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Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

A suffusion of smokey minerals, creme brûlée, toasted coconut flake, mandarin and grilled pineapple. Robert Talbott's 2015 Kali Hart Chardonnay is made from the winery's Sleepy Hollow estate vineyard, a hillside parcel that is relatively close to the Pacific Ocean—where cool maritime breezes lend a moderating effect. The effect of this microclimate on the palate is a spike of citrusy acidity, piercing through a creamy tropical fruit core. 14.5% ABV | Sample Talbott Vineyards 89 Points...

Ernest & Julio Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir 2013

Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir 2013

I prefer Gallo's Signature Series Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir with some age on it—the 2013 offers up a bouquet of that is more dark fruited than red. Blackberries at peak ripeness, a touch of black cherry, vanilla and cola precede a wine that is swathed in fine, velvety tannins. This is a richer, more somber expression of Pinot Noir, one that is lifted by a well-placed vein of acidity and an alluring wisp of pink peppercorn. 14.7% ABV | Sample Gallo Family Wines 9.0 Points...

Robert Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Talbott Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2014

The brawny side of Pinot Noir, Talbott’s Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands. There, Pommard and Dijon clones burrow deep into Chualar gravelly loam soil and sand, resulting in a wine with an equal measure of weight and acidity along with steeped raspberry, cherry, rose hip, underbrush , and spice notes. Bordering on opaque, with a core of cranberries and sour cherries, and taught acidity that crescendos with a burst of saline-edged minerality on the finish. Sample Talbott Vineyards 8.8 Points...

Windstream Sarmento Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013

Windstream Sarmento Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013

Windstream Sarmento Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013" width="200" height="200" /></a>One of San Antonio Winery's brands, the Windstream Sarmento Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013 shows considerable marine influence, given its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Glass-filling aromatics of rose petal and cinnamon bark. and dry leaves that crunch underfoot. The attack is bright and lean, with high-toned tart and seedy red forest berries, cranberries and astringent rose hips that terminate in a peppery finish. I was surprised to find the alcohol at 15.1%, it's deceptive. Sample San Antonio Winery 8.9 Points...