Sonoma County, California

Campana Ranch

Fountaingrove Syrah 2014

Deep inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, spices, licorice, cloves, black pepper, chocolates and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great California Syrah. Drinking very nicely now, with lots of black fruits and spices.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced, bold and rich.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and bring out the complexity.

Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$41.
— 14 days ago

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A lovely private label from a reputable producer and a great steakhouse 👌🏻 Rich, layered, and solid body. Paired nicely with a 45 day dry aged strip. — 2 days ago

Krystal Vento
with Krystal
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Love the restaurant and am impressed with the move from Foley to Hobbs for their private label.
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I second that. Foley to Hobbs was a good move. While we really enjoyed the former I think the latter is quite good

Limerick Lane

Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

Not sure why this vintage has received only fair reviews on CellarTracker, but this is a solid bottle of Zinfandel showing rich purple and black fruits, some mild spice and pepper notes, and enough complexity to hold interest. Air seems to help it unfurl a bit. There’s a little alcoholic warmth in the finish, but this is not a jammy zin by any means. The ‘12 was better, but this is quite enjoyable and I’m happy to have another in the cellar. — 4 days ago

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Schramsberg Vineyards

Cuvée French Laundry Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2014

Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965. Today, their son Hugh, continues their mission. Coming off their highly successful 12’ & ‘13 vintages, the 2014 is also 100% Chardonnay straw with aromas of floral stone fruits and citrus notes. A terrific crisp sparkler with crisp apple, peach and lemon flavors, fine mousse with tiny bubbles. Tangy acidity on a lingering finish ending with a yeasty creamy character. Nice! — 12 days ago

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Benovia

Sonoma County Zinfandel

Donald Patz
9.5

I have no idea why Benovia is not more widely recognized for their superb selection of wines. Regardless. This Zinfandel is beautiful- drinkable now with promise to gain with deep cellar time. Luxardo cherry, blackberries, chocolate and fine herb aromas lead to a precise and refreshing impression in the mouth. — 10 days ago

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Covenant Wines

Neshama Sonoma County Proprietary Red 2015

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a great, Petit Verdot based, red blend from Sonoma County. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Drinking nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 5 years. I had it a year ago and it is drinking better now.

A blend of 60% Petit Verdot, 30% Malbec and 10% Syrah. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$72.
— 17 days ago

P, David and 10 others liked this

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma/Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

PnP. A nice wine at the moment though the oak is still pretty pronounced. Hoping day 2 will be better. — 3 days ago

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Aperture

Sauvignon Blanc

Ron R
9.4

Another @David L suggestion, which has become our mainstay at home - thanks again. Unbeatable in terms of quality, and expression of the Sauvignon Blanc. Lifted and lively, but in a controlled way.
White flowers such as lilac present on the nose. Pristine, focused palate displays passion fruit, tinned peaches, and pineapple. Finishes with calcium, perfect balance and acidity. A domestic SB that is untouchable in the $35 price range.
Keto pizza in the foreground. Joint effort by wifey and I.
— 13 days ago

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@Ron R Keto pizza is a staple in our house (my wifey is diabetic). Excellent job...looks delicious!
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@Michael Meyer, I spent much of my healthcare career in the diabetes space (insulin delivery). Spent much of my time in the philanthropy space. Jointly led efforts to raise over $200k over 2 years for people living with T1 and T2. Take care care of your wife, as I know you are 🙂
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@Eric Shanks, @Michael Meyer, one important point regarding the crust... zucchini has high water content. I grate it into a sieve (or cloth), and squeeze as much water out as possible, before I mix it with the other ingredients. The crust is much better with zucchini! Enjoy.

Bedrock Wine Co.

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Still young but coming together. Decant for a couple hours and you get a great rustic style cab that’s just starting to show its stuff. Red fruited with great acidity and finishes with notes of cedar and drying tannins. Great value here and will really be something in 5 more years. — 11 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

With our cheese course.

The shows, Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, shades of caramel, herbal notes, some white spice, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed greens.

The body is full, round, waxy and lush. Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, volcanic minerals, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, mote caramel on the palate, herbal notes, some white spice with just a touch of heat, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed green. The acidity is round and beautiful. The finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced and persists minutes.

Photos of, the Estate vineyards of their tasting patio, serving 17 futures a few weeks back, nice food spread for the party and the main hall after you past check in.
— 11 days ago

Christina ChampagneJames
with Christina and James
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