Rd Winery

Hundred Knot

Rossi Ranch Sonoma Valley Grenache 2019

Rd Winery Hundred Knot Rossi Ranch Grenache 2019 Sonoma Valley, California

This is a delicious Grenache from Sonoma Valley.

Showing black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and spicy.

Fruit forward with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinking, and the high alcohol is not noticeable at all, so watch out.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime (60 minutes).

Tasty and rich, with a nice mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, that I paired with a gorgeous charcuterie board.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 7 months ago

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Dark Horse

The Original Big Red Blend

Best guess is 2019 vintage. 13.5%. delicious.

Much different label, though. Burgundy, "Dark Horse, Big Rd Blend, California"
— 8 months ago

RD Winery

Hundred Knot Napa Valley Syrah 2017

Deep purple in color with a cloudy purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, black currants, chocolates, oak, earth, light vanilla, spices, graphite, light barnyard, vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long skinny legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, chocolates, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, olives, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice, and Fruit forward, Syrah from Napa Valley.

Nicely balanced and good by itself as a sipping wine. Rich and extracted.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours in a decanter, when complexity shows up.

This 3 year old is still young, and will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh fruits.

100% Syrah grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 9 months ago

Daniel P., Jody and 13 others liked this

RD Winery

Grand Cru Reserve Syrah 2014

Pleasant but unbalanced. Big, ripe red and black fruit, supple, just a bit low on acid — 4 months ago

RD Winery

77 Napa Valley Syrah 2014

Label is pretty garish. A bit Trump-ian. Heavy as a 2 pound hammer. Smells interesting. Beach rocks, berry pies and rain storms. Also lumber in the sun. Flavors are beefy and bold. Balanced. A bit too clean for true Syrah style and expression. It’s got a nice zip to it. Plenty of cutting acid. That helps keep it intriguing and keeps the fruit bombs at bay. Finish is raspy and sultry, like a smoker, lady singer. For a G.O. $8 wine I’m pleased with my purchase. I’d not pay the $55 this was at the winery (which I think folded). It’s a nice wine. — 7 months ago

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Ferren Wines

Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A

Even though I’m a big fan of Ferren’s Frei Rd Chardonnay, this was my first Frei Rd Pinot.

Not sure of normal experiences here, but the richness here seems to fall in between Rivers Marie (love) and Aubert (just so so for me). Darker color in the glass…bit of a purple tinge to it. Aromatically it sports potpourri, violets, underripe black cherries, underripe blue fruit and some cedar. Initially, the front palate seems like it will be heavy based on all of the flavors but it turns really elegant. Dark chocolate, a slight roasted character, and spicy fruits. With RM, I get that orange zest note, and with Aubert, I get more alcohol and kirsch. My in between note here is more ripe pomegranate than either of the others. These probably need 5-7yrs from vintage to be in a good spot. Followed over two days and stayed consistent.
— 4 months ago

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Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : I think there is some confusion. @David L ‘s comment was for the Chardonnay, but my post was for the Pinot. I definitely think the pinots need about 7yrs as this one at 5yrs was young! Or maybe everyone is wanting to discuss the chard!
Bryan Kesting

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Sorry for the confusion. I personally feel the 7 year mark is best for both the Pinot and Chardonnay…generally speaking. Im sure it also depend on vintage. My opinion.
Shay A

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@Bryan Kesting : Ah, got it. I haven’t had the Frei chard with that much age, but it sure was good at 4-5yrs, however, definitely young. I’ll do my best to hold a bottle.

Vaughn Duffy

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

For $25.00 okay.
But on sale for $13.00, no brainer. Buy a case

Winemaker's Notes: "Hopkins River Ranch is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley southeast of the town of Windsor. We harvest Sauvignon Blanc from two different blocks of the vineyard. The first pick comes from a 40-year-old block of an unknown clone, some of the oldest Sauv Blanc vines in Sonoma County. The second pick is from a valley floor block nestled between Eastside Rd. and the banks of the Russian River itself. Like the rest of the North Coast, the 2018 harvest was bountiful at Hopkins Ranch. Picking started 3-4 weeks later than it had in recent years. Ripening was slow and we saw full flavor maturity in the grapes with more tropical fruit flavors than the greener grassy notes that Sauvignon Blanc can be known for. As usual, we fermented the two blocks in a combination of older oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in 2/3 oak and 1/3 stainless for four months before bottling.
— 8 months ago

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Ron R

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Not so sure, bud.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Wrong score, slider didn’t slide. Its up to 9.2 for me. At least today it is, depends on what you’re eating probably.