Volcanic Hills

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. — 18 hours ago

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Antica Terra

Angelicall Pinot Noir Rosé 2014

It's a Pinot, it's a Beaujolais, it's a.....Rosé? Pulled at the last second and aged for a year, this wine is going great. Medicinal black cherry and sharp acidity on the entry. Middle goes a little bit lighter and finishes with more of a drunk red cherry. This is the most interesting Rosé I have ever experienced and if this was served to me blind I don't think I ever would have guessed this was a Rosé. I think this one has incredible aging potential. — 10 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yes! Hide, don't drink 👍
Bryan Kesting

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@Mark Flesher : I absolutely love this wine. Great pull!
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@Bryan Kesting : Mark had never tried it, so I had to pull one for him!
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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. ⁣
— 2 hours ago

Domaine Serene

Coeur Blanc White Heart Pinot Noir 2017

One of the great White Pinot Noirs made in the world, I have been fascinated by this wine since it was first made more than a decade ago. The 2017 ‘Coeur Blanc’ opens with an enticing bouquet of cantaloupe, marzipan, white rose and shades of Pazzaz apple that all meld together nicely in the glass. The palate reveals a refined, silky texture and entices. Generous on the mouth, this white Pinot Noir unveils seriously good range from melon tones to green apple and shades of wild mushroom and wet stone. The bright sense of minerality and the generous texture really sing here. While outstanding now, this true heavyhitter of a wine will only become more silky and complex as it ages. Drink 2019-2033- 95 — 7 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Is it acidly like some white wines? Acid upsets my old tummy.
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@Hugh O'Riordan I would implore you to check this out. Acidity is relatively high but I bet this would upset the stomach. I think this is the best example of new world white Pinot Noir 🍷👌
Hugh O'Riordan

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Dr. Owen, it just occurred to me that I’ve hate Pinot Blanc. In champagne. Hugh

Volcanic Hills Winery

Pivnica Čajkov Extracta Pinot Gris

Floral nose, peppery and more complex than the other Vulcan petnat. Cloudy, no sediment — 21 days ago

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 — 10 days ago

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Arterberry Maresh

Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

3rd generation grower Jim Maresh launched his own brand in 2007. Maresh Vineyard was first planted in 1970 by grandparents Jim & Loie. Aromas of attractive red berry fruits with a touch of cooling mint. On the palate cherry and berry fruits, well structured, with a touch of rustic spice. Fine soft tannins, balanced with acidity, medium-bodied, long finish ending with earthy mineral character. Very Nice! — 4 days ago

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Kelley Fox Wines

Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris rose

Kelley’s Pinot Gris spends almost 3 weeks on the skins with foot treading once each day. You can imagine the resulting flavor explosion. Think cranberries and crushed wild flowers and a refreshing mineral water finish. This is the type of rosé that can stand up to a full flavored dish! 😋💖 — 3 days ago

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Wither Hills

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

It has been awhile since I have had a good Sauvignon Blanc and tonight is one of those nights. I have opened the 2017 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand.

A beautiful expression of Sauvignon Blanc on the nose is I am getting lime, kiwi fruit, nectarine, guava, papaya, herbs and wet concrete.

The palate brings out notes of lime, green apple, white peach, grapefruit, lemongrass, and crushed stone.

This wine is medium bodied with medium + acidity and that leads into crisp clean chalky finish. The weekend is on us and it looks to be a good one so please be safe and have fun. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 3 days ago

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Ha yes good minds do think alike!

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. — 9 days ago

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