Fair Play, Sierra Foothills

Myka Cellars

fair play Montepulciano 2017

Lovely dark maroon color. Smells hearty. Lots of plum and some mineral oil, dark flower essence. Flavors are nice. Leather, cherry Coke, molasses. Plenty of acid snap and strong tannins. Rich and full bodied. Nice beefy red. — 2 years ago

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Wise Villa Winery


2015 Bronze winner @ CA State Fair comp but underrated IMO. Red fruit, spice, earth. Good stuff. — 4 years ago


El Dorado Gamay Noir 2016

If you ask me, drinking pure, low octane, delicious wines is the right play for Sunday evenings — 4 years ago

Ira, Dawn and 1 other liked this

Latcham Vineyards

Fair Play Select Port 2002

A nice surprise: still has structure, not syrupy. Very good. — 5 years ago

Scott Harvey Wines

Mountain Selection Amador County Zinfandel 2014

Solid, but not a fair comparison to the previous night’s Zin. — 2 years ago

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Casto Oaks

Port Zinfandel 2015

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of mint, cherries, blueberries, dried figs, raisins, spices, eucalyptus, cloves, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, peppermint, licorice and black pepper.

Full-bodied with high acidity and great legs.

Sweet on the palate with blueberries, sweet cherries, black currants, spices, licorice, oak, mint, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Vintage Port, made out of Zinfandel grapes from California.

Well-balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a red Zinfandel, but sweet. Good all by itself, as a dessert.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when nice tannins come in to play. I really enjoyed the tannins and the mouthfeel on this port. Very unique.

I paired it with sweet desserts.

Aged for 18 months in neutral American oak barrels.

18% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

— 4 years ago

Kirk, Dawn and 18 others liked this


Syrah 2014

This is a classic offering in the Syrah varietal. It has pleasant dark spaces and dark fruit flavors. The tenants are soft and very clean which lead to a long enjoyable finish. Enjoy this with hearty fair and homemade pasta sauce. — 5 years ago

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Edmunds St. John Bone - Dry Fairplay Riesling 2018

Tastes like Spring! YumPeach skin, limes and meyer lemon — 2 years ago

Chris, Sharon and 27 others liked this

Clos Saron

Home Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

This bottle brings me right back to the beginning where I fell in love with Gideon’s work. Highly concentrated, intense, sappy texture that sticks to your gums.
Juicy ripe black summer plum, black cherry, blood orange, fresh fennel, pomegranate, purple flowers, tomato leaf, black pepper. Extremely complex and extremely delicious.

Still a strong backbone of acid and fruit persisting through the long finish. Tannins are fully resolved. Completely clean after a couple minutes to air out the bit of Brett and VA (which I expect and embrace with these wines).

I was ready to start popping all my remaining Clos Saron bottles thinking they were starting to decline, but a bottle like this could go forever. There is definite bottle variation at play, and the off bottles can be a bit muddy and dull. But when they hit (which they usually do) there’s really nothing like it.
— 2 years ago

Chris, Ira and 5 others liked this

Baiocchi Wines

Fair Play Roussanne 2015

The best Roussanne from America I have ever laid my palate upon. — 5 years ago

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