August 2016 Notes

Twenty-six wines sampled this month, new find, the 2010 Relyea Wood Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon.

2012 Chateau Coupe Roses Granaxa Languedoc 2012 Chateau Coupe Roses Granaxa Languedoc
garnet. raspberry, fig, green olive. light body, bretty finish. $20
2014 Ridge Vineyards Carignane 2014 Ridge Vineyards Carignane
ruby. cherry, blackberry, cocoa, tobacco, spice, licorice. strong tannins. $27
2013 Mullineux Wines Swartland Rouge Syrah 2013 Mullineux Wines Swartland Rouge Syrah
blueberry, cherry, strawberry, savory, meats, pepper. $20
2013 Pine Ridge Carneros Chardonnay 2013 Pine Ridge Carneros Chardonnay
golden. banana, citrus, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking spices. $29
2008 Diemersfontein Wellington South Africa Pinotage 2008 Diemersfontein Wellington South Africa Pinotage
instant coffee, chocolate, cherry, blackberry, plum, banana. $20
2004 Aussie Vineyards Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Aussie Vineyards Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
garnet. blackberry, tart cherry, dried herbs, dark chocolate. tannins still strong. $15
2009 Lange Twins Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Lange Twins Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon
blackberry, cassis, leather, herbaceous. tart fruit finish. $22
2010 Relyea Wood Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Relyea Wood Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
blackberry, currants, black cherry, vanilla, bell-pepper, clove, cedar. $32
2009 Scali Wines South Africa Syrah 2009 Scali Wines South Africa Syrah
blackberry, dark cherry, pepper arrives late, green bellpepper, herbs, cedar. $23
2014 Duckhorn Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Duckhorn Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
white flowers, lemon, grapefruit, melon, grass, mineral. $22
2013 Famille Hugel Alsace Gewuztraminer 2013 Famille Hugel Alsace Gewuztraminer
lemon peel, lychee, grapefruit, muskiness, spice, saline quality. $23
2015 Acquiesce Lodi Grenache Blanc 2015 Acquiesce Lodi Grenache Blanc
citrus blossom, green apple, lemon, white peach, citrus peel. $24
2014 Oak Farm Vineyard Lodi Merlot 2014 Oak Farm Vineyard Lodi Merlot
rich ruby. cherry, plum, smoky mint, chocolate cookie. silk finish. $30
2014 S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2014 S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache
translucent red. raspberry, cherry, cinnamon stick, firm tannins. $34
2005 Velocity Cellars Rogue Valley 2005 Velocity Cellars Rogue Valley
cherry, blueberry, chocolate, earth, vanilla, spice. dry. $23
2010 Vina Von Siebenthal Parcela7 2010 Vina Von Siebenthal Parcela7
stew of: cherries, blackberry, plum, blueberry. espresso. juicy finish. $19
2014 Groth Wines Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Groth Wines Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
lemon grass, grapefruit, lime, citrus peel, mineral. acid: med+ $17
2014 Hess Collection Monterey Chardonnay 2014 Hess Collection Monterey Chardonnay
light straw, in color. lemon & lime, pineapple, mango, mineral. $10
2006 Garrida Dao Portugal 2006 Garrida Dao Portugal
stewed red cherries, dried berry, savory, black licorice. juicy finish. $16
2010 Borsao Bodegas Tres Picos Garnacha 2010 Borsao Bodegas Tres Picos Garnacha
cherry jam, plum, black pepper, anise, roasted herbs. firm tannins. $15
2013 Agricola Rivella Barbera 2013 Agricola Rivella Barbera
black cherry, plum, blackberry, earth, spicy. complex & exciting wine. $25
2011 Black Kite Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011 Black Kite Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
blueberry, cherry, plum, anise, spiced tea, chocolate, vanilla. $23
2007 Kiamie Winery Meritage 2007 Kiamie Winery Meritage
ruby color. stewed black fruits, cherry, herbal, spices, sweet cedar. warm throat. $28
2013 Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2013 Easton Amador County Zinfandel
cranberry, blackberry, cherry, clove, cinnamon, cedar, spicy. juicy finish $15
2015 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Nautilus Estate Sauvignon Blanc
lime, lemon grass, citrus peel, melon, flint. sharp acidity, crisp finish. $18
2013 Jacques Bavard Monthelie Chardonnay 2013 Jacques Bavard Monthelie Chardonnay
light straw. mango, tropical fruit, lemon pith, lime peel, chalk. $30

2012 Chardonnay

This month we’ll be exploring Chardonnays from Sonoma, Napa and the Santa Cruz Mountains. To keep ourselves honest, one wine will be from Burgundy.

Flight: 2012 Chardonnay

2012 Chardonnay

Top Pick:
2012 Savannah Chanelle Estate Chardonnay, $24
note: straw, in the color. tropical fruit, green apples, on the nose. tropical fruit, toast, citrus, on the palate. medium plus acid, on this crisp finish.

Competition:
2012 Heintz Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, $29
2012 Gary Farrell “Russian River Selection” Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $27
2012 Beringer “Private Reserve” Napa Valley Chardonnay, $30
2012 Domaine Henri Boillot Bourgogne Blanc, $30
2012 Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $25
2012 Groth Napa Valley Chardonnay, $26