Contra Costa County, San Francisco Bay

Once & Future Wines

Oakley Road Vineyard Mataro 2022

PNP way too young I know. But holy cow what a funky nose right out of the gate. All sorts of green and brown vegetation, very weedy, but tons of dark fruit underneath. So soft in the mouth — which surprised me since I was expecting it to be way too tannic. Deep savory flavors. Great balance. So much character packed and stuffed into this one. Will update as it gains air.

UPDATE: As this gains air, the initial vegetative, weedy notes are being replaced with very pure blackberry liqueur scents and whiffs of smoky sandalwood.

Several wineries take fruit from the old, sandy vineyards in Contra Costa. Some make wines over 15% and the jammy fruit overshadows the other complex earthy notes. Others try to pick artificially early to get dry cranberry juice cocktail. This wine nails the sweet spot. Balance, complexity, and drinkability.
— 17 days ago

Severn, Douglas and 8 others liked this

Three Wine Company

Contra Costa County Petite Sirah 2010

Beautiful label with original artwork. Aged well. Color is still very dark. Smells meaty. Floral too. Hints of violets. Berry melange. Flavors are dense and very tannic. Fairly complex and very chewy. Clean and clear with the lovely flavors. Plenty of savory and licorice-y stuff. This is Petite at its best and it’s still going strong 14 years on. — 4 months ago

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Sandlands

Contra Costa County Red Table Wine 2018

Ruby red, moderate pigment extraction. Moderate tannins so plenty of mouthfeel initially, flavors of blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry, mostly. Needs time to open. Finish of tart raspberries. Plenty of age left in this one. — 5 days ago

Ted and Doug liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Fun to drink alongside the 2013 Horseshoe Pinot. The Home Vineyard Pinot has always presented more rustic and earthy flavors. Drink up. — 2 months ago

Paul, David and 13 others liked this

Dirty & Rowdy

Evangelho Vineyard Mourvedre 2016

Out of Mag. Exotic wild dark fruit. -still tasted fresh. — 3 months ago

Shay and Bob liked this

Cline Cellars

Contra Costa County Mourvedre Rosé 2023

I really enjoyed this. Balanced red fruit and food friendly. Good mouth feel. Screw cap. SM — 17 days ago

Tom, leon and 3 others liked this

Sandlands

Contra Costa County Carignane 2020

First pour of the vintage for me. Smells like I just pulled fresh table grapes off the stem. Initial flavors of red fruit herbs and something floral, followed by unripe plum and cola. Light bodied but medium pigment extraction. After sixty minutes, flavors integrate. — 2 months ago

Ira, Ted and 2 others liked this

Cline Cellars

Ancient Vines Contra Costa County Zinfandel

Favorite wine! Sweet and fruity
15% alcohol!
— 2 months ago