2008 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, USA, California, Napa, Sonoma, Wine Review

Really great showing for this wine.  Purple in color, slight line of ruby at the rim.  The nose has cassis, coffee, and cedar.  Complex.  On the palate, this is awesome.  It is a big wine but with a nice elegance at this point.  Cassis layered with coffee and earth.  Long finish.  This is delicious and while it is the kind of wine that borders on excessive, as it matures it has calmed down and is integrating nicely.  Still young, this  needs another decade until maturity and has a couple more at the top after that.  It is delicious now and worked quite well with an assortment of cheeses (an

2015 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Joy Road Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast, Wine Review

Light yellow in color.  The nose is gorgeous with lemon cream notes.  Slightly oily texture.  Young but already showing a deep complexity.  Lemon cream notes with an interesting slight mint note on the finish.  There is some oak here, but it is integrated beautifully.  This should age well for a decade, probably two.  There is some upside potential.  

2012 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin Vineyard, California, Sonoma Coast - Wine Review

Light golden in color.  i believe this is their most recent release of a Chardonnay.  The nose is very nice with grapefruits, a floral quality and slight peach.  There is also a vanilla component to this wine.  On the palate, there is some oak showing that will surely integrate quickly.  It is very tight at first but explodes in the glass with air.  Slightly oily texture which I love.  Great fruit; peaches, grapefruits and even a bit of honey.  Long, long finish.  This wines best days are ahead but if you are lucky enough to have multiple bottles, drinking one young should not be missed eit