New Release Small Estate Domestic Arrivals Tasting

K&L Wine Merchants, San Francisco, CA

Tasted April 24, 2010 by rentmp3 with 404 views

Flight 1 (11 notes)

White
2009 Grey Stack Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Rosemary's Block Dry Stack Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Bennett Valley
91 points
Pale, almost colorless. The nose exploded with tropical fruits, and had a hint of mustiness to it (not in an unpleasant way). On the palate were also tropical fruits and passion fruit. Had a nice sweetness to it with very low acidity. Would consider buying for $26.99.
White
2008 Berthoud Vineyards Chasselas Doré Pagani Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
87 points
Very pale color, almost colorless. Nose was forgettable, very faint. On the palate were notes of honey and vanilla. Quite dry. Overall, unimpressive and priced a bit high at $17.99
White
2007 Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
pale yellow color. nose was buttery. palate was citrus fruits, hints of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Delicious wine for $59.99.
White
2007 Scholium Project Chardonnay Choêphoroi Los Olivos Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
90 points
Pale yellow color. strong honey on nose and palate. finish was nutty (almonds). delicious wine. would consider purchasing at $44.99.
Red
2007 Cobb Pinot Noir Emmaline Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Pale red color. On the nose were red berries. Palate was savory and smoky, perhaps meaty. Nice, long finish. $69.99
Red
2007 Woodenhead Pinot Noir Buena Tierra Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
reddish-brown color. nose and palate were red berries (raspberries, strawberries). $54.99
Red
2007 One Acre Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
88 points
deep reddish-purple color. Fruity, red berries on the nose and palate. Hints of vanilla, cedar. A little hot on the finish. Needs to mellow a bit. $44.99
Red
2007 Vellum Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
deep reddish-purple color. very strong cassis, mellow, mild oak influence, rich in mouth-puckering tannins. $54.99
Red
2007 Blackbird Vineyards Illustration USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
87 points
dark ruby red color. very fruit-forward with lots of raspberries, strawberries. creamy, buttery mouth-feel, full body. a bit disappointing considering the price and hype. quite a mellow wine that doesn't pop. would not buy. $87.99
Red
2007 Peay Vineyards Syrah La Bruma USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
88 points
deep red color. hints of spices that I couldn't quite place. very buttery mouthfeel. wasn't blown away with this. $44.99
Red
2006 Forlorn Hope Mil Amores Dewitt Vineyard USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County
87 points
brownish-red color. hint of mustiness on the nose that wasn't altogether pleasant. savory, meaty on the palate. $28.99
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