Category: california

2016 Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah

2016 Stolpman Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah

Contemplating some California Syrah. Black fruit – blackberries, black plums – tons of black olives and chicory on the nose. Blackberries and black plums on the palate with lots of black olives mid-palate, then some chicory and leather with dark plum on the finish.

3/5 bones

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Syrah

14.1% abv

Central Coast, California, USA

2014 WindRacer Chardonnay

2014 WindRacer Chardonnay

Chillin’ with this big, bold Cali Chard, aged in 20% new French oak. Lemon, lemon butter, compound butter, and buttered baguette – basically a lot of butter on the nose. Lemon, apples, and mango on the palate with baguette and butter. 

3/5 bones

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Chardonnay

14.5% abv

Russian River Valley, California, USA

My top wine picks from November 10 LCBO VINTAG…

My top wine picks from November 10 LCBO VINTAGES Release are now posted. Some excellent California and Rioja featured. https://goo.gl/R5qBmH

2017 Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Pinks Dry Ro…

2017 Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Pinks Dry Rosé

I wouldn’t mind hitching a ride on the rosé train any time of the year. Candied strawberries and raspberries along with tart cherries on the nose. A bit thinner on the palate with similar notes, specifically white and red strawberries. 

3/5 bones

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Valdiguie, Pinot Noir

13% abv

Santa Barbara, California, USA

2017 Copain Wines Tous Ensemble Rosé

2017 Copain Wines Tous Ensemble Rosé

OHAI. Enjoying this Cali rosé in the waning days of summer. White strawberries, red cherries, apple skin, and red flowers on the nose. Strawberries, peaches, and cherries on the palate. Very delicious, fresh, and fruity with nice acidity. I dig it!

4/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

13% abv

Anderson Valley, California, USA

2013 Mark Herold Wines “Flux” Red

2013 Mark Herold Wines “Flux” Red

Happy #NationalDogDay! Honoring the most important day of the year with this California Grenache. Red and black cherries, Dr. Pepper notes, and some brown spices on the nose. Similar on the palate with loads of red and black cherries, red and black licorice, and baking spices. 

3/5 bones

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Grenache (a little Syrah and Mourvèdre)

14.9% abv

California, USA

2015 Pomar Junction Vineyard Côtes de Pomar Bl…

2015 Pomar Junction Vineyard Côtes de Pomar Blanc

Hehe… I’m just lounging with some Paso Robles white. Pears, apples, pineapple, cotton ball, and wax on the nose where the tropical notes really build. Tropical fruit – pineapples and guavas – on the palate with waxy and cotton-y stone notes. 

3/5 bones

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Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier

13.9% abv

Paso Robles, California, USA

2015 Lieu Dit Winery Cabernet Franc

2015 Lieu Dit Winery Cabernet Franc

Oh hello. Just perusing some David Hockney because that is how I do. This is a nice mix of Old World Loire style and New World Cab Franc. Blackberries, pencil wood, sapling, and forest notes on the nose. Blackberries and whole cluster berries on the palate with a hint of graphite and wood. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Franc

13% abv

Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA

2015 Talbott Vineyards Logan Sleepy Hollow Vin…

2015 Talbott Vineyards Logan Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir

Nothing can go wrong with a great pinot from an excellent producer on paw. Raspberries, violets, leather, bay leaf, button mushroom and a whiff of animal notes on the nose. Raspberries, cherries (even Kirschwasser), mushrooms, and more violets on the palate. Great for the price as a high alcohol pinot! 

5/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

14.5% abv

Monterey County, California, USA

Anybody get into Ridge wines lately? I haven’t…

Anybody get into Ridge wines lately? I haven’t had one for years, but always appreciate their complexity. A good winemaker, for sure.