Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Peter Michael Winery

Point Rouge Chardonnay 2012

Shay A
9.5

Today was an absolutely fantastic Friday hosting at the City Club by @Dan Fitzgerald. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. Great job Dan!

My notes against the first white were that this was more lifted and slightly lighter in body. In fact, I called this 2012 Aubert (one of their Sonoma Coast Vineyards) as I picked up lemon cream on the nose and palate. Sea salt, marzipan, honeycomb and lemon pound cake dominate the senses. Touch of heat on the finish. This is drinking marvelously right now.
— a day ago

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@Severn Goodwin : I believe this is their highest end Chardonnay. Not seen often! 99points (for those who like to know points).
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@Shay A I'm not about critic points, they don't always align with my personal scores. Nice notes, sounds like a fun bottle to seek out.
Mark Flesher

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Wow, what a Chardonnay! This was served next to the 2012, both served blind. This Chardonnay was the total package. I guessed the approximate year and region. Lots of guesses for Aubert here. Nose and palate of toasted brioche, peach, pear, white flowers. Thick, full-bodied, viscous, rounded, 30-45 second finish. perfectly balanced and integrated. Ready to kick some ass. This is probably in the running for best domestic Chardonnay I have experienced to date. And amazing how different this one was served right next to a Peter Michael that was one vintage younger!
9.5

Deerfield Ranch

Zembrano Ekleberry Cuvée Zinfandel Blend 2007

Has been almost five years since I have revisited one of these. Still have one more left. The nose on this wine has a lot of dried wildflower, kirsche. Entry is cherry liqueur, mint, wildflowers. Middle gets a cherry cola note, hint of bacon fat and mushroom. Finishes with quite a bit of acidity and went insanely well with Rosemary asiago cheese. Still drinking very well! Has a few more years left I believe! — 16 days ago

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Donum

Year of the Monkey Single Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir 2016

Weekend in San Jose for the Queen concert!! Enjoying a pinot and the pool! Pop and pour (young...would of loved a few more years on the bottle). A fascinating dark ruby red. On the nose: red fruit, plum, vanilla, olives. Taste: bright red cherry, spice, herbs, some chocolate...nice concentration and finish with a little tannic kick. — 7 days ago

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Martinelli

"Giuseppe & Luisa" Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014

Funky for the first 20 minutes. But, then this one turned the corner and hit the throttle. This wine has an incredible nose: violets, spice cake, black fruit, raisins, cinnamon. Entry was full of black pepper, sweet plum, fruitcake, hint of candied bacon. Middle gains a dark chocolate, mocha, baking spice. Finishes dark, black pepper, sweet, still very youthful, full throttle, excellent acidity. I almost opened this a few hundred times but did manage to finally bury it in the collection until I actually sought it out and brought it home. I dare say that this one has a good 7 years left in it. Don't drink this one as a pop and pour. Decant at least 30 minutes and then enjoy it! I think it's in a really good spot right now, but I do believe that 1-2 years of additional bottle age will do this well. — 9 days ago

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Limerick Lane

Russian River Valley Syrah Rosé 2018

Strawberries and cream was pretty much about 90% of this one. I thought there would have been some funk or darker influence given that the primary grape was syrah. It did have very sharp acidity, and also had a tiny hint of minerality. This one made me go out and buy a pint of Blue Bell Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla, and that pairing was just about everything I thought it could be. I give the pairing a 9.6 :) Good poolside sippin wine! — 6 days ago

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@Mark Flesher Mark Great pairing Cheers 🍷

Whetstone Wine Cellars

Pleasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Donald Patz
9.0

A BTG offering at Angèle and what a delight. Pleasant Hill - aka JENKINS RANCH - is a proven Pinot Noir site in the as yet unofficial “Sebastopol Hills” area of Russian River Valley AVA. 2014 with 3-4 years of bottle time is bridging youthful juiciness with a flicker of aged character. Nice work — 3 days ago

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Martinelli

Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group meet up. Theme was “bring something good”. All wines (minus the bubbles and SB) were tasted blind.

Crazy young, but fun to see the potential here. Quite spicy, nimble, yet the core of this wine has intense layers. Black peppercorn, rhubarb tart pie and underripe raspberries dominate the nose. Cedar, candied black cherries and blackberry fig on the palate. I called this Sonoma Zinfandel. Thanks,
@Bill Makens .
— 10 days ago

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Love this stuff
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@Mike R : So good!
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@shay: that’s a very good wine with a little age.

The Grenachista

Dry Creek Valley Grenache Noir 2016

Beautiful color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Strong and fruity nose with black currants, black plums, wild flowers, cherries, oak, spices, licorice, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon, earth, light alcohol, peppercorn and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, earth, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Single Vineyard Grenache from Sonoma County. Spicy and easy drinking with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good wine to enjoy with friends by the porch.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime, when the complexity shows up.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.
— 11 days ago

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@"Odedi" love the glass!
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Love my zalto @Dawn E. 😊

Ridge Vineyards

Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend 2016

Always consistent. Always amazing, I don’t know how they make 15% ABV feel so balanced. — 2 days ago

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I remember so fondly the 1994 of this. Damn I'm getting old

Peter Michael Winery

Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L'Apres-Midi 2017

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF wine group meet up. Theme was “bring something good”. All wines (minus the bubbles and SB) were tasted blind.

In the name of science,
@Dan Fitzgerald brought this so that we could get a feel for how these taste young since the release is tomorrow. I’ve had a few older wines and after this, it confirmed for me these can hold really nicely. Extremely bright and floral, with lychee, key limes, and wet rock aromatics. Sharp acidity on the palate wrapped in tart stone fruits, kiwi and pineapple.
— 10 days ago

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