Ram’s Gate, Sonoma, US/ 公羊门酒庄,美国加州索诺玛

Tasting Notes from Cherie

2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 46/bottle

The super ripe red fruits (bin cherry and strawberry) dominant flavors, with light ruby color, fresh acidity and high alcohol around 14% point to a Pinot Noir from moderate climate region. The hint of caramel, toast and vanilla indicate small percentage of French oak influence. Typical Sonoma Coast fruity Pinot Noir, easy to drink yet with delicacy.

2016 Pinot Noir (Bush Crispo Vineyard) Russian River Valley, $79/bottle

The ripe red fruits flavors of Cherry& strawberry, mingled with strong savory and spices ( vanilla, ginger and nutmeg), as well as hint of woody nose; combined with high alcohol around 14%, fresh and fruity acid, light ruby color point to a Pinot Noir from moderate climate region of new world such as Sonoma, Santa Barbara and St Lucia highland. The complexity of flavors and integration of French oaks suit the premium quality of these three regions. But the ripe fruits flavors are more likely to be a Pinot noir from Warmer region of Somona like Russian River Valley.

2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Ram’s Gate Estate Vineyard, Carneros, Sonoma, $38/bottle

The fresh and clean nose of dominant ripe golden apple, pear, passion fruit and some vegetal flavors of green beans, grass; combined with the high alcohol (13.8%) and moderate fresh acidity suggest to a Sauvignon Blanc from Moderate climate region of Sonoma.

2016 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, $72/bottle

The light golden color, neutral fruits flavors of ripe golden apple, quince, with intense nutty, vanilla, toast flavors; combined with creamy texture and round medium acidity, high alcohol (14%) suggest a moderate climate new world Chardonnay such as Kemeu River, Sonoma and Napa. The nuanced oak suggest a lower percentage which is more suitable to Kemeu River and Sonoma. The full MLF and golden color is match typical Sonoma Chardonnay.

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