Vinca Minor

Vinca Minor

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2021

A tasting note for their Vermentino (since no such entry exists): Stony grassy oily beeswax lanoline
Crushed stones citrus medium+ acidity medium - finish phenolic bitterness
— 11 days ago

Ampelidae

Le K Vin de Pays de la Vienne Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Vintage 2016 | 100% Cabernet franc with a very appealing smell with cacao and chocolate, a bold taste with good balance and a minor pepperbell impression. Charming wine. | Paired with steamed vegetables and a pork finch. — a month ago

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Taylors Wines

St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Riesling 2014

Even at 8 years of age still a very pale yellow. Grapefruit aromas predominant amongst the citrus together with white and yellow flowers. Still tight with citric acid and a good future of say 3 to 5 years. A very minor petro chemical influence (TDN). Refreshing! — 2 months ago

Aaron, Severn and 19 others liked this

Echolands

Les Collines Vineyard Syrah 2018

You’d never guess this was from Washington. Bright crunchy acid, red and blue fruit, minor olive and smoked meat. Nothing Jammy or overcooked here. This kept unfurling and becoming more complex throughout the evening, and was excellent with food. Very well made. — 3 months ago

Severn, Kevin and 7 others liked this

Vinca Minor

Hawkeye Ranch Carignan Rosé 2021

It’s interesting. — 10 days ago

Vinca Minor

Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2017

Tasting good. Nose has some flowers, lemon, hay. Palate I keep coming back to beeswax, brioche, honeysuckle, lemon cream, there’s good acidity from underripe pear. Pretty nice to drink. — 2 months ago

Josh liked this

Etude

Lyric Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2019

ESF
9.3

Bravo Etude, Bravo!
Outstanding execution here, textbook CA PN w/out being overdone or over extracted: just a gorgeous nose of beautifully ripe cherry, strawberry & red plum, generous warm baking spices, smoky tea, vanilla and more. Intoxicating nose mirrored on palate. Med bodied but so generous it drinks bigger. Smooth suave, freshness abounds, seamless through finish. Only minor point is length of finish gives this away as entry level, but for the price: buy a case.
— 2 months ago

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Vinca Minor

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Franc Merlot 2016

Tasting great with some age. Cedar, tobacco, green pepper, plums, chocolate covered tart cherries. More on the herbal/veggie side of Bordeaux blend. I really like this. Probably even better in a few more years. — a month ago

Contini

Riserva Vernaccia di Oristano 1997

Lyle Fass
9.5

Easily one of the great wines of Italy. Like a cross between Jerez and Chateau Chalon. 18%. Nose has orange/chocolate liqueur, exotic spices, pound cake, minor ethanol (hello 18%), white raspberry, white chocolate, bittersweet cocoa and more. Enormously complex and wafting aromas. Could be a bit colder but always a challenge finding the right temperature to serve these at. Palate is juicy and invigorating with such finesse and a fruit skin complexity. Very concentrated but man what finesse here and just the silkiest texture. Long. Super long. Nose starts to develop sawdust, tree bark and orange rind. The elegance stands out so much and how nimble and light on its feet it is. Always spectacular, delicious and distinctive. Brilliant. Nose develops a honey/sweet truffle thing now with sweet saddle leather as well. Marmalade. — a month ago

Peter, Charlie and 13 others liked this
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@Eric italian desert cakes like Zuccotto or Pannetone I’d match with it. For me too powerful on its own.
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These are special & difficult to find - cheers!
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@ESF not for long! Still got a 95 and 79 to tatse.

Sean Minor

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019

Nadia’s pick. Tart beginning but mellows after time. Nice cherry and stone fruit flavors. Great with charcoal grilled turkey breast. This wine is a winner! — 2 months ago

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