Quite 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-
Pale 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.
Lighter 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.
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
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
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.
Pretty pale ruby. Very nice flinty, earthy charcoal aromas. Lithe and sexy entry, with mushrooms, zingy acidity, and unsweetened cola. Solid finish. This is very nice. Would certainly pass for something from cote de nuits, although for its $40 price tag I could a villages version of the real thing. I could drink this all day. Grade: A-
Pretty velvety rose. Super sexy Burgundian nose of wild flowers, damp earth, and morel. Silky serious entry. Earthy Oregon tea-like twang. Sappy pasty pinot with a nice acidic zing. Long finish. I could very easily drink this every day. From .375.
Cork crumbled but wine is fine. Dark California ruby. Gorgeous aromas of wild blackberry, forrest, and perfume. Dense cola flavors, with rhubarb pie, macerated cherry, sweet oak, and pretty little blueberries. This is unashamed California, with excellent balance and a long finish. Very nicely done. Retail $50, Grade: A
Dark ruby. Perfect nose of Gevrey earth, macerated cherries, and pine. Sappy, pasty palate (a reason for my burgundy fanaticism) with layers of coco, cola, and cherry juice. Incredible fruit, especially from a usually poor vintage. An absolutely stellar bottle. Grand cru length. Grade: A