November 2018 – Notes

2012 Franck Bonville Blanc de Blancs Champagne
golden apple, yellow pear, brioche, chalk, mineral. lasting finish of pear. $40
2016 Ridge Vineyards Blasi Zinfandel
garnet, brilliant, in color. rose, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, eucalyptus, black pepper, cedar. young, fresh, lively acid on a sweet fruit finish. $34
2013 Tikal Natural Malbec-Syrah Mendoza
dark red, dark purple, in color. plastic, blackberry, cherry, reductive, on the nose. cherry, blackberry, plum, spices, on the palate. volatile acidity, chewy tannins, on the finish. $20
2013 Spy Valley Marlborough New Zeland Pinot Noir
light ruby, bright, in color. cherry, raspberry, blackberry, spice, earth, black tea. tangy fruit finish. $24
2018 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau
bright, ruby, in color. squished banana, strawberry, cherry, mineral, orange zest. fresh and juicy finish. $18
2015 Domaine Cornu Camus Cote de Nuits
translucent ruby, in color. rose, strawberry, raspberry, sour cherry, leather, wet forest floor, mineral. $22
2015 Left Bend Last Straw Port
11% residual sugar. dark ruby, in color. cranberry, cherry, brown sugar, golden yellow raisins. finishes with a rich port complexity. $22
2014 Keenan Winery Merlot
dark red, in color. rose, red flowers, black cherry, plum, cassis, chocolate, coffee, smoke, vanilla. rich palate, with a lasting chocolate finish. $36
2016 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Chardonnay
light yellow, in color. white flowers, green apple, pear, lemon, mineral, saline, vanilla. tart apple, abundant acid, on the finish. $34
2013 Chateau Montelena Calistoga Cabernet Franc
dark red, inky, in color. raspberry, currants, cedar, blackberry, bell pepper, savory, espresso. dark chocolate completes this wine.$32
2017 Mauritson Winery Rockpile Rose of Zinfandel
deep salmon, in color. strawberry, cherry, herbaceous, mineral. mouthwatering acid on a sweet red fruit finish. $18
2016 Groth Hillview Vineyard Napa Chardonnay
light yellow, in color. tropical fruits of mango, pineapple. tangerine juice, lemon. canned pear juice. $21

August 2018 – Notes

2016 Raul Perez Ultreia Mencia
deep ruby red, in color. plum, raspberry, black currants, spices, black pepper, black licorice. lively acid, lasting licorice finish. $26
2017 Storrs Chardonnay
light straw, starbright, in color. pineapple, mango, pear, lemon, citrus peel. bright acid, on a long finish. $25
2014 Skylark North Coast Red Belly
ruby red, in color. lavender, plum, cherry, chocolate, licorice, herbs, garrigue. soft palate, noticeable tannins. $24
2017 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Syrah
freshly cut violets, plum, blueberry, blackberry, spices, black pepper, coffee, garrique. juicy blueberry, on a dry, astringent finish. $16
2016 Steinschaden Kamptal Grüner Veltliner
straw, in color. citrus blossom, grapefruit, white peach, crisp green apple, white pepper. abundant acid, on a dry finish. $16
2014 Left Bend Camel Hill Cabernet Franc
brilliant ruby, in color. green bell pepper, raspberry, black currants, licorice, spices, mineral. lasting finish. $38