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 11/17/2012 (Fort Mason Festival Pavillon, San Francisco, California)
 

 

 

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B Wise

  • 2007 B Wise Vineyards Trios Proprietary Red - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
    Very dark red violet color; tart currant, black fruit, light brett nose; rich, tart black fruit, mocha, tart currant palate; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish (90 pts.)
  • 2010 B Wise Vineyards Wisdom - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
    Very dark ruby color; deep red berry, plum, oak nose; deep red berry, plum, oak palate; medium finish 87+ points (blend of Zin and Cabernet Sauvignon) (87 pts.)
  • 2009 B Wise Vineyards Syrah - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
    Very dark ruby color; oak, smoke, baked black fruit nose; oak, smoke, baked black fruit palate; medium finish (86 pts.)
  • 2009 B Wise Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Brion - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
    Very dark red violet color; loam, tart black currant nose; tasty, tart black currant, loam palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (91 pts.)

Balo

  • 2010 Balo Vineyards Pinot Noir - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Medium dark ruby color; appealing, lush, ripe cherry, black raspberry nose; tart cherry, raspberry palate with light oak and medium acidity; medium-plus finish 90+ points (11 mos in 30% new French oak; 3.59 pH, 14.1% alcohol) (90 pts.)

Benessere

  • 2011 Benessere Pinot Grigio - USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
    Light yellow color; tart apple, citrus nose; tart apple, tart citrus palate; medium finish 87+ points (87 pts.)
  • 2009 Benessere Sangiovese - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Dark cherry red color; spicy, tart cherry, red berry nose; spicy, tart cherry, red berry palate; medium finish (86 pts.)
  • 2009 Benessere Zinfandel Estate Black Glass - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
    Medium dark red violet color; oak, red berry nose; oak, red berry palate; medium finish (85 pts.)
  • 2008 Benessere Phenomenon - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Dark ruby color; tart black fruit, cedar nose; tart black fruit, cedar palate; medium-plus finish (87 pts.)
  • 2009 Benessere Sagrantino Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
    Bricking medium dark red violet color; redolent, dried red berry, oak nose; dried red berry, tart plum palate; medium finish (86 pts.)

Bennett Valley

  • 2010 Bennett Valley Cellars Chardonnay - USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley
    Light yellow color; ripe pear, apple nose; creamy textured, tart pear, ripe apple palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 90+ points (unoaked, 13% alcohol, 3.4 pH) (90 pts.)
  • 2009 Bennett Valley Cellars Pinot Noir - USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley
    Medium dark cherry red color; sous bois, tart cherry nose; tart cherry, sous bois palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (14.5% alcohol, 3.48 pH) (89 pts.)

Canard

  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Zinfandel Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Dark ruby color; ripe currant, berry nose; rich, ripe currant, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (90 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; ripe black currant, loam nose; rich, ripe black currant, loam palate; medium-plus finish (91 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard The Rescuer Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga
    Very dark red violet color; ripe black currant, berry nose; poised, ripe black currant, berry, ripe plum palate; medium-plus finish (91 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Adam's Blend Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; appealing, tart currant, black currant, loam nose; tasty, ripe currant, tart black currant palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (Cabernet Franc based) 92+ points (92 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Throwback Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga
    Very dark purple red violet color; black currant, loam nose; tasty, tart black currant, loam palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points (92 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Zinfandel Reserve Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; ripe currant, black currant nose; poised, ripe currant, black currant, berry palate; medium-plus finish (92 pts.)
  • 2009 Canard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Nearly opaque red violet color; tart black currant, loam, pencil lead nose; tart black currant, loam, pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points (93 pts.)

Chateau Potelle

  • 2010 Chateau Potelle Chardonnay Mt. Veeder - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
    Light yellow color; ripe pear, pineapple nose; ripe pineapple palate with low acidity; medium finish (86 pts.)
  • 2009 Chateau Potelle The Illegitimate Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; loam, menthol, stewed black fruit nose; loam, menthol, stewed black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (87 pts.)
  • 2010 Chateau Potelle Zinfandel - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
    Very dark red violet color; intense, ripe currant, bramble nose; intense, ripe currant, bramble, ripe berry palate; medium-plus finish (87 pts.)

Delgadillo

  • 2004 Delgadillo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark ruby color; appealing, ripe black currant, menthol nose; ripe black currant, menthol palate with good balance and a sense of gravel; needs 2-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (91 pts.)

Five/Five

Idell Family

  • 2010 Idell Family Vineyards Chardonnay Michael Mara Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
    Light yellow color; rich, tart apple, pineapple nose; tart apple, tart pineapple palate with possible acid addition; medium-plus finish 88+ points (88 pts.)
  • 2009 Idell Family Vineyards Syrah Oscar - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
    Dark ruby color; focused, tart plum, tart black fruit, French oak nose; tasty, tart plum, tart black fruit, lightly smoky palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 90+ points (90 pts.)

Kings Mountain

  • 2002 Kings Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Kings Mountain - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Bricked medium red color; mature, earthy, dried cherry, tart currant nose; mature, earthy, mushroom, cedar, dried cherry palate; medium-plus finish (89 pts.)
  • 2009 Kings Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Kings Mountain - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Bricking medium red color; tart cranberry, sous bois nose; tart cranberry, tart red berry palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 88+ points (88 pts.)
  • 2007 Kings Mountain Vineyard Meritage - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Very dark red violet color; cedar, sandalwood nose; cedar, tart black currant, loamy palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec) (90 pts.)

Modus Operandi

  • 2011 Modus Operandi Cellars Sauvignon Blanc - USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
    Light yellow color; smoky, tart grapefruit, lemon grass nose; intense, focused, lemon grass, ripe grapefruit, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Modus Operandi Cellars Vicarious Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Opaque ruby color; ripe berry, baked berry nose; ripe black currant, tart berry palate; medium-plus finish (54% Petite Sirah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot) (90 pts.)
  • 2009 Modus Operandi Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Opaque red violet color; appealing, loam, black currant nose; tasty, loamy, tart black currant, menthol palate; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish (93 pts.)

Navarro

  • N.V. Navarro Vineyards Brut Methode Champenoise - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Very light green-tinged yellow color with small bubbles; ripe peach, floral, chalk, VA nose; chalk, tart lime, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 87+ points (disgorged 2012) (87 pts.)
  • 2011 Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Very light yellow color; tart pear, green apple nose; tasty, tart green fruit, lemon palate with medium acidity; medium finish 88+ points (13.1% alcohol; good value at $13) (88 pts.)
  • 2011 Navarro Vineyards Gewürztraminer Estate Bottled Dry - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Very light yellow color; VA, floral, lychee, tart citrus nose; tart citrus, lychee, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 90+ points (90 pts.)
  • 2010 Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Medium dark cherry red color; ripe strawberry, raspberry, floral, tart cherry nose; tasty, tart cherry, tart strawberry, rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (13.7% alcohol; good value at $19.50) (91 pts.)
  • 2010 Navarro Vineyards Zinfandel - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
    Dark cherry red color; appealing, tart berry, fruity, ripe currant nose; tasty, light-medium bodied, ripe red currant, tart berry, bramble palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 90+ points (14.4% alcohol) (90 pts.)

Noble

  • 2006 Noble Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark ruby color; earthy, tart berry, black currant, chocolate nose; chocolate, ripe black currant, berry palate; medium-plus finish (w/5% Petite Sirah; 14.8% alcohol; 32 mos in French oak, 50% new) (89 pts.)
  • 2007 Noble Petite Sirah - USA, California, North Coast, High Valley
    Very dark red violet color; blackberry, berry nose; tight, tart blackberry, berry, cedar, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish (88 pts.)
  • 2010 Noble Cabernet Sauvignon Oh Behave! - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Dark red violet color; oak, brett, black fruit nose; fruity, tart cherry, brett palate; medium finish (w/10% Merlot) (85 pts.)
  • 2009 Noble Cabernet Sauvignon Oh Behave! - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Medium dark red violet color; menthol, tart black currant nose; tight, tart black currant, menthol palate; needs 2 years; medium finish 86+ points (86 pts.)

Poem Cellars

Rowland Tebb

Virage

  • 2007 Virage Vineyards - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; complex, herbaceous, loam, tart currant nose; tasty, tart currant, herb, loam palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points (71% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) (91 pts.)

Waits-Mast Family

  • 2010 Waits-Mast Family Cellars Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
    Pre-release - very dark cherry red color; very appealing, tart berry, blackberry, black cherry nose; tight, tart black cherry, tart berry, black raspbery palate with medium acidity; needs 2 years and should age well; medium-plus finish (clones 114, 115, 667 and 777) (92 pts.)

White Oak

  • 2011 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Syrah Rosé - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Light orange pink color; light tart currant nose; tart currant palate; medium finish (89 pts.)
  • 2010 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    Light yellow color; tart apple, tart pear, oak nose; rounded, rich, ripe pear, apple, French oak palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (90 pts.)
  • 2009 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Syrah - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Cloudy dark red violet color; smoky, roasted plum, light brett nose; smoky, roasted plum, light brett, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points (88 pts.)
  • 2006 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Myers Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; tart black fruit, roasted black fruit nose; tart currant, oak, cedar palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 88+ points (50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc) (88 pts.)
  • 2005 White Oak Vineyards & Winery Myers Reserve - USA, California, Napa Valley
    Very dark red violet color; redolent, tart currant, loam nose; tasty, tart currant, loam palate; medium-plus finish (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc) (90 pts.)

 


 
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