Archive for the ‘Domestic’ Category

York Creek Cuvee 1 Production 8 Spring Mtn. Napa Valley

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This wine was intended for restaurants to pour by the glass.  It drinks like a champ, and is outrageously under priced for what it is; a small production Cabernet based blend from Spring Mtn. NOTES: The nose is open and shows a little bouquet, which is most likely because the wine is a blend of […]

Municipal Winemakers

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The new kid on the block for the urban wine trail in downtown Santa Barbara is Municipal Winemakers.  The tasting room takes a couple minutes to find, and proves well worth the effort.  (28 Anacapa Street, SB, CA, behind Kunin) Dave Potter is the winemaker at ‘Muni’ and has worked in the wine business for […]

Stolpman Estate Syrah 2008

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This producer is widely considered a founding father for Santa Barbara Syrah, and specifically for Ballard Canyon.  Their estate vineyards are second to none, and their location is considered the epicenter for Syrah for Santa Barbara county.  Also, they have Sashi Moorman in the cellar as winemaker, who is highly regarded in the market and […]

Pedemonte Cabernet 2007

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This wine is a smoking deal; it comes from the heart of the Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley, and is a row by row selection of vines which goes into a small production bottling.  At a suggested $27 retail, you will find it for $50 at stores… when it is available. NOTES: The nose shows […]

2006 Stony Hill Chardonnay

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Stony Hill has gotten its reputation for making great wines, transparent wines, and geeky wines because that is exactly what they do.  Sommeliers have been big supporters of this label for the last decade or two.  As a result you can find this label on many important wine lists throughout the state and country because […]

2007 Chateau Smith Cabernet, Washington

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This producer is quite famous for their Syrah wines which are released under the ‘K Vintners’ label.  The Chateau Smith label is their Bordeaux analogue, and why not?  Washington State makes some great Cabernet wines.  The Columbia Valley has a long and dry growing season, so has the potential to produce some concentrated and complex […]

2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

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The older of the two Astral wines that we tasted, this bottle showed beautiful bouquet (aromatics developed in the bottle.)  The nose is aromatically giving, showing cassis and blackberry fruits with potent white flowers.  The palate is dense and rich and rests on a well built framework of tannin and acidity.  The wine has a […]

2006 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The Astral label is Star Lane’s top production reserve wine and comes from the highest elevation vineyards at their Happy Canyon estate.  This wine is deep in color and trumpets a pure and linear nose that has showy red and blue fruits. The palate is rich and immediately shows good tannins backed by a huge […]

2006 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon

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The notes for this wine are, unfortunately, going to be short winded.  The main reason for this is that we tasted this wine immediately before tasting several vintages of their reserve wine; Astral.  So, we were gearing up for the main event and I’m afraid that I didn’t have the time to do this wine […]

2007 Dierberg Pinot Noir Santa Maria

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This wine comes from the Dierberg’s Orcutt Rd. Ranch vineyard in Santa Maria.  It has a showy blue fruit nose that is backed by savory, sagey, mineray and spice notes.  Aromatically there is a lot going on with this wine; as it had a chance to open in the glass it started to show pine […]

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