Aston Estate

Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

Ron R
9.4

Coffee notes and sandalwood are prominent. Huge extraction, but extremely well done. We were put onto this by @Bill Bender, and we are eternally grateful for the share. — 5 months ago

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@Maciej Kurka, thanks for the feedback. You’re correct about the dog design.
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🤜🏼🤛🏾 eternally grateful for your friendship @Ron R

Mending Wall

Tournahu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Another night, another amazing wine from Thomas Rivers Brown. We ran into him at the vineyard, but luckily all he wanted to talk about was cars! Even though he is an Aston Martin fan, he just picked up this new Mercedes AMG GLE 63S, and was enjoying it thoroughly. So since we did not talk about this wonderful wine, I am plagiarizing their website for tasting notes...which are spot on. “Located just off Hwy 29, north of the town of St. Helena, lies the Tournahu Vineyard. Rocky with exceptional drainage, wines from this vineyard tend toward a mix of powerful fruit and bright acidity. Velvet-like in texture, the wine covers the entire palate in a silky mix of red & black fruit. With additional time in the glass, a creosote-like minerality appears in the mid palate as a harbinger of things to come. A thrilling wine to drink now, those with patience will be rewarded as additional layers of complexity emerge 4-5 years post vintage. A wine & vineyard worthy of our first single vineyard designate.” — 3 years ago

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@Mark Flesher : This is the winery we were emailing about earlier that you hadn’t heard of. Another TRB wine.
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Awesome. Yep havent heard of them. Nice score!

Domaine Parent

Les Épenots Pommard 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

JKT
9.3

GL Burg Parent tasting 2/8/17. Very masculine and firm and strong in structure and powerful. Long finish and strong notes of stones earth and dark red fruit. All 3 1er Pommard made exactly the same way. Interesting. Argillieres lightest and elegant. Like a race car. Chaponnieres like an Aston Martin. This like a Porche. — 4 years ago

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Maybach Family Vineyards

Irmgard Pinot Noir 2017

Very elegant Pinot that leans more Burgundian than Californian but still has good purity and density. I’ve had Aston and Boar’s View pinots from TRB but I like this one the best! — a year ago

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Morlet Family Vineyards

Joli Coeur Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.3

Wednesday Wine Committee and what a fantastic line-up by John! Typical format of 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

My guess here was west coast Pinot and it’s hard to guess anything other than that here. Thought possibly Boar’s View or Aston. Very dark berry focused with swirls of cedar. Black cherry cola too. Lovely.
— 3 years ago

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Château Vignot

St. Émilion Grand Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Shay A
9.2

Celebrating my buddy Luke's birthday at Town Hearth in Dallas. Talk about over the top style/decorations! More chandeliers than I could count and yes, that's a yellow submarine in the picture. Not pictured is the old Aston Martin by the kitchen and two Ducati bikes above the bar (which is on the menu as a "Primo Side" and can be ordered for a cool $75K 💸😱).

My buddy is slowly getting in to wine and has been loving Bordeaux's. They had a few on the list, but most were 2012/2013. Way too young. This being an '05 made our pick an easy decision. Don't know much about this winery, but it was a solid drinker. Needed about 30mins of air as it was pretty tight at first. Surprisingly very full of blue and dark fruits. Charcoal, blackberries, plums. Blueberries were faint, but welcomed. Quite smooth from start to finish on the palate. Didn't seem super complex, but I'd probably buy again if it was priced in the $50-70 range.
— 3 years ago

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Intrigued by the restaurant! Will definitely have to check it out when u Dallas 🍖

Aston Estate

Clone 777 Pinot Noir

Awesome, well balanced, well aged Pinot with great finesse. Light in color, strawberry, earth, black tea notes and decent acid. Need to replenish this stock. — 4 years ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

David T
9.6

Theorem Voir Dire is a relatively newer wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown or as some of us refer to as TRB. TRB makes or has made a number of wines which include; Chiarello, Outpost, Schrader, Aston Estate, Boars’ View, Maybach, Rivers-Marie, Seaver Vineyards, Hestan, Casa Piena, Saunter, Wallis, Black Sears, Harris Estate, Kinsella, Jones Family, Travail, Stone the Crows, Pulido-Walker, Post Parade, Riverain, Shibumi Knoll, Hobel, Revana, Ampère, 4 Winds, the Grade, Round Pond, Senses, Mending Wall, Sodhani, Vermeil, Gemstone, and QTR. TRB has made at least 25 💯 point wines in his career.

If you love a big, bold, brooding, luxurious, gorgeous, sexy Cabernet, as Val Kilmer said, in “Tombstone” “I’m your huckleberry”, (2013 Voir Dire).

Its color is dark and well extracted. The nose reveals, rich, ruby lush, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes, very dark fresh & withering dark florals, violets and lavender.

The body is big, bold lush, ruby, and deeply concentrated with big dark, tarry, sticky, well rounded, meaty tannins. The ripe, lush, rich fruits are beautiful and well extracted. The structure is big as is the tension. It has long length and beautiful balance. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, caramel, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry finely crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes with very dark fresh & withering florals, violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long, elegant, beautiful, richly concentrated finish is superb and it persists for minutes.

It is through
@Isaac Pirolo who has recently become their VP of Sales & Marketing, I became familiar with their wines and thank him for arranging our visit.

Photos of; Theorem’s Estate vines, Winemaker-Thomas Rivers Brown, Owners-Kisha and Jason Itkin and the Victorian house they renovated on the property.
— 2 years ago

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@David T Excellent notes! Thank you for visiting Theorem — it’s too bad we missed each other. I hope we can get together in Napa Valley soon.

Alexana

Block 8 - Clone 777 Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

A completely different take on a clone 777 than the Aston. Restraint, less red fruit opulence but the balance of a ballerina. — 3 years ago

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Aston was great, too!
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@Bill Bender @Ron R Awesome palate cleanser between the big, bold reds! I love this vintage for its Elegance and balance vs big, bold & over the top. Different strokes for different folks as they say!

Sodhani

St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.5

Dark tary cassis, blueberries, stewed plums, black raspberries, dry floral bouquet, herbs, milk & dark chocolate, coffee grounds and underbrush on the nose. The fruits melt in your mouth upon entry. The fruits are full and round. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, dry plum and ripe slightly juicy raspberries. There is a strong sense of dark barrel toast as I taste a fair amount of sawdust & baking spices. This couldn't have been in bottle very long. Mocha power & milk chocolate follow. Then, herbs dominated by sage, dry coffee grounds, dry dusty brown soil with crushed volcanic rocks, graphite, leather, dry florals. Tannins are still chewy. It's such a baby. This wine has all makings of a cult Cabernet. It's has great structure, length balance and nice acidly. However, It shouldn't be opened for 10+ years. Its so young, It's hard to score this wine higher than 95 but certainly has the all makings of a 95+. Sodhani's winemaker is Thomas River Brown has made 8x 100 point wines in his career. He's made wine for; Outpost, Turley, Schrader, Maybach, Aston Estate, Vieux-Os & Double Diamond. It's certainly worth keeping an on this very young estate. 2013 was their first vintage. Notes from a Coravin tasting.
— 4 years ago

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