Sonoma County, California

Ridge Vineyards

Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 1994

Definitely still in its drinking window, As is often said to be the case with older zin & zin blends, however, it’s more like a claret than a zinfandel. Subdued fruit notes are woven with earth, button mushroom, and black tea, atop silky smooth tannins. Just a wisp of spice on the close. A nice way to start off a few 25th anniversary year wines. — 7 days ago

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Hans Fahden

Mountain Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 1993

Dark, earthy full of secondary flavors. Lots of tannin. Surprising for a 1992. I don’t think it will age longer. A fun wine to drink. — 2 days ago

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Diane Cobb Coastlands Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

A Coup'la pinots on a Monday afternoon. Trying to figure out what percentage whole cluster this involves, or if it was just the herbal nature of this wine that made it seem so. 12.5% abv, pours rather light. Nose of herbal raspberry and dirty cherry mixed with a spicy character. The entry is lighter yet bright acidity is present. Dirty bing cherry, hint of cola, herbal, whole cluster appears in the middle and finish. Really neat wine and probably ready to go just about now. Quite nice structure, and I feel that this will probably hold another decade or so because of it. — 6 days ago

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Mark Flesher

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Lol @Bill Bender -- remarkably my liver is hanging on nicely. If I didn't drink, my job would have already caused my heart to explode. Anticoagulation, baby!!
Bill Bender

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I like that analysis Dr. Flesher! I think I need to get a prescription for that type of anticoagulation treatment!

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma/Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Excellent. Needed 24 hours to open up. Dark garnet, radiant raisin and stone fruit flavors. Very good structure which gives this a lot of aging potential. — 19 hours ago

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2016

Deep garnet color. Aromas of dark cherry, stone fruit and gingerbread. Flavors of cherry, nice fruit finish. I will say the alcohol aromas need to fade off, it’s 14.8% — 6 days ago

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Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

This is a big wine. Although it does not have the luscious fruit characteristic of the 2015, it has arguably more brambly young acidic raspberry fruit in the front and middle. As close to full bodied as it gets. A little bit of mint in the middle. Finishes with some oak and baking spice. This is a bit closed off IMO and still think these will benefit from time in the bottle. Really nice but still think I'm in love with the 15 vs the 16 or 17. — 3 days ago

David, Shawn and 21 others liked this
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@Mark Flesher : Man, Mark you need to exercise some patience with these Rivers Marie SV wines. 😉


Sonoma County Merlot 2015

Medium purple color. Aromas of Raspberry, cherry cola and cedar. Nice flavors of red and black fruit with a nice finish. — 6 days ago

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Kalin Cellars

Cuvée CH Sonoma County Chardonnay 1995

This is always a treat. Really classy chardonnay that is strutting at almost 24yrs old. Very dense and rich with a color that is still bright yellow. Loads of fruit and preserving acidity, great as an aperitif! — 8 days ago

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Old Kalin chard is something everyone should try once @Patrick Derdeyn 🙌🏼
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True @Bill Bender i’ve been fortunate enough to try the Charles Heintz several time now and have had the other 95 chards as well. Always a treat.

Williams Selyem

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2004

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I’ve had a a fair amount of older Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs, this one is the most different. It seems more extracted and darker than the bright; cherries, strawberries & pomegranate Pinots from them that we’ve had a run on over several years.

The noses reveals, deep, dark, ripe; currants, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries with hints of blue fruit. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity, sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and just a hint of violets.

The body is medium full. It has gorgeous mouthfeel. There are still round, softened, teethe & tarry tannins here. Tannins were in the bottle neck which, is not always traditional even in older Pinot’s. The structure, tension, length and balance are really nice with another three to five years of good drinking ahead. It’s right around its peak. Perhaps, just the other side of the bell curve. Dark, ripe; currants/cassis, blackberries, black cherries with liqueur notes, baked black plum, black raspberries, cooked rhubarb, raisins with more blue fruit showing vs. the nose. Touch of smokiness, cinnamon, clove, light nutmeg, vanillin, black licorice, mid intensity sweet tarriness, herbaceous notes, mint/eucalyptus character, touch of tree sap, black, rich earth, steeped fruit tea, limestone, dry rock powder, dark chocolate bar, mocha notes with fresh, withering & dry, dark, red florals and violets beaming on the finish. The acidity is excellent. The long finish is; ruby, ripe, elegant, gorgeous, extremely well balanced and persists on the palate with warm, dark spice.

IMHO, Williams Selyem Pinot Noirs do not score well early and really shine at 10 years plus in many vintages. They are a Sonoma Pinot pioneer and a gold standard comparison for other producers and Pinot lovers to take note.

Photos of; Williams Selyem winery, Sofia’s great handy work with flowers and one of our two raised garden boxes. 💐 🌸 🌺 🌹🌼🥀 🌽 🥒🥬 🍅

Happy Memorial Day weekend all! Hope you are grilling & enjoying some of your favorite wines.
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Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

A deep ruby color with a wide brim. A huge burst of fruit on the nose consisting of raspberries, wild strawberries, and pomegranate with cedar notes bringing up the rear. This is a very deliberate Pinot. Showing a consistent profile through the vintages, it’s a really nice juxtaposition of delicate fruit and a full body with firm tannins. A bit of elegance on the palate with more nice red fruit, baking spice, toasted cedar, and lavender. This is such a nice representation of this style of Pinot, it really is quite well done. — 8 days ago

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