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

February 2017 – Notes

Seventeen wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2015 Domaine Remizieres Crozes Hermitage.

2012 Howard Park Wines Margaret River Shiraz
blueberry, plum, cherry, chocolate, coffee, spice, mint. $20
2015 Bernardus Winery Monterey Sauvignon Blanc
grapefruit, lime, lemon, mineral, grass, citrus peel. $22
2015 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel
strawberry, cherry, spice, instant coffee, chocolate, vanilla. $13
2014 Sojourn Cellars Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
white flowers, banana, lemon, peach, cinnamon, vanilla, spices. $34
2014 Davis Bynum Janes Vineyard Pinot Noir
tart cherry, raspberry, plum, earth, spice, vanilla. $28
2014 Taft Street RRV Chardonnay
white flowers, lemon, lime, apple slices, baking spices, vanilla. give time to open up. $23
2008 Copain Wines Syrah
blueberry pie, tart blackberry, pepper, licorice. stewed fruit finish. $11
2014 Bila Haut Cotes du Roussilon
floral, black cherry, plum, blackberry, smoke, pepper, mocha. chewy dark fruit finish. $14
2013 Left Bend Carignane
A year later, its richer in fruit. the spice and tobacco are livelier on the palate. $27
2002 Ridge Vineyards Dusi Ranch Zinfandel
stewed plums, ripe blueberries, spices, melted chocolate. chewy, port-like finish. $27
2008 Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon
cassis, blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, chocolate, cedar, mint, vanilla. $35
2006 Cosentino Winery Ancient Vine Zinfandel
cranberry juice, cherry, plum, black licorice, cedar, sweet spice. $32
2015 Patz & Hall Sonoma Chardonnay
white flowers, lemon, ripe pineapple, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, oak. $33
2015 Domaine Remizieres Crozes Hermitage
dark cherry, juicy plum, currant, black pepper, licorice, leather. chewy tannins, $15
2010 Finca Adalgisa Malbec
dark cherry, blackberry, plum, leather, dusty earth, spice. $34
2012 Cantina Santadi Noras Cannonau
cherry, strawberry, raspberry, white pepper, spice, coffee, tar. expressive aromas. $22
1998 Arrowood Winery Merlot
cherry, plum, raspberry, cedar, pencil, vanilla extract. gritty tannins. $34