2009 Anthill Farms pinot noir Tina Marie Vineyard

Youthful ruby. Incredible aromas of macerated blueberry and enchanted forest. Silky palate with mouth watering red and blue fruits, cool earth, tiny raspberries, and an outstanding blend of acids and tannins. Very long finish. Anthill makes some of my favorite American pinots.  Last 2 I opened (this and 07 Abbey Harris) were both outstanding.  This was $45 on release.  Grade: A.

 

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2007 Anthill Abbey-Harris Vineyard Pinot Noir

Lighter pale ruby,. Amazing burgundian aromas of exotic spices, cola, and tomato juice. Silky palate with an entire universe of high toned cherry, cinnamon brown sugar and earthy cherry pit. Incredibly long finish. A complete wine. I paid $48. Only one place has it for sale now for $120 :( I would buy as much as possible at my original price. Grade: A

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2009 K Vintners Morrison Lane Syrah

Seriously dark ruby. Super ripe aromas of stewed plums, cracked peppercorn and charred beef. Surprisingly balanced and lithe for its large scale. Layers of polished, chiseled, deep dark fruits and a very long finish. Excellent balance. This is quite new world, and quite enjoyable.

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2005 Jean-Claude Boisset Meursault Charmes

Photo on 8-12-14 at 10.35 PMPale golden. Toasty aromas of infused fresh flowers with a touch of briny fruits. Mouth watering with a beam of meyer lemon, brioche and some charmes fatness. Slight salty. This is fabulous at the price I paid ($40). Very Charmes.    Very rare that I drink white burgundy these days and this is a real treat.  Grade: A.

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2005 Nicolas Potel Volnay Clos des Chenes

Photo on 7-27-14 at 7.21 PMQuite youthful red ruby.  Flamboyant aromas of Asian spice, brown sugar, and fresh raspberries.  Deep rich layered tannic entry with quite broad shouldered flavors(especially for Volnay) with spicy black cherry cola and a very long finish.  Still completely unevolved.  Like a 2-3 year old wine.    Nice energy but this is still too young.  Wait at least 3 more years.   It is super tasty now, but lacking the haunting Volnay notes I expected.    Grade: A-

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2013 Entre Nous Rose

Photo on 7-19-14 at 9.04 PMPale pink.  Perfect summer aromas of fresh wild strawberries, sea breeze, and tropical fruits.  Pure and smooth entry with layers of citrus laced candied tiny berries.  Long pur balanced finish with wonderful acids.   Fabulous, absolutely delicious rose.  Made from cabernet sauvignon.

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2011 Hirsch Vineyards the Bohan-Dillon Pinot Noir

Photo on 7-11-14 at 11.13 PMLighter cranberry color, in its new-world context. Pretty floral and red fruited aromas with a hint of smoke. Much more like something from Burgundy than California on the palate, with tiny red fruits, mushrooms, and hints of Asian spice. Fascinating evolution over the 3 hours it has been opened. Quite impressive at under $40.

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2010 Brewer-Clifton Gnesa Chardonnay

Pretty and pretty serious gold.  Bitter citrus aromas with a light layer of vanilla.   Almost painfully intense palate with bracing meyer lemon, and zingy acidity.  Very long finish with a touch of oak not found in the palate.  Big Californian chardonnay but far from typical.  Large scaled but unique great sense of place.   Incredible last bottle find @ $29.    I wish I had more.  Grade: A

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2009 Sanford Chardonnay La Rinconada Vineyard

Pretty pale golden. Outrageous, tropical aromas of toasty oak. coconut, pineapple, and banana. Full and rich palate, with layers of crystallized sugar,apricot, and vanilla. Even though it is tropical, there’s a nice balancing acidity in the back. Long, pure finish.

Found this gem for $14.99 and will buy a lot more at that price. Maybe the best chardonnay I’ve ever had at my price. Grade: A

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2008 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I didn’t like this much at first when I opened yesterday.  It was heavy handed and one dimensional.  It improved over the few hours.  I pumped the bottle and like it more on day 2.   Quite dark red.  Strawberry rhubarb aromas.  Tannic and full, deep dark and quite rich, with plum, cherry, hoisin and a medium + finish.  Underwhelming especially at $60.

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