Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast

Melville

Block M Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

This is a really interesting incarnation of Melville’s Block M. The regular 2014 had some stem inclusion (25%, I think, but I’m not sure about that fraction). As a small lot experiment, Greg Brewer produced a small amount absent the stem inclusion. Fascinating difference. Whereas the regular has a distinctive earthy undercurrent, this one is all about the fruit. Not in a jammy sense, but some really spectacular St Rita Hills aromatics that’s less structured than the regular bottling. By dropping the temp down a few degrees, you get a really interesting, profound flavor profile driven by the acidity of the fruit (as opposed to the added tannins from the stems). Probably doesn’t have the longevity of the regular bottling, but is drinking beautifully right now. — 5 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
with Vanessa
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Bonaccorsi

Melville Vineyard Chardonnay

2013 vintage, drank July 11, 2019. Color is medium + for a Chardonnay - color of gunpowder green tea. Nose of dry sweet honey, dry grass and earth as well as oaky qualities - quite aromatic. On the palate - more dry than you would expect from the nose, rich with soft mouthfeel, medium sweet, medium + acidity, medium + minerality, oak. Reminds me of the wines of the Amalfi Coast. Age has been good for this wine. — 8 days ago

Sine Qua Non

This Is Not An Exit Estate Syrah 2009

Enjoyed at Il Cortile in Paso Robles. Amazing food to go with amazing wine. — 19 days ago

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Domaine de la Côte

La Côte Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2017 Memorious Pinot Noir ⁣
2017 Bloom’s Field Pinot Noir ⁣
2017 La Côte Pinot Noir ⁣
2017 Sous le Chene Pinot Noir ⁣
2014 Sandhi Blanc de Blancs ⁣

All Pinot Noirs were delicious. Memorious tasted some spice with black pepper. Bloom’s Field showed darker fruits. La Côte was fuller in body and riper on aromas. Sous le Chene had the best concentration and the most complex profile with hint of wild bouquet. The Blanc de Blancs was refreshing with a tad of funkiness, possibly from VA and a little oxidation, 3 years on lees, all adding to the character.⁣

What’s especial about Sous le Chene is that it’s sourced from this 10 rows of vines literally right next to La Côte but you can somehow really taste the difference between the two. ⁣
— 5 days ago

Sine Qua Non

Esto No Es Una Salida Grenache 2009

2009 Vintage. 15.7% Alcohol. Grenache.Back home but the July 4th vacation SQN fireworks continue. In it’s prime now. — 14 days ago

Shay, Mike and 5 others liked this

Gypsy Canyon Winery

The Collector's Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

This was lovely. Fragrance of berries and florals jumped out of the glass. Burnt raspberries and boysenberries dances on the pallet. Tighter tannins then i thought would be there. Acidity was a little high for my taste, but all in all lovely wine — 22 days ago

Billy, Serge and 7 others liked this

Sea Smoke

Ten Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2013

Opened. Very Well. Sea Smoke that I know & love. For my good friend Mike — 8 days ago

Nicole C. Russo
with Nicole
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Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Amazing!! Cheers!

Sanford

Gravity Flow Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

Citrus aromas. Crisp pear, almond and lemon mid-palate with some salinity. Aged in French oak 15 mos, so just a hint of oak on the crisp finish. Very nice — 14 days ago

Chad Anderson
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Sine Qua Non

The Duel Syrah 2008

2008 is finally ready. A bit of sediment at the end which indicates drink sooner than later to enjoy the massive fruit. — 17 days ago

David, Shay and 7 others liked this

Sine Qua Non

Touché Eleven Confessions Vineyard Estate Syrah 2012

2012 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. Still needs more time or long decant. — 16 days ago

Shay, David and 6 others liked this