August 29, 2018
Chiron Pinot Noir

CHIRON Pinot Noir Las Hermanitas 2016

Ripe, juicy red cherries, raspberries and sweet cranberries on the nose along with violets and candied ginger introduce you to the Chiron Pinot Noir. Great start. Taste continues on the same path with oolong tea and black truffle flavors sneaking in. Perfect ripeness in my opinion, healthy acidity and structure to make it last for years. Best drinking 2021-2026 (at least).  30% whole cluster ferment, 13.4% alcohol, aged in once-used French oak (almost “neutral”). More Information 2015 is the maiden vintage for Chiron, a miniscule producer based in Napa Valley. It’s a father & son project: the father heads the business […]
July 23, 2018
Deovlet Pinot Noir Sanford Benedict

DEOVLET Pinot Noir “Sanford & Benedict” 2015

Man oh man, this Pinot Noir from owner/winemaker Ryan Deovlet has it all. Aromatic: red roses, musk, cologne, dark wild cherries. Loads of fruity taste in the mouth. Dark raspberries, plums and cherries with licorice, cinnamon and cedar lurking behind. Full bodied for cool-climate Pinot Noir. With air it gets deeper and richer. All this is going on while keeping its uplifting acidity that comes so naturally to Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. For a special occasion Pinot Noir, regardless of price, this is at the top of my list. At $60 it’s a relative bargain. Check out all the Deovlet wines […]
July 23, 2018
Deovlet Chardonnay Sanford Benedict

DEOVLET Chardonnay “Sanford & Benedict” 15

California Chardonnay doesn’t get much better than the Deovlet Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict to my taste. From 40+ year old, own-rooted vines in the very cool confines of western Santa Barbara County. Intense, richness, buzzing acidity. The rocky soil, citrus and stone fruits and light-handed winemaking all come together to make a “Chablis-like” Chardonnay in the words of owner/winemaker Ryan Deovlet. Smell and taste fresh, crunchy stone fruits, lemon custard, peach pulp, fresh croissants, river rocks, etc etc. It’s easy to get “geeky” about this wine because there’s so much going on. Don’t have to, though. Just no that it’s outstanding. […]