Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

McHenry Vineyard

Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

It’s always so exciting to try the latest release from McHenry and this just arrived in time to share with family; served alongside our Thanksgiving meal. The 2016 vintage was one of the smallest harvests on record for McHenry’s mere 2-acre, dry-farmed vineyard planted at 1800ft elevation; way up on Bonny Doon road. This was yet another year where they decided not to bottle a separate Swan Clone and instead released everything in the Estate designation. A hardly believable 56 cases were produced. However, the quality is extremely high. Darker fruited, this was more wild bramble and cranberry with some licorice and spice. So pure and delicious. Very primary right now. McHenry wines are quite long-lived with vintages from the 90’s drinking fabulously right now so I’m expecting the best to come. This fan will be tracking its evolution 😊. — 14 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Lovely Chardonnay, in magnum, great balance, super texture, light handed with the oak and well integrated, perfect weight, could have gone for several more years. — a day ago

Equinox

Extended Tirage Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay 2001

Opulent. Tar, baked apple, baking spice. Subtle elegant bubbles. Had the 11 yr extended tirage a couple times, first time to taste it after 17. — 14 days ago

Arnot-Roberts

Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Stemmy, place-y, wild sockeye, bojo-light-bodied fresh. I’m ashamed I like CA pinot this much. — 2 days ago

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romo

Even better day two.

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay 2014

Beautiful LONG finish on this creamy Chardonnay. Finished it off with an all Bruschetta dinner. — 2 days ago

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2013

One of the best whites I’ve ever had! Dark gold color. Deep nose of butter and nuts. Extremely complex but well balanced. Butter, cream, pineapple, and camomile. Long finish. Absolutely fantastic! — 24 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Hillside Pinot Noir 2016

Wifey “accidentally” opened it 10 yrs too soon. V good. — 7 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Bradley Brown
9.7

Gorgeous. No Brett, lively and silky — 4 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Torre Ranch Petite Verdot 2011

11 barrels produced. First ever 100% PV bottling by Ridge. Just incredible. I’ve had several bottles of this, and it pains me this was the last. An INCREDIBLE wine. — 3 days ago

Equinox

Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay 2014

Showing some age with baked apple notes. A little tar on the nose. Its pronounced acidity keeps it fresh. From Trout Gulch. — 14 days ago