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From the producer: "Our 2014 Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir’s aroma is layered with fresh red fruits, rose petal, and vanilla. The body is redolent of damson plums, red apple skin and bing cherries, with a silky texture and smooth tannins."
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*#36 in Wine Enthusiast's "The Enthusiast 100 of 2015"* Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It’s one of California’s bluechip bubblies." (12/2015) 93 points Wine Spectator: "*#60 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015* Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of min ...Read More »
Les Voisins, meaning "the neighbors" in French, is an hommage to the great, small-production grape growers in California. Copain sources fruit from the cool Anderson Valley to fashion this Pinot Noir.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapplearomas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge." (12/2015) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas and rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger. Drink now." (10/2015) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again taking its place as one of our favorite non-vintaged Bruts, Roederer stands out for its refinement and custom ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "The subtle intensity builds and gains depth, holding focus and delivering a mix of dusty wild berry, plum, black licorice and cassis notes. Impressive on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (Insider)" (6/2015) K&L Notes: If it looks like a duck, that's because Goldeneye is indeed part of the Duckhorn Vineyards family of wineries, including Migration and Decoy. Goldeneye is the Napa Valley winery's far-north outpost, in Anderson Valley.
90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Syrah Tous Ensemble is fabulous. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, smoke, licorice, grilled herbs jump from the glass. A dollop of whole clusters adds gorgeous aromatic/savory overtones. Drink this juicy, lifted Syrah over the next few years. This is a terrific showing from Copain, not to mention a tremendous value. (AG)" (1/2015)
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This lovely Mendocino sparkler, crafted from two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir, has lilting apple and honey aromas buoyed by a thick head of mousse. There is a pleasing follow-through from aroma to flavor and a core of ripe apple. Dry, soft with a long finish, this is a hard-to-resist food-friendly wine ready to pair widely." (12/2013) 90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Good Value* Long on autolyzed richness with a very keen sense of vigorous young fruit in the nose and following with long, impressively layered flavors of citrus, minerals and rich yeast, this exceptionally we ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Shows off ripe plum and wild berry flavors, with firm, grippy tannins. Gains depth and richness, adding a touch of dried herb. Needs time. Drink now through 2022." (4/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Burgundian in its earthy, feral aromas, yet simultaneously jammy in flavor, this boasts gamy undertones and a soft texture. The producer recommends decanting an hour minimum before serving, and this will most likely help to blow off the wine’s rustically wild side." (8/2014) K&L Notes: The 2012 Carpe Diem Anderson Valley Pinot Noir displays admirable power, depth and density with deep aromas of blac... Read More »
Zac Robinson, the third generation of the Oswald family, who runs Husch these days, told us that the Nash Mill Pinot is their newest experiment with the varietal. The vineyard, which was planted by and used to be owned by K&L's very own Jim Barr, speaks of the area's logging past. Jim says it took him two years to clear the four-acre hillside to which he then added a total of 150 tons of crushed limestone before he planted the vineyard to three French Dijon clones of Pinot Noir in June 2003.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* A complex and complete wine with everything in place, this tastes delicious from the first whiff to the lingering finish. It has fresh-baked bread and light peach aromas and white-cherry flavors. Well balanced, it’s layered on a subtle level and harmonious." (12/2015) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Floral aromas of raspberry and white chocolate open to crisp, festive flavors of graham cracker, spice and red apple." (11/2014) Wine & Spirits: "This captures the frank, delicious energy of Anderson Valley pinot noir (60 percent of the blend) in tones of red raspberry, orange peel and cherry ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts of the year, Roederer's latest is yet again a sleek and spirited wine of great freshness and verve. It hews to the crispness and pert delicacy that we associate with fine Blanc de Blancs, but it musters a full measure of yeasty richness even while maintaining its lively step, and it is one of the few of its type that is ...Read More »
2012-2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Tasting Lot
Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 2012-2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Tasting Lot, including 1-bottle of 2012 Peay Vineyards "Les Titans" Sonoma Coast Syrah, 1-bottle of 2013 Peay Vineyards "Savoy Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (92VN), 1-bottle of 2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, and 1-bottle of 2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Of the 2013 Peay Vineyards "Savoy Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir,Vinous writes: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard captures the essence of this Anderson Valley site. Nuanced and finely sculpted throughout, the 2012 is all about detail. Edgy yet nicely-integrated tannins give the 2013 its sense of energy and tension. Hard candy, spices and rose petals add complexity to the intensely perfumed finish. This is another strong showing from Peay. (AG)" (01/2015)
This lot contains the following items:
2012 Peay "Les Titans" Sonoma Coast Syrah (qty: 1)
2013 Peay Vineyards "Savoy Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (qty: 1)
2013 Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (qty: 1)
End Date: Feb 14 2016 2:30PM PT
90 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) is quite floral, lifted and delicate in style. Raspberry, crushed flowers and mint are some of the notes that grace this pretty, entry-level offering from Knez. Today, the 2013 comes across as a bit ethereal, with plenty of influence from the 50-60% whole clusters. The wine's mid-weight personality leads me to think it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The 2013 is approximately 2/3rds Cerise and 1/3rd Demuth fruit. (AG)" (1/2015)
A blend of three different vineyards within Andreson Valley. Winemaker Jason Drew notes, "Bright red color. The nose has subtle aromas of freshly cut rose stems, cinnamon, vibrant red fruits, forest fungi, spice and mineral notes. This is a medium weight Pinot Noir with lifted red fruit, forest mushrooms, and red floral notes on the palate with subtle notes of cigar box and river stone minerality."
Inventory: San Francisco
Native yeasts, neutral barrels, no additives, and hands-on, small fermentations—that's the Donkey & Goat way, at this boutique urban outfit located in Berkeley, right across the Bay from K&L San Francisco. Here's Jared and Tracey's explanation of this new release: "The Helluva Vineyard is just west of Boonville in the Anderson Valley in soils of Casabonne, Wohly and Cole loam/clay with some fractured rock. This is our fifth year making this light bodied and nervy Pinot that entices the olfactory with crushed red fruit notes, especially cherry, laced with... Read More »
Husch was founded in Anderson Valley in 1971, and is now run by some of the original Silicon Valley escapees--the family of Hugo Oswald Jr. had been farming pears in Santa Clara Valley and sold their property during the 1970s tech boom! Their Sauvignon Blanc has been a favorite with Husch fans since 1980. The 2014 was hand-picked, block by block over a period of three weeks, to get just the right tones of tropical, citrus and melon fruit, according to the winery's vintage notes: "Beautifully rich and crisp, this wine leaves your palate refreshed."
Whole cluster fruit, native yeast fermentation, 828 Pommard Rochioli clones. Aged for 12 months in 100% French Oak Barrels, 35% new oak. From the winery: "Maryetta Wines is a boutique winery specialising in organic wines from Mendocino County. We make complex, balanced wines that are made in the vineyards. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, and sits for almost a year before it reaches bottling. Maryetta Pinot Noir is unfiltered, which allows the wine to retain many flavors and aromas that would normally be filtered out. The result is an authentic Pi... Read More »
The three friends behind Antill Farms met while working at Williams-Selyem after various stints as cellar rats across the country, so they have California Pinot in their DNA. In 2004, they opened up Anthill Farms to pay homage to small growers by producing single-vineyard Pinots (and one Syrah). They also produce two appellation wines, and this alluring bottle showcases the cool, coastal terroir of Mendocino County. From the winery: "With this Pinot, we look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Vall... Read More »
On the other side of Mendocino County from Anderson Valley is Potter Valley, farther north and higher in elevation. Enormous blackberry bushes grow quite well here, and the grapes are pretty good, too. The winemaker's notes on this vintage: "I don’t believe in hands-off winemaking because I believe that growing grapes and making wine by nature is pretty hands-on, but when I see and taste good grapes, I feel a responsibility if not an obligation to stay out of the way. That is the case here. The 2014 Potter Valley Pinot Noir is 50% Pommard and 50% 115 fro... Read More »
Praise for the 2013 vintage of Antill Farms from Antonio Galloni: "Anthill Farms is on a roll. Anthony Filiberti seems to have the magic touch when it comes to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, as these new releases are brilliant. Even though they had been bottle not to long before my visit, the 2013s shows very well. Filiberti describes 2013 as an intense growing season with a harvest tha last three weeks instead of the more typical 2 months or so. As always, the Anthill wines are made in a lifted, aromatic style, with considerable stem influence and an... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Unusually dry and crisp, this gives up tangy green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors backed by electric acidity, rather light body and a touch of enervating astringency that’s unusual in a white wine. Fresh oysters, please." (2/2015) Connoisseurs Guide: "Bright and brisk from the outset and a wine that reins in ripeness without sacrifice of keen Chardonnay fruit, this tangy offering is true to the racy Carpe Diem style and sports plenty of acid yet never wanders into lemony austerity. It shows a nice sense of polish and is complete without being big and bold, and it will make a fi ...Read More »
From the winery: "With a gorgeous hue of pale pink, our 2014 Rosé jumps out of the glass with crisp red fruit flavors. The supple texture is backed by a vibrant freshness and appealing acidity, making this a wonderfully versatile food wine. The 2014 vintage started dry but abundant February rain came just in time to break the winter draught. Warm spring temperatures encouraged an early budbreak that kept vineyard development ahead of schedule through the entire season. Our harvest was condensed beginning September 3rd and concluding on September 24th. Fo... Read More »
Bolinas-based Sean Thackrey has made a Petite Sirah from the Eaglepoint Ranch since 1997, and are we glad he has! This is a wine to put away in your cellar (or closet) for however long you can stand it! When you do get around to opening it, watch it explode from the glass and change over the hour or two it takes for you two drink the bottle, offering such an array of aromas and flavors it is impossible to catalog them here. Sean Thackrey is one of the most influential people in the Bay Area Food & Wine community, and has been for nearly three decades. Al... Read More »
94 points Vinous: "Wonderfully layered and sensual in the glass, the 2012 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is all about texture, silkiness and polish. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice, smoke and star anise are some of the many notes that grace the palate in this exquisite, layered Pinot. The 50% whole clusters add lift, but are also beautifully integrated" 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Ripe red berries and cherry on the deeply scented nose and in the mouth. Round and velvety in texture, with elements of licorice and cola that pick up steam with aeration. Closes supple and broad, its finish shaped by h ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the cool-climate Theopolis Vineyard in the Yorkville Highlands, the 2013 Petite Sirah Tierra is a blend 100% Petite Sirah that was aged in 25% new oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Its inky purple color is followed by lots of black and blue fruits, violet, pepper, graphite and hints of underbrush on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, supple, pure and polished, it's a beautifully civilized, if not elegant, expression of Petite Sirah that will have 10-15 years of longevity. Paul Gordon and winemaker Scott Shapley (who also ...Read More »
From the producer: "The nose reminds us of fall, with bright ripe cranberry notes, hints of forest, brown sugar, golden brown marshmallows, and cinnamon. This Zinfandel has a dominant presence right when it hits the front palate, which leads into a broad mid palate and enjoyable mouthwatering finish. The acidity perfectly balances out the bright fruit from the core and makes this wine perfect for food pairings or enjoying on its own."
91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Chardonnay Demuth is beautifully textured and exotic in the glass. Even though this fruit was picked at relatively low sugars, the inherent richness of this late harvest in the first week of October and the personality of these old Wente clones comes though in spades. Hints of almond, orange peel, mint and tangerine flesh out on a super-inviting finish supported by a real sense of phenolic intensity." (1/2015)
From the winery: Fermented to dryness, this rare classic has a robust aromatic structure and an even more intriguing palate."
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Previously reviewed from barrel as the 2013 Mourvedre Grenache, the 2013 Esquisto is a co-fermented blend of 60% Mourvede and 40% Grenache, fermented with 30% whole cluster, that was brought up in neutral puncheons. Its ruby/purple color is followed by a rich, peppery. gamy wine that has lots of crushed-rock-like minerality, plum and black raspberry fruit, medium to full-bodied richness and a supple, rounded, nicely textured style. Opening up with time in the glass, it's currently dominated by its Mourvedre component on nose, but is supple, soft and forw ...Read More »
Whitethorn Winery is a small, family-owned winery devoted to capturing the essence of Mendocino's terroir by making high-quality single-vineyard Pinot Noir. From the winery: "Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the vines for this Pinot Noir were planted in 1982, on both southwest and northwest facing gentle slopes, and include fruit from the the Pommard #5 and Martin Ray, sometimes called “Romanee Conti,” #37 clones. Soil is former upland pasture, dense sandy loam and fractured sandstone from the Franciscan Formation."
89-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Coming from the northern edge of California, the 2014 Pinot Noir Oppenlander was harvested October 1 and saw 30% whole clusters and 25% new French oak. it has a deeper ruby color to go with classic Pinot Noir notes of black cherries, forest floor, violets and incense. Medium-bodied, supple, elegant and beautifully textured, it has good acidity and some chewy, rustic tannin on the finish. It should be relatively approachable on release, yet benefit from short term cellaring and have 8-10 years of longevity. It's a rock-solid Pinot Noir. Paul Gordon and w ...Read More »
Praise from Parker's Wine Buying Guide: "Behrens and Hitchcock and their families represent all that is good about winemaking in the United States...Their 1999s are the best wines they have yet produced. Made from superripe fruit, they offer bold flavors, high alcohol, and gobs of personality. They are also satisfying not only on a hedonistic level, but also intellectually." (2002)
Inventory: Redwood City
Connoisseurs Guide: "* Good Value * Well-defined ripe-berry fruit is teamed with a nice mix of sweet oak and mildly briary spice in the nose here and carries forward as the dominant theme of the moderately deep, solidly varietal flavors that follow. The wine is just young enough to be a little rough at the edges, but service with food will help ease its way, as will a year or two of additional age." (5/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Juicy and soft, this Zin is all about exuberant red fruit and restrained tannins. Full-bodied it also offers elegance with complex highlights of leather, cedar and peppery ...Read More »
Whitethorn Winery is a small, family-owned winery devoted to capturing the essence of Mendocino's terroir by making high-quality single-vineyard Pinot Noir. From the winery: "Located in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. The vineyard sits at 1600 feet on a south facing ridge above Anderson Valley."
94 points Vinous: "Dense, meaty and powerful to the core, the 2013 Syrah Hawkes Butte is a wine built on structure. The contours are a bit angular, but there is nevertheless plenty of depth, resonance and pure power. This is one of the more massive wines in the range, but there is quite a bit to admire in the wine's dark, mysterious personality. The 50% whole clusters are nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit and firm tannins that need at least a year or two to soften. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The T ...Read More »
92 points Vinous: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Kiser En Haut is bright and beautifully delineated from the very first taste. Freshly cut flowers, mint and crushed rocks add nuance to a core of precise, crystalline fruit in a Pinot that impresses for its energy. Interestingly, the 2013 was made from fully destemmed fruit. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2012 for at least a year or two to allow the firm tannins to soften a bit. I imagine the Kiser En Haut will always remain a slightly compact, nervous Pinot. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor W ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
91-93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is gorgeous. Dark red cherries, plums, mint, cinnamon and pine lift from the glass. Silky tannins wrap around a plush core of fruit in a supple, accessible Pinot that will drink well early, but also has the stuffing to age." (7/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Inventory: San Francisco
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light peach skin color, with a slow bead. Musky orange peel and herb aromas, with a hint of white chocolate. Fleshy, weighty and smooth in texture, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors and a touch of green cardamom. Slightly loose-knit but packs a punch, finishing with an echo of candied orange and lingering sweetness." (5/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "A rounded texture, layered flavors of raspberry and baking spices and an almost sweet finish make this rosé very tempting. It strikes a good balance between acidity, fruit flavor and effervescence. Made from 57% Pinot Noir an ...Read More »
Cool climate Pinot Noir from a new brand that's sourced this wine from the Mendocino Ridge AVA in western Mendocino County, an innovative AVA that was established only for vineyards above 1,200 feet, or "above the clouds."
99 cases produced
Inventory: Redwood City
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red-ruby. Very reticent nose hints at black and red cherry, spice and mint. More texture and fat than the Sonoma Coast bottling, with similarly dry-edged flavors. But though this began quite subdued, it showed more sweetness and expressiveness with aeration. (ST)" (6/2000)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Proprietor Paul Gordon's main focus is Rhone-style wines, but the Silicon Valley tech officer turning vintner makes Anderson Valley Pinot on the side, according to the San Jose Mercury News: "The 2014 Wenzel Vineyard Pinot Noir, from the Anderson Valley, is spicy and elegant, with raspberry, rhubarb and good structure." (8/17/2015)