Hartford Court Four Hearts Vineyards Chardonnay 2019 – Russian River Valley

Hartford Court Four Hearts Vineyards Chardonnay 2019 – Russian River Valley

The nose is fruity, fresh, racy and has a certain energy. There are notes of fleshy peach, fresh pear and more lightly fresh kumquat combined with a hint of yellow plum and fine hints of flowers and terroir. The palate is fruity and offers juiciness, minerality, gourmandise, a nice acidic structure and good definition. On…

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Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2020 – Napa Valley

Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2020 – Napa Valley

The nose is fruity and offers a certain elegance, a rather fine grain. There are notes of fleshy peach, ripe lemon and more slightly pineapple combined with a fine touch of stewed apple. The palate is fruity and offers minerality, a delicate chiselled quality, some fat, roundness and a long finish. On the palate, this…

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Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve 2020 – California

Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve 2020 – California

The nose is toasty and fruity. There are notes of fleshy/pulpy peach, apple and more lightly toasted notes combined with delicate, almost saline touches and an imperceptible hint of peach flowers. The palate is fruity and offers juiciness, minerality, creaminess and a certain gourmandise. On the palate, this wine expresses notes of lychee, lemon and,…

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Penner-Ash – Pinot Noir 2019 – Willamette Valley

Penner-Ash – Pinot Noir 2019 – Willamette Valley

The nose is fruity, fresh and reveals a nice definition of fruit, a certain purity of fruit and some tense freshness. There are hints of pulpy/blushing cherry, bright plum and more lightly bright blackberry combined with fine touches of violet, bergamot as well as fine chocolate and a very discreet, almost sappy quality. The palate…

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Kendall-Jackson – Pinot Noir 2019 – Outland Ridge, Anderson Valley

Kendall-Jackson – Pinot Noir 2019 – Outland Ridge, Anderson Valley

The nose is fresh, racy, mineral, precise and reveals a nice finesse of grain and a little stretch. There are notes of bright fresh blackberry, bright dark berries and more lightly bright raspberry combined with delicate touches of blueberry, sap/pine and a subtle hint of fresh vanilla. The palate is fresh, fruity and offers minerality,…

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Cambria 2019 – Julia’s Vineyard, 2019 Pinot Noir – Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

Cambria 2019 – Julia’s Vineyard, 2019 Pinot Noir – Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County

The nose is racy and offers power as well as intensity and finesse. There are notes of ripe wild red berries, Cuben pepper and more lightly of local grove combined with a touch of warm soil and a fine hint of zan. The palate is fruity and reveals juiciness, gourmandize, suavity, a nice acid/mineral structure,…

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Lokoya – Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Mount Veeder – Napa Valley

Lokoya – Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Mount Veeder – Napa Valley

The nose is elegant, delicate and offers fine power, delicacy, strength, lovely complexity, depth, fine creaminess, tension and a lovely multi-layered quality. There are notes of boysenberry and juicy/ripe wild blackcurrant combined with touches of blue berry, strawberry and more lightly zan combined with delicate touches of racy/terroir minerality, subtle/delicate hints of blond tobacco, sense…

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Mt. Brave 2018 – Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

Mt. Brave 2018 – Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

The nose is elegant, fresh, nicely defined and reveals power, roundness, concentration, good depth and some spiciness. There are notes of fairly ripe/crushed red berries, bright blackcurrant and more lightly Bigarreau cherry combined with fine touches of blueberry, hints of crushed raspberry as well as subtle hints of liquorice, discreet hints of nutmeg and a…

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La Jota Vineyard – Merlot 2018, Howell Mountain – Napa Valley

La Jota Vineyard – Merlot 2018, Howell Mountain – Napa Valley

The nose is elegant, delicate, racy and reveals a beautiful freshness. There are notes of fairly ripe/fresh blackberry, ripe/fresh blackcurrant and more lightly crushed raspberry combined with fine touches of violet, nutmeg, a very discreet hint of undergrowth and a subtle hint of sense of place and truffle. The palate is fruity, balanced and offers…

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La Vérité – La Muse 2018 – Sonoma

La Vérité – La Muse 2018 – Sonoma

The nose is very complex and offers depth, a nice elegant grain, finesse in its infusion side and a nice delicacy. There are notes of boysenberry, ripe wild blackcurrant, violet and slightly ripe wild red berries (with a discreet hint of over-ripeness) combined with hints of herbs, a subtle hint of bergamot and a very…

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