πŸ‘ Not oaked or too syrupy - nicely balanced πŸ˜‰ Varner make great πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Chardonnays 😎

🐠 Paired with Mrs Es Salmon I herby butter & Katsu curry noodles w/ butternut squash 😍 yes scroll ⏩
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πŸ“ Varner Amphitheatre Block Chardonnay 2013
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🏡 94+ points
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🍷 Shimmering golden yellow
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πŸ‘ƒ Honeyed pineapple, lemon oil, mineralised soft tropical fruits, banana leaf & apricot w/ a smokey oak whiffette
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πŸ‘„ Med+ body of fresh lemon & lime citrus into creamy waxy honeyed melon driven tropical fruits w/ a dry mineral kick & baked green apple hint
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🎯 Med+ dry mineral & lime & melon driven citrus tropical teaser w/ green apple peaking through a waxy linger
β€” 21 days ago

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Big Basin Vineyards

Homestead Block Roussanne 2015

Clear, light lemon yellow

Clean, medium intense notes of white floral, stones, clay, lemon, beeswax. Soft and pretty nose.

Dry, medium acid body and alcohol (13.2% ABV). Flavors of lemon, mild apricot, mineral. Finish is a medium+

Very good, and would love to revisit this vintage in the future. Brie & apricot pizza.

Would be interested to see a Roussanne+Marsanne collaboration with Donkey & Goat (Skin Fermented Marsanne)

NOTES: β€œMost of the wine was fermented and aged in a clay Amphorae with the remainder in barrel.”
β€” 20 days ago

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Kathryn Kennedy

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

The first thing that struck me was the dark ruby color. Blind you would not come close to guessing its age by looking in the glass. A very cool nose of loamy notes , currants , berries and smoked meat. . In the mouth liquid velvet. Flavors of blackcurrants , nuts and earth that caress your mouth. Left overnight in the decanter and still going strong 24 hours later. Would throw into a a blind Bordeaux tasting. @Marty Mathis πŸ‘πŸ» β€” 9 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@Ira Schwartz Nice notes. I have a '96.
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@Severn Goodwin unfortunately I have not tasted that vintage.
Scott Rose

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Yah...a biggie. Great Santa Cruz Mtns stuff can more than hold its own vs le monde.

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Opened up fast with nice structure, but did not hold up to air long. Drink now. β€” 10 days ago

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Kutch Wines

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2015

Surprising green-apple flavor and acidic crispness. This wine is oaked and made with malolactic fermentation, but it tastes more like an older style European unoaked wine. Excellent Chardonnay and truly enjoyable. β€” 4 days ago

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

Stunning. Great depth. Mostly tertiary with some fruits and gorgeous acidity. A real treat! The Jennifer Aniston wine of the night β€” 3 days ago

Ira, Shay and 9 others liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Shay A
9.3

Monthly 4th Friday is post Thanksgiving this year, so lots of Thanksgiving style wines!

Nose of cotton candy, butterscotch, toasted honeycomb and grilled pear. More rich and reductive than the same bottle I had a few months back. Tart, pear juice, grilled lemon and a fairly big size on the palate. Lengthy finish. Don’t think this was flawed, just different in terms of how it’s evolved vs the prior bottle.
β€” 18 days ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Great mineral structure, maybe the best β€˜12 N Cal pinot I’ve tasted. Ready now. β€” 10 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2014

2014 vintage. Very dark-fruited and lots of black tea. Black cherry, crabapple, black plum, dried cranberry, black tea, subtle spice, walnut husk, dried autumn leaves. Reminiscent of a good village level Gevrey-Chambertin. β€” 7 days ago