July 2016 Notes

Nine wines sampled this month, new find, the 2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River Chardonnay.

2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River Chardonnay 2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River Chardonnay
pear, lemon pith, minerals, vanilla. oranges & cream arrive late. $20
2013 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013 Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir
dark cherry, raspberry, coffee, licorice backdrop, vanilla, oak. $28
2013 Domaine Cabirau 2013 Domaine Cabirau
ruby. strawberries, cherry, blackberry, earth, spices, milk chocolate. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan. $13
2013 Jeff Cohn Cellars 2guys-2barrels Viognier 2013 Jeff Cohn Cellars 2guys-2barrels Viognier
floral, peach, apricots, lime, light honey, citrus zest. $40
2013 Grosset Wines Alea Clare Valley Riesling 2013 Grosset Wines Alea Clare Valley Riesling
white flowers, lime, lemon, peach, white nectarine, synthetic aroma. $32
2005 Silver Mountain Central Coast Alloy 2005 Silver Mountain Central Coast Alloy
blackberry, currant, black licorice, cedar, dried earth, raisin, fig. $25
2012 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot 2012 Grgich Hills Estate Merlot
blueberry, cherry, sweet tobacco, espresso, vanilla, chocolate. luscious finish $25
2015 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Rose 2015 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Rose
subtle pink. floral, cherry, raspberry, minerals. lively finish. $27
2013 Clos Du Val Napa  Chardonnay 2013 Clos Du Val Napa Chardonnay
light gold. pineapple, pear, tropical fruit, lemon pith, toast, cinnamon, clove $20

October 2015 Notes

Twenty-two wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2004 de Trafford Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.

2012 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône 2012 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône
purple color. blackberry, earth, licorice, smoky, cedar. acid: med+ $27
2012 Moulin de la Gardette Tradition Gigondas 2012 Moulin de la Gardette Tradition Gigondas
dark ruby red. cherry, blackberry, smoke, spice. soft tannins. $20
2012 Domaine Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes Gigondas 2012 Domaine Saint Damien Vieilles Vignes Gigondas
garnet color. earth, blackberry, plum, licorice, clove. $30
2012 Château de Montfaucon Baron Louis Lirac 2012 Château de Montfaucon Baron Louis Lirac
dark red/purple. in color. floral, raspberry, spice. medium body. $19
2012 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
ruby red. black cherries, blackberry, pepper, herbs, olive. acid: med+ $30
2013 Adelaida Cellars Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Adelaida Cellars Estate Pinot Noir
brick red. black cherry, cedar, clove, cinnamon. $34
2010 Adelaida Cellars Touriga 2010 Adelaida Cellars Touriga
bright red color. raspberry, sage, pine needles, spice. balanced finish. $29
2002 Ehlers Estate Merlot 2002 Ehlers Estate Merlot
ruby red. cherry, plum, chocolate, fresh potting soil, eucalyptus. acid/tannins: medium $22
2004 de Trafford Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 de Trafford Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon
dark red color. blackberry, cassis, tobacco, brett. acid/tannins: med+ $32
2007 Mumm Napa Valley Chardonnay 2007 Mumm Napa Valley Chardonnay
light golden color. tropical fruit, banana, butterscotch, oak, cinnamon. acid: medium $20
2014 Chateau de Campuget Rose 2014 Chateau de Campuget Rosé
salmon color. cranberry, cherry, mineral, earth. light & refreshing. $10
2013 Ojai Vineyard Grenache 2013 Ojai Vineyard Grenache
ruby red color. floral, cherry, raspberry, spices, chocolate. acid: med+ $35
2009 Carlisle Winery Mourvèdre 2009 Carlisle Winery Mourvèdre
inky color. plum, blackberry, cherry, earth, spice. full body, balanced finish. $33
2012 Left Bend Winery Syrah 2012 Left Bend Winery Syrah
dark red, in color. raspberry & blackberry, coffee, licorice, black pepper, dark chocolate. acid: med+ $35
2013 Left Bend Winery Cabernet Franc 2013 Left Bend Winery Cabernet Franc
deep red color. raspberry, black currant, spice, sweet oak. acid: med+ $38
2008 Vina Robles Jardine Petite Sirah 2008 Vina Robles Jardine Petite Sirah
inky purple, in color. blueberry, cinnamon, baking spices. acid: med+, silky tannins. $32
2014 Aveleda Wines Vinho Verde 2014 Aveleda Wines Vinho Verde
pale, in color. canned pear, lime, floral acid: medium. finish: light effervescence. $10
2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay
light straw color. tropical fruit, lemon, clove, oak. acid: medium. finish: crisp $24
2014 les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon 2014 les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon
pale, in color. graphite, mineral, floral, lime, lemon, pear, acid: med+. $19
2012 Keenan Winery Chardonnay 2012 Keenan Winery Chardonnay
light straw color. citrus, peach, musk spice, oak, green apple. acid: med+ $24
2011 Domaine Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2011 Domaine Guigal Crozes-Hermitage
dark garnet, in color. savory meat, smoke, pepper, blackberry, plum. acid:med+ $25
2008 Malat Grüner Veltliner 2008 Malat Grüner Veltliner
straw, in color. white pepper, mineral, graphite, citrus, lime. acid: med+ $20