Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Sonoma Creek Winery

Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot 1999

This is the 1999 Merlot. Subtle green bell pepper. Rating reflects quality-age, which is what I call “lesser” wines that after a long time become pretty awesome. — 5 days ago

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Small Vines Wines

Baranoff Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

This was incredible. Small vines vineyards go out of their way to make Pinot noir in the burgundy style, and it shows. The nose is a field of windswept berries. Boysenberry and burn raspberry dominate the pallet but it’s not fruit forward it’s subtle and sublime there’s a hint of eucalyptus in the back of the throat. Dry with medium plus acidity and great mouth feel make this a fantastic Pinot noir.  — 19 hours ago

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Arista Winery

Banfield Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

15’ Arista Banfield Chardonnay. Aromas of orange blossom, lemons, stones & baking spices.
The wine is silky. Notes of pear skin, lime curd & lemon butter. That mineral taste that ran through the glass in the last two years has softened. Still not as good as the 2016. Delicious anyway. Also have noticed in the last three weeks a slight bottle variation in the 15 Banfield. Has a solid 4/5 years in it. Cheers.
— 6 days ago

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I’ve got a few mags of the 16 . Let’s crack one. @Ron R
Aaron Hamrock

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I am now on their list and looking forward to trying the white wines. Cheers my friend.
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@Aaron Hamrock You won’t be disappointed. Cheers! 

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma County Syrah 2007

Interestingly enough, as my tastes and tendencies have shifted from new world to old world wines, Pride has remained a core part of my staple purchases. This wine is a testimonial for that decision. It has Euro sensibilities, like a teenage St Joseph. Fairly lush dark fruit, violet/purple floral notes, infused with a minerality and depth of finish that belies and contradicts the reviews it had upon release. And with grilled ribeye and cauliflower mash...fantastic! #stayathomeandwine — 7 days ago

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Davis Bynum

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Davis Bynum 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir! This is a beautiful wine. Its so easy to drink you almost forget your drinking wine. The bouquet is simply cherry juice. The palate begins with dark cherries, raspberries, and ripe Macintosh apples. Then comes the spice and an almost vanilla emotion. The mildly dry finish delivers hints of oak and smoke lingering on the palate. YUMMY! And for about 25 dollars a bottle! You can not beat this wine. Go Sonoma County Russian River Valley! Its those cold foggy and windy nights that make this pinot so fantastic. — 2 days ago

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Nice note. Haven’t had any in years. Need to revisit.

River Road Vineyards

Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light alcohol and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

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

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Showing nice balance and mouthfeel, with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes), and shows the complexity and structure.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

I paired it with a cheese plate and pizza.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.
— 11 days ago

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Gehricke

Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A blend of 84% Cab Sauv, 14% Malbec & 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 18 months in French oak, deep Ruby with aromas of red/black fruits with sweet notes and some spice. On the palate plum and blackberry flavors, vanilla spice, cacao and black pepper. Fine grainy tannins, good balance with acidity, medium+ finish ending with oak tones, a bit tight, decant helps. — 14 hours ago

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Preface

Alexander Valley Red Blend 2016

Wanted something a little out of my wheelhouse tonight and this new Melka project scratched my itch.

On the nose I get sweet blueberry jam, cloves, star anise, candied rose petals and a slight hint of cola. Right off the nose you can tell this is a big wine but I don’t get much alcohol on the nose even at close to 15% abv.

Beautiful notes of espresso, baking chocolate, stewed cherries, baking spices. There’s a decadent blanket of smooth tannins that really elevates the fruit profile of this wine. 70% merlot, rest is a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
— 7 days ago

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@Arden Barnett Interesting...I didn’t think Preface was still a thing? I had a bunch of the 2006 Preface Cabernet Sauvignon that I purchased way back in 2012 but it’s long since consumed. There was a lot mystery around the wine but it was known to be a small project that Melka was involved with that was supposedly aimed at restaurant lists. Always thought the wine was really good. Cool to know it’s still a thing.
Arden Barnett

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@Jay Kline Thanks for the info! The wine shop I purchased it from filled me in a little but I really struggled to find anything on this wine. I saw reviews on the 06-07 Cabernets then a little on this blend. Very nice.

Amici Cellars

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Ruby with red fruit aromas and spicy herb floral notes, aged for 11 months in 35% new French oak. On the palate tart raspberry and cherry flavors with earthy tones. Tannins are firm with balanced acidity. Pleasant finish ending with a touch of minerality. Tasting Sample. — 2 days ago

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B. Wise Vineyards

Moon Mountain District Syrah 2015

Ripe and supple berry pie. Dark dark spicy fruit in a velvety coat of midnight cacao, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Big tannins that cling to palate all the way through the finish. Relax back in your recliner near the fireplace for this one! Perfect rainy day wine. — 17 days ago

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