Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre “Enz” 2018

Dirty Rowdy Mourvedre Enz

Brooding nose of dark chocolate, roasted tarragon & thyme, black olives and roast coffee beans. Big yet light-footed, to the credit of the limestone/granite based “Enz Vineyard” and obsessive vineyard monitoring by Dirty & Rowdy co-owner/winemaker Hardy Wallace, the wine is a joy to drink now and will get much better with time. How much […]

SINOR LAVALLEE Ancestrale 2018

Sinor Lavallee Pet Nat Ancestrale

Extremely crisp, high acid sparkling wine from this very small San Luis Obispo producer focusing on earth-driven wines. Pinot Noir’s rose petal and raspberry aromas tip-toe in. Tangy citrus, yellow cherry and plum flavors shine in the mouth along with smidge of jasmine or honeysuckle. There’s a suggestion of rocky earthiness on the finish if […]

BEDROCK Riesling “Wirz” 2017

Bedrock Riesling Wirz

I like this Riesling’s lemon-apple-honey character and classic Riesling lick-a-river-rock personality. High, pleasing acidity stands straight and tall from first whiff to the end of its 20 second finish. Lemon zest, yellow grapefruit and citrus blossoms smells and flavor pop out. More of an oily texture than most dry Rieslings made in California (partly due, […]

FLYWHEEL Pinot Noir Naylor Ranch 14

New(er) on the wine scene, Flywheel makes tiny amounts (under 100 cases per wine is normal) of high character wines. This delicious Pinot brings together black and deep red cherries, allspice, pomegranate syrup, red roses, black tea and cola smells and flavors. More tannic than one might expect, it has the ripe fruit to balance […]

CENTER of EFFORT Chardonnay 14

Center of Effort Chardonnay

Estate Vineyard, 4 1/2 miles from the Pacific, between Paso Robles and Santa Barbara counties. High natural acidity in the ripe grapes balances the full malolactic and careful use of French oak. Get citrus basket, caramel, toasted brioche, fresh pineapple & Macintosh apple. I was surprised it was full malolactic, which speaks well to its […]