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

November 2017 – Notes

Six wines sampled, with the surprise discovery going to Nicolas-Jay Red Vinyl Pinot Noir.

2015 Olga Raffault Loire Valley Chinon
black raspberry, dark plum, herbs, earth, black pepper, spice, mineral. $20
2015 Nicolas-Jay Red Vinyl Pinot Noir
ruby in color. cherry, plum, fresh earth, spice, tea. another good find from Oregon. $35
2017 Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau
vibrant color. strawberry, raspberry, spice. refreshing wine. $17
2015 Tensley Santa Barbara Syrah
purple, dark red, in color. blackberry, blueberry, plum, black & white pepper, on the nose. stewed fruits, savory, spice, chocolate, on the palate. $24
2014 Tenet Wines Pundit Syrah
deep color. blueberry, plum, roasted berry, savory, pepper, tar. $22
2015 Lamblin & Fils Bourgogne Blanc Cepage
citrus, pear, tropical note, mineral. $15