2015

Sine Qua Non

Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie Grenache 2015

Shay A
9.7

I had the ‘15 counterpart, the Syrah, about a year ago and was shocked at how accessible it was. This isn’t as open, but it’s not far off. The bottle was poured blind to a group of 5-7 of us. I called this 5yr old SQN Grenache. For my taste, nobody in the new world can do Grenache like Manfred. Seductively aromatic and spice driven, showing cracked black pepper, spicy rhubarb and red fruits with herbs de Provence. Lifted profile due to the use of whole cluster. Great acidity. The dominant notes of red fruits are highlighted by just a touch of blue and black fruits, with dark cocoa, potpourri and cherry jerky. A baby, but a glimpse at a monster in 5-7yrs. Thank you @Keith Fisher . — 3 days ago

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@Shay A : agreed...great stuff.

Robert Mondavi Winery

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 ‘Oakville’ Cabernet Sauvignon is showing marvelously at its early stage in development. Needing a one hour decant to fully arouse, the wine slowly reveals ripe dark currants with tar and anise aromatics that take shape in the glass. The palate shows a excellent power and acidity with intense dark fruits, and shades of creme de cassis and Turkish coffee. Enjoyable now in its youth, this will continue to evolve over the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033 — 2 days ago

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Another nice post Cheers 🍷

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

I had the ‘16 about 4 months ago and found it to be more rich as this was slightly more mineral like in profile. It’s undoubtedly still massive and a beautifully round wine though. Maybe this vintage is slightly more elegant and finesse driven. Floral, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and sea salt aromatics. Focused and clean on the palate with honeyed almonds, wet rock, and lemon oil. Thanks
@Weston Eidson .
— 7 days ago

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@Shay A : Nice! I’m curious to know if this was ready to drink or if it needed time.
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@Bryan Kesting : It will certainly hold for a few years but it was killer when we opened it!

Gaja

Sito Moresco Langhe Nebbiolo Blend 2015

A pretty light purple color with a wide ruby rim. Vintage after vintage, this is about as consistent of a wine as I’ve found. It’s an odd blend, Nebbiolo doesn’t really need help but the Merlot and Cab do add body. On the nose, the fragrant red fruit is supplemented by sagebrush, cigar smoke, and dried roses. Well integrated tannins and very pleasant acidity. Beautifully structured and a very nice level of complexity. It takes time for all of the secondary characteristics to show but it’s more than worth the wait. The palate follows the nose with more smoke and roses. Lively cherries, tobacco, and exotic spices round things out. Not nearly as austere as the Italians that I usually love but this is still a fantastic Nebbiolo. — 5 days ago

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Lovely post!

Louis Jadot

Domaine Gagey "Le Chapitre" Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

Prior notes still apply, wonderful bottle!

Nose has bright spring cherry (supermarket not farmers market) and a tinge of alcohol.
Palate has gravel-cherry, sweet, this started quite tannic but mellowed a bit in the decanter (2Hr). Drinking quite nice for an everyday Pinot, not overly complicated, but enjoyable.

A good pairing with Spaghetti Squash lasagna tonight, with our homemade tomato sauce. (A fun dish with heavily roasted squash, but we still need to fine tune the reduction of its liquid. The Squash has a lot of moisture, and we need to get more out on future versions. Third time is the charm, right?)
— 4 days ago

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Had Lamb chops with my Cabernet today, not Pizza Hut. So good!
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Lamb's are so cute and ever more tasty!
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Well you have to catch them first! A lot faster than they look😳

Isenhower Cellars

Á Bloc Malbec 2015

Dense purple red, highly extracted pigment, some sediment in suspension. Butter, purple fruit and flowers in nose, blackberry, thyme, sage, slight cigar box. Velvety blackberry texture and flavor in mouth, slightly bitter and alcoholic on finish initially. After 30 minutes, chewy tar finish emerges with moderate astringency and a touch of menthol. A serious robust wine, but that Washington State fruit flavors and herbal nose sneak through. 106 cases produced — a day ago

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A nice sounding Malbec. Cheers!🍷

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

With our cheese course.

The shows, Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, shades of caramel, herbal notes, some white spice, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed greens.

The body is full, round, waxy and lush. Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, volcanic minerals, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, mote caramel on the palate, herbal notes, some white spice with just a touch of heat, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed green. The acidity is round and beautiful. The finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced and persists minutes.

Photos of, the Estate vineyards of their tasting patio, serving 17 futures a few weeks back, nice food spread for the party and the main hall after you past check in.
— 12 days ago

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Yiftah'el Winery

Marselan 2015

@delectable this is yiftah'el winery rose 2015

after visiting a winery where my boy made some grape juice (picking fruit and then processing and even drawing a label)
we sat for a tasting.
the rose was fine so we fetched a bottle.

also a petite syrah which will be opened soon.

80% sangiovese
20% merlot

🍇 were crushed. juice was seperated from pulp and left for a long cold temperature fermentation (or at least that's what's written on the label)

13% ABV

amber transperent red 👀

spicy grape juice 👃

medium - body.
medium + acidity.

grown ups juice really. fruity but not sweet with some spices (ginger) and lemon oil 👄

some short lived fruitness lingering 🎯

i wonder how it tasted after bottling.
they told me not to drink a few years old rose except exceptions.
this is non offensive and I wonder if it was better fresh.

ok vfm (80 nis).

paired well with corn pie, buckwheat with cream and yogurt mix and oven baked vegetables including red 🥔, carrots and beet.

non offensive it will probably be decent with whatever.
— 8 days ago

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Evening Land Vineyards

Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

A clear, medium garnet color with a slight purple rim. A really pleasant nose of slightly muted dried cherry, aromatic herbs, rose petals, and fresh tea. This is probably my favorite Pinot even though it’s the entry level offering from Evening Land but this is just so damn good. Everything that I need and want in a Pinot Noir. Sly and delicate, this never turns the volume up too loud. Light on its feet with a nice deftness, I almost, almost, want to say Burgundian. As clean and polished as this initially shows, there is a beautiful streak of slight funkiness that takes it to another level. Raspberry jam, moist earth, gravel, and cherries on the palate. I love this wine. I could drink it everyday. — 7 days ago

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@Willie Carter Willie Cheers 🍷
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@Trixie i should totally have one but not yet. But you’re making me think I should 👏🏿
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@P A Cheers to you too!

Heath Vineyards

Willow Creek District Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.2

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

This is my first time with this producer, so I don’t know their typical style. I found this to be very soft with a sweet baked fruit profile...hardly any acidity. Loads of blueberry fig, graham cracker, milk chocolate and candied red, blue and black fruit pie. Hedonistic in style. Thanks
@Steve Bolger .
— 7 days ago

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