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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Very interesting, Al.  Thanks for posting.  I have to agree, though, they are pretty proud of their wines, there.  Pretty much above Mark's budget.Although, if I was with you, yesterday, California red wines that I would have considered:Dragonette 2012 John Sebastiano Grenache for $75 (although, I'm 95% sure that the John Sebastiano Vineyard is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    nice 1 Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    Wine review by testscreen


  • The Ojai Vineyard Syrah Melville Vineyards 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Fairly smooth on entry to the mouth. Then I get some jammy, or, maybe, dried fruitprune, but with low sugar perception, is as close as I can come. So, this one is relying less on fruit than other components. I can say there are earthy and fungal taste sensations, but neither of those really stand out as individual components. Some heat at th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope 2012

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    Really, really nice Sta. Rita Hills chard. Loads of zippy lemon chiffon, a touch of honeysuckle, bracing acidity, light to no oak showing thru and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Dave, Chardonnay has been the most impressive grape coming out of Santa Barbara (Sta. Rita Hills to be more precise), then Syrah from Santa Ynez. Pinot is somewhere down the list...the only couple I've liked have been from Whitcrafts Aubaine vineyard (unfortunately you need to be a club member to get it), and a wine from the Fiddlestix vineyard,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


  • Welcome to the Forum, PHound and thanks for the tip on Demetria--another one that I've never heard of.From where in S. Calif. are you starting?  Are you only spending a day in the wine country?  Unless you come back and advise me otherwise I'll assume that this is a one-day trip, and, so, you are somewhat limited in the geography you can check o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and '11 Blocks 2 & 22 Zin.  You may or may not have seen OT's comment about the difficulty with '11 Zins from Napa Valley.  So, we'll see about these, but, probably, not for, at least, a few months.Well, last night we met nephew and his wife at a wine bar in Fullerton.  They are back f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai Vineyards was a lot of fun.   We were the first to arrive and were able to engage Fabian and Bill in some fun conversation and enjoy a glass of Viognier--which was, happily, not as flowery as most Viogniers I have previously had--and an excellent "no sulfites added" Syrah fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Melville Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills 2012

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    Melon, caramel nose suggests heavy oaking and full ML. On the tongue, I initially get the melon and caramel thing, but, then, a delightfully refreshing hit of lemon/grapefruit acid. Lingering pleasant aftertaste. While I feared this would be an overblown California Chardonnay, I find that this one is more like a white Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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