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03 Jul 2009 2007 Boeger Sauvignon Blanc, El Dorado
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Appearance:
clear, light+ gold core transitioning to water-white rim

Nose:
medium intensity aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, freshly cut grass

Palate:
high acidity; medium body; medium intensity flavors of grapefruit, green apple, gooseberry and mild freshly cut grass; long length.  The wine is a between a New Zealand Sauv. Blanc and a Napa Valley Sauv. Blanc in style; the wine is an easy quaffer best served with a chill.  The acidity is a big sharp on the finish.

Quality:
The wine is an average to good depending on the retail price point purchased at.  The wine is more refined that you might expect from a sauvignon blanc from the Sierra foothills.

02 Jul 2009 Alysian 2007 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Appearance:
bright, medium+ ruby w/slight cranberry core transitioning to ruby rim

Nose:
Clean, pronounced aromas of cola, cherry (red and black), light toasty oak, warm spices (mace, allspice, cinnamon), blackberry.

Palate:
Medium, soft tannins (will probably become velvety with bottle age); medium+ intensity flavors matching the aromas; long length; medium+ alcohol; medium concentration but is excellent mouth-coating properties.

Quality:
Good to Excellent — you can drink now but will get better with bottle age;  the typicity of the Pinot Noir is excellent and a great example of Russian River Valley fruit.  The complexity and layered nature of the aromas/flavors are excellent and make you want to have another sip after you let the finish linger into nothingness on your tongue.

Alysian is Gary Farrell’s new wine project; 2400 cases total currently with plans to only reach 3500 cases.  Alysian’s winery is built in part of the old Belvedre winery and utilizes the top winemaking equipment and technology.   The wines will make you think of the best from the Gary Farrell Winery before Gary sold the winery.

26 Feb 2009 2007 Seawind, Pinot Noir, Split Rock Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Appearance: clear, deep ruby with slight purple hue core transitioning to ruby rim

Nose: clean, medium- intensity with aromas of red fruit (cherry and cranberry), cola and a slight aromas of wet pine.

Palate: medium+ acidity, medium tannins with slightly chalky tannins, medium length, medium to medium+ alcohol, flavors of red cherry, candied rose petals, cola, cedar and a hint of warm spices. 

The wine is very young and will benefit from a minimum of 6 months of bottle age.  The palate on the wine will improve as the tannins become more integrated, acidity soften slightly and the aroms/flavors integrated.  As the wine has been open for 30 minutes, the palate is softening and the flavors are more pronounced.   The wine is clearly showing terroir of the Split Rock Vineyard; I would like to see the wine blended with more clones/blocks from the Split Rock Vineyard.

I would recommend that you cellar the wine for 12 months before opening your bottle(s).