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:

Duck Pond Pinot Noir Oregon 2016

This is a good value Oregon pinot noir from Duck Pond. ¬†The aroma speaks only of pinot noir, and is Burgundian in character, with its notes of rhubarb, beetroot, cherry and cedar. ¬†The palate is slightly more full bodied, with good length and balance. ¬†Ready to drink now. ¬†Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 13.8%.Continue reading “Duck Pond Pinot Noir Oregon 2016”