Ashley came and poured at Vino Locale. I didn't take notes. The new ('07) Viognier is clean, floral with a nice grapefruit rind structure. Maybe slightly better than the '06, but very similar. (91 pts)
The '06 Pinot has smoothed out and now into it's drinking window. Very nice. (91+ pts)
I'm not so much a fan of the Cab-based wines ('05 Cab & '06 San Andreas Red). Kinda the same way I feel about most Saratoga Cabs - they just seem a little indistinct to me. I feel the same about Mount Eden, even, so your mileage may vary. Along those lines, it was wise of Mountain Winery to not bother planting Cab.
She did talk about there being quite a variation in climate and elevation over the 22 acres they have planted. The cab and Syrah are in the lower warmer sections.
She also mentioned Testarosa bought both Syrah and Pinot from them this year. I look forward to trying these. Also looking forward to trying Big Basin BRV Syrah. Fun to compare what different people do with the same fruit. It'll also be interesting to see how it compares to Bradley's other Syrahs.
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