Category Archives: Sonoma

2008 Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers Sonoma Coast

Golden blond color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, lots of yeast, stone, pear, apple, butterscotch, lots of cooking spices, with moderate oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium+ body, medium acidity, Asian pear, baking spices, good bready quality, mineral, with a clean finish. Very nice Chardonnay with good balance and good complexity, I can’t afford it, but I wish I had more of this.

2005 Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay Russian River Valley

I forgot how killer this winery was, and how well their whites aged. Golden color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, apple, pear, soil, mineral, earth, butterscotch, caramel, with heavy layers of oak, and some earth too. On the palate, dry, serious weight, very layered, medium acidity, honey, flint, flowers, apples, toffee, awesome body, awesome…Continue Reading

2007 Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay

Someone left a three quarter full bottle of this highly prized California Chardonnay. Golden blond color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, apples, pears, white peach, some funk, mineral, hay, bread, layered with butter, spice, and balance. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, loaded with mineral and barrel fermentation, layered and complex, with a rich…Continue Reading

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

This wine just keeps finding me! Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherries, black currants, plum, leather, tobacco, cedar, lots of dairy, no earth to speak to, and lots of oak present. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, layered, balanced, a bit three dimensional, with a solid…Continue Reading

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Dark purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, black currant, leather, cigar tobacco, dill, with lots of oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, good back-bone, medium+ tannin, with classic black cherry Cabernet flavors, with lots of spice, oak, and a big structured finish.    Continue Reading

2006 Martinelli Pinot Noir Zio Tony Ranch RRV

Revisited this wine last night. 15.5% alcohol, with a dark garnet color. On the nose, youthful, darker fruit, plums, blackberries, cherries, loaded with coffee, spice, no earth to speak to, and oak present but moderate. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, thick and creamy berry and coffee flavors, with medium acidity, medium tannin, spicy, a…Continue Reading