Wine Tasting Notes - September 10, 2007 - Jack

Family Winemakers of California

Seventh Annual Tasting
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
August 19, 2007

At this tasting, Jack, for a change, concentrated mainly on the white wines.
Standouts of the tasting were the Chasseur chardonnays, Ramey,
Calera’s Mills pinot noir vertical and Littorai.
Note: I tasted only a small portion of the wines available for tasting.
(The right-most column is Bottles Desired. A score of 3 or better is excellent.)
2005 Alfaro Family Vineyards Chardonnay SLH Sleepy Hollow Vyd  
2-3+
2006 Alfaro Family Central Coast  
2-3?
2006 Alfaro Family Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mtns Estate  
3-4
2005 Alfaro Family Pinot Noir Estate  
3+
2006 Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Old Vines  
2-3
2006 Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir RRV Tina Marie Vyd  
2+
2006 Bask Cellars Chardonnay  
2-3?
2006 Bask Cellars Viognier  
2-3+
2005 Bighorn Cellars Chardonnay Big.
2-3+
2006 Bucklin Compagni Portis Vyd Gewurztraminer  
2+
2005 Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Tannic.
2-3+
2005 Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel  
3?
2001 Calera Pinot Noir Mills  Very tart finish. 
2-3?
2002 Calera Pinot Noir Mills  
4+
2003 Calera Pinot Noir Mills  Wow!
4-6
2004 Calera Pinot Noir Mills  
2-3!?
2006 Calera Chardonnay  
2+
2006 Calera Viognier  
2+
2005 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vyd  
3
2005 Carlisle Syrah Bennett Valley  
2-3+
2004 Carver Sutro Petit Sirah Rockin’!
4+
2005 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay  
2+
2005 Chalk Hill Estate Estate Sauvignon Blanc Very nice.
3
2004 Chalk Hill Estate North Slope Pinot Gris  
2-3
2005 Chasseur Lorenzo Chardonnay  
3?
2005 Chasseur Durell Chardonnay  
3+
2005 Chasseur Sangiacomo Green Acres Hill Chardonnay  
4
2005 Chasseur Sonoma Coast Chardonnay  
3?
2005 Chasseur RRV Chardonnay  Needs time.
3-4
2006 Chateau Potelle Sauvignon Blanc  
2+
2006 Chateau Potelle VGS Chardonnay Mt. Veeder  
2-3
2006 Clark-Cauldon Sauvignon Blanc Napa Oak shows, but still nice.
2-3
2006 Cima Collina Sauvignon Blanc Cedar Lane  
2
2005 Core b. core Very nice.
2-3+
2006 Dry Stack Cellars Rosemary’s Block Bennett Valley  
3
2005 Mary Elke Chardonnay Anderson Vly Good value.
2+
2006 Enkidu Pinot Noir RRV Tina Marie Vyd  
2-3+
2004 Fort Ross  Vineyard Chardonnay  
2-3+
2004 Fort Ross Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay Good acids.
2-3+
2005 Grgich Hills Chardonnay  
2-3+
2003 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon  
2-3+
2006 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer  
2
2005 Littorai Chardonnay Mays Canyon  
3?
2005 Littorai Chardonnay Thieriot Vyd  
3+
2005 Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Vyd  
4-6
2005 Littorai Pinot Noir Mays Canyon  
3+
2005 Littorai Pinot Noir The Haven Vyd  
3?
2004 Marilyn Wines Merlot  
2-3+
2005 Marilyn Wines Merlot A bit weird
2?
2005 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces  
2+
2003 Mount Eden Chardonnay  
3?
2003 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon  
3+
2004 Paloma Vineyard Long finish. Great California merlot.
4+
2004 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon  
4+
2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vyd  
3+
2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa A great value. Ready now.
3-5
2005 Ramey Chardonnay RRV  
1-3
2005 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Needs aging.
3-4+
2005 Ramey Chardonnay Hudson  
3+
2004 Renaissance Vineyard Roussane Strange but I like.
2-3+?
2006 Renaissance Vineyard Viognier Nothing viognier-like about it.
2+?
2004 Saint Helena Road Winery Roy J. Maier Cabernet Sauvignon Showed well, today.
4+
2006 Siduri Russian River Pinot Noir  
2+
2005 Siduri Muirfield Vyd Pinot Noir  
2-3
2005 Siduri Amber Ridge Pinot Noir  
3-4
2006 Siduri Pisoni Pinot Noir  
3+
2005 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Searing acids.
3-4+
2005 Sojourn Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vyd Wild.
2-?
2004 Sojourn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Good acids.
Great value.
3+
2005 Tablas Creek Rousanne Very nice.
3
2004 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge  
3?
2004 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc  
3?
2006 Tablas Creek Vermentino Quite good!
2-3+
2006 Vino Noceto Rosata di Sangiovese  
1?
2004 Vino Noceto Sangiovese Good acids.
2-3
2004 Vino Noceto Sangiovese Riserva Very nice. At $22, an excellent value.
3+



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