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USA, Chardonnay, Artesa, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2013

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N/ While she certainly has the deep notes of butter one expects in most ripe and malolactic California chardonnays, she also has lovely aromas of flowers, toast, fresh rain, and pineapple. Delightful. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Rich flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and other tropicals. A clean and limey acid cuts through the fruit and […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Artesa, Estate Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley, 2013

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N/ Bright cherries, raspberries, and cranberries. Light barbecue smoke and bacon. Forest floor and damp soil. Hints of vegetal, bell pepper, and crushed roses. T/ Medium to medium for the field. Moderate plus acid, cherries, black cherries, and raspberries. Inorganic and organic earth notes. Probably not truly here, but seems almost like residual sugar sweetness. […]

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Winery Visit / Winemaker Focus / Abiouness Wines / Nicole Abiouness

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I was at a fab party in Sonoma a few months back that was bursting at the gills with great, and varied, wines and local winemaker royalty.  Admission price to the party was an interesting bottle of wine. Aside from two that were clearly jokes, there were approximately 40 other fascinating offerings. I was, predictably, like […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Gary Farrell, Carneros, Ramal Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Yum. Clean, acidic, raspberries and cherries. Cedar and vanilla dance. Crushed leaves. Dry forest floor. Wild herbs. Hint of cardamom. Tangerine zest. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. She starts with mouthwatering acids and beautifully restrained bing and black cherries. Ripe, tart, cranberry also delights. Angular, but again mouthwatering, on her finish – she offers up […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sonoma Signature, Sonoma Coast, Carneros, California, 2010

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Best 1 hour or more after opening. A slight reduction needs to air off. N/ Great, classic New World pinot noir aromas, but with a bit more confection. Raspberry. Sandalwood and carmel. Very light hints of rubber tree and funk, but not enough to detract, and they both tame with time in glass. T/ Light […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Buena Vista, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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N/ A light oak presence to start, but then intensified with time in the glass. After 20 minutes reached a level a tad too high for my personal preference, but likely just right for most California Chard drinkers. Red apple meat and skins predominate. Carmels and camomile play. Steeped hay. T/ Medium-full to full mouthfeel. […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ I actually decanted this Pinot, which is uncommon for me to do. The reason I did that is, upon opening, I detected wafts of rubber, possibly indicating too much of a reduced state (that can come from one or more grape and/or wine-crafting issues). After an hour this mostly burned off, but lingered enough […]

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USA, Chardonnay (with 3% Sauvignon Blanc), Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Blend of: 97% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes: 41% Napa, 39% Carneros, and 12% Sonoma County. Production notes: 77% of juice fermented in Frech oak (15% new barrels), partial ML, sur lie aging, and bâtonnage. N/ Primary aromas consists of clean and dry hay, soft florals, and light touches of green grass. California butterscotch […]

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USA, Franciscan, Chardonnay, Cuvée Sauvage, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Production methods of note: i) only wild, native vineyard yeasts used and ii) she was sur lie aged. N/ Wet steel and concrete, in the best way possible. Bright, fresh, dried hay. River rocks bleaching in the hot sun. Yellow tropicals. Solid Chardonnay nose, but with interesting toast, hay, and burlap nuances. Enough butterscotch and […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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USA, Pinot Bianco, Castello di Amorosa, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Soft florals, chamomile, and hay. Elegant honeysuckle. Light river rocks, dry earth, and olive / dirty martini wafts. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Nicely balanced glycerol weight leading to some mouth-watering, acid-driven, honeysuckle and stewed hay. Lemon zest. Soft mineral closer. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/ Winemaker = Brooks Painter Price = $27 Rating = B This wine was a […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Tin Barn, Carneros, Sonoma, 2009

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N/ Damp hay.  Spring water with light lime zest. Clean, green grasses. Crushed river stones. T/ Full and round mouthfeel. Glycerol weight high enough that it slightly beats out the acid pop – so just slightly unbalanced to the soft side.  Thick, ripe yellow fruits stewed with fresh hay.  Extended, mineral-kissed finish. New world fruity […]

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