Posts Tagged Sonoma County

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

2015 Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

This winery was one of the first to lay claim to making a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in California some three decades ago. Time passes, and… nothing has changed. The grapes for this bottling are sourced from around 40 parcels of the best grapes... Read more

2013 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Opaque purple/black hue. With a good swirl and sniff, complex aromas of fleshy black cherries (with a touch of Maraschino cherry liqueur) flow forth, followed by blackberry, blue berries, sweet plum, an herbal note, and a dusting of cocoa powder. It... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘Liar’s Dice’ Zinfandel, Sonoma County

Nearly opaque ruby color. Jammy scents of apple pectin, raspberry and blackberry fruit, a dash of black pepper, and oak spice notes are pleasant and inviting. This red is full and thick in the mouth, with no sign of heat despite the 15.4% alcohol... Read more

2015 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

For over four decades, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced a Fumé Blanc bottling – one of only a handful of California wineries that can claim such a long track record with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The use of the term Fumé, first coined in... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Merlot, Sonoma County

Soft and delicate, this is what many wine drinkers expect when they open a bottle of Merlot and pour it into their glasses. Blueberry, black cherry and mild blackberry are the fruit flavors, which are joined by a hint of spice. For a satisfying... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

With a tannin structure that quickly fades with time in the glass, this is a Cabernet to drink while others on your wine rack evolve. Blackberries and currants are up front in the nose, joined by notes of mocha, vanilla, cedar and just a hint of... Read more

2014 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

The wine presents with an opaque, deep purple color. Peppery wood notes lead to scents of red berry fruits (think raspberry and cranberry). The fruit sweetens up in the mouth, and carries through to the lip-smacking finish. Enjoy this red with baby... Read more

2015 Pedroncelli ‘Friend’s White,’ Sonoma County

Spring has arrived, can summer be far behind? This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer has been crafted with picnics and pool parties in mind. The sweet, fragrant nose conjures up honeysuckle, tangerine blossom, sweet melon, and tropical... Read more

2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot, Sonoma County

Matanzas Creek has been making one of Sonoma County’s most reliable Merlot bottlings for four decades, and we’ve had the pleasure of sampling most of them. Although the 2012 growing season was cool in comparison to the nearly perfect 2013... Read more