Tag: Mendocino

Bee Hunter Wines Elevate Pinot Noir 2017, California



A very pretty ruby in color with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, oak, spices, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light chocolates, spices, light oak, rose pedals, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Pinot Noir from California. Easy drinking and well-balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good right out of the bottle.

Tangy and fruit forward. Rich and elegant with nice complexity.

I love the fact that it is relatively low in alcohol. A great porch wine.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 5 years.

Grapes are from Mendocino County (68%) and the rest from Sonoma County.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.

Bee Hunter Wines Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015 Mendocino, California



A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide brick rim.

Interesting nose of blackberries, cedar, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, chocolates, sweet vanilla, cola, spices, mint and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries and strawberries, lemon peel, vanilla, light raisins, dried fruits, cedar, herbs, licorice, cola, chocolates, sweet vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Grenache from Mendocino County in California. Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it is so yummy.

This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when it shows the complexity.

This six year old is peaking now, and drinking very nicely with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Alcohol is not showing at all, so watch out. Nicely balanced at this point. Easy drinking and tasty.

A great sipping wine, but good with food too. I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color and very dense, with a short purplish rim.

Pretty nose of blueberries, blackberries, violets, light oak, Indian spices, licorice, eucalyptus, tobacco, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium plus acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, sweet raspberries, fig jam, plums, oak, vegetables, bitter herbs, earth, tobacco, chocolates, cola, herbs and spices.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from Mendocino County in California. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime (2 hours).

Fruit forward and nicely balanced, with a great nose. Already showing nice complexity. Still shows a touch of alcohol, which will dissipate with time.

A nice sipping wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. Interesting, rich and tangy.

I had it all by itself.

100% Petite Sirah grapes were aged in (30% New) French oak barrels for 20 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Bee Hunter Wines Sémillon 2017, Yorkville Highlands, California

Light golden in color.

On the nose limes, citrus, light earth, green apples, herbs and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and vegetables.

Medium finish with limes and bitter almonds.

This is a very tasty Sémillon from Mendocino County in California. Fruit forward with nice acidity. Showing mild complexity, interesting and refreshing.

This 4 year old is nicely balanced and good right out of the bottle.

Good by itself or with food, and better when properly chilled.

A good quality wine. Would be interesting to try it again in 3 to 5 years.

Aged for 10 months in neutral French Oak barrels, on its lees.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Cepages d’Or Alder Springs Vineyard 2018, Mendocino County, California

Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose, ripen yellow apples, pears, light citrus, vanilla, light oak and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and green apples, citrus, spices, vanilla, oak, earth and herbs.

Spicy finish with limes and peppercorn.

This is a very tasty White Rhone blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Crisp and elegant.

A good quality wine that I would love to try in 3 years.

Nicely balanced and good as a sipping wine. This Single Vineyard is very interesting and well-made.

Feels like a mix of White wine from the Rhone Valley with a new world twist.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with goat cheese and the prosciutto.

A blend of 54% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne, 12% Viognier and 12% Picpoul Blanc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Bee Hunter Wines Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Mendocino, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Fruity nose with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, blueberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, earth, black pepper and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

The six-year-old from Mendocino County, drinks like a fresh wine. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and very pleasant. A Good quality Pinot Noir.

Fruit forward and rich. Tangy and tasty. Good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is well balanced with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This Pinot Noir seems to be aging nicely, and will continue to drink well in the next 5 years. Tangy and interesting. A great wine to sip on by the porch.

I paired it with a triple cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 2 years.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Byrd Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012, Mendocino, California

Very deep ruby in color with a reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black cherries, raspberries, earth, light oak, licorice, spices, light herbs, black pepper and pencil lead.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, red currants, oak, tobacco, earth, cherries, spices, peppercorn and coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. I gave it a couple of hours in the decanter to open up properly.

Very enjoyable by itself, as a sipping wine by the porch.

Feels like a fruit forward right bank Bordeaux. Tangy and spicy. Rich and elegant.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Byrd Vineyard Mendocino Red Blend 2012, California

Very dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose with sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries, oak, licorice, dark chocolates, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Bordeaux blend from Mendocino, California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is drinking very nicely now and needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Nicely balanced, tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and had it by the pool. Goes very nicely with the Italian dried meats.

A blend of 82.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Cabernet Franc and 12.3% Merlot. Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet of elevation.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Girasole Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019, Mendocino County, California

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Mendocino County in California.

Nose of cherries, blueberries, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and fruit forward with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices and light chocolates.

Nice and good right out of the bottle with a screw top.

Alcohol is nicely integrated and over 14%, so watch out as it is dangerously easy drinking. 😉

Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months.

I had it with cheeses and light appetizers by the lake.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$16.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.

This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.

A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.