October 2018 – Notes

2016 Yann Chaves Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre
dark red, purple, in color. blackberry, dark cherry, smoke, savory, slim jim, processed meat, black pepper, leather. dry. blackberry jam, gripping tannins, on this elongated finish. $27
2017 Highlawn Wine Company Poor Ranch Zinfandel
bright, ruby, in color. cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, cinnamon, cocoa, sweet spices. fresh fruit aromas. $26
2016 Walter Scott La Combe Verte Pinot Noir
bright, ruby red, in color. dark flowers, raspberry, tart cranberry, cherry, plum, earth, spice, mineral. evolving aromas. $30
2017 Jean Marie La Villaudiere Sancerre
light yellow, in color. lime, mineral, gooseberry, flint, grass. mineral driven finish. $24
2013 Highlawn Winery Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah
dark purple, in color. freshly ground pepper, blackberry, plum. pepper rounds the entire experience. grippy tannins, on a lasting finish. $24
2015 Pietro Caciorgna Etna Rosso Ciauria Nerello Mascalese
light garnet, in color. vibrant aromas. rose, strawberry, cranberry, cherry, garrigue, spice. long cranberry finish. $26
2016 Peju Winery Blanc de Blanc
golden straw, in color. yellow pear, brioche, citrus, creamy. lively acidity, on a lasting creamy finish. $36
2014 Domaine Julien Cotes du Nuits Burgundy
ruby red, in color. raspberry, plum, dark cherry, wet leaves, black tea, leather, mineral. juicy raspberry finish. $32
2015 Domaine Guigal Cotes du Rhone Viognier
pale gold, in color. musk, floral, tangerine, peach, green apple, sliced melon. tangy acid, on the finish. $14
2016 Miner Family Viognier
light yellow, in color. honeysuckle, citrus blossoms, white peach, apricot, herbal. ripe peach finish. $22
2016 Stolpman Wines Ballard Canyon Roussanne
bright yellow, cloudy, in color. yellow & orange flowers. green pear, melon, mango, honey, citrus. $30
2016 Prisoner Wine “the Snitch” Chardonnay
light yellow, in color. banana, mango, lemon, pear, cinnamon, spices, vanilla. banana, spice, on a lasting finish. $27

March 2016 Notes

Nineteen wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2014 Domaine Andre Vatan Sancerre.

2013 Stephen Vincent Sonoma Chardonnay 2013 Stephen Vincent Sonoma Chardonnay
golden. banana, mango, lemon zest, butter, toast, cinnamon. med+ acid. $12
2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo 2010 Cantine Ascheri Barolo
cherry, plum, roses, red licorice, tea, tar, spice. med+ acid. structured tannins. $26
2007 Acacia Vineyard PinotNoir 2007 Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir
ruby. raspberry, blackberry, dark cherry, earth. flavors keep developing. med. acid. $21
2011 JLohr GSM 2011 JLohr Gesture GSM
inky color. lavender, blackberry, plum, raspberry, pepper, fresh soil, cedar. med+ acid. $28
2012-GrgichHills-NapaValley-Chardonnay 2012 Grgich Hills Napa Valley Chardonnay
straw. banana, green apple, citrus, clove, spices, butterscotch. med+ acid. $29
2014-LesVins-de-Vienne-Viognier 2014 Les Vins de Vienne Viognier
straw color. orange flowers, apricot, pear, lemon, hint of RS, honey. acid: med $23
2013-CaleraWinery-Viognier 2013 Calera Winery Viognier
straw color. apricot, peach, pear, honey, smoky, lemon candy, hazelnut. med+ acid. $24
2003-Dehlinger-Syrah 2003 Dehlinger Syrah
ruby color. earth, sage, smoke essence, game, earth, dark cherry, blackberry, spice. $28
2008-ChateauLaCaminade-Cahors 2008 Chateau La Caminade Cahors
deep ruby color. tart cherries, blackberry, oak, dark chocolate, cedar. $20
2009-Podere-Sapaio-Bolgheri-Volpolo 2009 Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Volpolo
ruby red. black plum, cherry, earth, smoky meats, spices, dark chocolate. med: acid. $33
2012-Eroica-ColumbiaValley-Riesling 2012 Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling
pale color. white flowers, apricot, white peach, faint petrol, honey. high acid. sweet. $22
2010-ErikBantiMorell-Ciabatta-Sangiovese 2010 Erik Banti Morell Sangiovese
ruby red. black cherry, plum, berry, leather, earth, savory meat. med+ acid, med+ tannins. $20
2014-AwatereRiver-SaveeSea-SauvignonBlanc 2014 Awatere River Savee Sea Sauvignon Blanc
pale color. lemon grass, herbaceous, straw, mineral. med+ acid. $12
2014-DryCreekVineyards-SauvignonBlanc 2014 Dry Creek Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
faint yellow color. lemon grass, grapefruit, citrus pith, flint, musky cat box. med+ acid. $15
2014-DomaineAndreVatan-Sancerre 2014 Domaine Andre Vatan Sancerre
lemon, cut grass, wet rock, chalky, flinty, green vegetable, mineral. med+ acid $19
2014-LesHauts-de-Lagarde-Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2014 Les Hauts de Lagarde Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon
white flowers, lemon, grapefruit, mineral, oxidized. med+ acid $12
2014-Valcantara-Garnacha 2014 Valcantara Garnacha
dark ruby red. cherry, blackberry, cassis, pepper, earth, vanilla. med+ acid. $15
2011-Domaine-EGuigal-CotesduRhone 2011 Domaine E.Guigal Cotes du Rhone
inky & red color. black cherry, cranberry, bramble fruit, leather, clove. $25
2014-JLohr-Wines-RVG-Gesture 2014 JLohr Wines RVG Gesture
light straw color. musky spice, honeysuckle, white peach, orange, lime. med+ acid. $32