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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 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 ...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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
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."
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.
Antonio Galloni: "The 2013 Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Copain. Crushed flowers, sweet tobacco and red stone fruits are all laced together in a pretty, silky Pinot that over delivers for its very modest price tag. The Tous Ensemble is now made from 100% estate vineyards in Anderson Valley, which is quite remarkable at this level. (AG)" (1/2015) K&L Notes: From fruit grown on several sites in Anderson Valley, Tous Ensemble is an immediately appealing Pinot Noir and a great introduction to the style of winemaker Wells Guthrie, who delivers cool climat... 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 »
90 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)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 »
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 »
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 »
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. According to 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. Enjoy with pork tenderloin, salmon and poultry dishes where the crispness... Read More »
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 »
93 points Wine Spectator: "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 mineral, fresh ginger and subtle raspberry. Drink now through 2017." (10/2015)
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 »
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 »
From two outstanding Anderson Valley vineyards, the estate-owned Monument Tree Vineyard and the Ferrington Vineyard, here's a lovely expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from the makers of Silver Oak. The winery's vintage notes: "Our 2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a full-bodied wine in which the ripe berry character of the Ferrington Vineyard is beautifully complimented by the purity of fruit from our estate owned Monument Tree Vineyard. This wine has a red-rose color and a nose of black cherry, potpourri and brown sugar. It has a fruit-sweet att... 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 »
90 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)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) Connoisseurs Guide: "There are more than a few Blanc de Noirs bottlings that show a bit of Rosé-like substance and grip, but the tables are turned here, and, while labe ...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."
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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
Wine & Spirits: "A frisky pinot noir with a light, rosy glow, this balances oak spice with mouthwatering acidity. Hard edged at first, it needs decanting or another year in bottle to show its more generous side. Its savory tones and tanginess feel right for rare duck breast." (4/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
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 »
2010 Panthea "Siren" is a blend of 4 single vineyards selections in the Anderson Valley. Ranging from the warmer Boonville climate to the coolest plantings in the "Deep End", the Siren expresses the diverse climates and soil types of the AV Appellation. We combine these grapes, each unique to its terrior to create an unforgettable wine that is unmistakably Panthea. The fruit is whole berry fermented using wild and heritage Burgundian yeasts in single-ton open top fermenters. A multi-day soak followed by a slow fermentation, all gently hand pushed down f... Read More »
According to the winery: "Perfumed strawberries, allspice and forest floor prevail in this lighter-bodied Pinot. The nicely balanced acidity and velvety mouthfeel of this wine make it easily approachable." This wine is fermented using native yeasts and spends 10 months in French oak, of which 20% is new, 20% is 1 year old, 60% is 2 years old. Production is limited to 120 cases.
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 »
2007 was really an exceptional growing season in the Anderson Valley. A dry winter and cool summer let the grapes ripen super-slowly and evenly - a particularly great thing for Pinot Noir. The resulting wine marries sweet floral notes like jasmine with earthy mushroom undertones and tangy blackberry fruit on the nose. In the mouth, the blackberry grows more intense, combined with marionberry, anise, orange blossom and light cocoa notes, all in a medium-body frame that gives the wine structure without overwhelming its beauty with hulking tannins. 90 poin... Read More »
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The name Ten Degrees is in reference to the fact that Goldeneye's estate vineyards are only separated over a span of eight miles, but the temperature often varies a full 10 degrees from their situation on one end of the valley and the other. From the winemaker: "Embodying the best of the best from our estate program, this stunning wine combines the lithe, elegant red fruit, conifer notes and silky tannins of our Confluence Vineyard, the opulent dark fruit, leather and spice of our Gowan Creek Vineyard, the structural elements and wild berry and cracked p... Read More »
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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."
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 »
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 »
89 points Wine Spectator: "Vivid ruby. Intensely floral aromas of raspberry, baking spices, rose and incense expand with air. Stains the palate with sweet red and dark berry compote flavors, becoming livelier with air. A vibrant candied floral quality builds on the finish and absorbs the supple tannins. While this will no doubt age well, there's nothing to prevent drinking it now." (May/June 10)
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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
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."
92 points Antonio Galloni: "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
Connoisseurs Guide: "Slightly jammy, loosely cherry-like fruit sits beneath a thin bit of caramelly sweetness in the nose and does much the same in the clean, but slightly blunt flavors that ensue." (6/2007) Wine Enthusiast: "This is the second wine of Duckhorn-owned Goldeneye, comprised of lots that don’t make the main blend. It shows the power and acidity of the main wine, with rich cherry, cassis, cola and vanilla flavors, but not quite the same finesse. Drink this polished, elegant Pinot now." (11/2007) Wine Spectator: "Rich and savory, with cherry cola and sassafras aromas that spill over to the palate, givi ...Read More »
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