Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Eponymous

Macallister Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2012

Really BIG, expressive and complex Sonoma Cab Franc. Elegant floral aromas. Loads of dark black fruit with hints of violets, vanilla and chocolate. Smooth tannins on the very long finish. Good vino. — 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend

Always solid, never disappoints.

17’ shows a cedar nose,
And the first hint of blackberry, tarragon, eucalyptus. The second hint, which is eucalyptus, comes in strong and stays for quite awhile, mingled with a bit of coffee and Woody tannins.
Really needs at least 5 years, especially with these last few hot years in the valley..
— 9 days ago

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Nicely reviewed. Cheers!🍷
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@Trixie Thanks! Love your new profile pic! 🍷
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Why, thank you! Have been having issues for months with my profile pictures. Have difficulty uploading.

Hamel Family Wines

Pamelita Reserve Sonoma Valley 2016

Huge. But much more integration of all elements on the palate. Wish I had some food... — 13 days ago

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Director's Cut Cinema Zinfandel Blend 2017

Nice mixture of fruit and spices. Easy drinking California blend, perfumed and some sweetness but not overdone, limited complexity. This is wine to be enjoyed on its own, doesn’t need food, perhaps just some salty snacks and you’re off and running. — 9 days ago

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A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

“Let me tell you somethin’! Let me tell you...✋🏼. Don’t drink these now. Seriously. Just don’t. Five years from now? That’s probably okay. But not now. Unless...unless you are willing to decant for an extended period of time or slow-ox for three days. Patience will be rewarded however if you allow time to do its work. Only then do you get the classic Rafanelli of red and dark fruit with chocolate, coffee, tobacco and baking spices; executed in a most seductive fashion. Sound structure. The finish is long. This is a great vintage from Rafanelli with a long life ahead. Better after 2025. — 5 days ago

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I have such a hard time hanging on to Rafanelli! That being said had some aged—1980 something—at a restaurant recently and my goodness it was great
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@Ellen Clifford Damn...that’s OG Rafanelli. I’ve only had their wines going back into the 90’s but I can imagine older stuff still hanging in there.
Ellen Clifford

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@Jay Kline definitely the oldest Zin I’d had! I double checked and it was a 1986. This restaurant Peppones has an amazing wine list with substantial deals, I think it cost us maybe 50 bucks.

Rochioli

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014

First time trying this producer - lovely chard. On entry lemon curd & butter; as it develops slightly more mineral-driven with sugar-coated lemon, assorted citrus, bruised pear, orange, and ginger. Big bodied yet still gulpable. — a day ago

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Morlet Family Vineyards

Bouquet Garni Bennett Valley Syrah 2013

Ripe cherries, spices, herbs and a looooong finish. Still get a bit tight though tannins has mellowed and integrated well. Have one more bottle I will let sit to revisit in a couple of years. — 5 days ago

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Good to know. I have some -16. Will wait.

Merry Edwards

Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale yellow with pleasing aromas of citrus and sweet peaches. One of the few barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc's which adds a wonderful toasty oak flavor setting this wine apart from the rest. Complex palate of flavors, fresh fruit, lemons, grapefruit, peaches, Asian pears and baked apple with tea and spicy acidity. Slight herb notes with a smooth and creamy well balanced finish ending with a gentle sweet character. A Fav! — 2 days ago

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The Meeker Vineyard

Barrel Select Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2016

Very pure and varietally correct. Tightly wound but highly expressive nonetheless. Medium bodied, focused and bright with pronounced Asian spice notes and briary cherry and black raspberry flavors. Lovely acidity and fine grain tannins. — 2 days ago

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Aubert

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.4

So consistent. We are happy we are on the allocation. Honeysuckle and butterscotch play out on the nose. Beautiful display on the palate. Starts with a burst of energy, which effortlessly glides onto bright citrus notes, with sherbet. So clean and refreshing, we could drink this like water! — 8 days ago

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Brandon Thurber

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Will be picking some of this up next week @Ron R ! Great notes.
Ron R

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Thanks, @Brandon Thurber. For the loot, we consider Aubert to be at the top of his game, bar none!
Evan Bienstock

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But so young.... must be hard to wait.