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White
From his “Matinee” line (ie, second label). Bright with lemon zest, pineapple core, tangerine and crème brûlée. A touch of green bean in the finish, which detracts slightly from a very good offering. Drink now to 2026. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Amazingly elegant and complete in its 22nd year of life. Lilac, herbs and tar in the nose with a heavy dose of blackberry jam framed by bay leaf and oregano notes on the palate. Long finish. Could easily go another five years. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
2015 Ridge Geyserville Alexander Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
Not sure I’ll sit on these much longer. Wonderful bouquet of antique wood, forest floor, mushroom and plum. Fans out on the palate with plums, apricots, blackberries and oregano. The finish comes up short, but this is still a beautiful bottle of wine. Seems secondary to tertiary. Drink now to 2026. Worth Seeking Out.
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Red
Another AMV stunner, even though the 2020 Roasted Slope was our wine of the tasting. Not quite integrated yet with the tannins too upfront for our taste right now. We might sit on these for another year. Highly aromatic now with lovely lavender notes joined by black fruits on the palate. A spicy finish. Simply lovely with plenty of upside potential over the next decade. Drink in 2023 to enjoy the lovely fruit; later to see if the tannins integrate like I think they will. Outstanding.
Red
2020 Andrew Murray Roasted Slope Santa Barbara County Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
What a knockout. After having dropped off AMV’s mailing list more than a decade ago, we stopped by the SYV tasting room and sampled a great lineup of Cali-Rhone wines. This offering was a standout. Plums, tart cherries, blackberries and lavender in the bouquet, and a melange of crushed black and blue berries on the palate. A splash of minerals and toasty oak in the finish. A case buy to tuck away and drink over the next decade. Outstanding.
Red
2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
Still young and deserving of a decant. Lots of black fruits and licorice in the bouquet and achieves its balance at mid-palate. Elegant and food friendly with at least a decade ahead. Drink now to 2035. Worth Seeking Out.
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Red
Another Andremily gem. Decanted for three hours and served slightly about cellar temp (57 degrees). Intensely savory when first poured with beef rib and other grilled and meaty notes. The fruit comes through with time in the glass. A long, long finish. Seamless and beautifully crafted. It’s quite a ride. Drink now to 2033. Outstanding.
White
Had wanted to get a French Chablis to accompany our annual New Year’s Lobsterfest with the kids and grandkids, but ran out of time. This fit the bill nicely, though. Lean and racy with flecks of lime zest, wet stone and butterscotch. Perfect with such a rich meal. Promises at least a decade of pleasure. Drink now to 2034. Outstanding.
White
2017 Sanguis Stolen Moments Santa Ynez Valley White Blend (view label images)
Such a beautiful wine. Served as an opener for Christmas Eve dinner with M&H, this is at peak IMHO. Deep brilliant yellow. The Chardonnay leads on the palate right now with elegant Meyer lemon, ripe pineapple, crème brûlée and peach. The Marsanne and Rousanne add marvelous texture. And the Viognier lifts the aromatics. Might be the best aged Sanguis white I’ve tasted. Drink through 2023. Outstanding.
White
12/24/2022 - jonahfactor wrote:
Still young and tight. But we couldn’t keep our hands off it. Went perfectly with our smoked mozzarella, prosciutto and basil pasta, especially once it opened in the glass. Elegant tangerines, peaches, lemon zest and brioche on the palate with a toasty citrus finish. The published reviews on this (high 80s/low 90s) don’t do this justice. It’s beautiful. Drink 2023 to 2028. Outstanding.
Rosé
2018 Andremily Rosé Santa Barbara County Mourvèdre (view label images)
Our last bottle. A rose’ that aspires to be a red. Accompanied a Christmas pot roast at M&H’s amazingly well. Light ruby red. A glassful of bright red berries, currants, rhubarb and herbs. Lip-smacking finish with considerable length, especially for a rose’. Drink by 2024. Outstanding.
Red
2015 Sanguis Verve Santa Barbara County Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
Four years after last tasted, this has put on considerable weight and taken on secondary notes to complement the black and blue fruits of its youth. Lovely lavender in the nose and some black licorice in the attack, it quiets down in the finish. Drinking well now; this promises to open up a bit more in the next few years. Drink 2023 to 2030. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
To say this wine is outstanding, full throttle and incredibly balanced would be restating my tasting notes on every Andremily I’ve ever tasted. I’ll suffice to say these wines have to be tasted to be believed. Still young. Drink this one 2024 to 2033. Outstanding.
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Red
Similar to my previous notes …. Decant for two hours; she’s still tight. But offers up an abundance of black and blue fruits with some wildflowers and tar notes in the bouquet. Superbly balanced even though this offering is still young. Drink now to 2035, easily. Outstanding.
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White
Young but elegant, with honeyed beeswax, white flowers, honeycrisp apple, mandarin orange and lemon zest in the palate. Gentle oak in the background. These DuMOL offerings are always a treat. Drink 2023 to 2028. Outstanding.
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Red
The ruby hue is deceptively light and slightly bricked but reveals a graceful Grenache that is firing on all cylinders right now. A floral bouquet that erupts from the glass and is joined by raspberry and kirsch on the palate. Road tar in the finish. Amazing purity. Wish we had more. Drink now to 2025. Worth Seeking Out.
White
Would be perfect with grilled scallops or wine-sautéed shrimp. Dry, with a touch of sweet, this offering starts out with a fresh herb and mineral bouquet that translates onto the palate adding some grassy and mineral notes. Fruit-driven finish with a fleck of white pepper. An unusual varietal for California done very well. Drink now to 2024. Worth Seeking Out.
Rosé
2018 Andremily Rosé Santa Barbara County Mourvèdre (view label images)
Sipped as a prelude to Thanksgiving dinner at H&M’s, this was off-the-charts delicious. A rose’ that treads into Rhone red territory, this was awash in cherries, red plums, rhubarb, peach pit and rosemary. Might have competed with the Turkey. But spectacular by itself. Drink now to 2026. Outstanding.
White
Spot-on perfect with the big meal of the year at H&M’s home, offsetting the richness of the turkey and fixins with lovely mineral- and citrus-laden bouquet and palate. A cleansing finish tops off this delectable SB. Drink now to 2024. Outstanding.
White
Moved out of our Sauv. Blanc comfort zone on this one, into a region I’m not as familiar with, the Loir. Delicious. A touch of sweetness that melds with an overall dry offering. Orange zest, wet stones and tropical notes. Went surprisingly well with tonight’s shrimp scampi. Drink now. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
2017 Andremily EABA Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
More closed than when last tasted, even with a healthy decant. So she may be shutting down. That said, if this is what a shut-down wine tastes like, I’ll take a case. A quiet nose, with an elixir of black and red fruits on the palate. Fine grained tannins that show up on the finish. Store this one away for a few more years. Drink 2025 to 2034. Outstanding.
Red
No formal notes. Benchmark California meets Bordeaux. Elegant, beautifully integrated and food friendly, tonight with grilled filets. Drink now to 2027. Worth Seeking Out.
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Rosé
2018 Andremily Rosé Santa Barbara County Mourvèdre (view label images)
A big, gutsy rose’, as others have noted. Yet it is wonderfully balanced. Strawberries and other red fruits on the palate. An herbal nose and finish. Drink now to 2026. Outstanding.
Red
In its prime, this offers up plenty of blueberry pie, cassis, sage and tobacco on the palate and dusty pencil lead and tar notes in the finish. Classic Napa Cab from a great vintage and a good QPR at the $40 we paid. Drink now to 2025. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Three years since last tasted as an excellent barrel sample, this is a beautiful wine. Very, very young and still primary. But hinting at a promising decade or two ahead. A crimson necklace and ruby red in the glass, the alcohol feels a bit elevated right now. But the wildflower and crushed berry bouquet and black berries and tar on the palate show how young this offering is. The tannins should round out over time. I’d give this at least five years. Drink 2027 to 2040. Outstanding.
Red
2017 Andremily EABA Santa Barbara County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
A wine world unicorn, one that offers a full-throttle palate yet maintains impeccable balance. Field flowers and black fruits in the nose and dark fruit, cinders and black licorice on the palate. Toasty oak notes flit in the background. Full bodied. With razor-edge balance like this, these Andremily wines have to be experienced to be believed. Drink now to 2033. Outstanding.
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Red
So lovely. Delicate crushed roses and berries in the nose and lavender and clove on the palate. Time in the glass introduces cranberries, red raspberries and a mineral element. Drinking well today, and likely a cellar candidate to 2029. Worth Seeking Out.
White
Oh, this is lovely. Has the herbal opening we like, with mown grass and hay, mint, oregano and a hint of jalapeño. Transitions on the palate to red grapefruit, Meyer lemon, gooseberry and litchi fruit. Shorter finish than expected. Drink now to 2024. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
2015 Sanguis The Modern Santa Maria Valley Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
Hefty legs and a beautiful ruby hue. Meaty and savory on the palate after a three-hour decant. Still tight but starting to reopen. Wish the varietals were listed, but there seems to be a hefty dose of Mourvèdre and Syrah. Heat in the finish. Still a lovely glass of wine that is in no rush to develop. Drink 2024 to 2030. Worth Seeking Out.
White
A strong whiff of petrol in the bouquet, reflecting the advanced age of this SB. Some may find that off-putting. However, there’s lots of charm in this offering, although it no longer offers the classic flavors of this varietal. Coconut, mango and lemon zest on the palate. More petrol in the finish, joined by toast. Very viscous and in its drink-me-now stage. Won’t make old(er) bones. Drink now. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Still in a beautiful spot. Slight bricking, but the rest of this wine is intact. Fruit bowl bouquet. Plums, apricot pit, grilled beef and blueberries on the palate, with a long, elegant finish. Very nice balance. Drink now to 2030; maybe longer. Worth Seeking Out.
White
Beautifully done, this offers up orange popsicles, herbs and lemon zest in the nose and a rich herbal and citrus melange in the palate. Fresh, zesty finish. Balanced and food friendly, this offering could give some of the higher end Napa SB’s a run for their money. Drink now to 2024. Outstanding.
Red
Although this received quite the breathless writeup from Last Bottle, this offering is a dud. (Why did I buy a case???) Bordering on sweet and more cocktail than meal wine, this offers cola, Twizzlers and a whiff of coal tar in a disjointed and ultimately disappointing bottle of wine. Tastes adulterated. Drink soon. Pass.
White
Chardonnay of the Year so far for us. Beautifully crafted with lemon oil, butterscotch, and hints of vanilla in the bouquet, which follow through on the palate. Medium bodied and built for immediate enjoyment. Toasty oak and brioche in the finish. Just lovely. Drink now to 2025. Outstanding.
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Red
From magnum and a year after last tasted, this is a beautiful entry-level wine reflecting the excellence of both the vintage and the winemaker. Food friendly with a variety of dishes served at this Palm Desert restaurant. Blackberries, red plums, black cherries with a robust finish. Drink now to 2026. Outstanding for its price point.
Red
A snout full of horse blanket upon first opening. But she smooths out in the glass and reveals ripe cranberries, red cherries and cola. Short finish. Pare it with a meal, perhaps roasted chicken and potatoes. Drink now to 2024. Worth Seeking Out at this price point. (Note: Eberle is one of a dying breed of wineries that do not charge for tastings. Bravo! So we bought some bottles as a thank you for their hospitality.)
Red
2018 HLR Cellars Hella•licious Fountaingrove District Red Blend (view label images)
Lush and built for the hedonist, with a creamy texture and plenty of blackberry and other dark fruits. A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Heavy handed on the oak. But still a fun and tasty blend. Perfect with burgers. Drink now. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Asian spices and incense dominate the bouquet and the palate in this lovely wine. There’s a tight rein on the fruit right now, even with a decant. Medium to full bodied with upfront tannins and a slight tang that might settle over time. Drink 2024 to 2032. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Delicious and more friendly with food than sipping on the patio. Almost black in the glass. Black fruits caressed by a spicy cinnamon-inflected finish with some dusty tannins throughout. Drink now to 2026. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
Again, the balance. One of the most gutsy, full-throttle Grenache offerings I’ve ever tasted. Yet it could balance on a pin head. Gobs of blueberry pie, cherry jam, apricot skin and blackberries. Generous Asian spices in the finish, joined by beautifully integrated tannins. Some toast in the bouquet. This is a beauty. I wouldn’t bury it in the cellar. The fruit in this is flawless; so I’d drink now to 2028. Outstanding+
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Red
This provides considerable bang for the buck. A GSM with a lighter-than-expected rosy red color in the glass and a lilting crushed red berry bouquet. Bright cranberries, ripe apricot, pastille and seared sirloin on the palate. Light on the finish. This offering is the perfect patio wine when served at cellar temp. Drink now to 2025. Worth Seeking Out.
White
2013 Sanguis Borrowed Central Coast Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
Still sipping well, and I still like this better by itself than with food. A bit heavy in a Rhonish way. But the Chardonnay peeks through to lighten things up. Lemon peel, butterscotch, marzipan and roasted nuts with a long lanolin finish. Very distinctive. And tasty. Drink now to 2024. Worth Seeking Out.
Rosé
(Tasting With Friends) The surprise hit of an evening dominated by reds. The group loved its lush fruit, pinpoint acidity and the slight sparkle when first opened — a welcome opener on a warm evening. The beautiful salmon hue was a bonus. My #1 of 5. Outstanding.
Red
(Tasting With Friends) From a certified organic vineyard planted in the 1920s, this offering seemed disjointed at this tasting. Same gutsy fruit and spice we’ve come to expect from the Pesenti site. But less integrated than my previous tasting at the winery. My #4 of 5. Drink up. Pass.
Red
(Tasting with Friends) More depth than previous Kirschenmann offerings, serving up blueberries, red raspberries, apricot pit and spice. The favorite of the group; my #3 of 5. Drink now to 2028. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
2017 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Paso Robles Adelaida District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
(Tasting with Friends) Very interesting, especially side by side with the ‘11 Esprit, which never really opened. Fresh black cherries, olive tapenade, bay leaf and Rhone dust. Vibrant bouquet and lasting finish. #2 of 5. Drink now to 2030. Worth Seeking Out.
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Red
5/24/2022 - jonahfactor wrote:
(Wine Tasting with Friends) A disappointment. Had expected a more interesting wine, especially based on my previous notes. One-dimensional. Closed, even after four hours in the glass. Faint plums and licorice. #5 of 5 tonight. Pass.
Red
(At the tasting room in Los Alamos) The star of a great tasting. Impeccably balanced, this offers copious black fruits with nuanced apricot and peach pit. Some lavender stem and tar in the bouquet and on the finish. My, this is a wonderful wine. Now to 2033. Outstanding.
Red
(At the tasting room in Los Alamos) Butressed by lavender and hillside herbs and touched by dark floral notes, this begs for a roasted chicken with Parisian roasted potatoes. A bit of sparkle in the finish, suggesting a year or two in the cellar. Drink 2023 to 2030. Worth Seeking Out.
Red
(At the tasting room in Los Alamos) In the glass it looks like a Provençal rose. On the palate, she’s heavier than she looks. Perfumed rose petal, wild strawberry and Asian spice bouquet with more on the palate. Zesty raspberry finish. Now to 2025. Worth Seeking Out.
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