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Welcome to the wine notes page. The idea here is very simple. We have over 5000 ratings in our wine tasting database that we'd like to share with anyone who might find these opinions useful. The number of ratings grows weekly.

Our primary focus is on the wineries of the Sacramento region. We spend our time tasting in Lodi, Amador County, El Dorado County, the valley and the Gold Country. Of course, we attend the weekly tastings at BevMo as well, so we get a good selection of California and world-wide wines in our database as well.

Below you'll find a list of our 20 most recent ratings. But to search the whole database for what you're looking for please visit the search page. We have a total of 6755 wines in our database currently.

WinerySpecial DesignationVintageVarietalRatingDateTastedNotesBuy Again?
Beaulieu VineyardTapestry Reserve2019Blend (Red Table Wine)952/28/2024This is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec blend.Dang! On the nose you get a treat of sweet red cherry, thick raspberry, cranberry and vanilla. Then you find the blackberries, cassis, cedar, clove, cocoa, herbacious berry leaves, sweet tabacco, brioche and english clotted cream. And that is a lot! When you breathe this wine in it is like a tunnel of gorgeous berries flowing down your sinuses. Wow, that sounds kind of weird. But it is true.The palate provides a lovely display of full tannins, high acid, concentrated flavors that equate to a long finish. The body is full and the expression of flavors are complete, mouth-filling. This wine is available anywhere from 45.99 to 72.00 depending on where you look. But it is really worth seeking out. We tried the BV Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and I like this better by a smidge. Five stars! y
AuteurManchester Ridge2021Chardonnay932/27/2024 y
AuteurBalinard Vineyard Russian River Valley2022Pinot Noir912/27/2024 y
AuteurAttune Vineyard2021Pinot Noir942/27/2024 y
AuteurLabyrinth Vineyard Russian River Valley2021Pinot Noir932/27/2024 y
AuteurStarkey Vineyard Russian River Valley2022Pinot Noir952/27/2024 y
MarengoCerretta, Barolo, Italy2019Nebbiolo932/27/2024Bright dark cherry, pencil shavings, black licorice, kirsch, dried dates, black currant, chocolate, cedar This wine is very classic Nebbiolo with full body, tannins, acid, length, concentration. It is all full. The tannins are pretty firm and the mouthfeel is thick with dark fruit. It really needs some food with it to challenge these tannins. But all in all, the wine is a pleasure to drink. y
MarengoBricco Delle Viole2019Nebbiolo942/27/2024Black currant, black cherry, kirsch, soft oak, cocoa, violet, forest floor, violot and dried herbs. Lovely berry tannins coat the teeth, followed by full acidity, long finish and full body. The flavors are pronounced and concentrated. This wine could use some bottle ageing as it is pretty young. The tannins will soften quite a bit and let out a lot more of the fruit. But as it is, the wine did not need long to breathe tonight at all.y
SangiacomoGreen Acres Vineyard Sonoma Coast2021Chardonnay932/27/2024 y
SangiacomoExplorer Series #2 Campbell Ranch2021Pinot Noir922/27/2024 y
Schiavenza Serralunga d`AlbaCerretta, Barolo, Italy2019Nebbiolo932/27/2024Bright dark cherry, pencil shavings, black licorice, kirsch, dried dates, black currant, chocolate, cedar This wine is very classic Nebbiolo with full body, tannins, acid, length, concentration. It is all full. The tannins are pretty firm and the mouthfeel is thick with dark fruit. It really needs some food with it to challenge these tannins. But all in all, the wine is a pleasure to drink. y
Castello di NeiveBarbaresco DOCG Italy2019Nebbiolo912/26/2024Pronounced nose, red cherry, green herbs, brioche, raspberry, spice, anise, pomegranate, Full tannins, body and acid. The palate is pronounced and concentrated with a long finish. Though it is very concentrated, it struggles to be polished at all -- with plenty of rough edges, tartness and firm tannins. We let it breathe for 2 hours in a decanter. Just not getting the same results as many of the reviewers. Still we would give it a 91 for all of its positive attributes.n
Beaulieu VineyardReserve, Rutherford, Napa Valley2019Cabernet Sauvignon952/23/2024Black kirsch cherry, raspberry, cocoa, anise, vanilla, light oakiness. The tannins coat the teeth leaving a sweet, cherry note. The acid is high, the finish long and the body full. The concentration of soft fruit is really amazing. The nose is elusive at first. It needs time to breathe. But from the start the flavors are open, concentrated and really plush. There is velvet here. It runs from 60-72 bucks depending on where you look.y
Arrow & BranchCoombsville2019Cabernet Franc902/22/2024Bitter herbs, black berry leaf, boysenberry, black cherry, full acid, full body, concentrated, med tannins, odd bitternessy
Charles JoguetChinon Cuvee Terroir, Loire2020cabernet Franc902/22/2024black berry, black cherry, kirsch, vanilla, black plum, cassis, minerality, leather. Full body, full acid, med+ tannins, pronounced, concentrated, long finish. The wine is a little thin on the nose and the palate, but it is balanced by the kirsch cherry. This is a fruit forward Cab Franc from the Loire valley. It is not massive, but very pleasant drinking.y
Covert EstateCoombsville2021cabernet Franc962/22/2024Clones 214, 327 Lilac, cedar, clove, pronounced, black cherry, blueberry, cherry cola, long finish, full acid, med tanninsy
Far NienteCarpenter Vineyard, Johns Vineyard, Berlenbach Vineyard, Coombsville2021Chardonnay932/22/2024Full body, stone fruit, minerals, pear, lemon, floral, melony
FaviaCoombsville2014Cabernet Sauvignon932/22/2024Meat, tobacco, leather, blackberry, black cherry, not pronounced, full body, and acid, med tannins, long finishy
Haynes VigneronCoombsville2020Chardonnay932/22/2024Dijon and Robert Young clones lemon, oaky, apple, pear, minerals, full body, high acid, apricoty
Maroon VineyardsSpecial Reserve Coombsville2019Cabernet Sauvignon962/22/2024Blackberry, cloves, sweet black cherry, violet, anise, tobacco, licorice, pencil lead, med tannins, acid and long finish.y
        
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