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Wine Enthusiast: "* Best Buy * A tangy grapefruit flavor and refreshing acidity make this a good before-dinner quaff and an apt pairing with seafood. Herbaceous and citrus aromas carry through to the flavors, medium body and good balance." (11/2014) K&L Notes: 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. This wine was made from... Read More »
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again taking its place as one of our favorite non-vintaged Bruts, Roederer stands out for its refinement and customary vitality. It marries a bit of citrus and green-apple fruit with incisive, not-too-strident yeast and finds subtle complexities in the form of background minerality. It is fairly tight and very much geared to crispness with a lengthy and wonderfully refreshing finish, and its balance suggests that will hold up nicely for years." (11/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "**Best Buy** This is both fresh and substantial, striking a delicious balance between apple-skin s ...Read More »
From fruit grown on several sites in Anderson Valley, Tous Ensemble is an immediately appealing Pinot Noir with a crunchy and vigorous red-fruited profile. It is great introduction to the style of winemaker Wells Guthrie, who delivers cool climate terroir which isn't sullied by high alcohol or too much wood. A perfect and long growing season in 2012 saw a two week harvest extending well into October but at only a 13.6% finished alcohol level in the finished wine, which was aged for nine months in neutral French oak. From the winery: "The delicately perfu... 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 »
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 »
Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Tous Ensemble Chardonnay is a pretty, entry-level offering from vineyards in Anderson Valley. Apricot pit, pastry, tangerine peel and lightly honeyed notes flesh out in a soft, nuanced Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The Tous Ensemble range delivers outstanding value, while the best Syrahs and Pinots soar with exceptional beauty and a sense of weightlessness that is compelling. In particular, several of the 2012 Syrahs are utterly ...Read More »
97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that encourages a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 or longer." (12/2014)93 points Wine Spectator: "This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its compl ...Read More »
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 »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character." (12/2013)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. Drink now through 2015." (9/2013)90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again takin ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and rich, with floral strawberry and sugar cookie aromas and elegant, layered citrus, tart cherry and mineral flavors that linger toward a vibrant, lightly spicy finish." (11/2013)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a mouthfilling, plush-textured, copper colored bubbly with hints of cherry and raspberry in the ripe flavors, firm acidity to balance them and tiny bubbles to keep it all lively. Made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, it finishes with a slightly sweet sensation." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "There are more than a few Blanc de Noirs bottlings that show a bit of Rosé-like substance ...Read More »
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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 »
Sourced from Mendocino's Yorkville Highlands, the Sonoma Coast, and a hillside vineyard in the Russian River Valley, this cool climate Pinot Noir reflects winemaker Derek Rahliffs' classic approach. The three lots are vinified separately and the approach in the cellar is low-intervention. From the winery: "Aromas of cherry, herbs, and rose petal dominate the nose, while on the palate the wine is medium bodied with a silky smooth texture and a refreshing acid on the finish." They suggest that it would nicely complement pork tenderloin, salmon and poultry ... Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character." (12/2013)91 points Wine & Spirits: "*One of 100 Best Buys of 2011* This estate-grown blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gains added richness from oak-aged reserve wines. The reserves broaden the texture, contributing almond tones to the clean, fresh ...Read More »
Copain's Tous Ensemble wines are approachable, everyday drinkers sourced from fine Mendocino County vineyards. The character is food-friendly and versatile for a pop-and-pour with some pedigree. From the winery: "Our 2012 Tous Ensemble Syrah is a medium-bodied blend of grapes from Mendocino County. The body is lightly textured with medium tannins. Bright acidity accents the palate of dark brambly fruits, hard spices and an earthy core. Drink now, though it will improve over the course of five years."
90 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2012 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth. Cranberry, pomegranate, sweet spices and roses meld together in an expressive, resonant Pinot with tons of appeal and pure texture. What a pretty wine this is." (2/2014)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-red. Expressive red berry and floral aromas are enlivened by zesty mineral and spice notes and a hint of orange pith. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of candied rose. Finishes spicy and long, with building sweetness and silky, ev ...Read More »
A blend of almost equal parts Grenache, Syrah and old vine Carignane from Redwood Valley in Mendocino. Aged in seasoned French oak for 15-months, to enhance the wine's texture but not mask its vibrant fruit with oak flavors, the 2012 Red Belly shines. From the winery: "Ruby red color. Complex aromatics of violet, red raspberry, plum, white pepper and forest floor. The palate is ample and textured, with the savory berry fruit, earth and spice in total concert. Best now with a decant, this vintage of Red Belly should age gracefully for the next decade."
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."
92 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard, from a site in Anderson Valley, is quite different in style from Failla's Sonoma Coast Pinots, most notable in its prominent tannin profile. The flavors are dark and inward, but the Savoy structure gives an impression of pure energy. Graphite, crushed rocks and sweet red berries add the final notes of complexity. This is a fascinating set of wines from Failla and Ehren Jordan. With this many selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, what comes across is an excellent representation of the year. The 2013 Chardonna ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* A fair bit of creamy oak sits atop a modest measure of nominally ripened cherries in the nose here and vies for attention in this full, somewhat rounded wine's ripe-leaning flavors as well. Full and a bit soft in structure with heat peeking through at the end, this is a moderately rich Pinot best tagged for drinking with light stews and steaks early on." (2/2015) K&L Notes: If it looks like a duck, that's because Goldeneye is indeed part of the Duckhorn Vineyards family of wineriesk, including Migration and Decoy. Goldeneye is the Napa Valley winery's far-... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A majority Pinot Noir (54%), this brut rosé has a healthy head of mousse followed by succulent strawberry flavor, bright acidity and a smooth finish. Dark golden-peach in color, it is layered and well-made, and a great value for the quality." (12/2013)89 points Wine Spectator: "Offers an appealing, racy maturity, with floral raspberry and spicy baked apple aromas and flavors of cherry, graham cracker and creamy ginger. Drink now." (11/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "54% pinot noir and 46% chardonnay): Light peach skin color, with a slow bead. Musky orange peel and herb aromas, with a hint of white chocolate ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully crafted and rich, this is focused on a core of black cherry and wild berry, with savory herb and dusty earth notes. For all the richness, there’s a pleasing sense of elegance and grace here, even if the tannins require some patience. Drink now through 2023"
A blend of several Anderson Valley vineyards, the large part of the grapes were grown on the warmer Booneville end of the valley which worked out nicely in this particularly cool 2010 vintage. Sites on the cooler "deep end" of the valley including Handley's own estate vineyards were allowed to hang later into the season and were helped along with a late warm spell. The wine was aged in 25% new French oak for 10 months before bottling, and is now in a great place after a couple additional years of bottle age. From the winery: "This vintage of Anderson Val... 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."
Wine Enthusiast: "Woodenhead does Pinot Noir well, too, but here it shows its skill with Zinfandel, producing a structured, peppery and leathery version bright in briary blackberry and plum. With fierce minerality at its core, this is a distinctive Zin for those who prefer their wines savory and earthy." (8/2013) K&L Notes: Mendocino County is possibly the most overlooked source for Zinfandel in California, with long-established vineyards which deliver substantial and structured expressions. The Venturi family has owned this vineyard site since 1924 which sits just west of the Redwood... Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Gorgeous foam leads this wine, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Golden peach in color with a dry, savory strawberry richness and smooth texture, it is buoyed by solid acidity. Estate- grown, this is a stellar California sparkler, incredibly well-priced and versatile." (12/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and rich, with floral strawberry and sugar cookie aromas and elegant, layered citrus, tart cherry and mineral flavors that linger toward the vibrant, lightly spicy finish. Drink now through 2015." (11/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "There are more than a few Blanc de Noirs bottlings that sho ...Read More »
Produced from grapes from a vineyard that I planted in 2003, which I sold to Zac Robinson of Husch Vineyards in 2007, I tasted this gem over the course of three days and it just kept getting better and better. It is an amazing wine! Deeply colored, the lovely perfumed nose offers crushed dried rose petal and ripe strawberry aromas, with undertones of slate-like minerals, creamy tones, and a mild meaty (almost gamy) character. All of this is supported by a lovely toasty oak quality. Much of this carries over to a broad, lush, viscous, complex mouthfeel th... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Firm, dense and focused, with vivid blackberry, cranberry, spice and violet notes, ending with gripping, gravelly tannins. Drink now through 2021. 3,153 cases made." (9/2014) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The 2012 Pinot Noir exhibits the best of Anderson Valley. Aromas of black cherry, cranberry, blood orange, forest floor, and rose hips waft from the glass. Every swirl, sniff, and sip unveils something new! The palate has a silky and savory nature, leading to a long finish. Fresh acidity and round tannins lend this wine to being a perfect match with food. Enjoy wit... Read More »
From the winery "Lichen Estate’s innovative Les Pinots Noir & Gris 2013 offers an unorthodox blend of red and white grapes (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Gris). Aromas of grapefruit and white peach in the nose are matched by citrus gripping the mouth from lips to throat. Sweet Tarts brush dangerously close to Angostura bitters without touching, wrapped by a hint of effervescence. Les Pinots offers a density in the mid-palate balanced by a dancing rhubarb edge that tempts one’s tongue to swab the cheeks. Enjoy the long, savory, almost briny finish."
Inventory: San Francisco
This is the entry level Chardonnay from Copain, and it is a great introduction to the wines of Wells Guthrie. Fermented entirely in stainless steel, from the wonderfull 2012 vintage, it is bright, refreshing and citrusy with a mineral kiss.
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91 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark red cherries, mint, hard candy, wild flowers and spices meld together in Copain's 2012 Pinot Noir Monument Tree, a supple, mysterious wine full of nuance and personality. Violets, lavender and cloves meld into the resonant, textured finish. The use of 30% whole clusters adds attractive aromatic overtones. This is one of the more open, accessible wines in the Copain range. Accordingly, the 2012 is best enjoyed over the next few years. I was quite taken with the wines I tasted from Copain and proprietor Wells Guthrie this year. The Tous Ensemble rang ...Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(made with 25% whole clusters): Vivid ruby. Intensely spicy scents of redcurrant, cherry pit and licorice, with a bright mineral topnote. Tangy and precise, offering bitter cherry and rhubarb flavors that become sweeter with air. Finishes tight and nervy, with resonating spiciness and very good clarity." (6/2014) K&L Notes: A rarity in much of California, Carignane is enjoying somewhat of a second life recently, as a European-style "bistro wine." And Mendocino County is the kingdom of the old vine Carignane: big, sturdy bush vines that have been doling out the hi... Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This boasts a brilliant, linear progression from pepper to lush cherry and berry fruit. It’s spicy and floral in nuanced, beautiful ways, with perfectly balanced acidity. Creamy and silky, this wine lingers, building complexity as it coats the palate." (8/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(13.5% alcohol, from fruit that was harvested on November 16th): Bright ruby. Vibrant red berry, cherry and floral scents are deepened by notes of licorice and black olive. Juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become spicier and more floral with air and show very good focus. Energetic ...Read More »
Partners Joshua Haberman (Wine director at Harris Steak House), Jonathan Tyer, and Timothy Skok began Burt Street Cellars in a garage on Burt Street in Santa Rosa, California in 2009. Roma's Vineyard is a family owned vineyard, located on Lone Tree Ridge Ranch at 1850 ft in Boonville, California
Inventory: San Francisco
If it looks like a duck, that's because Goldeneye is indeed part of the Duckhorn Vineyards family of wineriesk, including Migration and Decoy. Goldeneye is the Napa Valley winery's far-north outpost, in cool Anderson Valley where their 15-year experience in making cool-climate Pinot Noir was put to the test in 2011. With low yields and careful vinting, they have succeeded. The winery's tasting note: "Quintessential Anderson Valley aromas of savory herbs, pinesap and wild berries soar from the glass. On the palate, a plush, dense mouthfeel supports lush f... Read More »
From the Winery; "75 year old dry farmed Carignane vines from Mendocino produced a wine worthy of its Spanish heritage. This is a meaty yet nimble red wine that stands up with an array of fall cuisine and pleases many crowds with its versatility." Barrel aging: 8 months in neutral French Oak tank
From the Winery; Our much anticipated pink wine made from 100+ year old Grenache Gris vines. This year we made 50% like a white wine (whole cluster press to neutral French Oak barrels) and 50% was de-stemmed and left to soak on the skins for 24 hours in an open top wood vat before pressing and then on to neutral barrels. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in barrel followed by naturally occurring malolactic fermentation. We bottled unfined and unfiltered on February 23, 2015. Strawberry, tangerine and melon excite the senses for what follows. A moment to... Read More »
From the Winery; Our 5th year making bubbles, our Petillant Naturel (Pet Nat) is made from (mostly) organic Chardonnay grapes. We do not add sugar, yeast or anything else. We whole cluster press our hand harvested grapes to tank. Fermentation begins spontaneously and continues until near dry when we bottle under crown cap. Months later we disgorge by hand to remove most of the heavy yeast sediment and reduce the pressure. The result is a delightful, too easy to drink, very much alive, sparkling Chardonnay with a touch of sweetness. Drink early for a touc... Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(65% grenache, 30% mourvedre and 5% syrah): Brilliant ruby. Perfumed aromas of raspberry compote, licorice, dried rose and minerals. Juicy, spice-tinged red fruit flavors gain weight and take a turn to darker berries with aeration. Shows intense spiciness on the incisive and persistent finish, which is lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. This wine has the energy of a top 2011 from the region, but with the power and weight I associate with '12." (6/2014) K&L Notes: From the winery: "The 2012 Halcón Esquito comprises 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah all... Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "More forward than the 2011, the 2012 Syrah Alturas has beautiful, gamey dark berry and raspberry-like fruits, olive, peppercorn and hints of road tar to go with a medium to full-bodied, supple and superbly textured feel on the palate. Possesses good concentration, a soft, easy going mid-palate and nicely integrated acidity, this is already drinking nicely, but will evolve gracefully over the coming 6-8 years. These northern California beauties are made by Paul Gordon and Scott Shapley, with a focus on their estate Halcon Vineyard located in the Mendocin ...Read More »
Old and older, the 2005 L'Ermitage is a cuvee of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir plus 4% reserve wine from the 2003 vintage. Yet this is the current release of Roederer Estate's special Tête de Cuvée, which is made only in exceptional vintages from estate-grown grapes in the remote Anderson Valley of California. In the tradition of its parent Champagne producer Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate makes sparkling wine in the methode traditionelle and adds oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. It certainly benefited from the extra years of elevage,... Read More »
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From the winery: "This year’s Anderson Valley is a bright, fresh reminder of the charms of the appellation. The nose offers vivid floral aromatics with hints of magnolia blossom and carrot flower. The palate echoes the sunny aromatics of the nose while adding tangy elements of almond skin and tangerine peel. Firm, but generous tannin and mouthwatering acids guide the wine to a pleasing, integrated finish."
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Husch planted the first Pinot Noir vines in Anderson Valley in 1971, and the cool 2011 vintage was a throwback to this pioneering era when white grapes dominated the region. The modest pricing on Husch's Pinot Noir is also a throwback when other producers often want to court prestige more than new followers. This bottling realizes a bright and finessed Pinot Noir with modest alcohol and plenty of aromatic interest. The wine was fermented with 25% whole clusters (stems included) for an Old World sophistication before being aged for 9 months in 25% new Fre... Read More »