2016

Rivers-Marie

Summa Old Vines Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.4

Consistently my favorite RM Pinot, this was the last of my 2016s…no restraint! No surprise, it showed the most layers but also the most in reserve for evolving down the road. For those who still have, I’d hold another 2-3yrs, or decant 2+hrs.

This was opened later in the evening alongside other wines, but at least was given a decant for about an hour before it was mostly consumed. Out of the 2016 single vineyard Pinots I’ve consumed, the easy answer is it’s mostly similar to the Summa, but just because that’s the easy answer doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one. The similarities with the black tea, pomegranate, mint, and muddled underripe raspberries are obvious but where it diverges from the Summa is with the blood orange…the citrus layers here are absolutely fantastic. A great combo of fruit and savory notes (doesn’t seem to have much whole cluster), with nervy acidity and a lengthy finish. This is just beginning to unfurl.
— 4 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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Great note and thanks for the heads up about holding for 2-3 years. Cheers!
Bryan Kesting

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Great note and thanks for the heads up about holding for 2-3 years. Cheers!

Elk Cove Vineyards

Mount Richmond Yamhill - Carlton Pinot Noir 2016

👀 Gorgeous translucent dark ruby in the
middle transcending to pink then a clear
rim.
👃 Roses, tea,,dark cherry, plum, raspberry
anise, potting soil, and baking spices.
👅 Smooth, fleshy, earth, tea, cherry,
plums, violets, raspberry and spice.
🕰 Allow time to air. Realistically it needs
more years to develop.
— 3 days ago

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Sharon B

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Sounds delicious even though I don’t drink that much Pinot Noir
Trixie

Trixie

Nice review! Cheers!🍷🌻

Clos Figueres

Font de la Figuera Priorat Red Blend 2016

While the 2012 was listed on the wine menu, and we were bummed it wasn’t available (it’s absolutely singing rn), we really loved the 2016. Same profile—big bold red w good acidity and an earthy taste. Big tannins too. This is delicious but a little too young. Will be great in another 3-5 years or more. — 3 days ago

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Renato Motalli

Valgella Valtellina Superiore Nebbiolo 2016

Lyle Fass
9.3

Beautiful light color but such clarity. Nose is mega spice and old chestnut. Very complex and ethereal. Faint leather scents. Real fineness to the aromas and breadth. But air will help them more. Palate is wonderful with mid season and sour cherries but also needs to open up and flesh out. Really fine and delicate tannins that build with that earthy sweet fruit on the finish. This also has remarkable finesse. Nose gets sawdust and cigar tobacco now. Really wonderful silky texture and intense minerality on the finish. There is no shortage of brightness and energy here. I’ll be back as I know this will blossom. — 3 days ago

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Château Cap Saint-Martin

Le Cabernet d'en Face Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Vintage 2016 | This wine developed itself fine with a few years cellar. Expressive cassis, decanted three hours, afterwards very good drinking with a good structure. Pierre Ardoin - a oenologist at the Bordeaux university - makes this wine with a wink to its more reputed colleague vintners on the other side of the Gironde river. | paired with bbq, incredible good p/q. — 2 days ago

Daniel, Romain and 8 others liked this

Brunier & Lynch

Les Pallieres Racines Grenache Blend 2016

Stewed fruit and red candy. Nice spicy notes. A dusty violet smell. Cherries. Also some cocoa, black licorice and woody tannins on the finish. Elegant overall, this shows an expressive, not overly modern approach. While I find myself wishing it was a touch less ripe and sweet, that is the style I suppose. — 3 days ago

Tom, Peter and 14 others liked this

Aubert

CIX Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

1/2 hour decant. A majestic medium hazy gold color. On the nose: lemon, butterscotch, white peach, oyster shells. Taste: creamy, smooth, rich wine with layered flavors of lemon, apricot, slight pineapple, white pepper, and a metallic minerally lime dry finish. YUM! — 3 days ago

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Tenuta Caparzo

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2016

The name of the estate comes from "Ca' Pazzo", shown on ancient maps. Caparzo is owned by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, she also owns Altesino. Deep Ruby with berry fruit aromas with cedar, herbs and smoke, aged for 2 years on oak. On the palate cherry, plum & cranberry flavors, with leather, cacao, spice, herbs and tobacco notes. Lively acidity, fine approachable tannins, long ending with spicy mineral oak finish. — 3 days ago

Billy, Anthony and 11 others liked this

M. Chapoutier

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2016

Can’t say I’d reach for a sweet fortified muscat by choice, but this wasn’t too bad. Expectedly rich with notes of ripe exotic fruits and candied citrus peels. While there was not much going on beyond that, it did go exceedingly well with some blue cheese. Having said that, I would have preferred to have matched the cheese with the sweet energy of a Spatlese or grandoise of a Sauternes. — 7 days ago

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Kikones

Syrah 2016

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish/ purplish rim.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity. Dry and rich on the palate.

Showing black currants, black plums, ripen cherries, wood, spices, peppercorn, barnyard, vegetables, herbs, espresso and violets.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is my first Syrah from Greece. An interesting wine. Fruit forward with an old world feel. Definitely feels like a fruit forward Syrah.

This 6 year old is drinking very elegantly now, with nice complexity and balance. Spicy and engaging.

Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years. I gave it 2 hours to open up.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with lamb dishes.

100% Syrah grapes were hand harvested and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Unfined and unfiltered.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.
— 13 days ago

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