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.
Central Coast, California, USA
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.
Russian River Valley, California, USA
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 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.
Valdiguie, Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara, California, USA
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!
Anderson Valley, California, USA
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.
Grenache (a little Syrah and Mourvèdre)
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.
Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier
Paso Robles, California, USA
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.
Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA
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!
Monterey County, California, USA
Anybody get into Ridge wines lately? I haven’t had one for years, but always appreciate their complexity. A good winemaker, for sure.