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Customer Reviews - Dan Peterson

Dan Peterson
Long time drinker and admirer of most things oenological. I've taken it to the extremes and am now dabbling in the winemaking arts.

Like many, I see wine as an expression of place. I do not necessarily favor one varietal over the other. Rather I look to see the way different regions express themselves in every varietal.


Reviews

2010 Ghostwriter Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-17-2013
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So, I'll come right out and say I'm not a big fan. High acidity along with a light citrus on the nose. No oak to speak of (I think it's aged in neutral oak) and it seems as though it hasn't undergone secondary fermentation. Reminiscent of a Chablis style wine.
Price: $27.99 Add To Waiting List ST 90 BC 0

2010 McHenry Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir  
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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Open this wine and decant it for a couple of hours if you're going to drink it now. This wine is young and has pronounced acidity and sharp tannins. Yet, amidst the acidity and tannins lurk a very light, approachable Pinot. At this point you get really tart cherries on both the nose and palate. The nose is not overly ripe and accents the tart cherry with a pleasant floral character. The wine is light in body and extraction which will make it quite elegant once it sees a little age. I'd buy and hold this wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2020
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (out of stock)  
Review Date: 5-13-2013
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Wow! If you're going to spend $45 on a bottle of wine, you want it to taste like this Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay. This wine is my first stop on a travel through the Santa Cruz Mountains. I found the wine to be well balanced between acid, fruit and oak. Honeydew and tart pear with lingering subtle notes of honeysuckle. The oak was a perfect way to subdue the bright fruit staying well below the surface. I'd likely drink every bottle if I had it. Not sure about drinking it well into the future. Will the subtle notes remain?
Drink from 2013 to 2014
Price: $44.99 Add To Waiting List WS 91 BC 0