2010 Ceja Chardonnay

Interesting and elusive nose, first mango, then apple, then a melange of tropical fruit, all with butter in the background. The palate is all tropical fruits, mango and fried plantain, baked pineapple and butte...

2010 Ceja Napa Carneros Chardonnay

Pears, apples, and butter show on the nose. Pear, lemon cream, and lemon pith show on the palate. The texture is buttery and smooth, flavors fresh and bright. It shows touches butter and vanilla, but all very r...

2010 Trinitas Cellars Pinot Noir

The nose has plum, cherry cola, and black tea. Black cherry, black tea, and cola lead on the palate. There is a real earthy umami that comes out on the mid-palate, a soy-sauce richness that lingers with cigar...
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2007 Mahoney Vineyards Montepulciano

Grown in Carneros and blended with about 10% Sangiovese, started with aromas of pepper, a mélange of oak and dill with briary, jammy fruit. Lighter in the mouth, the flavors were dominated by oak. The wine finished with light red fruit and some heat. On the second day, the wine fleshed out and displayed spicy, licorice notes above all. In the mouth, black cherry flavors were most distinct. Medium bodied the wine had good acids and supple, fine, slightly drying tannins. It was an unobtrusive food companion and did not compete with the mushroom pizza or the blackened salmon. (13.7% ABV, 2 bottles tasted, production volume unavailable)
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2007 Merryvale Pinot Noir

Dark cherries, cola, a touch of cranberries, and some mushrooms are on the palate, all with a background of spice, wood, and a teriyaki-like umami. Tannins are fine and sweet. It does not offer delicacy or flow with multiple layers of complexity, just gives you a whack of sweet fruit right in the face. Drink it with a grilled double-thick stuffed pork chop.