Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County

Hanzell Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir

Color is a tawny crimson red. Nose — tart cherry sandalwood tea and some forest floor earth aroma. A light but complex elegant Burgundy style pinot with an initial flavor of cherry, spice and pine tree smoothing into more strawberry flavors and subtle vanilla toast. Medium to long finish. Pairs really well with the smokey carnitas cheeks tacos, yummy — 13 hours ago

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Nicholson Ranch

Estate Chardonnay 2014

Ron R
9.0

A good chard, showing the typical Sonoma focused signature, with good weight and mouthfeel. Just a touch oxidized. 90 pts due to oxidation. Drink these yesterday. — 13 days ago

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Croix Estate

Narrow Gauge Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.4

This is a new one for me, which was suggest by @Paul T- Huntington Beach - thanks bud.
This is a great Russian River example from Kirk Venge. Beautiful, vibrant nose of roasted almonds and honey. Palate is textured and focused. I’m serious when I say this mirrors aspects of Aubert’s appellation bottlings. Give this stunner a whirl. Sourced from Last Bottle at a competitive price.
— 8 days ago

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Ron R

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You guys are in for a treat. I’ll go back to this tonight and May up my score...
Ron R

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Took the numbers up a notch after tasting on day 2.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

You popped it off the truck, wait till you let the bottles rest awhile then you’ll be up to 9.6.

Aperture

Alexander Valley Red Blend 2016

Jeb, Suckling, and RP all gave the 2016 a 93/100. I can see it, though I feel more comfortable with a 92. This blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Malbec, and 7% Cabernet Franc. Lovely aromas of tobacco, cedar, blackberries, and dark berry preserves fill the nostrils. On the palate blackcurrants, dark chocolate shavings, and juicy plums, all of which lend a rich and inviting mouthfeel that coats the palate in a suave, plush blanket. — 7 days ago

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Love the white wines. Cheers
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I need to try them.

Williams Selyem

Foss Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

1 hour decant. An exquisite dark garnet color. On the nose: dark sweet cherries, forest floor, floral, tea, and smoke. Taste: a smooth and chalky wine with surprisingly muted notes of cherry, earth, sweet tea, and a strawberry mineral medium finish with medium acidity. Drinking well now with the decant, probably better with a few more years on it. — 8 days ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Pax

Eastern Ridge Syrah 2006

Eric S
9.3

The misses had a girls night out so had to go for something older and funky. Big minerals on the nose. Palate is like a bloody smoked steak dusted with rust and wrapped in bacon. Can’t believe it’s balanced and not hot at 15.5%. Pax is one of the only producers that can do that with so much alcohol IMO. — 10 days ago

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Alc.% is much lower now.
Eric S

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Yep. Still buying the new stuff. Love both of his styles.
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Totally.

Amapola Creek

Monte Rosso Vineyards Zinfandel 2014

Perfect for BBQ. Big dense and well balanced. One of the best zins I've had in a long time! — 6 days ago

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A. Rafanelli

Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Just a good wine. Grandfather collected Rafanelli from the mid 90’s till Mississippi cracked down on shipping wine to the state in 2010. Brought a couple bottles back for him from Texas. While I attribute the 1998 Terrace Select Cab as the wine that really got me into wine, I overall still lean towards their Zin’s. — 3 days ago

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@David L Their merlot is the one wine in their lineup that I have failed to try... the past year has been eye opening for me with regards to Cali Merlot. Before I just assumed for the most part they are just all big fruit bombs, but man I have never been more wrong. So many good options right now. Working on building up a little collection. Cheers!
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Napa- Going all out- KAPCSANDY ROBERTA'S RESERVE
Buccella Merlot - Something you must open . Cheers all!
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@David L thanks for the recs! I’ve been keeping my eye out for some Buccella’s at auction. Hope to snag a few bottles soon.

Liquid Sky

Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I like all wines from Moon Mountain especially Kaman Wines — 5 days ago

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Modus Operandi Cellars

Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Even in Its youth, the 2018 Modus Operandi Cellars Pinot from the oft-heralded Bacigalupi Vineyard is more than just approachable- it’s unreal. The nose is already in bloom with oodles of Burgundy-like bramble berry, while the mouthfeel is as silk should be defined.
Frankly, I’ve never had a Pinot Noir like it, anywhere near it’s price. Not even close.
— 12 days ago

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