Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: Sonoma.

Ridge Vineyards • Healdsburg, Sonoma

July 17th, 2016 | No Comments

It was a wonderful, not too balmy, summer afternoon, when I finally made it back to Ridge Vineyards. I first visited Ridge while attending the ZAP Simply Summer Celebration in 2014.  The event was held in their beautiful vineyard so I never got a chance to visit their tasting room nor taste any of their […]

Flowers 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

April 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

Flowers 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir I bright and crystal clear face on this juice. It sits in the glass as if it knows I am taking a picture. Picture perfect. The nose is full of bright, red fruit and herbs. The cranberries smell electric and tart. Once on the palate, they aim to please. […]

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc

February 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2013 Pinot Blanc  A regal peach nose. Smells absolutely delightful. Thank goodness the peach continues through the palate. It would have been sad to see it go. Some clean bitter twinkles on the rear palate. Finishes quickly. Doesn’t hang around for a long curtain call. Crisp ending. Great idea for the […]

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera

January 8th, 2015 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2010 Barbera There be big aromatics in there! Sweet, over ripe cherries jump from the glass. Wow… hello! Maybe some plum and cocoa making the nose nice and round.  It definitely has depth. The palate starts with a little spice and a bit of oak. The cherries can’t help but continue […]

Madrone 2012 Yoakim Bridge Road Block

January 5th, 2015 | No Comments

Madrone 2012 Cabernet SauvignonYoakim Bridge Road Block A wonderful nose of earthy spice and healthy cherry. Laveder tones give it a slightly floral nose. An interesting tannin structure. Starts chalky but ends silky. Neat trick. A lovely but short black licorice whip as it finishes. The finish seems likes its going to give up but […]

Thirty-Seven 2013 Pinot Noir

January 2nd, 2015 | No Comments

Thirty-Seven 2013 Pinot Noir Not a big nose. Mature red cherry delicately wafts from the glass. A dense body for a Pinot. My nose would have thought otherwise. Despite the texture, its a mellow palate.  It just lays there like a lazy Sunday. After it wakes, it gets tangy as chocolate tones and some sprinkled acidity […]

Valley of the Moon 2012 Small Lots Pinot Noir

December 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Valley of the Moon 2012 Small Lots Pinot Noir Tobacco leaf, a bit of cherry, some dark chocolate shavings and some young shoots of garden mint. Some spices come to play mid-palate. The spices are short lived but makes you take notice. Finishes earthy and all around your tongue. It’s a nice wrap. Not a long finish […]

Martin Ray 2012 Russian River Chardonnay

November 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Martin Ray 2012 Russian River Chardonnay Oh goodness! The nose is filled with delicious apple pie and citrus with hints of toasted nut wood. That’s lovely. Whimsical. The nose maybe be fun but the palate is a bit more mature. I had to dig my nose back in the glass. “Did I smell that right?” […]

Premonition Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir

November 1st, 2014 | No Comments

Premonition Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir A big bold smelling Pinot from Sonoma. The bold cherry notes jumped out of the bell of my glass. It’s young and a bit unabashed. Secondary cola notes give it some high spice. My wife dug in and said, “Wow… big tobacco!” I didn’t get that. Then I swirled it […]

Sbragia 2012 “Gino’s Estate” Zinfandel

August 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Sbragia 2012 “Gino’s Estate” Zinfandel Oak, sweet red fruit and a hint of brown sugar. Big fruit and tangled acid notes get busy quickly. Pleasing tart tannins come calling mid-palate. They crescendo and begin to get thick. It becomes a big experience and just when you think you will be overwhelmed, the fog lifts. You […]