Sonoma County, California

Aonair Wines

Sonoma County Blanc de Noir

Shay A
9.2

Napoleon’s quote on champagne rings truer today than it ever has...”In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it.” This is needed.

Aonair debuted this experiment last year. They are one of the few wine clubs we belong to because we love every bottle in their portfolio. This is a BdN from Russian River Valley done “method champenoise” style.
Has just the smallest tinge of salmon color to it...color actually darkened the longer it was in the glass. For a west coast sparkler, the bubbles on this were minuscule and went for quite a while. Rose petal and strawberry cream on the nose. Great acidity. Small amount of yeastiness. Mid palate is very full bodied with an impressive amount of tart red fruit...more pink lady apple crisp type bite than Granny Smith. Really nice, and glad they are keeping this in the rotation for a bit.
— 7 days ago

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TheSkip

TheSkip

Defeat, ol boy?
Jason Oliver

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Happy father's day shay!

Simi

Sonoma County Chardonnay 2016

I normally only drink unoaked Chardonnay but thought I’d try this one. I’m showing off my Key West wine glass because I have a lovely sunset in the front of my house and thunder and clouds at the back of the house! 🤨 this wine has a creaminess to it that I didn’t know wine could have, also lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Very nice. I chose to sit in the back and listen to the thunder with this one. ⚡️ — 11 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

You're so creative! 🌅Cheers! 🥂
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

Did you mean unoaked chardonnay?.
Sharon B

Sharon B

@Dennis P. Yes! Thank you I fixed it!! 😜

Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2017

The wine tonight is the 2017 Flowers Sonoma Coast Estate Pinot Noir Rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir.

On the nose is very expressive creaminess and fruit driven with beautiful notes of strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel rose petals and minerality.

The palate revels a tangy and tart lemon zest, orange, strawberry, grapefruit and minerality.

This wine is beautifully creamy smooth medium bodied with medium + acidity that leads right into a long crisp vibrant finish. Be safe and finish the week with a bang. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 3 days ago

Neil, Shay and 12 others liked this

Vérité

La Joie Sonoma County Red Blend 1999

Katherine Bordelon
9.9

Beautifully aged. Paired so perfectly with Chef Norman Van Aken’s Pork Havana at his Orlando Ritz Carlton location. Medium toast from the oak, vanilla, balanced, velvety mouth feel. Dried fruits, blackberry, cherry, tobacco, licorice. Soft around the edges. Decanted for two hours. Could cellar for a few more years. — 6 hours ago

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James Forsyth

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Great tasting note and, by the sounds of it, fabulous meal.

Simi

Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2016

More citrusy than I like but it does have tastes of tropical fruits which balances it out. After a nice day by the pool, smoking a turkey it’s time to relax and enjoy the rain that we so badly need. — 2 hours ago

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Sharon B

Sharon B

@Phil A it was 93 here and scorching hot! My pool is like bath water already! 77 sounds wonderful! The wine is refreshing however 😊
Phil A

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@Sharon B Anything above the high 60’sF kills Mrs A and I
Sharon B

Sharon B

@Phil A my husband hates it, he’s from northern Wisconsin!

Donelan

Cuvée Christine Sonoma County Syrah 2013

Not my favorite Donelan Syrah, but at this price point - sub $50 - a solid offering. Lots of red fruit here, with less smoked meat, which is more my preference. — a day ago

Kimberly, Shay and 6 others liked this

Enfield Wine Co.

Fort Ross-Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

First time I’ve thought “refreshing” when drinking Cab. Cool climate / old world style melded to a smidge of Cali fruit. — 2 days ago

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Devil Proof

Rockpile Ridge Red Blend 2015

Greg Ballington
9.5

First time trying these Malbecs from Jesse Katz and Devil Proof. Thanks Lauren for cracking these for us! Lush purplish red that completely coats the glass. Rich and dark on the nose with spices, dark cocoa, a bit smoky, mocha and black cassis. Heavy smooth tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Love the texture on the palate with layers of lush dark blackberries, blueberries, cassis, sweet spices and a bit spicy too. Long finish. Drink till 2038.


Wow. This is the best Malbec we have ever had from the United States and possibly even from any other wine region. Excellent work Jesse! This is made up of 100% Malbec from the Rockpile Ridge vineyard which is managed by the Mauritson Family and dry farmed. It is aged in 100% new French oak barrels and comes from an elevation of 1,100 feet.


First stop (Aperture Cellars and Devil Proof Vineyards) on our very first trip to Sonoma, and we were not dissappointed. The wines made by Jesse Katz have a ton of finesse, power and character, but the wines under his Devil Proof Label are at another level. Definitely a Malbec that needs to be on any wine collector's radar. The photo for the label was taken by Andy Katz, Jesse's father, back when he was commissed by the Cuban Government to take photos of their way of life. We love the saying for the label "Live well, drink well, and the devil can't get you". We do not know about you but we will follow her lead and hopefully become a little bit Devil Proof.
— a month ago

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D.R. Stephens

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

A beautiful, ripe expression of the Sonoma Coast. Lavender and pressed rose petals, with juicier blue tones. Round without ever being, heavy handed - a perfect summertime red. — an hour ago

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Bon Pari

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Dark ruby in color with a wide rim and medium intensity.


Fruity nose with black currants, blueberries, plums, earth, bing cherries, vanilla, graphite, vegetables, barnyard, herbs, spices, black pepper, wet leaves and celery.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with cherries, strawberries, red candy, blackcurrants, earth, barnyard, bitter vegetables, oak, cloves, spices, herbs, graphite, tobacco leaf, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and gets more complexity and tannins. I used the #
Vspin to open it up for 10 minutes.

Showing a great nose and an enjoyable mouthfeel. I really enjoyed just smelling on it for a long while.

Spicy and enjoyable now, but will be enjoyable in the next five years as well. Rich and very tasty, with a soft mouthfeel.

I had the 2014 vintage as well, and this was better than the 2014, as it was still young.

Aged in 40% new French Oak barrels for 22 months.

I paired it with Parmesan cheese, olives and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.
— 10 days ago

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