My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine tips with each episode.
2009 Patz & Hall Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California $35
Patz & Hall crafts some of California's (and the world's) best Chardonnays. This one, hailing from the cool Sonoma coast, is elegant and crisp but still packed with rich fruit flavors and a kiss of oak. It's a beauty that shows the heights Chardonnay can achieve.
2009 Dutton Goldfield Pinot Noir, "Dutton Ranch — Freestone Vineyard," Russian River Valley, California $35
A star on the California Pinot scene, Dutton Goldfield's wines rank among my favorites. This spicy, earthy red layered with succulent red berry notes, captures the true complexity of Pinot Noir. Still young, the wine will age for up to a decade…if you can hang on to it for that long.