Wairau River

Paul Hobbs

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2020

Ruby/purple color. (Dark for a Pinot Noir) Beautiful dark berry aromas with hints of spices, salami and roasted herbs. Bold on the pallet with bright blackberry and black cherry fruit with notes of baking spices and earth. Great length and balance. Powerful! Tasted this blind with friends and they could not believe that this was a Pinot Noir. Is there another varietal blended in? Regardless, this wine is outstanding! Thanks for the bottle Kasey and Pete! — 7 days ago

Bob, Daniel P. and 6 others liked this

Twomey

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2020

Dark ruby color with purple highlights. Nice aromas and flavors of black fruit, spices and forest floor. Quite savory, fresh and lively. Nicely extended finish. Excellent balance and well structured. Alcohol is in check and there is an elevated level of acidity. Not what I expected. — a month ago

Hermes, Bob and 8 others liked this

Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

A good Aussie Cabernet. Good but not great. — 7 days ago

Kosta Browne

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

I was not disappointed! Been wanting to try this Pinot Noir for a very long time and found it in a half bottle (still a little pricey but worth it ). — a month ago

Eric, Eric and 5 others liked this

Ramey Wine Cellars

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2019

From Westside Farms and Rochioli Allen Vineyard sites, medium lemon color, aromas of stone and citrus fruits with floral and nutty notes. On the palate flavors of peach, apricot and pears with honeysuckle, smooth with a nutty creamy texture, lively acidity. Medium+ finish ending with fruit toasty notes and savory citrus mineral character. Nice! — 14 days ago

vinokeeno, Sharon and 7 others liked this

Leeuwin Estate

Art Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.4

In keeping with the Aussie theme from a recent Grange dinner (1997-2001, 1998 was the clear winner), this was brought as a starter.

With about 9yrs on it, this is the oldest Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay I’ve had, and I’m impressed at the evolution. Slightly reductive (sweet smoke) upon opening, but it added great character. Color was a beautiful deep yellow (but not oxidized gold). Tropical (white peach, nectarine) but also honeyed cashews and honeysuckle aromatically. Great depth on the mid-palate with added tropical notes carried by faint oak but a distinct mineral driven finish. Drinking beautifully. Wish I had more.
— a month ago

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Sharon B

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Mmmm sounds very nice!
Bob McDonald

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@Shay A Totally agree Shay. I shared a bottle at the Gold Coast just before New Year with about 8 of us and 2 kilos of prawns. A perfect match. Followed by a 2015 Woodlands Chloe which kept up the standard.
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@Sharon B : Indeed it was!

@Bob McDonald : I’m not familiar with Woodlands Chloe. I’ll seek some out.

Migration (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Good nose, medium to full body, malolactic fermentation smooth finish and mild acidity — 25 days ago

Paul Hobbs

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

Wow! Had to try the ‘15 after the having the insane ‘16 last weekend! Almost identical but this may be a bit more complex with butter, honey, slight butterscotch, and caramel. Big depth and finish. I could drink this all day everyday!! — 13 days ago

Brooke Weaver Jakubowski
with Brooke
Tom, Billy and 9 others liked this

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Really solid Russian River Chardonnay. The light golden color is inviting and precedes a rather spicy nose with strong lemon and yellow apple aromas. Medium bodied, featuring some VERY apparent ginger, yellow pear, and a light butter. Totally pleasant. — 23 days ago

Jillian Varner
with Jillian

Williams Selyem

Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2019

Paired well with roast chicken. — a month ago

Tom, Ericsson and 10 others liked this