Sonoma County, California

Pax Mahle Wines

Sonoma-Hillsides Syrah 2017

The famed wine that @Antonio Galloni scored 100 points last year. Pax invented this style - whole cluster and zero oak California Syrah nodding Saint Joseph. So concentrated you’ll stain your hands removing the cork. But not overextracted. Picked early with salty metallic wild sour blackberries, rosemary, and lavender. Youthful but still very raw. Complex today but will benefit from a few years to soften the sour green.

Bought two. One for today, one for tomorrow.
— 9 days ago

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Nice review. Thanks

Littorai

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.4

Heintz fruit is some of my favorite and for some reason, it’s normally easy for me to identify, this being no different. I always get an overload of guava with Heintz Chardonnays, like this one, on the nose. Big aromatics of roasted Meyer lemon and ripe tropical fruits. Oak isn’t a star here, as the acidity takes center stage. Sharp and focused down the middle. Apricot, underripe pineapple and lemon oil on the palate. 13.2 ABV. I know Littorai picks super early, so it’s impressive that they are able to get this beautiful amount of pure fruit.

I followed this over 2 days and day 1 was sharp acidity and led me to believe this needs another few years to integrate. Day 2, the acidity mellowed and the fruit really warmed and became very perfumed. I’d probably hold, but no harm in opening now if you have time to follow/enjoy it.
— 6 days ago

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Kamen Estate Wines

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The only reason why any of these have survived is because they were all sitting in a remote cellar, and NOT Classic!! Two more to go. This wine is ALMOST at the top of the hill but I still think it needs another 2 years or so. This wine is massive. Sweet youthful fruit nose and cinnamon. Still rather youthful blackberry and blueberries on the palate. Streusel. Cinnamon and black fruitcake. Pepper finish. Toasted tannin and quite a bit of it. No way I would have guessed this was 10 years old. Moon Mountain fruit...how incredible! Another 10 years to go...at least. — 8 days ago

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Kistler

McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.2

This was very much in the savory style so I’m not sure if it’s due to age or just the style (not a lot of experience with this Kistler chard). Sea salt, popcorn kernel, grilled lemon and baked peach pie. Lovely texture and acidity. The ‘10 Aubert Lauren it was poured alongside had more of the rich, sweet lemon cream notes, so that may have highlighted the savoriness here. — 5 days ago

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Aesthete

Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Ron R
9.5

A night cap after the Scarlett Reserve. Tasted many times with consistent notes. This is a stunning SB. Exotic, tropical bouquet. Loads of citrus fruits on the palate. Deftly balanced. Best domestic SB we’ve tasted.
In the background, our new cellar. Glass frame will be inserted in a week or so.
— 11 days ago

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Thanks, @Hugh O'Riordan. It’s been a labor of love. The germ of the idea came from @Mo Salem, who also provided huge help with our renovations. Wifey gave me the green light, and I did the rest. Very expensive to build, but I think the impact will be worth it.
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@Ron R Absolutely it looks like it was worth it Cheers 🍷
Mo Salem

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Glad to help a good friend!!

Kistler

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014

My first bottle I tried using the Coravin Model 2 Elite 👍 Remember to enter the competition I posted on Saturday on Instagram for your chance to win one also 🤞 Drinking well young @ £80 but should improve a little letting the dry tones soften 😁

🥧 Paired w/ Mrs Es homemade Chicken & Mushroom Pie w/ Dauphinoise Potato (scroll for pic ⏩)

📍 Kistler Sonoma Coast 2014

🏵 92 points w/ more potential maybe

🍇 Pinot Noir

🍷 Clear deep ruby w/ a purple hue

👃 Earthy spiced red cherry & dirty blackberry bramble bush through soft smokey herbs w/ light oak, red roses & hints of gasoline

👄 Med body of creamy smooth ripe earthy blackberry & red cherry cola w/ raspberry, strawberry, light dry minerals & a hint of cocoa

🎯 Long touch dry blackberry, cherry & red fruit earthy gooey linger
— 10 days ago

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Enfield Wine Co.

Coryelle Fields Syrah 2014

Superb! Earthy and savory with some real stuffing to age well for another 10-12 years. John Lockwood crafted this sensation with hillside grapes growing 380 meters above the Pacific. Cool climate Syrah I want to drink a whole lot more often. — 13 days ago

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Pax Mahle Wines

Pax Quail Run Vineyard Valdiguié 2017

Picking up a little pepper, lots of soft cedar on the nose. This wine is soft and super easy drinking. Perfect to warm up the palate for the night!! — 4 days ago

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@Michael Mathews Michael Great boo on you sound like an interesting person. From BC Cheers 🍷
Michael Mathews

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Thanks. Much appreciated! Looking forward to meeting this amazing crew soon....somewhere....
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@Michael Mathews Michael make that bio Cheers 🍷

La Crema

Shell Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Interesting... I'm fairly new to PN. But this is clearly atypical. The color is a medium to deep purple. There are lots of oak notes on the nose. Strong vanilla, biscuits, wood, and a little animal/meatish. Underneath, is a slight mint tea note, and an unripe version of licorice. On the palate, it's a bit more like a Pinot Noir, but still very atypical. It's medium plus body, light acidity, light-med tannins. Finish is decent. To me this is unlike what I'm used to from La Crema, but I like it. This is likely because I'm a big red drinker. Not sure others would agree.

91 points
— 6 days ago

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@M. Christopher Roebuck M great review and pic. Do I see a little snow ❄️ Cheers 🍷
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No more snow @P A ! It finally is warming up here in Baltimore.
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@M. Christopher Roebuck M. Sounds crazy but we love the snow up here and hate to see it go Cheers ⛷

Fallon Place

Landa Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

A beautiful color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, currants, oak, light vanilla, wood, black licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, dust, alcohol, black pepper, leather, earth and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity. Elegant with long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and red candy.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Zinfandel from Sonoma County, is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. Showing great elegance with nice complexity and a beautiful nose. Great complexity on the nose.

Not a typical California Zinfandel at all. Much lighter than I expected from one.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and I would really recommend doing that, as it is a completely different wine, once open. I had this vintage a year ago and it was not there at all. So nice to see that it came back so nicely.

Will be better with age, and would be nice to revisit it in the next 3 to 5 years.

Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 55 cases produced. (this is bottle number 600).

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses, nuts and olives.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$32.
— 14 hours ago

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