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Red
2013 Etrusca Velia Sonoma County Red Blend (view label images)
1/21/2022 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
Zinfandel icon Gus Gamba makes his version of a Southern Italian blend with a base of Petite Syrah, Zin and Primativo. This is the second vintage. California deliciousness combined with Vulture DOCG structure. Nice. Three hour decant for the complexity to emerge. Dark nearly opaque ruby red with lots of purple looks like a young wine but I think it's in its prime drinking window now. Black fruit plus herbs. It smells like espresso, eucalyptus and oak. The body is medium/full with a juicy texture, a touch of bitterness and tartness. Noticeable alcohol, a bit rough, the black berries and mouth-watering acidity save the day. The wine finishes long and nicely balanced. Food enhances the experience as Italian wines do best.
White - Sparkling
1/17/2022 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Extra Brut-bracing acidity here, nicely balanced by grapefruit and lemon flavors. Beautiful mousse with small and persistent bubbles.
Red
11/24/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Intriguing nose and great with food. Medium light ruby with hints of tawny. Intense and complex nose of high toned tart cherry, raspberry, earth/forest floor, violets. Medium mouthfeel, grip with searing acidity and strong tannins with an astringent finish, but nicely balanced by light red fruits that keep the parts of this wine working together from start to finish. Definitely a cool-climate wine with a freshness and unusually powerful grip for a red wine. This a unique indigenous varietal is a genuine find.
White
11/24/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
A fabulous white from the indigenous grape, Famoso, also called Uva Rambela, a vine rediscovered in the last decade, from the Valle del Bidente in Romagna. Highly aromatic with notes of acacia flowers and citrus fruits, this straw yellow wine offers a medium texture and fresh acidity balanced by the lemon and grapefruit flavors fermented and matured in stainless steel. A balanced and persistent finish. Great with fresh cheese and risotto, a genuine find.
Red
11/1/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
An elegant style of Cab grown in the foothills of the Andes, this wine is a Bordeaux blend of 85% Cab and also Cab Franc and Petit Verdot aged in 100% new French oak. The wine is ruby red nearly to the rim and with fewer tertiary notes than I expected, it has several more years ahead of it and is drinking beautifully now. On the highly aromatic nose, Cab scents of cassis, blueberry, black pepper and green olive (fortunately, no sign of green pepper), balsamic and a nicely integrated toastiness. The gentle but full mouthfeel offers a palate of blue fruits balanced with grip but also smooth tannins. Again, no tertiary flavors and a surprisingly short finish. The elegance at 14.5 ABV stands out for me.
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Red
10/23/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
94 points
Drink now at its peak. Decant for at least one hour for the aroma to emerge. Incredible balance strikes me first of all, when the sum is greater than the parts. Lovely medium dark ruby heading to garnet and back from the rim. Dark for a wine so light on its feet. Subtle but unmistakable Pinot complexity(Old world/Oregon) with wet earth and mushroom, inviting savoriness, bright, light red with raspberry and cranberry but also darker blackberry fruits, lavender, a hint of cola and tea, smoke and something herbaceous, tarragon? As I said, a complex beautifully integrated wine. Medium body, tartness balances the variety of fruits, smooth but present tannins on a balanced, extended finish. Nothing flashy here, simply well made, terroir-driven wine. A Paar-Moorman project to be sure
Red
10/16/2021 - hosscrow Does not like this wine:
86 points
I could not find any information about Esploso on the Andrew Will website. Is this bottling a one-off? Did I miss the drinking window? Two points first: 1. drink now. 2. If you are saving or serving this bottle as something special because it is an Andrew Will blend, I think that you will be disappointed. I would describe this wine as bland. Tannins are nonexistent. Acid is weak and there is little discernible fruit, blackberry maybe. Decent full-bodied mouthfeel, mostly glycerine and alcohol. Short finish.
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White
10/4/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
89 points
Unusual to find a riesling from Sonoma although Marin and the Petaluma Gap would be the right place. Not so fresh and vibrant as Finger Lakes versions but tasty. Medium yellow, aromas of peaches and honey and a hint of tropical fruits. The most interesting development-after an hour in the glass, pine forest aroma emerged adding much needed complexity. Nice mouthfeel, some residual sugar (off dry), medium + weight with yellow tree fruit flavors, medium - acidity and no tannins on a short finish.
Rosé
8/4/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
93 points
Saperavi is a huge hit (the sparklers are stunning as well ) in the Finger Lakes and here is another example. This may be my favorite rose' of all time. Medium- cherry red, about the same as many pinots. Intense (for a rose') tart cherry aroma with other earthy highlights. The palate is also intense for a rose' with bright red fruits. The freshness of the acidity for an almost-red-wine offers the wines most salient quality with some tannin on the extended finish.
Red
10/4/2021 - hosscrow Does not like this wine:
85 points
Deep purple color and a closed nose hinted at the aggressive palate with unpleasant acid and tannic astringency. Even after several hours, the wine remained unpleasant. Obviously, I opened this Brunello way too early. Keep for 5 to 7 years before try or at least a decade if you wish to see this wines quality or potential.
Red
10/4/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
Great example of a cold-climate PN with its light color and mouthfeel and especially its funky nose-full of fur and earth. Works with a variety of foods.
Red
3/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
My favorite wine from Buena Vista, worth the hefty bottle and price tag for a Sonoma red blend. Check an earlier CT note for the varietals involved and don't compare this wine to the US Bordeaux red blends from say Wala Wala. This wine is pure California bombastic fruit but tamed into a delicious complexity. Deep dark ruby/garnet, highly concentrated with aromas of dark blue fruit. Surprisingly medium weight, almost elegant because of the medium acidity and 13 months in 9% new French oak which keeps all of those upfront fruit flavors in balance to a lingering and delicious finish. For me, a wine to sip with appetizers. The wine will evoke conversation.
Red
7/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
94 points
A standout from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard in Sta Rita, this wine sings of its place. The winemaker was a member of In Pursuit of Balance and this style shows in this wine. Dark intense ruby color with strong red and blue fruit, earth and cola aromas and flavors, the wine maintains its wonderful balance with striking acidity and just enough tannin to provide a frame for the fruit. The flavors develop even in the mouth and take on savory notes with a very long and delicious finish. Lutum makes wine from many of the great PN sites, Gap's Crown, Bien Nacido, Durrell, Rinconanda- I would like to try all of them.
Red
4/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
My advice to myself was-HOLD this bottle which I did for a few years and alas poured too early. Still quite youthful, the wine needs 4 hours decanting. Nice orange hue, medium color. Fragrant violets, cherry, earth with cherry and bitter nut flavor on the back end. Full mouthfeel, even crunchy with and extended finish.
White
5/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
94 points
To give a context to this note, I tasted this with with Bill Cadman at his property near the Haynes Vineyard so I'm influenced by Mr. Cadman's hospitality, wry humor and the history of his career in CA wine country. I think that more wine lovers should find Coombsville and Tulocay. A medium yellow with an alluring aroma of lemon, lemon curd, acacia and just a bit of smoke. Medium + acidity with a lovely mouthfull of chard fruit and an extended finish.
Red
6/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
Definitely, a PN from the cooler parts of the RRV with its cherry cola, clove notes, concentration and weight. I like the silky texture very much but didn't catch the other Burgundian aspects especially compared to other Sonoma producers, Littorei, Montagne Russe, etc. A blend of three vineyards, this wine doesn't stand out as a distinctive pinot, one of my expectations, I suspect.
Red
6/23/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
I think that after the RRV pinots, the Sta. Rita Hills are Siduri's best and this single vineyard is significantly better than the AVA bottling. Medium dark ruby, still quite young. A coastal PN with fresh bright dark cherry, clove, thyme and tea aromas. Great balance, noticeable tannins and a medium plus acidity coming into play on the not-so-complex, extended finish.
Red
5/23/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
89 points
I bought this estate wine because the Five Mountain PN is part of Elk Cove's Soil series. ( Laurelwood soil which is new to me as I am familiar with Jory and Willakenzie). The wine was disappointing as less complex and interesting than other Elk Cove wines that I have tasted. Lovely medium ruby/garnet moved back from the rim. I say drink now. Also the wine has lost its freshness. Very light nose of red cherry and blueberries. No complexity of flowers, mushrooms, forest etc. medium acidity, low tannins. Short finish.
Red
8/23/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
I am a Roero Arneis fan so I wanted to try a red from Roero and this winery is one of the oldest in Piedmont. I expected a "baby barolo" and was disappointed. The wine is more like a Langhe level Nebbiolo. Perhaps, it will add weight and complexity with age, but I doubt it. Lovely Nebbiolo orange tint that has already moved significantly from the rim. Straight forward, tart cherry nose and a waft of incense. Nicely integrated oak. The nose and palate are not complex. Medium plus acidity and a bitterness on the finish made the wine quite enjoyable with tomato-based dishes. Short finish.
Red
8/23/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
93 points
My favorite of the Rosenblum Zins. Medium ruby, still youthful. Needs an hour decant. Beautiful nose with blue fruits, bramble, and toasty, somewhat smoky oak. Look for Botticelli Vineyard Zins-a top notch site in Rockpile. Nicely balanced flavors that integrate the acidity and fruit with just the right spice. Low tannins. ( My experience is that you must pay $40 to avoid the jamminess that plagues many Zins.) A complex, balanced, medium finish.
Red
8/5/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
89 points
Needs a 2 hour decant. Opens with an intense earthy nose. After some time, minerality emerges and with food comes nice blue fruits and a balanced acidity. Finishes short.
Red
7/13/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautifully aged Sonoma Coast PN with a medium ruby red color fading at the rim. Drink now. Powerful Sonoma Coast earthy aromatics with lots of minerally dust balanced by raspberry and blueberry. Medium body the wine has satin-like texture, high acidity, soft tannins with light red and blue fruits that emerge on the short finish. Top notch with flavorful fish and creamy sauce.
Red
7/8/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Light on its feet and ready to drink now. Give this wine a slight chill to emphasize the refreshing acidity. As with similar pinots, I enjoy the lighter style with high aromatics. Light red, nearly transparent depth. Complex aromas of dank forest floor, hints of lavender and, with time in the decanter, the lovely light red and tart fruits such as wild red raspberry and strawberry emerge. There is a bit of smoke here too that adds to the complexity. Light mouthfeel and at the same time, mouthwatering, gum coating tart medium+ acid, no tannins to speak of and, on the extended finish , the fruit makes its entrance.
Red
4/9/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
93 points
Purity. Freshness. Individuality. Delicious.
Brilliant ruby colored with a distinctive mineral-driven nose that also includes a damp redwood bark forest and a raspberry and cherry nose, a hint of clove and the floral aroma of an excellent wine. Lighter flavors like cranberry and bing cherry on a lightly structured frame of medium plus acidity and low tannin. The silky textured medium body is a genuine delight especially in the long finish. Beautifully balanced and intriguing
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Red
4/3/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
This producer gets more and more interesting. Their wine reminds me why I enjoy pinot so much, especially the individuality of winemakers and sites. This entry level wine is a blend of wines from the single vineyard barrels. Wonderful Sonoma Coast characteristics-raspberry, tart cherry, minerality/salinity, mouthfilling for a wine so light ruby in color. Complexity with fruit, spice, nice structure/medium acid, low tannin and an extended finish.
Red
7/6/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
89 points
These Clarendon Syrahs will last forever it seems. Even after a two hour decant, this 12 year old wine is still, to my taste, too rambunctious. It needs more cellar time to tame the intense structure. Opaque, nearly black, red color. High acidity and tannin and dark black fruit, blackberry and black raspberry with a rough, still unbalanced finish. Only 14.5 ABV. That is hard to believe.
Red
6/15/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
Good example from this top notch property in RRV. Bright, intense ruby red with a powerful nose of tart cherry, roses, baking spice. Not much earth. Elegant. Well structured with a fruit forward, balanced and extended finish. Purchase this wine whenever possible.
Red
5/21/2020 - hosscrow wrote:
91 points
Very fine entry-level Sonoma Coast PN. Medium ruby red color. This wine sings with its minerality and cherry, raspberry fruits. Beautifully balanced structure and and extended finish. This is a producer to watch.
Red
11/21/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
88 points
Not as interesting as the Bouachon Gigondas also owned by Boisset. Nice medium red brick color. Light mouthfeel for a Gigondas, with red fruits, little tannin, medium - acidity. Lacked structure. Some pepper spice notes. Short finish.
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Red
11/21/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Top quality Gigondas from a top notch property. Needs two hours decant. Deep, ruby red. Mouthfilling, medium plus acid, soft but present tannins. Plenty of pepper spice and nice blueberry fruit. Extended finish.
White
2/28/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
In the last few days, I have enjoyed 3 chardonnays-Black Kite Gap's Crown, Evening Land Source and this Heintz. All needed a 30 minute+ decant. Each is a beautifully made, distinctive wine. Pale Gold color and density, obvious oak influence. Powerful Chard nose with lemon, peach, and apple, white flowers, nice touch of vanilla oak. High acidity balances the powerful tree fruit flavors with nutmeg spice and some hazelnut. Somewhat taut mouthfeel which might ad weight with age. Nicely balanced, long finish.
Red
2/26/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
Surprisingly youthful at 7 years. Still has, at least 5 years to go to its plateau. I decanted 4 oz for 1 hour for the Coravin. Lovely ruby with purple. Light color depth for a RRV pinot, more like Petaluma Gap. Cola on the nose first, then baking spices with red raspberry, sour cherry and strawberry fruit. With lots of air, nice complex notes of tea and bramble emerge. No mushroom or prominent oak aromas. Medium +weight, tart, grippy, not particularly silky pinot-rough tannins. Fruit is upfront but then vanishes in the medium finish. This wine seems to have the potential for something more than deliciousness. At this point, more straight forward than the 2014 Maboroshi by DeLoach. Needs time.
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White
2/25/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful, clear golden yellow color. Shows the influence of oak, but not the focus on or persistence of oak. Lemon pudding with clove and nutmeg aromas plus a hint of white flowers and a bit of smoke. Subtle, not powerful. Medium plus mouthfeel, silky, lovely tree fruit, peach entrance, soft, medium acid in the middle with a long, extended and nicely balanced finish. Not the higher acidity or minerality of Sonoma Coast Chard. More Napa but like Evening Land PN , well- balanced, precise, not overly oaked. Only thing missing are tertiary elements that I think will develop with aging.
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Red
2/1/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
95 points
Amazing complexity. IN my experience only Penner-
Ash and Beaux Freres are as interesting. Light red color, almost pale (like a Volney-light in color with intense aromas and flavors) Silky texture at 13.2 ABV. Raspberry, tart cherry and the most intriguing floral nose with violet and rose, a hint of tea. No mushroom or forest floor. Bright medium + acidity and a full mouthfeel with very soft tannins and an extended and beautifully balanced finish where the fruit emerges. Drinking in its prime now.
Red
1/17/2021 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
After an hour decant and drinking over a few hours, this wine lost much of its character. Drink now. Deep brick red. Enjoyable minty, blue fruit nose with a hint of tertiary aromas, mostly tobacco. Medium body, light for a cab, concentrated blackberry, blue berry and spice flavors over a nice frame of medium plus acidity and present, dusty tannins with a average well-balanced finish that emphasizes the fruit. Certainly not a powerful wine, made in a lighter cab style, a surprise for a Reserve Howell Mt. cab. Nothing really distinguishing except the lighter style.
Red
12/17/2020 - hosscrow wrote:
89 points
Much, much more interesting, the second day. Medium dark ruby red. Medium + body. Dominant and out of balance aromas of oak/smoke. On the second day, more complexity adding baking spices, (nutmeg) incense-like, blueberry, an intense nose. On the palette, medium weight, medium acidity, low tannin, blue and black fruit and spices with a lingering, more balanced finish. A wine to sip on its own.
Red
12/5/2020 - hosscrow wrote:
92 points
Saralee is a favorite PN vineyard in the RRV. It smells and tastes much like the Roccioli. Medium dark purple red, on the darker and heavier side like most RRV pinot. Wonderful, intense smells of dark berries like blueberry, lots of dark sweet cherry, nicely floral (not savory earth). A full mouthful for a PN, more velvet than silk, lots of intense flavors, especially baking spices, dried fruit, cherry, tart but not sour, medium plus acid. A touch of hot alcohol. A soft, rounded tannin and a nicely balanced but surprisingly only medium length finish. One of the best examples of RRV PN.
Red
11/22/2020 - hosscrow Does not like this wine:
83 points
A nondescript red blend. Dark brick red. Medium body, blue fruits on the nose and palate-a hint of California fruit. High acid and tannin that ends in an unbalanced moderate finish.
Red
11/15/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
Classic Russian River Valley Single vineyard Pinot. Clear, medium dark, ruby red color. 14.5 ABV. Nice PN aroma intensity of dark cherry, clove, a hint of cola and root beer, not much earthiness. Mouth-filling, medium plus mouthfeel with a lovely silky texture, Medium++ acidity, lots of grip and lift, really mouth coating, smooth tannins, cherry and blue fruit flavors, and a hint of earth in the taste, with an extended, balanced (still lots of mouth watering acidity) finish. The wine needs 3-5 years more to completely balance out. The fruit will last.
Red
10/11/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
93 points
Deep Garnet moving back from the rim-drink up in the next few years, well into the drinking now. Reticent on the nose initially, the wine opened up after an hour in the decanter to reveal complex tertiary complex aromas of animal fur, forest floor, tea, earth, mushrooms-great stuff. A seductive, luscious, velvet mouthfeel with a medium +, tart cherry taste that balances nicely with present ripe tannins. On the deeper, more tannic, more about power than finesse side of the always complex Ribbon Ridge AVA.
Red
10/10/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
An introductory level cab wine, less fruit-forward with higher acidity and more earthiness than most CA cabs. From Lake County. A fine food wine, not so appealing for sipping.
Red
10/9/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
88 points
Dark ruby red. Opaque. The faint aromas of blackberry, vanilla, and black pepper emerge after several hours of decanting. Light mouthfeel for a Napa Cab with a medium + lively acidity and ripe, nicely drying tannins. Medium finish. A disappointing wine from a vintage with a cold, wet spring, a late fruit set, a mild summer and a harvest that dragged on into November, bedeviled by rain and rot. A horrible year for Napa Cabernet.
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Red
9/25/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
93 points
Brilliant. Ruby heading to garnet. Deeper color than many Burgundies. Powerful and complex pinot aromas of mushroom, herbs, leather, a hint of smoke. Medium +, lovely texture, layers of taste. More savory than fruit. Black olive, thyme, a bit of Dark cherry. Medium + acidity, soft tannins and nicely balanced. Delicious and well made. Extended lingering finish. Really comes alive with food.
Red
8/23/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
In its drinking window now. My favorite producer after several trips to Woodinville. Opaque, deep dark red/garnet. Mostly Cab Sav and Syrah with a bit of Verdot, all from the 235 acres Stillwater Creek Vineyard, one of Washington best. Powerful dark red fruit aromatics with spice, no hint of aging at this point. Firm, well-structured with ripe tannins, a delicious mouthful that ends in an extended finish. A great sipping wine and a fine example of the Columbia Valley.
Red
8/10/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
88 points
A Sonoma Coast PN that is more like a RRV PN than one from Seaview Ross or Petaluma. Dark ruby red color with a nose dominated by dried cherry and the sweetness of Maraschino cherry and a hint of cola and clove. No earth. The medium minus mouthfeel has a minimal creaminess, a medium + acidity which is balanced with the fruit, so that the wine does not seem tart at all and finishes short. (Needs fruit-driven or sweeter sauces) Not distinctive especially for the price.
Red
8/9/2020 - hosscrow wrote:
92 points
One of the better Amarone that I have tasted. Look for Classico and a designation like "La Rosta." More complex in 2-3 years. Deep garnet pulling away from the rim as Amarone does. Lots of secondary notes, earth tar, baking spices. Lovely balance of flavors of dark fruits and a bracing acidity (needs food) and a delicious nutty, bitterish finish. Look for this one.
Red
7/18/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
94 points
From the Northern Margaret Rive region. Elegant, restrained and beautifully balanced. In style, more like a Bordeaux than most New World Cabs. I enjoyed this wine as much as any Vasse Felix that I have had. Dark ruby with still much purple. The wine is drinking beautifully now, but I think that it has a few years to its peak. Powerful aromatic, complex nose with black raspberry and blueberries, plum and nicely integrated oak. A mouthful of wine with medium + acidity that carries a delicious hint of bitterness right through the extended finish. Great with food and great fun to sip by itself.
White
7/16/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
88 points
Light gold colored with a lemon, oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach blossom and almond nose. Grapefruit, lemon and oak on the palate. More in the style of an oaked Napa Chard. A mouthful of wine with a medium/full body, medium +acidity and a bright texture. The wine finishes long but a bit out of balance and lacks complexity.
Red
7/14/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
90 points
The first aspect of this wine that I notice is the restrained SLH cola aroma which, in excess, spoils many SLH PN. In this wine, the cola adds complexity. Medium dark ruby red, all the way to the rim-plenty of extract. Cola, tart cherry, clove and a bit of pine bark on the nose. Restrained nose and palate which adds elegance to this wine when I find many SLH wines over the top. Full mouthfeel, medium + acidity, maybe a bit of sour cherry or tartaric acid. Very soft tannin, no smoke or vanilla. A medium finish with a hint of bitter expresso. More complexity than many SLH, Gary's vineyard is right in the middle of the AVA near the excellent Tondre and Soberanes.
White
7/14/2020 - hosscrow Likes this wine:
91 points
At 45-50 degrees F., a wonderful tertiary bouquet of honey, butterscotch and a bit of smoke emerges. There is also a mineral note and a strong floral aroma (could it be gardenia?) A beautiful green gold color and the full-body is evident. The palate features tree fruits, peaches and apricots as well as almonds with an extended creamy finish This wine shows the Bien Nacido vineyard at its best. I mention the importance of the temperature because at a warmer temperature, the wine turns flabby and uninteresting.
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