Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast

Lutum

Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Lutum Bien Nacido Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014: Medium-light bodied. Medium acidity. Low tannins. Aromatic rose petal nose. Bright red fruits (strawberry, cranberry & raspberry) flavors. Earth. Mushroom. Herbs. Delicate sophisticated finish. For me, this was an outstanding smooth, light & balanced Pinot; not your typical fruit bomb you’d expect from most CA wines. This is a different kind of Pinot Noir; this one had the right finesse where the terroir spoke more than the fruit. Overall, a really elegant & enjoyable wine. Bummer they are no more! Great day to all! Cheers🍷 — 19 days ago

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Qupé

Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Roussanne 2011

Bob always breaks out the old whites, and this is super-SoCal-magic. — 25 days ago

Aaron, Shay and 2 others liked this

Lucas & Lewellen

Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Primarily (83%) Cabernet Sauvignon with some other Bordeaux varietals blended in. Pleasant aromas of violets, roses, black currant/black berry. Dark cooked fruit flavors with hints of soy sauce and beef jerky. Pleasant touch of oak on the finish. Fresh acidity. Good balance. Pleasant surprise. — 6 days ago

J. Wilkes

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2018

John Howard
9.2

Gross out $6? Fuuuu wow! — 4 days ago

Dawn, Eric and 12 others liked this

Runway Vineyards

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2014

One of the best chardonnays I have had in quite some time. Sea air and beach bonfire on the nose. Beautiful balance of fruit on the palate. This is a 2014,which by the way is one of Runways current releases. It’s amazing to find a producer releasing such established — 17 days ago

Etude

Lyric Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2019

ESF
9.3

Bravo Etude, Bravo!
Outstanding execution here, textbook CA PN w/out being overdone or over extracted: just a gorgeous nose of beautifully ripe cherry, strawberry & red plum, generous warm baking spices, smoky tea, vanilla and more. Intoxicating nose mirrored on palate. Med bodied but so generous it drinks bigger. Smooth suave, freshness abounds, seamless through finish. Only minor point is length of finish gives this away as entry level, but for the price: buy a case.
— 8 days ago

Tom, vinokeeno and 8 others liked this

Beckmen Vineyards

Ballard Canyon Grenache Rosé 2018

Ted
8.9

Maraschino cherry juice. Lovely. — 5 days ago

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Dawn, Shay and 5 others liked this

Belle Glos

Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Red, and dark fruits, mild tannins, fresh tobacco, new world grapes with a bit of old world style maybe? — 20 days ago

Martin, Ericsson and 7 others liked this

Tyler Florence

RSW Happy Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delicious Cab Sav from Happy Canyon in SYV. It’s big & bold, yet the 13% alcohol was a surprise — 5 days ago

Eddie, Brent and 5 others liked this

Shira Wine Company

Twin Suns Reserve Zinfandel 2019

Shira Wine Company Twin Suns Reserve Zinfandel 2019, Santa Ynez Valley, California

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Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, chocolates, tobacco, light oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black cherries, plums, black currants, oak, coffee, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the spicy finish, with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Zinfandel from Santa Ynez Valley. A good sipping wine. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets better after an hour.

Alcohol is there, but not as apparent as I expected it to be. Spicy and easy drinking.

Will be interesting to try it again in 3 years.

Aged for 15 months in (25% new) French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.
— 23 days ago

Ron, Paul and 10 others liked this