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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.
The 2017 Sierra del Mar Pinot Noir is sourced from two distinctly different vineyard locations: one from Monterey in the Central Coast and the other in Clarksburg near the Sacramento Delta. The result is a racy Pinot Noir with vibrant crushed red fruits, followed by a hint of vanilla and oak. It’s extremely well-balanced and offers a superb value — not many Pinot Noirs anywhere are made this good at the price that this could be had for today.
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.
The 2019 Para Maria de los Tecolotes Rosé (affectionately named after Ruben’s wife and partner, Maria) is 100% Syrah, salmon-pink in color, with a great nose of ruby red grapefruit and red apple. Bone-dry and low in alcohol it is a classic Rosé very much like the first one Melissa and I discovered on a trip to the south of France many, many years ago.
The Stolpman Syrah Estate Ballard Canyon 2018 is a beauty, with a mouthful of fresh cherries and red berries, a hint of herbs and a slight white peppery finish. This good of a California Syrah for the price is almost unheard of, especially for a winemaker with the consistent quality of wines that Pete Stolpman has put out for the past decade plus!
Matt Cline knows he’s extremely fortunate to be making wine from vines that date back almost 130 years. While he is most known for his dazzling single-vineyard offerings of Zinfandel, Carignan, Mataro and Petite Sirah, his Old Vines Field Blend might offer the best value. The 2016 OVFB is an absolute powerhouse and is a wine like none you’ve ever tasted. Think Amarone meets CDP!
92-94 Points, Vinous
Tegan’s 2018 Turley Kirschenmann is an aromatic fireworks show. Upon popping the cork, you’re bombarded with aromas of crushed cherries, ripe peaches, cinnamon and clove. On the mouth, a mid to full-bodied medley of red fruits and baking spice with smooth tannins, beautiful depth and precision. Antonio Galloni of Vinous loved the wine, giving it a 92-94 point score for this Zinfandel he called, “racy and expressive”