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CalStar: Star of California

Reviews from WYPR, NPR Maryland, June 2020
​CalStar owner/winemaker Rick Davis keeps sending us superb wines sourced from great California vineyards.

ZaZa Zin, Old Vine, Lodi, ’16 **1/2 $
A very well made but informal zin, perfect for a back deck party.

Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ’18 **1/2 $
A very good white, solid fruit to go with brisk acidity, dinner wine.

Pinot Meunier, Russian River Valley ’18 *** $
Little-known Champagne grape, exciting, light, fruity, elegant.


2019 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Silver Medal
2016 Russian River Pinot Noir
2018 Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze Medal
2018 Rose of Pinot Meunier
2018 Christina’s Vineyard Pinot Meunier
2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

​Issue #236, April 2018

2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir | 90 Points
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is pale ruby-purple colored with a nose of crushed cranberries, stewed rhubarb and fresh strawberries with hints of dried Provence herbs and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in more red fruit than the relatively delicate nose suggests, with loads of herbal and floral accents and a grainy texture, finishing long and refreshing. 150 cases produced.”
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2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Sangiacomo Vineyard | 89 Points
“Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2013 Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyards opens with notes of sautéed herbs, underbrush and tilled loam with a core of warm cranberries, red currants and kirsch. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with red fruit preserves and plenty of earthy layers, supported by chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a savory note. 150 cases produced.”
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2014 Russian River Pinot Noir | 88 Points
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is pale ruby-purple colored with a nose of underripe strawberries, raspberry leaves and freshly crushed Bing cherries plus hints of forest floor and damp soil. Medium-bodied with a taut, chewy structure and bags of freshness lifting the delicate red fruit and herbal layers, it finishes earthy. 150 cases produced.”
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