Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County 2015

This is a more straightforward expression of Sonoma chardonnay. From the 2015 vintage, it has aromas of cashews and yoghurt. The palate is full bodied, loose knit and viscous. Sound drinking. Rating: Good. Website:; Reviewed: September 2020.

Peay Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2017

I am seeing a few more North American wines make their way to Australia.¬† From the Sonoma Coast in California, this pinot noir has aromas of spice and red cherries.¬† It is not a Burgundian style, but more in the style of high quality fuller bodied pinot noir from the Yarra Valley.¬† The palate isContinue reading “Peay Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2017”

Raen Royal St Robert Sonoma Coast 2016

Sonoma Coast is a large, cool climate viticultural region north of San Francisco.¬† Few of these wines make their way to Australia.¬† In the glass, this wine is very obviously pinot noir and, for Australian readers, resembles the Yarra Valley fruity pinot noir style.¬† It has aromas of cherry and spice.¬† The body is fullContinue reading “Raen Royal St Robert Sonoma Coast 2016”

Sterling Vintner’s Collection California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is a well priced and typical expression of Californian cabernet sauvignon from Sterling Vineyards.  It has a fruity aroma of ripe red berries.  The palate has plump tannins, reminders of ripe blackcurrants and pleasant length on the finish.  Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $18. Website:

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut 2014

This is a very good sparkling wine from Schramsberg in California. ¬†The appellation is North Coast. ¬†Should the name prove unilluminating outside of California, the vineyards are in fact in the Napa and Sonoma counties. ¬†The sparkling wine itself is a blanc de blancs chardonnay made using the traditional method. ¬†In the glass, there areContinue reading “Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut 2014”

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2014

This is the second vintage I’ve tasted of Ravenswood’s zinfandel, and there’s an evenness to this wine. ¬†I found myself quite enjoying the 2014 vintage’s expression of blackberry, bramble fruit and full bodied style. ¬†(Region: Lodi, California, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? ¬†The wine has its place: I’d suggest itContinue reading “Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2014”