Sonoma County

Newton

Skyside Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

Had another bottle. Founded in 1977 by English businessman Peter Newton and his Chinese wife Su Hua. Newton was already a pioneer of winemaking in Napa, having founded the Sterling Winery in the 1960s. Clear golden color with aromas of stone fruits and sweet spice notes. The palate shows basic stone fruits of peach and apple with some honey and a bit of oak. Crisp, good balance, medium finish, slight mineral and oaky on the soft ending. Good value. — 3 days ago

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Ultramarine Wines

Blanc de Blancs Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

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9.2

In the name of science, a few champagnes/sparkling wines were sampled today in an effort to help a friend for comparative research reasons. Hard way to spend a Monday...

It hurt me to open this as I knew it would be painfully young...and it was 😔. But, in the name of science, it was analyzed! Most distinctive out of the lineup. Straight up cream soda mousse. Definitely oxidative in style but not channeling any of those sherry like notes. This carried ripe tropical fruits and a touch of honeycomb, versus the ‘13 I opened a few months back that was completely open for business with marzipan & roasted cashews. Hold this.
— 5 days ago

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👨‍🔬🧪🔬
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That rosé was straight fire. Curious to try the BdB.
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@Isaac Pirolo : These are such cool wines. The ‘13 BdB I opened back in December was pretty accessible and delicious so if you find a ‘13, don’t hesitate.

Day Wines

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2016

Drinkable Zin. Fruit is ripe, but remains fresh. It’s bramble and blood, just a touch of herbs. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity. Drink up! — 7 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2016

This is the family friend you’ve been attached to all your life but recently realized is not in fact the wisest person you know. As in, you trust them. Some advice is stellar but you just realized that “I’ll love you forever” doesn’t make them the authority on...all. Though Ridge is close to being that. Bright red berries and tannins at least as high as fruit so new world to the core. Alcohol higher—this is obvi new world but the blending varieties make one remember how multiverse Zin is. The grape for all theories string or no. — 6 days ago

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This is always on my shelf. Always a lovely, lovely wine, with 0 disappointments.
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@MaJ CappS so far haven’t had a Ridge disappoint!

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

The Integral Sonoma County Red Blend 2016

This year it’s a coferment of 52% syrah/48% grenache. It’s extremely young and primary at this stage, bold acidity and slight tannic presence. The brightness of the grenache dominates the profile, but there are some smokey undertones from the syrah. This should develop into something fantastic, it just needs time. Will wait 5 years before the next one. — 12 days ago

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Peay Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

Mid crimson in colour. Initial aromas after decanting of oak and vegetal notes. A little reticent. On the palate just medium weight with M plus Acid. At this age needs food. Probably just at the beginning of its drinking window - latent power, yet to blossom into its best expression. Revealed more on the 2nd night with quite a sweet palate developing. Will leave my 2nd bottle for a few years. A quality Pinot with a good future. — a day ago

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Ramey Wine Cellars

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2013

Winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill & Matanzas Creek, David Ramey & his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Rich deep ruby red. Aromas of powerful dark fruit, hints of pepper and sweet spice reminiscent of a Northern Rhône. On the palate raspberry and blackberry, soft and velvety, with smoky oak, big spice on the finish which should continue to develop for several years. Very Nice! — 4 days ago

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Aesthete

Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Thanks to @David L , I’m a believer. Loads of ripe melon, lemon zest, white grapefruit, lemongrass, and tropical fruits of all kinds; green guava, pineapple, kiwi. This is better with lots of air and closer to room temp. Jesse Katz is doing some really fun wines right now, and this stands out. I think this will age really nicely. Extremely interested to learn more about the oak treatment. When I heard Haut Brion Blanc barrels, my ears perked up. Check out @Greg Ballington ‘s post. — 9 days ago

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So good
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@Joe Lucca Thoroughly taken back how great this bottle of wine is.. Cheers buddy
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Thanks Joe!

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Reserve Claret Sonoma County-Napa Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Decent, but had much higher expectations. Bottle seemed to be in good shape, but a bit reticent on the nose and not a lot going on on the palate. — 3 days ago

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MacRostie

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

2016 MacRostie ‘Sonoma Coast’ Pinot Noir ($34.00)- A seriously good value, the ‘Sonoma Coast’ Pinot Noir by MacRostie screams class with its bright red fruit and cola with citrus rind aromatics that all impress. The palate is plush, delivering both a silky texture and a lithe mouthfeel. Plush and dense red fruits dance with blood orange and kumquat flavors with a kiss of cola. Delicious now, enjoy this over the next eight plus years. Drink 2019-2025- 93
— a day ago

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I’ve never had the pinot and will seek it out, @Dr. Owen Bargreen. His chard is also a brilliant value kicking in around $15.
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@Ron R i was really impressed with the value here. Great Chardonnay as well 👌