January 2018 – Notes

New finds this month were the Cinsault from Lodi & the Tait Ball Buster from Australia.

2014 Tait Barossa Valley Ball Buster
purple, dark red, opaque, in color. black currants, plum, blackberry, cherry, pepper, spices, leather, savoriness, coffee. ripe fruit, grippy tannins, on the finish. $15
2015 Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal Gruner Veltliner
white flowers, grapefruit, white peach, white pepper, spice, mineral. $24
2015 Domaine Pavelot Burgundy Chardonnay
straw, in color. white flowers, yellow apple, pear, citrus, hazelnut, mineral. lasting lime juice finish. $36
2016 Birichino Mokelumne River Cinsault
translucent electric red, in color. strawberry, raspberry, pomegranate, white pepper, savory, earth, gravel dust. the acid on the finish, turns into a bone dry finish. $20
NV Pierre Mineral Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
citrus zest, lemon, sourdough bread, chalk, citrus peel. $35
2013 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
ruby, in color. rose petals, raspberry, dark cherry, plum, turned earth, sassafras, pepper. juicy cherry finish. $25
2015 Hanzell Vineyard Sebella Chardonnay
orange blossoms, pear, yellow apple, grapefruit pith, mineral, crushed rock. Lemon zest finish. $24
2015 Columbia Crest Columbia Valley Syrah
magenta, purple, in color. blueberry, currant, dark plum, pepper, dark chocolate, herbs, cedar, vanilla. $11
2016 Greyrock Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
grapefruit, herbaceous, grass, asparagus, lime, citrus peel. med+ acid, on a crisp finish. $18
2013 La Ferme du Mont Jugunda Gigondas
blueberry, raspberry, plum, herbaceous, olive, mineral, savory meat, licorice, crushed pepper, leather. $32

December 2017 – Notes

Celebrated the holidays with J Charpentier Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne.

2015 Luneau Papin Muscadet
golden yellow, in color. white flowers, pear, citrus peel, lemon pith, mineral. mouth-watering finish. $18
2014 Mourchon Cotes du Rhône
bright ruby, in color. savory, white pepper, raspberry, underbrush, leather, clove. $20
2015 Sojourn Cellars Russian River Pinot Noir
ruby, in color. rose petals, raspberry, black cherry, spice, mineral, earth, vanilla. luscious and classic finish $42
2013 Ridge Lytton Estate Syrah-Grenache
raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, dusty earth, black tea, pepper & spices, sweet oak. finishes with rich dark fruit and tightly weaves tannins. $36
NV J.Charpentier Blanc de Blancs Brut
white flowers, yellow apple, citrus pith, yeast, hazelnuts. sharp acidity. $25
2014 Left Bend santa Cruz Mtns Syrah-Cab
rose and dark flowers, blackberry, plum, black cherry, earth, spice. gripping tannins, lasting acid on the finish. $38
2015 I.Brand & Family Enz Vineyard Mourvedre
lavender, blackberry, red fruit, forest floor, pepper, licorice, mineral. $35
2015 Dauvissat Beauroy Premier Cru Chablis
white floral, yellow apple, tangy lemon, saline, oyster shell, mineral. white peach palate. $32
2015 Gitton Les Montachins Sancerre
lime zest, green apple, peach, flint, mineral. sizable acid delivered on a crisp finish. $28