Archive for the ‘Domestic’ Category

2007 Dierberg Chardonnay Santa Maria

This is a 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay, and it shows oak up front by way of a savory nose with mineral hints laced throughout.  The palate has lemony, citrus driven fruits and very nice texture.  This medium to full bodied wine has great acidity and a smooth tannin that laces the lemon fruits right into […]

2008 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc

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This wine was made with cultured yeast from Bordeaux, which makes it an exception to most of the wines produced at Star Lane and Dierberg that utilize native yeast.  The nose shows savory chicken stock, lemon curd and lemon fruits.  It has less high tone notes which can most likely be attributed to the fact […]

2008 Caymus Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Caymus is one of Napa Valley’s benchmark producers; year in, year out, they make very good wines.  In my opinion, the Caymus Napa Cabernet is one of the best bang for the bucks Napa Cabs. This wine shows tart cherries and red fruits on the nose as well as a little barrel caramel/toasty sugar.  The […]

2006 St. Clement Cabernet, Napa Valley

The nose for this wine is aromatically giving and shows blueberries with a hint of tobacco, vine and spice.  The palate is very soft and fruit forward, but has good acidity and structure.  There is a little spice to the wine, and the only thing that I could say against it is that the finish […]

2006 Ramey Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Dave Ramey has both changed and charged the wine industry to date.  His work is credited for putting places like Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek on the map for revolutionizing how they made Chardonnay.  He then went on to work at Dominus and Rudd before hanging his own shingle.  A true master of his craft, […]

2005 Domaine Carneros Taittinger

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Some quick tasting notes: this wine has fine bubbles, and a nose that shows fruity ripe apples, clean coconut an ripe pears.  The palate is rich and complex, nutty, toasty and juicy.  for a domestic champagne this is quite interesting and sophisticated.  There is a little chalky minerality and fine elegant tannins that combine nicely […]

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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If you don’t know, Faust is the second label to Quintessa, but has many of the same features without the same price tag.  The wine is about 1/2 estate fruit from Quintessa, and 1/2 from a vineyard in south Napa in the Coombsville area. NOTES:  The palate is soft and has great density from a […]

Solomon Hills Chardonnay 2008

This is the first release from the Miller Family’s estate vineyards.  They have extensive land holdings in the Central Coast including the Bien Nacido Vineyard, French Camp Vineyard, and Solomon Hills Vineyard.  This is a small production wine (several hundred cases) that consists of best lot selection from the Solomon Hills Vineyard and barrel selection […]

Barrack’s Piocho 2007 gives us a look at Happy Canyon

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Here is a wine that comes out swinging.  Santa Ynez Valley is home to the one of the smallest and newest AVA in America; Happy Canyon.  At least I’m pretty sure it is still the smallest and newest at this point.  The Piocho label from Barrack is a great way to get a glimpse of […]

Runaway Red 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir

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The back label on this wine tells a funny story… or at least one that’s funny when you know how it ends.  The name ‘Runaway Red’ apparently came from an expedition that this single barrel (25 case) production went on during transport:  The barrel fell off the truck, ran down a hill and ended up […]

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