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Domaine Gassier

Grenache de Bek 2018

Nästan ren Grenache (3% mouvedre) från Costières de Nîmes. Den 23:e årgången från denna vingård och den bästa enligt vinmakaren. Riktigt spänstig. Smakrik med druvtypiska drag som viol, garrigue, pastil, lakrits, bärkompott. Silkig med torrt sandkornigt avslut. Lite varmare i stilen än CdP eller Gidondas-motsvarigheter. Den sydrhônska hettan snuddar på bristningsgränsen kanske, men bara nästan. Supergod. — 2 months ago

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Ashes & Diamonds Winery

No 1 Rancho Pequeno Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A
9.3

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Ashes & Diamonds...blast from the past! Retro style. Son of Darioush is the owner here. Open until 7PM...definitely aiming towards us Millennials. This was their most left bank Bordeaux-style wine. Loads of red & black underripe fruit with mushroom, truffle oil, plum, and cigar smoke. Smooth yet structured. All of their wines are definitely a throw back to a different era.
— 2 years ago

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Sinegal Estate

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Shay A
9.6

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

This is like the base Napa Cab plus the Howell Cab mixed together. Loads of structure but a rich and flavor packed palate. Dense and velvet like. Blackberry pie, black licorice, Mexican vanilla, and espresso with nutmeg. Beautiful.
— 2 years ago

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Ron R

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This is our house cab. We love it...
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actually, not the reserve. My bad.

Pahlmeyer

Napa Valley Merlot 1996

A lesson in one’s wine evolution. Pahlmeyer was one of the first mailing lists I joined . This was the first case purchase of my life. Told to wait 2-3 years before drinking, I did exactly
that. I opened a few bottles over the years and really disliked it. Probably around 2005 a friend asked if I had some wine to donate to charity. Of course I said here is 5 bottles of Pahlmeyer merlot.
That left 3 bottles that I stashed in storage . Fast forward to 2010 and I opened a bottle for a friend who owned a wine store . The two of us looked at each other like deer in the headlights, we were dumbfounded by how good this was. I drank my remaining bottles and have not had this wine since 2016. Thanks to a generous friend who recently said go to the cellar and you pick out wine for dinner. For my palate along with ‘91 Dominus, ‘91 Seavey ‘91 Togni and ‘95 Insignia the best California wines from the ‘90’s. By the way the lack of tasting experience also had me pooh poo ‘91 Dominus.
On the nose a little bit of funk that quickly blew off. Red fruit and plums on the nose give way to a palate of complex and long lasting fruit surrounded by earth and tannins. The wine’s structure leads me to believe that well stored bottles can bring pleasure over the years to come. I would love to taste this out of magnum.
— 6 months ago

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Great story. Thanks for sharing
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@Stuart Scheff thanks for reading
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@Russ W I would be remiss If I did not include Ridge & Montelena on my list

Ashes & Diamonds Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A
9.2

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Loire Valley meets Napa. Very stewed red fruits with savory and herbal components like tomato, old black cherry, cherry pipe tobacco, and a small hint of pepper down the middle. We ended up buying one to take to dinner and more fruit shows after it gets some air.
— 2 years ago

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Sinegal Estate

St. Helena Cabernet Franc 2016

Shay A
9.5

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Beast of a CabFranc! Nothing green or herbal here. Super aromatic. Violets, potpourri and tar. Really lovely on the palate. A streak of mixed berry pie down the middle wrapped in dates & plums. Expensive, but delicious.
— 2 years ago

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Descendientes de José Palacios

Las Lamas Corullon Bierzo Mencía 2016

Visst är den ganska dyr, men klart den bästa Mencian jag druckit. Mörka bär, rosblad, clementiner, anis och söt kryddighet. Otroligt följdsam men med stabilt eftertryck och längd. Som en riktigt lyxig Côte de Nuits fast för (i jämförelse) ynka 899kr. Fynd. — a year ago

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Penner-Ash

Bella Vida Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Cathy Corison
9.1

Tasting group 3/24/19. Cherry. Bright. Hints of peppermint. Intense, bright fruit. Tannic. Fast finish. My 2nd, group 2nd. — 2 years ago

Ashes & Diamonds Winery

No. 2 A & D Vineyard Red Blend 2015

Shay A
9.2

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Solid. Merlot and CF blend. It’s very floral with loads of potpourri, tobacco, tar and red fruit. High acidity and light on the palate. Fun.
— 2 years ago

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Sinegal Estate

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.5

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Special wine. They are pulling fruit from below Arkenstone off Howell. Has everything Howell like in spades. It is dusty with chocolate, full of flavor from red, blue & black fruits, but has a special “mint” like Andes candy mint finish.
— 2 years ago

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I was not aware that they had a Howell Mtn cab, too. What's the retail, Shay?
Shay A

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@Ron R : It was wonderful. $175/bottle. Not cheap, but undoubtedly well made!