April 2017 – Notes

Thirteen wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2015 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc.

Charles Baur Emotion Cremant Brut
fine bubbles. baked bread, yellow apple, ripe pear, minerals. bright & clean. $20
2015 Martin Muthenthaler Spitzer Grüner Veltliner
peach, citrus peel, grapefruit, dash of white pepper, mineral finish. $35
2015 Highlawn Winery Rousanne
golden straw color. wild flowers, perfume, yellow peach, cashew skin. mouth-watering finish. $25
2014 Ridge Vineyards Carmichael Zinfandel
raspberry, black cherry, strawberry pie, spice, earth. creamy finish. $32
2015 Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
white peach, grapefruit, lime wedge, lemongrass, minerals. crisp finish. $20
2013 John Duval Wines Plexus SGM
blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, plum, tar, spice, garrigue, clove. bold, structurally sound. $30
2013 Thomas Fogarty Winery Chardonnay
floral, pineapple, peach, lemon peel, tangerine, banana, nutmeg, baking spices. creamy finish. $24
2014 Bernardus Winery Monterey Chardonnay
pineapple, tropical fruits, ripe pear, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, oak. $22
2014 Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay
banana, yellow apple, pineapple, meyer lemon, baking spices, nutmeg, vanilla. $22
2010 La Fabula Castilla y Leon Garnacha
strawberry patch, raspberry, cherry, spices, tar, leather, dried earth. $30
2012 Domaine Tollet Beaut Cote de Beaune
strawberry, cherry, raspberry, roses, smoky, sweet spice. tart fruit finish. sharp acidity. $40
2015 Miner Napa Valley Chardonnay
white blossoms, tangerine, lemon, melon skin, pineapple juice, vanilla, baking spices. $20/375
2008 Paloma Dry Creek Valley Syrah
blueberry pie, dark cherry, spices, pepper, vanilla, cedar. $40

March 2017 – Notes

Seven wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2012 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon.

2012 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Syrah
blueberry pie, plum, cherry, pepper, savory, spices. set to age beautifully. $30
2007 Peju Winery Napa Valley Merlot
black cherry, blueberry, blackberry juice, cedar, cigar, musky earth. opens up on 2nd, 3rd day. $34
2010 Chalone Vineyards Chardonnay
marshmallow, warmed banana, pineapple, lemonade, vanilla. oxidization, in the aroma. $20
2012 Penfolds Cabernet-Shiraz
black currant, blackberry jam, dark cherry, graphite, menthol, spices, chocolate. $21
2013 Howard Park Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
black currant, plum, blueberry, garrigue, leather, black tea. $20
2012 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon
blackberry juice, black currant, cherry, herbal, cedar, mint, mocha $29
2014 Mira Winery Chardonnay
honeysuckle, banana, mango, lemon, white peach, hazelnut. creamy long finish. $25