Top bottling from Roederer Estate’s Mendocino property in the Anderson Valley. 50/50 Pinot/Chard topped with a “reserve dosage” aged at least 5yrs in French oak before an additional five months of bottle ageing before release. A gentle layer of fine bubbles appear upon pouring but quickly dissipate, revealing a medium-concentrated gold wine showing its maturity with rather dull reflections. True to the hot ’97 growing season, ripe, even baked bartlett pear and golden apple abound on the nose, along with hazelnut, brioche, butterscotch and toffee. Rich, full and broad on the attack, but cut nicely with a brilliant acidity that makes for quite an energetic finish for such a seemingly developed wine. Surprisingly complex, definitely enjoy this sparkler with rich dishes. Entrées, ideally. W.M
The Mendocino Ridge AVA is coastal with cool climate and high altitude located in the Mendocino County. It goes from the Pacific Ocean inland to the Anderson Valley.
The ‘terroir‘ and climate in California varies a lot, the Pacific Ocean brings cold winds that generates a temperate climate and fog nearby, while mountain barriers like in Sonoma and Napa keeps the weather warm. There are more then 100 AVAs in California among which the famous Napa, Russian River Valley, Rutherford and Sonoma. The largest wine region is the Central Valley.
A fairly new project from one of California’s oldest wineries. This valley floor Chardonnay is nothing short of classic: bright moderate-lemon in color with complex aromatics of meyer lemon, dried pineapple, bread, cream and subtle hints of hazelnut. The palate is full of energy; ripe and round on the attack but the balanced acidity is definitely present on the mid-palate and finish. Drink now or cellar for a more toasty, honeyed style in 8-10 years. W.M
This is a beauty from one of the most highly regarded California Pinot Noir producers. Ripe and expressive, there is no shortage of sweet citrus and tropical fruit on the nose, which is fairly intense. Very focused. Some wood frames the fruit nicely and adds a polished feel on the palate. The attack’s initial richness gives way to a piercing acidity on the midpalate that makes this a wonderful food wine (and an affordable one at that). Paired very nicely with beef stew over egg noodles. Imagine that. W.M.
Drink now. Open and expressive, this Cab goes back to the days when the actual Mondavi family was still running things at Robert Mondavi Winery. Brick color gives way to a garnet rim. This is a dead-ringer for quality St. Julien with aromas of kirsch, tobacco and tomato leaf. Full but restrained with a dry finish.
Dense, concentrated and still quite youthful, this wine hails from historic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars first Estate vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the eponymous district of Southeastern Napa. Very balanced but still compact on the palate; the firmness of the tannins tells this taster that this wine is still in its adolescence.
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Elegant estate bottled Rhône blend by the Perrin family (of CDP’s Château de Beaucastel) from their Paso Robles property. Pale ruby with aromatics reminiscent of ripe raspberries, morello cherries and savory herbs. Concentrated and juicy at once with a silky mid palate and spicy finish.
William M. Sommelier and Editor @ sipnotes.org
This is a much more polished , classic version compare to older vintages, looks like they’re veering toward old world style , less oak and less buttery with tropical notes.
…meeting this awesome and great winemaker and his daughter Deborah today was a trill from the start, beautiful and extremely generous people can make only wine that reflects what they are, a honest passionate and hardworking family that works hard to give us this amazing juice, as Laureano said, his Malbec and Pinot Noir are his kids, made from the same father but from a different mother. Beautifully crafted wines.
Thank you for being so amazing,