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Stephen Tazner's International Wine Cellar Scores 6 Stickybeak Wines
May 1st, 2014

2011 Stickybeak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Saturated ruby.  Dark berry and cherry pit aromas are lifted by white pepper and fresh flowers.  A juicy, subtly sweet midweight offering spicy blackberry and cherry flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco.  Closes with very good spicy cut and length, leaving a bitter cherry pit note behind.  In an elegant style that reminds me more of Sonoma than Napa.  89

2012 Stickybeak Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Dark red.  Fresh red berries, candied rose and an exotic sandalwood note on the fragrant nose.  Juicy and light on its feet, offering vibrant, sharply focused raspberry and cola flavors that pick up smokiness with air.  Finishes spicy and long, with subtle tannins adding structure. 89

2011 Stickybeak Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Bright yellow-gold.  Potent, lees-accented aromas of orchard fruits, orange and white flowers, with a gingery quality adding lift.  Chewy, tightly focused pear and tangerine flavors flesh out with air and pick up a subtle anise quality.  Closes stony and long, with lingering smokiness and a touch of bitter quinine. 89

2012 Stickybeak Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

Pale straw.  An intensely fruity, exotic bouquet evokes passion fruit, tangerine, quince and jasmine, along with a gingery overtone.  Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering juicy tropical and citrus fruit flavors and a hint of bitter quinine that adds cut.  Closes supple and quite long, with slow-building spiciness and very good clarity. 89

2012 Stickybeak Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Pale yellow.  Lively pear and melon aromas are lifted by suggestions of Meyer lemon and ginger.  Light-bodied and brisk on the palate, offering juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of honey.  Finishes silky and clean, with good focus and tangy lemony bite. 88

2012 Stickybeak Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County

Bright yellow.  Lively lemon/lime, honeysuckle, chalky minerals and white pepper on the nose.  Lithe, sharply focused citrus fruit flavors fill out with air, picking up notes of yellow apple and quince.  Clean, nervy and linear on the finish, which is lifted by a subtle gingery quality. 88

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