Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast

Au Bon Climat

Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay 2013

13’ Au Bon Climat Nuits- Blanches Au Bouge (On That Road Again) Chardonnay.
Decant this for 30 minutes. Honestly I’ve really never had a Chardonnay quite like this one.

Baked apple, lemon, lime, white flowers,definite oak treatment. It all seems to work. Truly an enjoyable wine. Jim has been making outstanding wines for 35+ years. Reasonably priced and delicious. Could possibly get even better with another year in bottle.
— 13 days ago

David, Shay and 43 others liked this
David L

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Yes sir!
Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Jim is awesome.
David L

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He’s simply amazing.

Saarloos & Sons

Jongen El Camino Real Grenache 2014

The third wine of the evening this past Saturday was the 2014 Saarloos & Sons Jongen Windmill Ranch Estate Grenache. This was my particular favorite but all three that night were splendid.

The nose gives notes of black cherry, blackberry, light tobacco, vanilla, floral notes, spice and earth.

On the palate there was black cherry, raspberry, a bit of strawberry, black currant, licorice, allspice, herbal notes and a good earth component.

The wine is fleshy medium to full bodied with medium + acidity and high grippy tannins that lead to a long fruit filled finish. Enjoy your start of the weekend and please be safe.
— 8 days ago

Kirk, Dawn and 9 others liked this

Au Bon Climat

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2007

Peaking perfectly - well done Jim — 13 days ago

David, Eric and 1 other liked this

J. Brix

Nomine Amoris Santa Maria Valley Pinot Gris 2014

If there were a prize for most unique wine of the night, this won it. Natural fresh style. Rosé in color, orange wine on the palate. Fresh, balanced, funky. — 16 days ago

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James, Ted and 3 others liked this

Saarloos & Sons

Family Tree GSM 2014

This past Saturday I attended a get together with close friends. We opened the 2014 Saarloos & Sons Family Tree Rhone Blend. 55% Grenache, 27% Mourvedre and 18% Syrah. This was the hit of the evening that turned heads and got people talking.

The nose was light with cherry, raspberry, plum, cinnamon, black pepper, anise, roses and an earthy gravel.

On the palate was beautiful fruit of black cherry, blackberry, plum, black pepper, anise , clove and a good gravel component.

The wine was soft velvety smooth with a medium mouth feel and medium to plus acidity with medium smooth tannin that leads to a medium long finish. A very enjoyable wine. Almost the weekend please be safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 8 days ago

Kirk, Dawn and 6 others liked this

Presqu'ile Winery

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2015

What a charming Tuesday night Pinot. A rush of flavor, yet nuanced at the same time. Sandalwood, rose blossom, and cherry skin, leave a slight impression of sweetness.So silky, I could drink this all night, but am happy to have a few glasses left for tomorrow. — 24 days ago

James, Maria and 1 other liked this

Jonata Winery

Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

This bottle rode out to California with me a few years back and then flew back with me on Friday. The 2006 Todos from Jonata is a blend of 39% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Sangiovese, and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier. It’s an ideal match for Texas BBQ with its rich fruit, but bone dry finish, and a mix of herbs and spices in between. — 12 days ago

Eric, Shay and 23 others liked this


I am going to say it again - I don’t understand wine and bbq
Kirk Feyereisen

Kirk Feyereisen

@TheSkip LOL @Isaac Pirolo yet another great photo puts mine to shame - had the ‘12 Todos last night - 2x the syrah in that one. Nice note!
Isaac Pirolo

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@TheSkip In some respects, I understand where you’re coming from, and this was probably just such the perfect wine for it that I had to mention. Also Texas BBQ has less sweetness to it, probably making it a little easier to pair than some of the more Deep South styles. And thanks @Kirk Feyereisen it’s all in the lights.


Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Really like this Chardonnay...medium body... on the nose..peach..lemon...butterscotch...on the palate delicious..creamy...peach..apples..minerals
Every time I pick up the glass it is different. Nice finish that coats your mouth! Will get this again!!
— 17 days ago

Trixie, David and 15 others liked this


Cheers!🥂 A nice review and lovely photo.


Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

We had this on 3/16/18. Terrific Pinot with tastes of strawberry, pomegranate and spice. Nice finish. Tasted like a wine from the Russian River, but just a little different — 5 days ago

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Herman Story

Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2013

This might be my favorite Grenache to date! Such a complete wine. 1hr decant — 16 days ago

Y, Shawn and 6 others liked this


I’m not thrilled that you gave hs a higher score than the true believer. Typo? However, my team and I did grow the grapes for this wine, so I guess I would rather lose to my friend, Mr. From than someone else. I humbly concede.
Jake Rubash

Jake Rubash

@Hammell We will have to open a '13 TB soon to do a proper comparison