Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast

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Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Now this is a new world Pinot Noir for me. Bold and fruit forward with black fruits, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth and light vegetables.

Tangy and spicy, rich and extracted. Showing lots of acidity to make it lively and interesting.

A good sipping wine and very enjoyable by itself.

Good right out of the bottle and very tasty.

I paired it with a nice view of the lake.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 3 days ago

Scott, David and 16 others liked this

Ken Brown

Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir 2016

Had the opportunity to attend a virtual tasting this evening with Ken Brown himself. This wine came out of my cellar a little early as it was on the tasting menu. Lovely wine, great time! — 14 days ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
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Hilliard Bruce

Sky Pinot Noir 2015

Easily one of the better incarnations of this wine, the 2015 Sky is drinking really well. I think (but am not 100% certain) that by this vintage Greg Brewer had moved from Melville to John Hilliard’s operation just down the road on Route 246. Has many of the same characteristics you’d expect from a St Rita Hills pinot - beautiful bright strawberry-laced fruit, a bit of earth and spice, all wrapped together in a wine with a seamless mouthfeel. Very sad that life circumstances compelled John and his wife to shut HB down, but this wine is a terrific reflection of what they achieved in a very short space of time. Cheers! — 20 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Daniel S

Daniel S

Great photo!

Sea Smoke

Ten Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

2nd day review(my wife opened it a little too early last night without me 😪). A mystifying dark garnet color. On the nose: dark cherry, strawberry, wet leaves, floral, little caramel, and very slight menthol. Taste: raspberry, dark cherry, minerals, tea ...nice med plus acidity, a smokey/plum finish, velvety smooth and drinking well for this young wine on the 2nd night!!! — 2 days ago

Brenda, Paul and 15 others liked this

Domaine de la Côte

La Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015

Cherry, dried tomatoes, raspberry, plum, dried mushrooms, soil. Better the second day without decanting. This one has some legs. — 2 days ago

Ellie K
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Sandhi Wines

Rita's Crown Chardonnay 2012

In youth this is a sharp as can be with a bright lemon lime freshness. 8 years of age have converted this from Chablis to White Burg, with a beautiful, round butterscotch and Meyer lemon. Day two: white flowers, delicate perfume, gun flint. — 17 days ago

Severn, David and 5 others liked this

Sine Qua Non

Testa dei Cherubini Eleven Confessions Vineyard Grenache 2014

Okay, not understanding the 8.9 from the East German judge. This is SQN long barrel-aged grenache. Any questions? — 14 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Paul, Billy and 13 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I’ve noticed some rate 1-10 unlike most of us who use it as a 90-100 scale delectable🤷🏼‍♂️ thats my only guess.


Ampelos Vineyard Syrah 2015

Ripe blackberry, cherry, sweet tobacco, cola, smoke and hints of vanilla, all waft up from the 2015 Ampelos Syrah Gamma.  It's soft on the palate, mixing minerals with ripe dark berries as zesty acids tug at the cheeks and hints of savory herbs resonated toward the close.  The finish is long, yet this is no blockbuster, instead wonderfully pleasant and poised, still showing blue and black fruit with gentle tannins and a hint of tart citrus.  Don't overt think it, just enjoy. — 10 hours ago

Chris, Anthony and 8 others liked this


Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2010

Ron R

BC with age - you can’t go wrong! Close your eyes and you could be in Burgundy. — 9 days ago

Anne-marie BeausejourMo Salem
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Ron R

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@P A, same to you and yours.
Norman Gennaro

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How many bottles can the wall hold. Looks killer.
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@Norman Gennaro, I’m gonna extend to 3 pins, meaning 9 bottles per panel. Will have a capacity just over 200. I’ll see if I can do a frontal pic tonight. Give you a diff perspective.

WALT Wines

Clos Pepe Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017

Rich cherry fruit, medium body on the palette. TGIF to all. — 10 days ago

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