Valle De Guadalupe, Baja California

Villa Montefiori

Fusione di Montefiori Cabernet Merlot 2016

Ripe berries on the nose. Needs some time to open up. Earthy, herbaceous, and hints of plum and raspberry. Surprisingly fits well with spicy food. A nice bottle. — a month ago

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Castello di Amorosa

Cresta d'Oro Vineyard Rosto 2020

Castello di Amorosa Cresta d'Oro Vineyard Rosato di Pinot Noir 2020, California

Pale salmon in color.

Light nose of lemons, light strawberries, citrus, limes, river rocks, green apples, sea salt and earth.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, limes, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light earth, green apples and minerals.

Nice length on the finish with limes.

This is a very enjoyable Rosé from Russian River Valley. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. Light and engaging without being bitter nor tart.

This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity already. Easy drinking and good by itself.

Gets earthier as it opens up with an old world feel (30 minutes).

Good by itself or with food. A tasty wine that I enjoyed all by itself by the pool.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 13 days ago

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Stars & Dust

Tierra Alta Vineyard Rosé of Grenache 2020

Shay A

Fun and delicious new label from Nikki Pallesen, formerly of Liquid Farm. Now that she is off on her own, this and a Mourvèdre rosé are the first wines from the new label (Joni Mitchell inspired label art). My thanks to my good buddy @Bill Bender for this!

If I was to classify rosé in to three categories of style, it would be crushable, classic, and commanding. This falls in between crushable and classic. It disappeared incredibly quick from the bottle…so easy to drink yet also sports some fun nuances. At 11.8ABV, the refreshing profile is evident from first sip. Watermelon colored with an orange tinge in the glass. It’s really juicy and tropical up front with watermelon, melon, red berry gummy fruit snacks (I know this well thanks to my 2yo) and strawberry, but the finish is quite unique…goes from an herbal, rhubarb type spice to a pink sea salt dusted cranberry scone. Best enjoyed over the next 6-12 months. No brainer at the price!
— 5 hours ago

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Love the Joni-inspired art!


Gringoliño Valle de Guadalupe Grignolino Rosé

Juice box vibes. Maybe Capri Sun? Love it. — a month ago

Beringer Vineyards

California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

2017 vintage opened July 2021. I’m not sure why peeps are giving this wine the sub-9.0 ratings that they are. This is a very drinkable wine with an excellent balance and a nice complexity. Mild scent of leather and dry clay on the nose. Strawberries and red raspberries on the front. A mid-level tannic structure — smooth but not smothering — which I’ve found to be a characteristic of Sonoma Cabs. Soft finish. Maybe a few afternotes, enough to consider it a “long finish”. Subtle but thoroughly enjoyable. Drinkable now, drinkable for at least another decade. — 8 days ago

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Jolie-Laide Wines

California Trousseau Noir Blend 2019

Crushed peak season strawberries, rhubarb, sour cherries, pink peppercorn, violets, hibiscus, chalk. Incredibly drinkable, crushable, smashable. This wine makes me feel cool. I want to get drunk off of this wine - will always buy a bottle whenever I see one. — 8 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

The Hated Hunter Syrah 2017

Sine Qua Non vs Schrader cage fight tonight.

+4 hour decant (some fine cloudy sediment). A remarkable dark purplish garnet color. On the nose: red and black fruit, stewed meat, sandalwood, pepper, bacon, charcoal. Taste: a smooth, rich, soft, powerful wine with dark cherry, licorice, smoke, leather, pepper and a long dark chocolate espresso finish. YUM! It has everything you want. Its young(probably a better score if I have patience), but so good I might pop another bottle tomorrow. Cheers!
— 14 days ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Hermann York Wine

Chavez Vineyard Alicante Bouschet Rosé 2020

Happy to be the first to post this. Delectable classified as a Rosé, but the HY boys say it was made as a white wine and presents as a Rosé.” Pic doesn’t capture the color. Beautiful nose, but finish a bit rough on opening. A few hours of air smoothed this out nicely. Wonderful on days 2 and 4. Part of the burgeoning SoCal wine scene. Keep an eye on these guys. Beautiful labels, better wines, terrific folks. 12.49% ABV. The NEW new California. Great things ahead! — 6 days ago

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Alpha Omega

Michel Rolland Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, chocolates, black currants, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, cedar, spices, light alcohol, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

A delicious Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux blend from the great 2014 vintage. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward, elegant and rich. Opulent and tasty. Shows great complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

I've had many wines from Michel Rolland, from all over the world, and I always enjoyed them. Never disappoints and always a pleasure.

Thank you Scott for sharing this beautiful wine with me.

Wine Enthusiasts 95 points. Robert Parker 96 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime, and good by itself as a sipping wine. No need for food at all, but will pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (80% New). Only 370 cases produced. Some of the fruit come from To Kalon and Stagecoach Vineyards.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

— 2 days ago

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Rolland sure gets around!
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Those Rolland finishes hit the spot. Distinctively and deliciously different.
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Orin Swift Cellars

8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel Blend 2016

This is a big and bold Zinfandel based red Blend from California.

Showing black fruits with tobacco, chocolates, coffee, cola, vanilla, cedar, licorice and mocha.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Jammy and creamy. Smooth and easy drinking.

Enjoyable by itself, and would pair nicely with a burger.

Would be interesting to try it in a few years, as it might calm down a bit. Might be too sweet for some.

A blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.
— 14 days ago

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