Pellet Estate Petaluma Gap Sunchase Vineyard Unoaked Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California
Light yellow in color with a golden hue.
Fruity nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, light spices, light wood, earth, light herbs and white pepper.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, light grapefruits, citrus, light peaches, light wood, earth, herbs and white pepper.
Nice finish with spices and limes.
This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Sonoma County. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.
Good right out of the bottle, and after 60 minutes of airtime it shows spicy notes.
This Single Vineyard feels like a fruity white Burgundy. A good quality wine.
Not sure why, but I definitely get light wood notes both on the nose and palate. Interesting and delicious.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with grilled salmon.
Grapes are grown at over 1,000 feet of elevation on rocky clay soil. Aged in stainless steel for 8 months. Only 276 cases produced.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$42. — 3 days ago
I had a disappointing experience with the 2017 a few months back (I think it was in a dumb phase, because these are normally delicious), and wanted to see how the 2016 fared. I also wanted to compare my GlasVin aromatic burg glass with my new Grassl Cru burg glass.
Classic RM SE wine here. At five years, it’s still voluptuous and rich enough to play to those who enjoy the bigger style but has plenty of acidity and snap on the palate to cater to those who prefer more restraint. It does have some signature blood orange both aromatically and on the palate, along with spice, dark floral tones/potpourri and rich black cherry. Whereas the 2017 showed more cola and menthol, I don’t get that at all here. Bright and lifted overall profile. Quite delicious and will be easily for another 5+yrs.
As an aside, the Grassl Cru glass has a much more narrow rim and makes the aromatics more concentrated than the GlasVin. They both drank similarly. Maybe Grassl for more lean/true burgundy pinots that may need concentration and GlasVin for new world/bigger style pinots since they don’t need as much help in the aromatic department. — 16 days ago
This is second vintage to come exclusively from the Martinelli Charles Ranch, two miles in from the Pacific, aged for 12 months in 25% new oak. Pale lemon with aromas of ripe stone fruits with wafts of blossom and spice. On the palate rich ripe apple and pear with a touch of zesty citrus fruits, crisp, with big vanilla notes. Nice mouthfeel, vivid acidity, medium+ finish ending with fruit, vanilla and citrus mineral character. Nice! Tried twice. — 3 hours ago
A wonderful Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Easy drinking and fruit forward.
Showing nice complexity with a smooth mouthfeel.
Dry on the palate with red and black fruits, light oak, vanilla spices, espresso, light cola, chocolates and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
91 points. — 3 hours ago
Own a handful of vintages of Rivers-Marie Pinot. This is the first I’ve opened up.
What I would expect from a TRB Pinot. A bit more extraction. Still young and a touch astringent. Hence the reason for waiting until now. Needs 3-5 more years with a lot more road ahead.
More thoughts as it opens further & sets on the palate.
Blackberries, black cherries, plum, dry cranberries, pomegranate, blue fruits, raspberries, lots of earth; crushed, dry rocks, rich dark earth, dry brush & top soil, some eucalyptus, mint, dry herbs, mid intensity, dark spice, black tea, very nice, rainfall acidity with fresh, dark, red flowers with violets. The rich almost Kistler style finish is rich, elegant, nicely polished and persists minutes onto spice & dry earth. — 15 days ago
Rosé for Mother’s Day!
Here’s to all of the moms out there 💕💕 We’re grateful for you, you help make the world go ‘round 🌎
This is a beautiful rosé made from Syrah; I love how fragrant this wine is, offering fresh strawberry and raspberry notes also a flinty, smoky influence.
We were introduced to this amazing winery while in Sonoma recently and we’re not looking back! We love their wines and story. Check out my prior notes for more detail.
@cejavineyards Bella Flor, Sonoma County, 2019, ABV 12.8%. — 6 days ago
A 2009 Marcassin Pinot. Rustic red color and bricking. Cherry sandal wood and wet leaves on the nose with scents of toasted oak, slight florals, spice and oak—a wonderful nose indeed. OMG! Soft creamy and juicy. Taste is full of cherry fruit, a mineral earthiness and spice raspberry long finish. Some subtle hints of tea and tobacco linger. A lovely Pinot for a beautiful sunny and windy evening. — 7 days ago
Nose is dominated by flowers and cinnamon. Palate displays coffee notes, sandalwood, smoke and star anise. Tannins are still prominent, as is the acidity. It’s so vibrant and textured. The finish just extends and expands. Another one of our domestic pinot faves.
I was thrilled to read in a recent WS article shared by a friend, that TRB has taken full ownership of this winery. He has a compelling vision for its future. Schrader inadvertently threw shade on this. That’s going to change going forward. — 14 days ago