Save Me San Francisco Wine Co.

Ridge Vineyards

Estate Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Promising red fruit on the nose but a bit too tannic—decanting was de rigueur. After 45 minutes it was better but still tight. It took a full two hours to open up fully and show interesting notes of tobacco, earth and pencil shavings to balance the fruit and acid. Tells me that I should wait another five years before opening my remaining bottles. Enjoyed the 2021 vintage with prime ribeye cap steak from Costco, chicken liver pate and Taleggio cheese, with visiting family (William, Teresa, Xander and Samantha). — 11 days ago

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McHenry Vineyard

Swan Clone Pinot Noir 2021

If you’ve been following me on CT or Delectable for while, you’ve probably read some of my tasting notes on the Pinot Noirs from McHenry Vineyard. Few are aware that this special vineyard, way up on Bonny Doon Road, even exists. Fewer probably know that the McHenry family have been quietly producing wine from this vineyard for over 40 years. It has never been easy. Not only are the vines own-rooted, they have also had to deal with some devastating fires over the years. And yet, despite the challenges, the McHenry’s remain committed to growing Pinot Noir and making truly special wine.

As I have mentioned in the past the winery was destroyed by the CZU Lightening Complex Fire in August of 2020. The vines survived but no wine from the vineyard was made that year (obviously). While the winery gets rebuilt, the fruit from the McHenry Vineyard has been made with care by their neighbor, Ryan Beauregard. The McHenry’s are still making a lot of the decisions but they are working around the Beauregard’s schedule. 2021 represents the first year of this collaboration and the results are nothing short of incredible.

Popped and poured; consumed over the course of a week with the help of a “Repour” stopper. A little austere on Day 1 but it was obvious the quality was super high and unmistakably McHenry. As hilarious as this may read, this was best on Day 7. The 2021 Swan Clone pours very pretty ruby with medium viscosity and no staining of the tears. On the nose, the wine is developing with beguiling aromas of the tiniest forest strawberries, dark cherries, anise, some tomato leaf, some beets, a touch of clove, a mix of red and purple flowers, limestone minerals and some beautiful, soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish lasts forever and it’s got a lovely savory thing going on. This is a wow wine with a long, bright future ahead. You can drink now with patience but this will drink best after 2026 and probably be stunning through 2040. How will I keep my hands off my remaining bottles? Only 100 cases were produced.
— 5 months ago

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Thanks for the informative note!

Trail Marker Wine Co.

Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2021

Dan K

A bit like Sandhi outstanding PQR — 2 months ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1997

Flight #2 of our 1997 Retrospective and these were the thoroughbreds. Presented single-blind; no formal notes. Wine #2 had great color, was developing, fresh, focused, balanced; great structure. One of those glasses of wine you didn’t want to end and, for me, a tough call for favorite of the flight along with Wine #1. I vacillated between this being Dominus or Monte Bello; ultimately calling the former. This is in a beautiful phase of life. Monte Bello is one of those wines that needs decades to show its best. Drink now through 2040. — 5 months ago

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Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2010

Tons of fruit still. The savory notes are just being noticeable to me. — 6 months ago

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Save Me San Francisco Wine Co.

Drops Of Jupiter Red Wine 2014

This is definitely “fruit-forward” with bright aromas of berries and bold flavor and a rich color. Holds up well a little bit chilled for a late-summer picnic dinner. — 9 months ago

Domaine Eden

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Mid weight, restrained but with that spicy Santa Cruz Cab element. Reminds me of Arnot-Roberts Fellom Ranch — 3 months ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Evangelho Vineyard Carignan 2022

Evangelho Carignan is back from Bedrock for the ‘22 vintage and this one is loaded with potential. It’s got firm tannins, plentiful zip, and lots of bright berries at this very young age. The nose is deeper and sweeter, maybe belying more balance to come. And for those that like the way a glass looks, perhaps the most stunning color I’ve seen, from deep, dusty purple to near dayglo pink on the edges. Worth a look and taste (and some cellaring if you have more than one)! — 5 months ago

Bedrock Wine Co.

Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Blend 2022

The 2022 Evangelho Heritage blend by Bedrock is very light on its feet with a streak of bracing acidity — almost effervescence — along with light tannins. It’s a deep hazy purple in its youth with a nose of tart berry compote and leather. Seems like it will mature nicely. — 7 months ago

Bedrock Wine Co.

Areio e Vento e Amor Evangelho Vineyard Red Blend 2021

The nose on the ‘21 Areio e Vento e Amor hits you from 5 ft away, full of ripe fruit but also chocolate, mushroom, and brush. It’s a translucent purple with a touch of Evangelho dusty-ness in the glass. Smooth and balanced with mild tannins at first, it opened up in the glass and alongside food to some intense berry jam and pepper flavors. — a year ago