"That's what I do. I drink and I know things."—The Imp
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This comes from the personal label of vineyard manager Josh Clark and his wife Heather. Winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown.
This is Samuel L. Jackson cast as Henry David Thoreau. A richly polished voice, with an attitude and a cadence that would even make gibberish entertaining. Beyond the ostensible hedonism, though, there's a substance that is layered, nuanced, and contemplative. But the former can certainly make it hard to focus on the latter.
Opens with some obvious, but not overpowering, malo butteriness which sets up perfectly for the blueberry pimp coat that takes center stage, surrounded by pencil shavings, crème de cassis, licorice, baked fig, and cigar box.
— 2 days ago
Unfortunately this is not the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, merely the Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Roger Perrin's Maison la Berthaude label, but Delectable is asleep at the wheel. High acid with purple flowers, Herbes de Provence, with a slate and chalk finish. The mix of red and black fruit takes a backseat on this one, but what an effort at $10 with its distinctive, character-rich style. — a day ago
If there was such thing as a Napa flavored cheesecake, this would be it. Creamy, smooth, and rich, with baking spices that lean heavily towards vanilla, nutmeg, and clove. Presents enough savory, herbaceous contrast that you almost forgot how luxurious the first 30 seconds are. So, so good. — 5 days ago
In 1972 the Mahoney's built the first new winery in Carneros post prohibition. Since 2002, Ken Foster has been the winemaker, and previously spent 15 years at David Bruce. Black cherry, smoke, tea, and citrus, with some secondary earth and spice. A lightweight style that craves food. — a day ago
Billed as an affordable Napa Cab (~$30), this is a joint venture between Jeff Smith (Hourglass) and Rob Lawson (Ghost Block, Mirror, Pavi, etc.), so I bit on the $8 closeout. Fully mature with dusty, dried black cherry and secondary earth with some very faint cocoa powder. An unremarkable undercard. I won't be buying more, even at this price. Score this round to the 2011 vintage. — 3 days ago