Category: california

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.

2015 Route 101 Wines Farmageddon Cabernet Sauv…

2015 Route 101 Wines Farmageddon Cabernet Sauvignon

Feeling pretty serious with this Cali Cab. Cassis, blackberries, tobacco, and green pepper notes on the nose. Sweet cassis and blackberries on the palate with strong tannins. Tea and leather notes round out the palate as well. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon

14.1% abv

Central Coast, California, USA

It’s Wine Wednesday! Opened up 2015 J. Lohr …

It’s Wine Wednesday! Opened up

2015 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay (88 pts) from California tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES now. Full review: https://goo.gl/bisAoX

2014 Sine Qua Non Lightmotif

2014 Sine Qua Non Lightmotif

Happy Memorial Day, everybody! Here I am trying to be as badass as those heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice. So I’m raising a glass of this AWESOME juice to all those who gave their all for the red, white, and blue. With Sine Qua Non, if you can get your paws on some, you can’t go wrong. This is made of 47% Roussanne, 21% Chardonnay, 14% Petite Manseng, 11% Viognier and 7% Marsanne that spent 19 months in a combination of concrete eggs, new French oak, neutral barrels and a tiny portion in stainless steel. And it’s DELICIOUS. Bright lemon, golden apple, green herbs, peach, pineapple, and honeycomb on the nose. Golden apples, pear, nectarine, pineapple, and peach on the palate with a dusting of white pepper. Cheers!

5/5 bones

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Roussanne, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Marsanne

15.4% abv

California, USA

2015 Cattleya “Alma de Cattleya” Chardonnay

2015 Cattleya “Alma de Cattleya” Chardonnay

This is a fantastic Chardonnay from the girlboss winemaker at Pahlmeyer and this is one of her entry-level pricepoint wines. Floral nose of white and yellow daffodils, Meyer lemon, a hint of lime and wet stone. Meyer lemon and lime on the attack on the palate with some lemon crème mid-palate. Finishes with nice acidity and wet stone. Excellent stuff!

5/5 bones

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Chardonnay

14.1% abv

Sonoma County, California, USA