Sonoma County, California


Moon Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

So cool to be drinking this vintage. Our first trip to the winery was during harvest 2014, had the chance to help sort the Cab grapes as they came in from this particular vineyard.

Deep blackberry, cassis, fresh bay leaf, brown sugar, charcoal, hints of oak, earth and cinnamon stick all framed out with lively acidity. This is a very elegant, refined style. Obviously the stellar job we did sorting and de-stemming the fruit led to such clean, bright flavors 😉
— 4 days ago

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Carl Fischer

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Love this!!!
Bill Bender

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Just an Italian Stallion being an Italian Stallion 👊🏽


I thought the cool kids were all using optical sorters now?

Three Sticks

Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Beautiful color. Blue fruit, leather, baking spices on the nose. Excellent tastes of blueberries, plums, raisins, and black pepper saturate your palate. Really sleek tannins, very nicely balanced and a fantastic finish. The first Moon Mountain district (Sonoma) I’ve ever had. I love it! — 11 days ago

Lisa Mayer
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Wind Gap Wines

Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

Marc Stubblefield

This is how you do cool climate Syrah without ignoring California sunshine. All the smokey, meaty, olive-y briney-ness of a great St. Joseph, but with fruit that's a little more central to this wine than you might find in the Northern Rhône. I wouldn't call it lush or molten or anything, but it manages to be ripe without overpowering the savory side or coming across as sweet. Value every year, good now, good later v — 2 days ago

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Bear Flag Wine

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

I like this a bunch. Disclaimer it arrived at my doorstep uncalled for but so does a bunch of stuff and I don’t bother reviewing. But I love Zin. And even though of late I find myself in the mood for lighter things this full guy, which is pretty hearty, is up my alley. Maybe I should just go WSET/Court Masters (which almost became Court Manatees via autocorrect) to analyze so let us go: to my eye: clear, medium plus ruby with thick enthusiastic (I’d say) tears. Nose: clean, medium intensity aged plums, blueberries and blackberries and some yum yum raisins. Some vanilla. Developing. In my maw: dry, medium acid and medium tannins, alcohol is possibly more than medium plus (double checked it is 15.3 which is over medium plus technically but fuck the juiciness and acid make it mellow), body is medium plus—a bit plush in a bit totally balanced way for me..flavor intensity is medium plus. Actual flavors are all has so much JAMMY raisins, dried cherries, plums and blackberries, tobacco, vanilla, and a whiff of clove. Finish? Actually allllllmost like really full or maybe actually medium plus or... intense? But I’m not sure if that is just that alcohol level burning. Anyway this is a full slightly rough wine. It has lots of stuff I like but it is not quite balanced but I’d get it for a night of sipping for a good value! I wouldn’t review if I didn’t think it was at least gulpable but also appreciable. Get it for a full wine to fill you up. — 14 days ago

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I like it
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Ellen is fun as F
Ellen Clifford

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@Bill Bender well I try but who knows I could be boring in person...but I try for the fun. Mostly I sip everything I can from burgundy glasses but...also I enjoy bottle chugging...

Fort Ross

Fort Ross Vineyard-Seaview Pinot Noir 2012

Displays the moist, earthy side of Pinot Noir. Lots of moist, mossy notes, along with tea-dipped graham cracker. Lots of smoky oak. Dark cherry fruit is underneath all that. Surprisingly macho in the mouth. Big and, for a PN, loads of tannin. Flavors are on the savory side. Lengthy, oaky, minerally finish. I’m going to Vacu-Vin the last 1/4 bottle and see if it’s any more fruity tomorrow night. Right now, it’s a 9.0.

UPDATE: On night 2, it’s showing more fruit and is more composed and Burgundian. Upping score from 9.0 to 9.2.
— 2 days ago

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Kamen Estate Wines

Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

I'd give it to the hunnicutt for pure flavor right now, but this has the stuffing to age — 4 days ago

Shay, David and 15 others liked this

Chateau St. Jean

Cinq Cépages Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

David T

Drinking nicely from 375ml. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blueberries, soft spice, soft leather, dry top soil, fresh dark florals, round acidity and a nice round elegant finish. Photos of their Estate, barrel making, tasting room and Estate vines. Hope they recover quickly from the fire damage they experienced this fall. — 2 days ago

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Fallon Place

Nacimento Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Pretty color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of cherries, oak, blueberries, red candy, licorice, earth, spices, leather, vinaigrette, light vegetables, light alcohol and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with strawberries, sour cherries, earth, blueberries, wood, light, vanilla leather, cloves, vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium-plus on the finish with soft round tannins, spices and raspberries.

This is a nice cabernet from California. Well-balanced with nice complexity. Smooth, elegant, gentle and soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. I had it 6 months ago, and this time it was just as nice. Feels like a good quality California Pinot Noir.

I paired it with light appetizers.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

— 3 days ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013

These have softened just a little after a year in the cellar. Now very fruit forward and peppery with drying tannins. Drinks well with a short decant but these will last (and likely improve) several more years in the cellar — 11 days ago

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WALT Wines

La Brisa Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2013

This blend comes from three stellar Vineyards. Gap's Crown, Martinelli and Widdoes. The nose has a damp earth feel but it comes together with some plum, fig and plenty of cherry. Offers a long finish of spice, and florals. Another awesome Pinot from Walt/Hall at a very fair price point. — 14 days ago

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Ron R

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Very strong producer. Love their stuff.
Ken Venezio

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Walt and Hall produce some very special wines.