Tag: California

Stringer Cellars John Sebastiano Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, Santa Rita Hills California

Pale yellow in color.

Fruity nose with apples, citrus, oak, spices, pears and white pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemon juice, citrus, yellow apples, light vegetables, spices, wood, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium finish with spices.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills in California.

Showing nice balance. Not too Oaky, not too buttery and not too bitter, just the right amount. A good sipping wine.

Good by itself or with food. This Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a good quality wine.

I had it all by itself in my new favorite white wine glass from Le Deux Glasses.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

$35.

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Roots Run Deep Winery Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide purple /reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, coffee, earth, light vegetables and light black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long pretty legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, alcohol, light vegetables, coke, earth, leather and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable now. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

Shows nice complexity and a tangy ending.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), when the tannins are rounded and soft.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$20.

WTN Cellars Mottington California Merlot, California 2016

It is Thursday, and it is time for #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Stinky on the nose with plums, cherries, barnyard, wood, bell pepper, cloves, spices, pencil lead, smoke, black pepper and bitter vegetables

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is a simple Merlot from California. A good everyday wine.

A little stinky, even after 90 minutes of airtime, but nicer on the palate.

A nice food wine with a tangy finish. I expected more at this price point, though. Would work well as a happy hour wine.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$19.

Robert Hall Winery Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, cedar, cloves, vanilla, spices, coffee, earth, eucalyptus, peppercorn and graphite.

Full-bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine tannins and spicy chili powder.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Very typical and consistent. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine by the porch. The tangy ending makes it interesting.

Wine Enthusiast 87 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets some more structure after an hour of airtime. Really enjoyable.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Tank Garage Winery Skin Flick 2018, Sierra Foothills, California

Pale copper in color with an orange hue.

Pretty nose of wildflowers, ripen citrus fruits, lemons, honeysuckle, roses, light spices and red grapefruits. Very interesting and very aromatic.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, yellow apples, honey and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with spices and almonds.

This is a very aromatic and fun drinking wine from the Sierra Foothills in California.

This is the first Orange wine that I enjoyed. What a nice surprise. An interesting wine to sip on and talk about. If you are into orange wine, you should definitely try this one.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and fresh berries.

A blend of 62% Vermentino, 23% Roussanne, 12% Verdelho, 2% Pinot Gris, 1% Trousseau Gris. Grapes are skin fermented.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

87 points.

$36.

Nalle Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017, California

Deep ruby in color with a wide cloudy, purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, wildflowers, light cedar, tobacco, light bell pepper, vanilla, peppercorn, earth, cloves and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, bitter greens, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Drinking nicely now even right out of the bottle. As it opens up, it gets earthier and spicier.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, get more complexity, and remove some of the vegetable notes. Will be a 90+ wine in 5 years.

Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a burger. I paired it with a Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

A blend of 91% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah and 4% Carignan. Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels (25% New).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Tank Garage Winery Pop Nat Non Vintage, California

Nice salmon in color.

Strong nose of yeast, bread, light watermelon, light cherries, limes and green apples.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, watermelon, minerals, yeast, biscuit and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is my first Pet Nat. Interesting stuff and a nice surprise. Crisp and refreshing, and nicely balanced.

Good by itself, and has nice acidity to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh fruit (really nice with the Brie cheese).

100% Barbera grapes from a Single Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.

10.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.