Sonoma County, California

Lyeth

Sonoma County Meritage 2014

2014 vintage. 41 Petit Verdot 27 Malbec 19 Cab Sauv 10 Cab Franc 2 Carménère 1 Merlot. Prefer it with a little chill, as it shows more structure and darker fruit profile. At room temp, jammy red fruits and overt toasted oak dominate the profile. Cooler: black currant, blackberry, black fig, mulberry, toasted coconut, almond skin, walnut, nutmeg, black rocks, dried violets, tobacco. Pretty good complexity at the right temp, though overly confected if too warm. — a day ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

The Integral Sonoma County Red Blend 2015

A brand new wine from Carlisle. A single vineyard co-ferment of 56% syrah and 44% mourvedre and wow is it delicious. Very skimpy production, even by carlisle standards (115 cases made) but it’s one of my new top 3 favorite from Mike Officer and team. — 3 days ago

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Benjamin Keator

Benjamin Keator

This is my speed! Save me a bottle

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011

David T
9.2

The Phelps Pinot’s take awhile to come around. This 11 overachieves the vintage and has put on weight since I first tasted it at Phelps. Plenty of life ahead of this wine. I will wait another 2-4 years to open another. On the nose; dark cherries, cherries, blue fruits hues, dry cranberries plum and blackberries, limestone minerals, violets, red floral and red roses. The body is medium. The tannins silty/silky soft. The fruits are ripe & ruby. Sweet & sour dark cherries, cherries, pomegranate, blue fruits hues, dry cranberries plum, and blackberries. Silky volcanic minerals, limestone, cola with a touch of red vines, dark rich dry soil, hints of crushed rocks, fruit tea, violets, and red. Roses, beautiful rainfall acidity. The length, structure, length and balance are harmonious. The long, elegant, well polished finished lasts over a minute and is fruit and floral driven. @Compline...Master Sommelier Matt Stamps & Ryan Stetins new restaurant & retail shop downtown Napa. Food is very good & inexpensive. Good retail shop wines all $12-$48. Leave it to a Master Sommelier to find really good affordable wines. They have a bright future. — 6 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin

Nice, I've not had any J Phelps PN before.
David T

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When they started making them, they pretty good, not great. They’ve been inching the quality up every year and are now really quite nice, but I believe, they are not a pop & pour off the Fed Ex Truck. They take 5-6 years in bottle to really integrate and show their beauty.

Trattore

Sonoma County Grenache 2015

Beautiful extraction for grenache. Dry Creek Valley wine, estate fruit. This wine has a heck of a nose on it. I'll give the nose alone a 92. Lots of brambly fruit, herbs (almost like basil?). VERY herbal nose. On the palate, some acidity on the front, but mostly rounded, builds to a black cherry, acidity building to the middle and finish where mint, allspice, raspberry pie kind of meet and mingle. This was a 'rando' recommendation when we were there in Dry Creek last year, and really glad we stopped. — 7 days ago

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Vérité

La Muse Sonoma County Merlot Blend 2007

Shay A
9.6

Gorgeous bottle opened by some new friends while at Classic. My first Verite. Completely integrated and in a prime window. At 11-yrs old, this is the sweet spot for me. Mostly espresso and dark chocolate covered dates, alongside raspberries. Incredibly soft and the texture was basically perfect. One of those wines that seemed to be in perfect harmony...no one thing stood out, which can be a good thing! — 10 days ago

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Jason Oliver

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Damn still havent tried verite
TheSkip

TheSkip

Look at you!!

Pax

Sonoma Hillsides Syrah 2016

I've seen a fair amount of hype about this wine, but on night one, I was struggling to discover what all the fuss was about. Night two was a different story. The wine was much more open, with layers of fruit rolling slowly and luxuriously across the tongue. I think I'll save a small glass for day three to see what happens. — 11 days ago

Shay, Adam and 17 others liked this

Beekeeper Cellars

Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel

Not much has changed from the 2014 to this 2015. Still an amazing glass of wine. I noted just a bit more smoke than I remember in the 2014. Still nice cedar and cherry tones that linger nicely as you enjoy. #California #Sonoma #sonomavalley #BeekeeperCellars #zinfandel #MonticelloVineyard — 4 days ago

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Mount Peak Winery

"Sentinel" Cabernet Sauvignon

Another big bold Cali cab! Blackberry jam in a French cafe bouquet. The initial palate is blackberry, dark current, and blueberry fruits. Coco and vanilla flavors overwhelm the mid palate. The finish is dry with a quick desire for another sip. This is a masterpiece!!!!! — 4 days ago

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Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

Love the Gravity red blend too! Cheers 🍷
todd herron DPM

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Thank you and cheers to you. I will try it!

Smith Story

Thorn Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Aged for 16 months in 25% new oak barrels, this wine displays all the right notes of that exposure and is not overblown. Only three barrels of this wine were made - some 60 Aged for 16 months in 25% new oak barrels, this wine displays all the right notes of that exposure and is not overblown. Only three barrels of this wine were made - some 60 barrels - and it hits 12.9% abv. It is praised as an elegant wine, the kind Pinot Noir lovers love to love. Medium dark, this medium weight wine shows a nose of cola, black tea, orange peel and spices. The palate is smooth and almost silky. The tannins are just enough and the acidity is perfect. Tart berries, tea notes and spice flavors all play in harmony. The wine is smooth without laying down, exciting without being boorish. — 2 days ago

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Smith Story

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

This is an extremely dark wine; light has a tough time passing through the glass. The nose is very savory, full of leather, minerals and bell pepper. It's a “heavy” nose, one that seems to convey a very full flavor. And so it is, but with a twist. Instead of the black fruit indicated on the nose, red fruit comes through on the palate in fairly bright fashion. The savory aspect is there, too, as spices drape over the flavor profile. I can imagine that something off the grill, smoked in rosemary, would be a perfect pairing. — 6 days ago

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