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Mario's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a fantastic one from California.

Pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, dried figs, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, cola and peppercorn. Great nose.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, raisins, toasted cedar, leather, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, chocolates, medium roasted coffee, coke, sweet spices and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

The nose is gorgeous and I just kept on smelling on it for a long time.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years and beyond.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is just plain delicious. Tangy and interesting, rich yet elegant.

Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels (70% new).

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 3 days ago

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Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Shay A

One of the 2015s I opened to celebrate my 5yr wedding anniversary. In these early years, fruit forward/approachable wines from Napa are ideal while the other wines from the vintage rest and approach maturity.

I’m a big fan of this winery for their unique varietals (Tempranillo, cab franc, PV single varietals), as well as their cab reserve that is held back 10+yrs and especially their merlot. However, while this Chardonnay is expensive, it consistently delivers a certain profile that I crave ever so often. This reminds me of a more complex version of the Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay...deep gold in color, showing a touch of butterscotch, juicy pear, banana bread, and an array of baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg). Rich and powerful on the palate with marzipan, powdered sugar lemon bar, creme brûlée, and a finish that continues for a good 30+ seconds. As enjoyable as this is for what it is, I don’t mind spending the extra $15 and getting the unfiltered version for a touch more complexity.
— 8 days ago

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Domaine Rapet Père et Fils

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay 2015

Aromatics have a lot of lemon, some white fruit but also still a clear oaky feel to it. The wine is powerful, full bodied, good acidity, nice richness and the balance is good but there is a slight alcohol dominance on the finish. Nice bottle but not great. And not the most expensive Grand Cru but I will take many Premiers crus before that, shows there are no short cuts in Burgundy.

Nez assez aromatique de fruits blancs, du citron et encore pas mal boisé. C’est puissant en bouche, beaucoup de tout, fruit, acidité, richesse mais l’équilibre est précaire avec une finale un peu alcooleuse et chaude. Bien mais pas un niveau de GC.
— 8 days ago

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Ouf d'habitude c'est bon cette cuvée...à attendre peut-être ?
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@Hanibal pas mauvais, finale chaude qui gachait un peu l’ensemble, mais effectivement c’est souvent bon, j’ai préféré le 2014 pas mal, j’en ai deux autres que je vais attendre!


Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A

One of the 2015s I opened to celebrate my 5yr wedding anniversary. In these early years, fruit forward/approachable wines from Napa are ideal while the other wines from the vintage rest and approach maturity.

After having the 2017 with Will at Mending Wall earlier this year (totally open and accessible), I expected this to be similar, but true to 2015 cabs, this was crazy coiled and tightly compact. The mid palate here is really dense with an extremely gripping and tannic finish. As I find a signature of TRB’s winemaking style, when the site allows it, he has a way of pulling the entire fruit spectrum...this wine showed red (black cherries) blue (crisp blueberries) and black fruits (tart blackberries and currant). The fruit is amazingly fresh, as though it was freshly squeezed. Oak is noticeable but definitely not a detractor. Floral, baking spices like cinnamon and vanilla, sandalwood, and a homemade mixed berry pie straight out of the oven. There is a lasting herbal/graphite type note toward the finish. I followed this over two days and it stayed strong. I’d hold for another 2-3yrs and see if it unfurls further.
— 8 days ago

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Happy Anniversary.
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@Shay A : Happy Anniversary Shay!


Borgomastro Colli di Salerno Aglianico 2015

Lyle Fass

One of the most elegant Aglianicos out there. Gorgeous nose. Black fruits, tar, spice, almost like good oil, huge minerals, very deep aromas, penetrating but elegant and almost cooling. Palate is ripe, juicy, sauve and deep with super velvety tannins and such purity. Terrific freshness. Such energy and acids. Awesome inner mouth perfumes. Fruit is all black and very tarry and super long. Terrific structure ensures a very long life. — 2 days ago

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Gilbert Picq et Ses Fils

Dessus La Carrière Chablis Chardonnay 2015

From a Magnum for a small gathering, citrus and mandarine aromas, seashells with nice backbone with a slight roundness and richness, yet easy drinking and delicious, mouth watering salinity, very good.

Magnum pour une petite fête, bord de mer et agrumes, mandarines au nez. Belle acidité, attaque ronde, droit ensuite pour finir sur une salinité qui donne l’eau à la bouche, facile à boire et très bien.
— 3 days ago

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Booker Vineyard

Ripper 22 Red Blend 2015

Shay A

My first extended barrel age bottle from Booker to try. I tried this at pop, then about 4hrs later, and saved a glass for the next day. This was pretty open at pop but seemed to be best after it had been open a few hours (didn’t notice any sort of improvement/decline the next day). The aromatics here were floral (red and purple flowers/potpourri), baking spices (cinnamon) and fondue dipped cherries. It is deceptively dense while sporting a unique elegance about it. Kirsch liqueur, spicy rhubarb, and grilled plum are accompanied by sandalwood to round out the finish. I enjoy more use of whole clusters in these type of wines, but this is pretty delicious for the style. — 9 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Still have the bottles of Faethm in that case?
Shay A

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach : Some are resting in the wine fridge and some are in the offsite storage locker. I want to pop one soon, but I know it will be too early!
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach @Shay A in the words of Mel Gibson in Braveheart.... “Hold...HOLD...HOOOOLD!”

Château Bouscassé

Madiran Tannat Blend 2015

Typical fleshy wine of the appellation. Fruity notes of blackberries, cassis, black plum, chocolate, eucalyptus. Well-melted woody vanilla tertiary notes. Full-bodied and generous wine with a lingering finish on vigorous round tannins. To drink with chocolate desserts, spicy cuisine, duck southwest style. For fans of tannic wines, this is to be discovered as a matter of urgency, as it is much more accessible than Bordeaux wines. price / pleasure ratio ++

Vin charnu typique de l’appellation. Notes fruités de mûres , cassis, prune noire, chocolat, eucalyptus. Notes tertiaires boisées vanillées bien fondues. Vin ample et généreux avec une finale m persistante sur des tanins vigoureux de rondeur. À boire sur des desserts chocolatés, cuisine épicée, canard façon sud- ouest. Pour les adeptes des vins tanniques c’est à découvrir de toute urgence, car bien plus accessibles que les vins du Bordelais. rapport prix/plaisir ++
— 8 days ago

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Mario Vaillancourt

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Un classique toujours bon et increvable

Martin Müllen

Trarbacher Huhnerberg Spätlese Riesling 2015

Wow. One of the great vineyards of the world. A formerly ignored part of the mosel. Now famous because of high scores. Brilliant wines from auslese to off dry to dry. For my money the top producer in the mosel.

Nose is the best peaches in the world. Insane peach perfume as it opens.

Palate is perfect peaches and candies sugar made from peaches. Acidity crushes the palate. Huge acidity and freshness. Amazing. Texture is perfect. It lets you know who’s boss but doesn’t interfere.

As this opens it flays the palate with a whip made of magic peaches.

Still young. Will add complexity as it ages. Will last 40 years or more.

I’m having this with goat cheese and truffle honey.

Bought from fass selections
— 8 days ago

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Reserva Lisboa Red blend 2015

Hey Gentlemen wouldn't you just love it if your wives SUGGESTED That you consume a little wine each night to take the edge off!
Well this is what I am being told by my husband!!
He says I am bouncing off the walls with the daughter's wedding this Saturday!
Actually the whole event has been downsized and will be more intimate! ❤
This wine is a Costco bargain! A simple but really nice table wine; it was in the 2019 WE Best Buys! I have never had a wine from Portugal before! This wine is fruity and presents with low tannins, smooth as silk and huge smoke on the finish which I love! Not complex yet absolutely nothing offensive!
— 5 days ago

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Dawn E.

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@Severn Goodwin 🐈 better! Picked up ashes right before last minute errands for wedding! She was always my daughter's baby! Fitting that she was along for last minute preparations! 😇🤔
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Congrats on your upcoming and very special life-event. I’m sure it will be wonderful.
Dawn E.

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@Ron R thank you so much! 👌