Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Limerick Lane

Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel

Not sure why this vintage has received only fair reviews on CellarTracker, but this is a solid bottle of Zinfandel showing rich purple and black fruits, some mild spice and pepper notes, and enough complexity to hold interest. Air seems to help it unfurl a bit. There’s a little alcoholic warmth in the finish, but this is not a jammy zin by any means. The ‘12 was better, but this is quite enjoyable and I’m happy to have another in the cellar. — 2 days ago

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Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2004

Nice piece of Napa history went down tonight to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary at Folly Beach SC. Herbal nose. Aged yellow fruit. Poured medium to dark amber color into the glass. An hour gave this one more aromatics. Cashews, peanuts, rosemary, overripe yellow fruits. The entry was surprisingly dense and full bodied. Palate rather equal to the nose. Finishes with a little more acidity than I thought it would. Went well with an eclectic group of tacos which brought out a kinds of things here. — 2 days ago

Severn, Shawn and 21 others liked this

Bacigalupi

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

Ron R
9.4

Freshly baked pastry and peaches bring together a great ensemble. In its youth, it was an ugly duckling - ugly no more! It’s now soft and rounded, suggesting short-term cellaring only. Beautiful layers and texture, but minimal acidity - @ Domodomo, NYC.
— 2 days ago

Kimberly, P and 31 others liked this

Gundlach Bundschu

Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1553

Well the pros have it wrong on this one. This is 2014 Gundlach Bundschu cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma. I give it a perfect 9.8 after a 30 min decant! The blackberry and dark currant typical of a big cab is overwhelmingly good. The chocolate and spicy initial palate is to die for. Then the rush of American oak and cigar box lines the foundation of this amazing cab. The finish is dry with a subtle tart tingle on the sides of the tongue. Good grief, I need MORE!!!!!!! — 6 days ago

Marshall, P and 9 others liked this

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2013

Shay A
9.3

I’ve enjoyed a decent amount of Calisle zins and really enjoy their take (not overly jammy, balanced spice), but this was my first experience with this offering and it was very unique. The aromatics here don’t smell like Zin...more Syrah like. Funky nose. Blood orange and spicy rhubarb with red fruits and cardamom. On the palate it is crunchy and energetic, oozing black cherries and zesty citrus. Very intriguing. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald . — 10 hours ago

Dan FitzgeraldWeston Eidson
with Dan and Weston
Shawn, "Odedi" and 20 others liked this

Inman Family Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

I throughly enjoyed this RRV Pinot. This is considered a natural wine and the winery focuses on sustainable farming techniques. I think it shows through to the wine. Pure terroir. Worth drinking if you come across it. Small production, limited availability. — 5 days ago

Ira, David and 2 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

With our cheese course.

The shows, Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, shades of caramel, herbal notes, some white spice, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed greens.

The body is full, round, waxy and lush. Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, volcanic minerals, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, mote caramel on the palate, herbal notes, some white spice with just a touch of heat, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed green. The acidity is round and beautiful. The finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced and persists minutes.

Photos of, the Estate vineyards of their tasting patio, serving 17 futures a few weeks back, nice food spread for the party and the main hall after you past check in.
— 9 days ago

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with Christina and James
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Peter Michael Winery

Les Pavots Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

For my 5,000th review on Vivino, it's time for a special bottle. Here is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Gorgeous nose of blueberries, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, black pepper, tobacco, herbs, leather, wet leaves, earth, vegetables and graphite.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, figs, licorice, wood, vanilla, sweet cherries, graphite, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

What a great surprise. This Bordeaux blend is drinking so beautifully right now. Well balanced and very complex. Gentle with lots of fruits and earth notes.

This 14 year old from Knights Valley needs a couple of hours to open up properly and really show up. Delicious.

Robert Parker 95 points. Wine Spectator 95 points.

A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit verdot.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$200.
— a day ago

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Martinelli

Zio Tony Ranch "Gianna Marie" Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.2

I’m finding more and more appreciation for Martinelli’s Syrahs. This is obviously young, and it only spent about 30mins in the decanter before I poured my first glass. Royal purple in the glass. Wonderful aromatics of savory and herbal spices...charcoal embers with bacon fat, accompanied by currant and underripe blackberries. Lifted acidity on the palate giving the profile of this wine the ability to wear its almost 15% ABV well. Dusty dark fruits alongside bayleaf, and pepper dusted cedar. Hold. — 9 days ago

Tom, Eric and 35 others liked this

Two Shepherds

Saralee's Vineyard Grenache 2014

This wine is hitting a peak. A confectionary note over cool rhubarb, dried flowers, and red currants. Lenny of acidity and a dusting of tannins commingle with more fresh red fruit and a dash of sweet spice in my mouth. Just delicious! — a day ago

Severn, Daniel P. and 7 others liked this