Posts Tagged 2014

2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Manchester Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

If it’s a sleek and silky Pinot Noir you seek, look elsewhere. If you like your red wines big, bold and full-bodied, you’ve come to the right place. This Pinot is brimming with raspberry and strawberry flavors, presented within a lush mouthfeel... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Brilliant medium straw color. The welcoming nose delivers brash Meyer lemon zest, followed by light white-fleshed fruits, all neatly wrapped in spiced butter and cream. It’s palate-coating, with a long, mineral-driven finish that echoes the rich... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Translucent coral red color, with glints of orange. Unlike many California Pinot Noirs, who sport 15% alcohol and present more like a bruising Syrah, this shows a lighter, more feminine profile. The aromas include notes of sharp strawberry, cherry... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Musque, Taylor’s Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Brilliant light straw color. Initial scents of varietal pea pod, grass and herbs lead to sweet floral impressions, followed by white pepper, tangerine, and peach. The Musque Clone is a type of Sauvignon Blanc, and here it has undergone 100%... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with... Read more

2014 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Barbara County

Syrah often exudes a smoky quality, and this one seems to billow the smoke, hiding any trace of fruit on the nose. With a whole lot of swirling, a tart cherry note emerges, gradually followed by hints of plum, Dr. Pepper and dark berries. This is a... Read more

2014 La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered... Read more

2014 La Crema Pinot Noir, Monterey

A bright, translucent ruby hue. Sassy notes of fresh orange zest and red cherries lead to whiffs of blackberry, blueberry, tea leaves, and notes of cocoa powder and woodspice. It is lithe and feminine in the mouth. This red is built for immediate... Read more