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What would a Chardonnay collection be without something special from the master of Chardonnay, Steve Kistler? I was just allotted a few cases of the outrageously good Les Noisetiers from California’s exceptional 2021 vintage. It comes bristling with energy, nuance, juicy fruit and a mouthwatering mineral backbone. As always with these wines, it is expertly made with lemon, honeysuckle and stone fruit aromatics leading to a full bodied, juicy core, loaded with flavors of peach, apricots, pineapple and pear.
“Belle Glos’ first wine under the newly minted West Sonoma Coast AVA and a cellared release, this majestic vineyard brings plum with a slight burnt edge in the glass and boasts aromas of freshly tilled land, a rich oak forest in Autumn, and Crème de Cassis. Once on the palate, the acidity sparks a fire of smoked caramel and cinnamon spiked cranberry sauce.
96 Points Wine Enthusiast
The Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is consistently excellent and represents some of the finest California winemaking there is. It uses some of the best vineyard locations that Kosta Browne has available to them, Gap’s Cron, Thorn Ridge, Treehouse Vineyard to mention a few. In total, it was sourced from 8 different vineyards and blended beautifully together to showcase the terrific 2021 vintage. Fresh-cut strawberries and blueberries, a little bramble and terrific purity and harmony are some of the signatures in this gorgeous new release.
98 Points, Vinous
“The 2021 Syrah Sonoma Hillsides is towering and statuesque in bearing from the very first taste. I don’t think I have ever tasted a Sonoma Hillsides with this much finesse, this much purity. A wine of vertical energy, the Sonoma Hillsides possesses tremendous depth from start to finish. In many vintages the Hillsides leans towards a darker expression of Syrah. The 2021, on the other hand, is marked by more of a red/purplish fruit profile, with bright floral and citrus overtones that confer freshness. Once again, Pax Mahle made one of the truly epic wines of the year. His Sonoma Hillsides has been one of the very finest wines in Northern California for a number of years now.”
Sonoma Coast is well-known as a cool-climate region, perfect for growing Chardonnay. That’s why it’s such a big deal for Route Stock to transition over for the first time from Carnernos over to here. The newly released 2021 version has a delightful energy in its youth, with a pale straw color with lime hues. The aromas are of honeysuckle, orange blossom and creme brulee with layers of vanilla and a hint of toffee. The palate is lively yet soft with flavors of lemon cream pie and merange.
93 Points, Tasting Panel – 93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
“Well-structured, this textural and delicious wine fills the mouth with grippy tannins, snappy raspberries, black tea and rhubarb. Although not too deep in color, it has a full body and lots of flavor impact. Plus, the wine is available in quantity at an affordable price. Pair with braised lamb shanks or mushroom risotto.” -Wine Enthusiast
As Woodbrige said when tasting the ‘Stargazing’ Sonoma Pinot, “The wine is vibrant and complex with subtle dark fruits and berries, grandmother’s cherry pie, flowers, minerals, and a slight touch of rain-soaked earth, intertwined with a balance and very pleasing easy-going luxury. Should have been priced higher but what the hell.” I have no doubt this clerical error will be addressed in the vintages moving forward.