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

September 2018 – Notes

2017 Bisci Marche Verdicchio
faint yellow, in color. white peach, crisp green apple, lime, apricot. fresh, tart, good acid, on the finish. $20
2017 Speziale Fratelli Alessandria Pelaverga
light ruby, in color. strawberry patch, red cherry, fresh fruit, candies fruit, pepper, thyme, rosemary. light body. bold acid, on a fresh fruit finish. $20
2017 Lexicon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
light yellow, in color. herbaceous, grapefruit, gooseberry, lime, passion fruit, lemongrass. vibrant acid, ending in a citrus peel finish. $16
2017 Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
pale, bright, in color. grapefruit, gooseberry, melon, lime, grass, herbs. plenty of acid, across this citrus zest finish. $14
2017 Hippolyte Reverdy Loire Valley Sancerre
light yellow, in color. lemon, grapefruit, lime, white peach, citrus peel, mineral. dry. moderate acid, on a citrus zest finish. $22
2017 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
pale, bright, in color. white flowers, lime, grapefruit, mango, lemongrass. sharp acidity, on a crisp grapefruit finish. $14
2015 Sante Arcangeli Pinot Noir
ruby red, bright, in color. rose petal potpourri, cherry, pomegranate, turned forest floor, mineral, savory. string of evolving flavors deliver throughout the finish. $34
2017 Birichino Vin Gris Rose
coral, in color. rose, strawberry, peach, citrus, herbs, aromas. Cherry, strawberry, spice, on the palate. acid driven, hint of white pepper, on the finish. $16
2016 Left Bend Winery Chardonnay Gali Vineyard
golden straw, star bright, in color. immediate excitement of yellow apple, pear, pineapple, aromas. lemon, vanilla, tropical fruits, entice the palate. lively acid, pineapple fulfill this long finish. $34
2017 Left Bend Winery Riesling Redwing Vineyard
pale, star bright, in the color. succulent yellow flowers, yellow pear, hand soap, on the nose. yellow apple, fresh apricot, with a touch of sweetness, fill the taste. avid acid, on a lasting finish. $27
2017 Ayres Vineyard Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
ruby red, bright, in color. violets, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, licorice, garrigue, leather, spice. $18
2016 La Cabotte Cotes du Rhone Syrah
ruby red, in color. violets, cherry, raspberry, leather, spice, pepper, coffee. dry, mild acidity, rush of warmth, on the finish. $20