Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County

Theorem Vineyards

Moon Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Shay A
9.2

@Delectable Wine : This is Theorem’s Moon Mountain District chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

Another new wine to the lineup is the moon Mountain Chardonnay. When comparing to other chardonnays TRB crafts, this site is pulling in more slate/limestone and high acidity, compared to his Sonoma chardonnays that have a lot of oyster shell and tart stone fruits. Very bright and concentrated. Underripe melon, powdered lemon bar, crushed rocks, honeysuckle and wildflowers all reveal themselves. I’d hold this for a few years.
— 5 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Had this same wine two years ago and it’s really softened. The forest floor and herbaceous notes have gone to the background and the red fruit notes such as raspberry and pomegranate stand out. However, it still has a coastal flare. Medium bodied and delicious. 93+ — 4 days ago

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David L

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Love this wine with a bit of age on it. What year? 
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@David L : sorry about that...thought I entered the vintage. 2013 It’s in a great spot.

Radio-Coteau

La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010

This 2010 Pinot has aged wonderfully. I was rummaging cellar aka basement and found an unopened case. I buy a case or so a year. The wine was delicious, dark fruit and long finish. Imho it was competitive with Beau Freres. — 4 days ago

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Wow!

Fisher Vineyards

Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Ron R
9.3

I just read AG’s notes on the 16 vintage, and he’s nailed some characteristics that I detected, but couldn’t find the nouns to describe them. He identified camomile and apricot, which are bang on. Showing much better than my prior tasting, this is lithe, yet somewhat bold. Finishes with exotic fruits and marzipan. Moderate acidity complete what is an excellent presentation, soft and round, as opposed to focused and steely. — 4 days ago

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@Neil Valenzuela, the marzipan notes are superb 🤠
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Yes, @Neil Valenzuela. That’s the powder room sink. We love it!
Peggy Hadley

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I wondered if you were in the bathtub or something. It’s beautiful.

Kistler

Occidental SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Not a great pic...forgot to take it and had to have the waiter get it out trash. 😬

Musty and herbaceous on the nose. This subsided after time. The wine drank beautifully. Medium bodied with spice box,
black cherry, forest floor and a hint of cola on the finish.
— 5 days ago

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Love the dedication!

Ancien

Red Dog Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Love this tongue-dancing electrifier! Bright, this is palate Mozart. — 19 days ago

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Rivers-Marie

B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

A baby, but lots of great things ahead. The fruit is very pure and concentrated without being overly rich. Hardly any trace of oak. Bright lemon zest, crushed limestone, honeysuckle with fresh and zippy acidity. Lots to like here. Thanks for a wonderful hosting
@William J. Segui .
— 10 days ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Paige Cuvee Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.3

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Anytime I see Ritchie vineyard, I perk up. I really enjoy the fruit coming from that vineyard and this was no different. Bright and gold in the glass showing aromatics of banana bread pudding, powdered lemon bar, and honeyed tropical fruits. Vibrant acidity at this age with some classical Ritchie nuttiness alongside lemon cream and honeysuckle. Really good.
— 9 days ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Corinne Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017

Shay A
9.2

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Inaugural vintage for this wine. Fruit is coming from Petaluma Gap. This seems to have a Burgundian flair, but the fruit won’t allow it to go fully there. Fairly ripe black cherries, crunchy cranberries, underbrush, black tea and slightly green. Mellow on the palate with more tannin than acidity right now (which seems unique), and a definite dried floral, dried black fruit and herbal streak down the middle of the palate. Needs some time.
— 9 days ago

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Deborah M

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Wow. These are all new to me. I only am familiar with their Napa Cab. Great reviews.
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@Deborah M : If you like Melka’s style, these are up your alley. I was really captivated by the Paige Cuvee Chardonnay, but all three cabs were flat out incredible.

Rivers-Marie

Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

I’m scoring this the same as the Occidental it was next to, but for different reasons. This, for my tastes, is a hold for the next few years. Herbal and floral, with a refreshingly low ABV yet still powerful. Spice box, herbs de Provence, cedar, and kirsch like. Lots in reserve here.
— 10 days ago

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@Shay A : you are absolutely right about the Summa and Occidental. Very different in style but yet both delicious. The best of these 18’s is to come!