FamilyWinemakers of California

Pasadena, CA

Tasted March 20, 2007 - March 21, 2007 by drdebs with 925 views

Flight 1 (68 notes)

White
2006 Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Old Vines Pocai Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Refreshing chenin blanc with good acidity, aromas and flavors of pear and minerals.
Red
2002 Ballentine Vineyards Integrity USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
87 points
Very good soft merlot blend, with black fruits, vanilla and herbal notes.
Red
2002 Ballentine Vineyards Merlot Pocai Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
88 points
Yummy black and red fruits, with currants, spice, and pepper. Very good value.
Red
2002 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Old Vines USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Beatufiul color. Aromas of black and blue fruits, with flavors of cranberry and cracked black pepper. Excellent value.
Red
2002 Ballentine Vineyards Zinfandel Reserve Block 9 USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Outstanding zin with complex aromas of flowers, black fruits, and spice which are also present in the flavors. Serious bang for the buck, with lots of complexity.
Red
2004 Ballentine Vineyards Petite Sirah Field Blend USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
90 points
Outstanding blend of Petite Sirah with zin, syrah, and carignane that are grown in the sme vineyard. Intense red fruit flavors and aromas, that would be a great match with a wide variety of foods.
Red
2003 Toad Hall Cellars Bodacious USA, California
90 points
Wonderful;y aromatic bordeaux-style blend of cabernet and merlot. Garrigue and herb notes complement the ripe, round red fruit flavors.
White
2005 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas Blanc USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Very good white rhone blend. Viognier is evident in the aromas and first sips, which are floral and perfumed. Crisp citrus flavors and a juicy finish. Excellent balance.
White
2004 Tablas Creek Grenache Blanc USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
An outstanding silky white, with bright fruit and balanced acidity. Aromas and flavors of apple, citrus, honey.
White
2004 Tablas Creek Roussanne USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
87 points
Fabulous melon aromas are pronounced in this very good white. These aromas are echoed in the palate, along with some floral and citrus notes. Heavy, rich mouthfeel.
Red
2004 Tablas Creek Côtes de Tablas USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Aromas and flavors of raspberry, spice, and flowers in this grenache and syrah blend. Nice dustiness from the grenache, balanced out with the ripeness of the syrah fruit.
White
2005 Twisted Oak Verdelho Silvaspoons Vineyard USA, California, Central Valley, Alta Mesa
87 points
Very good white, with soft aromas of peach and melon followed up by bright floral and citrus flavors to accompany the rounder peach/melon notes.
White
2005 Twisted Oak Viognier USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
90 points
Seriously good. Aromas and flavors characteristic of the varietal: flowers, citrus, intriguing notes of mandarin orange. Well balanced, with sweet attack yet dry in the mouth.
Red
2005 Twisted Oak *%#&@! USA, California, Sierra Foothills
88 points
Soft Rhone blend, made of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. Blueberries, black plum and floral aromas followed by black and blue fruit flavors.
Red
2004 Twisted Oak Tempranillo USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
88 points
Young tempranillo with lots of potential that needs some time to settle down. Right now there is a pronounced spiciness to the wine, with good tannic structure and cherry fruit. Will enjoy seeing how this one drinks in another year or two. Best with food.
White
2006 Peachy Canyon Viognier Concrete Blanc USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
87 points
Lovely floral, honeydew, and litchi aromas and flavors. Highly aromatic, nicely balanced.
Red
2005 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Westside USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
Outstanding zin, excellent value. 15% alc/vol. Peppery blackberry aromas and flavors with a hint of jammy extraction. Rich and round.
Red
2005 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Old School House USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
91 points
June 07 release. More restrained and complex in style with red fruits and spice held in nice balance. Spicy finish, with notes of cocoa and coffee. 14% alc/vol
Red
2005 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Snow USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
Huge zin from the warmest spot in the valley. Blackberry and cedar aromas and flavors. 15.5% alc/vol.
Red
2005 Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Especial USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Warm and balanced blend of zins from different vineyards. Black fruits, spice, 14.5% alc/vol.
Red
2005 Siduri Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
93 points
Outstanding pn. Blossoms and pure raspberry fruit just pour out of the glass. Lots of sweetness in the attack form Clone 23 grapes. Raspberry, herbal, and floral flavors follow. Complex, interesting wine.
Red
2005 Siduri Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
91 points
Silky pinot noir. Sweetness in the attack, with raspberry, currant and floral aromas and tastes. Great texture. Dijon and Pommard clones.
Red
2005 Novy Family Wines Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
90 points
A lot of wine--more so than the excellent value SC. Rich, rich plummy aromas and flavors with hints of cassis, spice, and coffee. Long finish.
Red
2005 Novy Family Wines Syrah Russian River Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
89 points
Very good wine with excellent value. Soft plum aromas and flavors, complemented by warm spice notes.
White
2005 Four Vines Chardonnay Naked Chardonnay USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
89 points
Excellent unoaked chardonnay, outstanding QPR. Striking butterscotch and soft pear aromas with pear and citrus flavors. Juicy. Easy to pair with food.
Red
2004 Four Vines Zinfandel Maverick USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County
87 points
Soft blackberry fruit, 14. 9% alc/vol. Very good balance of fruit and spice.
Red
2004 Four Vines Zinfandel Biker USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Rough young zin that should settle down and shed some of its acidic tannins. Blackberry and pepper flavors and aromas are struggling to come forward now. Give this one some time. 15% alc/vol
Red
2004 Four Vines Zinfandel Old Vine Cuvée USA, California
89 points
Very good zin with balanced fruit, spice, and acidity. Still could benefit from a little more time in bottle. Blackberry, clove, pepper. Nice.
Red
2004 Four Vines Peasant USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
88 points
Intriguing red blend, dominated by syrah and mourvedre. Soft and smooth blackberry fruits, touched with vanilla and cracked pepper.
Red
2004 Four Vines Anarchy USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
Nouveau Rhone-style blend with an infusion of zin that you can really taste. Syrah, zin, mourvedre. Jammy red and black fruits, nice spice. Good texture and mouthfeel.
Red
2004 Four Vines Syrah Bailey Vineyard USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County
92 points
Impressive syrah with beautiful, jammy plum and cassis notes. Warm spices complement the fruits and add complexity.
Red
2004 Four Vines Petite Sirah Heretic USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
92 points
Absolutely stunning petite sirah. Cocoa and cassis aromas and flavors, with a smooth and silky cassis palate with notes of fresh picked blackberries. Seek this one out. It's fantastic.
Red
2004 Four Vines Loco USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
86 points
Medium-bodied tempranillo with ample fruit but not enough spice to balance it out.
Red
2004 Red Head Ranch Pinot Noir USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
Distinctive RHR silkiness of texture. Cherry, cocoa, coffee aromas and flavors in a silky package. Very nice, and great QPR at $28.
Red
2004 Red Head Ranch R3 USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
89 points
Blend of syrah, cabernet, and mourvedre, and you can taste all three. Red fruit aromas turn to a cascade of plum, cassis, and smoke. Another excellent value at $24.
Red
2004 Red Head Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
75% Cabernet blended with 25% Petit Verdot. Aromas and flavors of cassis, coffee, and a distinctive note of pencil shavings. Very nice, old world style cabernet blend. Unfiltered. $29. Good buy.
Red
2004 Red Head Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Old Bailey Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
91 points
100% Cabernet. Still young, this had bright red fruits with cocoa and dark chocolate notes in the aromas and on the palate. Needs time to settle down, but suspect it will grow into a wine of great balance, with that distinctive RHR silkiness and finesse. $40.
White
2005 Lava Cap Sauvignon Blanc El Dorado Reserve USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado
88 points
Touches of oak on this coconutty, tropical fruit sauvignon blanc. Sweet attach, but a nice balance of fruit and acidity as you move towards the finish.
Red
2004 Lava Cap Zinfandel Reserve USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado
88 points
Plums and black fruits in the aromas along with a distinctive spicy note. These are echoed in the flavors. Nicely in balance, despite its 15.6% alc/vol.
Red
2004 Lava Cap Syrah Reserve USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado
88 points
Softy of a wine. Spicy cherry, cassis, and plums. Fruit forward, but the spices add a nice complexity.
White
2005 Larkmead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Ripe pear and white peach aromas and flavors. Nice and brisk.
Red
2003 Larkmead Vineyards LMV Salon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Very nice red blend with spicy, bright fruit flavors: plum, black cherry, berry. Slightly jammy and extracted, but what an easy drinker.
Red
2003 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Reserve) USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Delicious. Blackberry, vanilla, some jammy extraction. Very smooth and drinkable.
Red
2004 Smith Wooton Syrah Tanner Brothers Vineyard USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Calaveras County
89 points
Smooth syrah with red fruit aromas and flavors and an intriguing garrigue spice note. Not as complex or structured as Twisted Oak's from this vineyard.
Rosé
2005 Croze Cabernet Sauvignon Vin d' Une Nuit USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Nice rose made of 100% cabernet sauvignon. Watermelon in color, with aromas and flavors of watermelon and strawberry. Would be excellent with spicy food.
White
2004 DuNah Chardonnay Dedee's Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
87 points
Pronounced aromas of pineapples and tropical fruit give way to similar flavors, with notes of apple and herbs. Long finish. Nice balance.
White
2004 DuNah Chardonnay Tre Cuvée USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
Blended from grapes from 3 vineyards, light gold in color with mineral, apple, pear, and almond notes in the aromas and flavors. Silky texture. Very nice.
Red
2005 DuNah Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
88 points
Red fruit aromas and flavors in this bright pinot. Very young, new release, needs to settle down in bottle for a year and let the acids smooth out a bit. Great potential.
Red
2003 DuNah Tre Cuvée USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
89 points
Interesting red blend of syrah, sangiovese, carignane and gewurztraminer. Aromas and flavors of black cherry and coffee, with an additional dusting of cocoa powder in the finish. Geuwrztraminer adds a smooth, silky note.
White
2003 Fort Ross Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
88 points
Very well done chardonnay, with aromas of pear and peach. These are echoed in the flavors, with a streak of minerality.
White
2002 Fort Ross Chardonnay Reserve Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
87 points
Another well-done chardonnay, this one with much more oak influence, which adds hazelnut notes and gives a rounder, fuller taste. Still, the minerality is there.
Red
2004 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
89 points
I liked this wine, which had readl complexity in a restrained package. Black cherry and raspberry aromas, with a gorgeous note of rose petals. Smooth texture, and the aromas are echoed on the palate.
Red
2003 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Reserve Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
88 points
Richer and jammier pinot, with raspberry, cola, and rose aromas and flavors. The finish picks up an interesting black tea note.
Red
2003 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Symposium Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
87 points
Pinotage is added to the pinot noir in this bottling. Black cherry flavors and aromas predominate with some cedar notes.
Red
2003 Fort Ross Pinotage Fort Ross Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
90 points
100% pinotage. Wild blackberry fruit aromas and flavors, with complex layers of coffee, earth, cocoa, and dark chocolate. Seek out.
White
2006 Brutocao Sauvignon Blanc Feliz Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
88 points
A nicely balanced, citrusy sauvignon blanc. Stainless steel aging.
White
2005 Brutocao Chardonnay USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
87 points
A touch of oak brings out the pear and vanilla flavors in this soft, appealing chardonnay.
Red
2003 Brutocao Merlot Bliss Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
89 points
Very nice merlot. Juicy cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors with spicy cedar notes extending through the finish. Very good QPR.
Red
2004 Brutocao Cabernet Sauvignon Hopland Ranches USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
90 points
Outstanding cabernet, with cassis aromas and flavors and distinctive whiff of pencil lead shavings. This is still young, with a strong grip of tannins. Age it a year or two to let the flavors smooth out.
Red
2004 Brutocao Zinfandel Hopland Ranches USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
90 points
Outstanding zin, with real complexity. Jammy blackberry aromas and palate complements the cedary spice. Cracked pepper notes emerge as the fruit fades on the finish. Great value.
Red
2004 Brutocao Quadriga Hopland Ranches USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino
90 points
Italian blend of sangiovese, primitivo, dolcetto, and barbera. Lovely read and black fruit aromas, with spicy notes and real structure. Would be age-worthy.
White
2006 Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc CNW (Chard-No-Way) Wilson Vineyards USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg
88 points
Very good chenin blanc, with a nice balance between bright citrus and soft melon flavors and aromas. Slightly silky texture.
White
2005 Vinum Cellars Viognier VIO Vista Verde Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, San Benito County
89 points
Excellent viognier, with pronounced floral aromas and the taste of honeydew melons. Perfumed and juicy.
Rosé
2006 Vinum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon It's Okay! USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Rich rose, made of 100% cab grapes. Dry, tavel style with raspberry aromas and flavors, touched with a strawberry note.
Red
2005 Vinum Cellars Petite Sirah PETS Wilson Vineyards USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg
87 points
Slightly rustic in style, with brushy and herbal aromas and flavors, accompanied by cassis fruit.
Red
2004 Vinum Cellars Cabernet Franc The Scrapper USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Currant aromas and flavors, with a grip of tannins and a green freshness that would make this perfect for BBQ.
Red
2005 Vinum Cellars Red Dirt Red USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County
90 points
Superb Rhone-style blend. Rich red fruits combine with floral aromas of roses and violets to produce a really interesting wine. Would buy more.
Red
2004 Vinum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Slow Lane USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Cocoa and cassis on the front end, which develop through the palate and the finish. Great value in a Napa cab.
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