Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Tessier

Femme Fatale Christie Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

Empty bottle shot? Yes, it was that good.

It’s too bad you can’t see the lovely transparent, but electric Fuschia color. Lots of time in contact with the skins — 12 hour maceration and lovingly foot tread prior to press, so drinks more like a light red than a white. There’s real Pinot fruit and Santa Cruz mountain character here: strawberries, rose hips, stones, fresh herbs, cool breezes blowing through the redwoods. Many layers. Rosé of the summer.
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Mount Eden Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

John Howard
8.9

This is the mount Eden Pinot noir rose’ delectable. — 4 days ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Gonna gulch this down! Clean and crisp, great harmony, just a very precise Burgundian style chard! — 6 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alesia Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2019

Think it needs more time. But hard to keep my hands off. — 4 days ago

Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2018

2018 vintage. Enveloping, deep French oak nose. Light-medium/medium body. Hammer drops of tangerine, lanolin, Persian lime and guava flavor wise. The 2017 vintage had a little more acidity and is/was showing fantastic but this vintage seems to have a little more “personality.” Obvs super-youthful and needs some space and time. If you can lay off it for a year or two, kudos. For the rest of us mere mortals, this is world-class Chardonnay at a seventh of the comparable French white burg pricing and half/a third of many of the high-end California Chard producers. QPR in spades. — 14 days ago

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Ron R

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Nice notes, @vinokeeno. I like the fact that you are seeing a little more acid. I like that in US chards, as they tend to be a little muted in that department.
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@Ron R hoping the flabby days are over.

Rhys Vineyards

Mt. Pajaro Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

This is next level. Ethereal. — 4 days ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Fantastic at 10 years. — 7 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Chardonnay 2014

Hmm. Lots of oak, buttery, lots of vanilla, moderate volume and a sweetness on the finish. Sub acid.

Starting to get going a week in… definitely gaining volume and complexity.
— 14 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

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Ok not for me.
Josh Morgenthau

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@Ron R had to snatch this when I found it in a local shop for less than $100, but I actually much prefer the recent vintages of the estate chardonnay.
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You’re a lucky many, @Josh Morgenthau. This is a wine that’s akin to rocking horse shit!

Kutch Wines

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Light straw: floral top-note with peach/nectarine and mineral; palate medium-bodied, still full and round with fresh citrus and mineral and a touch of saline to finish. This seems like it may have more to give. — 4 days ago

Sandar & Hem

Mindego Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Really nice. My second S&H wine. Liked this Mindego Risdge better. Used to be my mountain biking haunt when I lived in Palo Alto. — 13 days ago