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The 2019 Clos Julien is a classic example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. It starts out with a great nose of Granny Smith apple, citrus rind and acacia. In the mouth, the fruit is pure, with plenty of extract and the finish is clean and crisp. This Pacific-influenced wine is the perfect house white, delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.
93 Points, James Suckling
From the creative mind and winemaking prowess of Screaming Eagle’s own Andy Erickson, comes a passion project unlike any other. The goal at Leviathan is to make only one wine a year– the biggest red in the U.S. Sourced from some of the best vineyards up and down the coast (you can thank Andy and Screaming Eagle for that), this Bordeaux blend features ample Cabernet rounded out with Syrah and Merlot. A big, intense wine– this will only get better with age, though its great right now and under $40/btl for an Andy Erickson wine. That should be more than enough any day!
95 points, Vinous
Perhaps Ojai’s greatest white wine release to date is the 2018 Chardonnay from the Puerta del Mar Vineyard. PDM or the “door to the sea” is the perfect vineyard to challenge the classically trained winemaker. Perched on the very edge of where grapes can actually get ripe, just a ridge away from the Pacific. The vines struggle mightily – which in excellent vintages means a concentration of flavor and minerality that is absolutely remarkable. 2018 is one of those vintages. Incredibly aromatically complex with a concentration of fruit and mineral backbone generally reserved for Burgundy three times the price.
The secret to the Stolpman wine’s freshness and balance is the fact that they do not irrigate. Sure, it stresses the vines but it forces the roots to go really deep, tapping into the groundwater that is seriously affected by the limestone. The grapes are tiny, packed with flavor and brimming with the stony minerality that only the limestone can bring.
A product of some of the oldest vines in California, rooted deeply in the sand of Contra Costa county, Matt Cline always brings out the very best of these American heritage vineyards. The 2016 Petite Sirah has a great nose, filled with blueberry jam and savory herbs. Ink-black in color to its very core, this is a masculine, brawny red with layer upon layer of black and blueberry fruit .
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh off its feature as one of Wine Spectator’s ‘Exciting California Values Under $25’, winemaker Matt Cline’s 2018 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a gem crafted off old-vines between 110-140 years in age. This is a bowl of blackberry fruit with a dusting of baking spice. The fruit is pure, fresh and long making it both delicious on its own or terrific with a burger, BBQ ribs, or grilled leg of lamb. Crazy cheap for what is in the bottle, load up!
Ray Signorello knows the Cabernet business as well as anyone. He’s been making and selling it for over 30 years on the Silverado Trail. So it was no surprise in 2011, when Ray started the TRIM project to offer a well-crafted California Cabernet Sauvignon to the market for a reasonable price. What is a surprise is how good this wine is for the price. This new release is lush and juicy with soft silky tannins and bright red fruits. This is a house Cab that over delivers big time.