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Krill Family Vineyards

Pellet Estate Sunchase Vineyard Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2017

Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Nose of lemons, citrus, melons, red apples, white pepper, alcohol, light pineapples and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, apples, pears, herbs, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay. Spicy finish with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nice and elegant.

Good by itself or with food. Not bitter nor tart, and great to sip on by the lake.

Easy drinking, but has a lot of alcohol and it's not noticeable at all, so watch out. Tasty and enjoyable.

This is a great sipper on the boat.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$42.
— 8 days ago

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Pax

Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast Syrah 2012

Nose has cedar-y blueberry-blackberry jam, crushed raspberry, newly paved highway, light metallic undertones with minor alcohol heat.

Palate has blackberry jam, white pepper, dried blueberry, blueberry sauce and big chalky tannins. Massive structure, no doubt, this wine needs another 10+ minimum. Yet, delicious tonight. 5h decant.
— a day ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@David T Not our bottle, but that of our dinner guest. Our last Pax was a 2005, they need some age.
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Love Pax. Agree on the age requirement.
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@Severn Goodwin @David T Huge Pax fan. I tend to agree with @Severn Goodwin on Pax’s single vineyard projects.... definitely need some age on the bottle. With regards to the Sonoma Hillsides wine, I lean towards drinking young with a good 3-4hr decant. With the hillsides wine I would treat it like you would a northern Rhône wine.

Aubert

Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.7

This was my wife’s pick for Mother’s Day yesterday.

Consistently my favorite chardonnay out of Aubert’s lineup, this was utterly jaw dropping. This is one of the best white wines I’ve ever had (and is up there with a handful of SQN whites and older Marcassin Chardonnay). Every time I got a new glass, I meant to write a note, and every time I forgot because I couldn’t get over how good this was.

It was a touch reductive at first pour, but it yielded to a dizzying array of marzipan, nutmeg, orange blossom, lemon cream and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. On the palate, it continuously evolved revealing powdered sugar coated guava, frosted mango, sea salt and honey roasted nuts. It was both delicate and elegant while also powerful and commanding. The finish lingered for what seemed at least a minute. I still can’t get over how concentrated the fruit was alongside such acidity and structure. Sporting all of these characteristics right now is just a true and complex treat.
— 13 days ago

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Shay A

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@Jid R : Yes, I did watch that interview. The increasing age of that vineyard is only going to push the wines to new heights. My first experience with Aubert was actually a bottle of Lauren about 3 years ago, and the bottle was 8yrs old. It was the wine that opened my eyes to how good Cali chard could be. I’ve had them all ages and love them at each stage, but the 5-7yr spot seems to be best. I will say that their Hudson chard is the most approachable and I prefer it with only a few years on it. I don’t think it can hold its profile as nicely as the others. Just my opinion.

@Bryan Kesting : It’s a must! When you come back down, it’s an easy one to request to be opened! I think this 2016 will hold here another 3-5yrs before it sheds some of its gorgeous fruit. But it will be delicious for at least 5-7yrs easily.

@Aaron Hamrock : Same here. Consistently consistent.
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Superb write up @Shay A you are quite eloquent for a Texan
Hugh O'Riordan

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Great review and comments

La Follette

Sun Chase Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

Winery notes, Sun Chase Vineyard is planted on the west-facing hillside where the cool Petaluma Gap collides with Sonoma Mountain, this site overlooks a broad sweep of the county from the San Pablo Bay to north Santa Rosa. Our Chardonnay block with an east-west row aspect sits on a sun-drenched, rocky incline at 1000' where fruit yields are naturally limited with small clusters and aromatic fruit. Technical Notes: 76 clone, Whole-cluster pressing, 100% native yeast primary fermentation, 100% wild malolactic fermentation, 11 months in low toast, air-dry 3-year-old French oak, 25% new."
My notes , Aubert style without Aubert price.
— a day ago

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Aubert

UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.5

Aubert can do no wrong in our minds. Nor can my wife when it comes to my fave fruit cobbler...
Nose displays almonds and white flowers. The palate is so balanced, nuanced, elegant and precise. A perfect structure which segues into some sexy chalky minerality. Moderate sweetness and relaxed acidity define the individual identity of this chard.
— a day ago

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Ron R

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Yes, @David L. You put us onto this. As I recall it was the 2012 at your place, yes???
David T

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Dude, you’re killing me that cobbler.
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@Ron R Thinking it was a 12 or 13

Auteur

Beltane Ranch Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018

First time for this varietal with these guys. Very nice job. Clean, crisp, varietally correct. Nice sense of balance for young wine. No hint of cat pee or grapefruit. Fruit leans toward lemon/lime, kiwi, green seedless grape. — 4 days ago

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Raen Winery

Cuvée Royal St. Robert Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Recently had ‘16. Royal St. Robert Cuvee named in honor of Dante and Carlo Mondavi's grandfather who taught them to be committed to excellence. Medium Ruby with layered aromas of fresh berry fruits with floral and smoky spice notes. On the palate flavors of strawberry and raspberry with cigar box, oak and herb floral notes. Well balanced, savory fine tannins, long finish ending with oaky earthy notes. Very nice! Has ample room to age. Nice! — a day ago

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Raen Winery

Charles Ranch Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay 2018

Okay... back to back vintages. The ‘18 is IMO a bit more lean, mean, and focused. Ripe pear and Granny Smith apples with a hint of toast. Plenty of intensity, perhaps not as round as the ‘17. Similar in style, I think ‘18 is the better vintage though both are impressive. Balanced..displaying touch of minerality, the wine at this stage in its development needs food. Long, lingering finish. — 8 hours ago

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Rivers-Marie

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

medium straw color, pale watery rim; lemon, green apple, hints of white flowers; citrus, wet stone; medium body, good acidity, 14.1% ABV; the fruit comes mostly from Riddle Vineyard located on a ridge in Green Valley near the town of Occidental with small amounts from the vineyards represented in their single vineyard program; whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented, no less stirring, no new oak; very good value at $30 — 2 days ago

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Vinum Cellars

Misha Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir

Beautiful wine with pure fruit and not a hint of being over the hill (which I slightly expected). Perfect time to drink this and well paired with roasted chicken, black rice, and butternut squash. — 9 hours ago

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