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

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