Meyer-Fonne Pinot Noir 2016

"Very nice and unique representation of Pinot Noir from Alsace. Medium burgundy color in the glass with a pink rim. Quite a floral nose with red fruits, black pepper,and freshly crushed rocks. Similar flavors in the mouth with an abrasive mouth-feel, excellent integration, and balanced acids on the medium length finish. Will improve with more... Continue Reading →

Vega-Sicilia Valbuena 5 1995

"This is a massively huge wine. It has years and years of additional life. Nose of wild berries, unripe orange, cassis, jolly rancher, dusty cellars, cloves. Super robust red fruits and racy acids. The acids on this baby are untamed and so vibrant. Very long finish. This wine had a good 90 minutes in decanter... Continue Reading →

Roederer Estate Brut NV

"This is a serviceable sparkler from Anderson Valley in Sonoma. Creamy lemon flavors and medium sized bubbles. One of those fall-back sparklers you end up ordering when there is nothing else available."

"Straw colored in the glass. Nose of ripe peach and almonds. Round in the mouth, quite a bit of malolactic, with nuts, lemons, and very ripe stone fruits. Great representation of Godello"

"Medium gold in color with a fairly mellow nose of citrus zest and field flowers. Surprisingly round and bland on the front palate with flavors of chamomile, green apples, and lemon with bitter lemon zest hitting on finish. This is a serviceable offering although I greatly prefer their comparable Rioja red. "

"Pure purple in the glass with a light pink rim. Big aromatic nose of fresh roses, dried flowers, violets, red fruits, grape jolly rancher, crushed rocks. In the mouth, flavors of red and black fruits, hibiscus, and cocoa nibs with a touch of cinnamon. Medium to high tannins with a medium lingering finish. This is a wine that needs time: starts out slow and underperforms. However, with air and opportunity, really shows complexity and life. Will benefit from 5-8 years more for full flavor integration. "

Stag’s Leap Cask 23 2003

In the glass, purple-violet with an orange-tan rim. Nose of ripe plums, pomegranate, dried flowers, crushed rocks. Flavors of red and black fruits, hibiscus, cassis, cinnamon, espresso, dark chocolate. Long complex finish of over-ripe orange. Flavors linger for a long, long time.

Elias Mora Toro 2014

"Excellent value and easy drinking. Dark opaque purple with a violet rim. Nose of juicy blackberry pie, cooked blueberries and strawberries, cinnamon, moist tobacco, licorice. Juicy red and black fruits, hibiscus, cocoa, licorice, black pepper. Mellow grip on the finish with excellent acids and long lingering finish. Paired perfectly with spicy pork tacos. Works well... Continue Reading →

Beautiful light gold color in the glass. Nose of orange zest, lemon, grapefruit, dry aged cheese. In the mouth, unctuous minerals, citrus zest, Meyer lemon curd, tangerines, and a very long smooth sulfurous finish with an endless lingering of orange, tangerine, and mandarine.

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