March 2018 – Notes

NV Baron Fuente “Esprit” Blanc de Blancs Champagne
lemon, pear, almond, toast, chalk, mineral. creamy finish. $40
2017 Schlosskellerei Gobelsburg Rose Austrian
blend of Zweigelt and St. Laurent. salmon, in color. strawberry, juicy raspberry, mineral. fresh aromas, in each glass. $18
2007 Chateau Moutin Graves
deep garnet, in color. violets, black cherry, currant, tobacco, herbal, pencil box, mineral. $32
2015 Chappellet Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay
golden straw, in color. white flowers, golden apple, pear, pineapple, brioche, vanilla, nutmeg, baking spices. beautiful nose. $29
2014 Ridge Vineyards Lytton East Hills
dark ruby, opaque, in color. black cherry, plum, blackberry, chocolate, spice, earth. med+ acid, on a lasting finish. $37
2014 Kilikanoon Winery Clare Valley Riesling
light straw, in color. lime, tangerine, lemon zest, white pepper, white pepper and that distinctive synthetic aroma. crisp finish. $13
2008 Peter Michael L’Apres Midi
Sauvignon Blanc. light straw, in color. melon, grapefruit, lime, stone fruit, lemon grass, citrus peel, mineral. zesty finish. $36
2003 Paul Hobbswinery Richard Dinner Chardonnay
golden straw, in color. lemon, pineapple, mango, caramel, oak. $32

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