South Coast, California

Monte De Oro

Owner's Blend Synergy 65 Temecula Valley Syrah Blend 2016

Returned to excellence this year. Bright fruity nose, deep burgundy color, juicy mouthwatering on the palate - slight effervescence - lots of layers of well balanced Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Cab Franc, and Cab Sauvignon. Mild lingering finish with effervescence returning. Slightly sweet but the balance and complexity make it a pleasant experience. — 17 hours ago

Martha Stoumen

Mendo Benchlands Zinfandel-Nero d'Avola Blend 2019

Best Martha to date. Her wines get interesting at this level, beyond Post Flirtation. Here she channels Sicily and projects Cali through two grapes she adores - Nero D’Avola and Zin.Dark brew of juicy fruits and toasted spice. Plums, Driscoll’s blackberries, ripe raspberries. Cinnamon and cardamom. — 6 days ago

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Ely Cohn

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@Josh Morgenthau I’d say comparative. Blackberries - sour and juicy the way they are in the grocery store vs wild caught which I think can be more concentrated flavor and sweeter
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Makes sense! Have yet to try her wines. Would you seek this out or another cuvee for a first timer?
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@Josh Morgenthau she makes wonderful wines. I would skip over her post flirtation line of wines and focus on the others. Her wines are maybe slightly more expensive than they should be but they are very good nevertheless.

Licorne Méchante

le ours repose ZINFANDEL 2017

Licorne Mechante (wicked unicorn) is where Les Lune can experiment. When the wines are good, we get some great buys. This Zin, as it goes, is very good. Spiced cherry cola mixology type stuff with cinnamon Hot Tamales and wild berries. — 12 days ago

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Agharta Wines

Black Label Syrah Blend 2006

@paxmahle kills it His alternate label exudes a refined Syrah. Deep rich sweet cherry with perfectly refined tannins. Light hints of black pepper add depth and character. Lower amounts of acidity, mean this is ripe for consuming. Just awesome — 3 days ago

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Danza Del Sol

GSM Temecula Valley Grenache Blend 2015

Great blend. Nice finish. A little buttery hint. — 8 days ago

Anthill Farms

North Coast Pinot Noir

Eric S
8.9

Massive spice- hiding something? Great value and fun to drink. First Anthill and will definitely try other types. -17 / -18 vintage combo. — 9 days ago

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Qupé

Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Grenache 2012

More than 5 years since my last btl, and this is absolutely singing. I don't get the VM score (86) at all. Just a fantastically pure grenache, starting to whsiper about secondary aromas. On the nose: red raapberry, a touch of imcense, soft sandalwood and leather...wow. On the palate, excellent acidity, a touch of savory cured meat with the black raspberry...light on its feet, but great density, attenuated and soft tannin on the juicy and tangy finish. — 2 days ago

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Douglas Braun

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Love that vineyard across from Alban 👍

Shirah

Bro.Deux Red Blend 2016

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from California is drinking very nicely now, as a 4 year old. I had this vintage a year ago, and it is better now.

Showing red and black fruits with wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, pencil lead, tobacco, chocolates and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity. Spicy with nice complexity.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins.

Good right out of the bottle, fruit forward and good by itself or with food. Nice, enjoyable and a good quality wine.

I gave it a light chill and had by the pool.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Petit verdot. Kosher non mevushal

Only 13.7% ABV, which I loved.

89 points.

$45.
— 17 days ago

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Navarro Vineyards

Mendocino Chardonnay 2016

New vintage for me, no new wood in this, according to their website. Yellow in color, excellent clarity. Apple notes in nose. Peach, apple and lemon flavors with hints of mineral and malolactic on the finish. Lingering malic-apple aftertaste, ever so slightly tart throughout. A superior Chardonnay, blessedly free of new oak, and all the more refreshing and delightful because of it. Well made, and almost convinced me that my avoidance of Chardonnays is all about their high price, but not, in this case, because of a lack of quality. Good stuff — 12 days ago

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Pretty photo!

Wiens Family Cellars

Artist Series Crowded Red Blend 2017

Deep, wooden cherry notes flourish both before and after the first taste. The flavor is sophisticated, yet simple. Nothing of note to end, but nothing negative to say about the beginning and middle. A very solid experience. — 21 days ago