En Garde – 2012 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley
Light but not in anyway dismissive. The fruit perambulation is intriguing and respectful of Pinot’s at time mood varietal actuated fluctuations. Lovely texture and after-palate echo, and ideal for the Pinot chaser. This is one of those Pinots that will leave you in a translator’s roll; knowing what you sipped but not knowing how it was done. It’s own language and geography, philosophy and Pinot pedagogy.
Davis Family Vineyards – 2014 Cuvée Luke – Russian River Valley
A colorful and vocal white blend of Rhône varietals and one that shows a different and more instructionally universal side to a white wine. Something that’s geared toward palate communication, casual sipping as well as food synergy. Rhythmic and musical with all its rumbled and placed and avowed flavor electricity. Clean but with more texture than you’d anticipate. Versatile vivacity, and assured— Masterfully amalgamated.
Boekenoogen Winery – 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Bell Ranch, Carmel Valley
Startled by its ardor. This Cabernet is assertive but eloquent and a dance to itself. Dark blackberry talk coupled with leathery and spice-sentenced synchrony.. I can’t sip enough, and I sip it while writing this— the texture talks to me in its unrelenting beat and study-worth shapeliness and tongue. I’m listening, agape, sipping and kept.
Intergalactic in all perspectives and parcels of palate. The writer’s lassoed by this red’s wooing vigor and jazzy whispers and serenades. I’ll keep sipping, studying.
Descendents Liegeois-Dupont – 2011 Cuvée Marcel Dupont – Les Gosses Vineyard, Red Mountain
After decoding the label, the wine rewarded me. What a body and symphony from fragrant steps to palate pulse. Light raspberry and herb, black pepper aligned with floral inference, white and red, and the most convivial of sip summations. Celestial consistency and sensory gust; narrative verse, a story, an elucidation and proclamation, something to sing to, and something different this California/Sonoma sipper can learn from, write to, within meditate. Joyfully juxtaposing, ardent and attractive.