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Feb 092015
Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 89

Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012A blend from eight Pinot Noir blocks consisting primarily of Dijon clones 667 and 777. Aromas of blueberry, dark cherry raspberry and spice treat the nose. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, espresso with hints of oaky vanilla. Notes of smoke and leather in the finish. Buy This Wine

Nov 042014
Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $28 (S) – Rating 89

Sequoia Grove Chardonnay 2012Fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in French oak without malolactic fermentation. The result is a plush mouth-feel with balanced acidity with no buttery popcorn to overwhelm. The nose offers notes of apple, pear and baking spice. Flavors of red apple, pear, white peach, Meyer lemon and stony minerality. A bit of spice in the finish. Buy This Wine


Oct 092014
Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013, Sonoma County, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 89

Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc 2013All stainless steel and cold fermented. On the nose, aromas of pear, Meyer lemon, citrus and minerality. A crisp mouth-feel with bright acidity. Flavors of ruby red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, citrus and wet stone complimented with white spice on the finish. Pair with summer salads or grilled white fish. Buy This Wine

Jul 022014
Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 89

Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011Napa is not known as a Pinot growing region but this Pinot works. A nose of cherry, blackberry offering hints of cola and smoke. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and mild acidity. Full fruit with flavors of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, dusty dark chocolate combine with a a complex earthiness.  Just a hint of smokiness in the finish. Buy This Wine


Apr 212014
Dancing Coyote RoseDancing Coyote Rosé 2012, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Clarksburg, CA, $12 (S) – Rating 88

A soft mouth-feel with equally soft acidity. The nose is bouquet of strawberry, raspberry and spice accented with floral notes. Somewhat off-dry on the palate with sweet notes of strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry. A bit of sweet cherry on the finish. No oak or malolactic fermentation. Buy This Wine