Azur

Covert Estate

Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.4

Julien Fayard, winemaker for Covert Estate, Azur, Taplin Cellars, Matthew Wallace and more, stopped by Fort Worth tonight to showcase a few different wines. A pleasure to meet and share wines with!

This was fun to taste alongside the Matthew Wallace. Two very different AVAs (this being Coombsville, MW being Stag’s Leap). Both had similarities in dark fruit being the most dominant, but this had much more “cool” fruit notes as well as stone and graphite. This wine showed an immense amount of freshly squeezed blackberries on the mid-palate with cedar and mint. At 5-years old, it still shows as a baby with the tannic finish. Long decant necessary.

I was able to visit this property back in ‘16 and the caves and tasting room and drop dead gorgeous...some of the most beautiful I’ve come across. Entire line-up is very solid.
— 3 years ago

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@Eric Shanks : The Covert line-up is strong from top to bottom, especially if you enjoy Coombsville cabs (which I think you do), but they are also not cheap. This one is $150. Their Sage Hill (Pritchard Hill) Cab is insanely good, but I think it creeps around $200...ouch. If you enjoy Julien’s wines (he also makes Purlieu and Le Pich, but I’ve had neither), then you will really enjoy these.
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He’s making Scalon Cellars nowadays too which is at $85 for their CS
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@Greg Ballington : I remember you posting about Scalon. Definitely a wine I’d like to try, including his Purlieu wines!

Azur

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

2012 Cabernet. Julien Fayard strikes again. Soft, round, elegant-sipping each taste slowly to conjure up the flavors in the back palate. — 4 years ago

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Azur

Solace Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Very enjoyable — 7 months ago

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Matthew Wallace Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A
9.4

Julien Fayard, winemaker for Covert Estate, Azur, Taplin Cellars, Matthew Wallace and more, stopped by Fort Worth tonight to showcase a few different wines. A pleasure to meet and share wines with!

The nose on this alone had me sold. Quintessential Stag’s Leap with the deep espresso, dark chocolate, dusty aromas. Definitely some sweetness on the nose...graham cracker, smoked blueberries, and Mexican vanilla. The palate, from start to finish, is just a powerhouse of blue and black fruits mixed with baking spices, cocoa dusted dates and plum. I’d have no problem pop and pouring this.
— 3 years ago

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Met matt Hardin, proprietor,
at a wine tasting and he showed me his small label and we bought the case for Brasswood. He’s first job is viticulture
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@Joshua Fisher : This bottle is a gold mine in terms of by the bottle or by the glass. Works well either way.

Azur

California Dry Rosé Blend 2017

A beautiful pale salmon colored Rose. A Grenache/Syrah blend. Aged with some used oak that provide a softness to the expression and finish. A head turner. — 2 years ago

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Taplin Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.3

Julien Fayard, winemaker for Covert Estate, Azur, Taplin Cellars, Matthew Wallace and more, stopped by Fort Worth tonight to showcase a few different wines. A pleasure to meet and share wines with!

This was almost a clone of the Terra 9, but every facet was just turned up a notch. The mid-palate showed more complexity of fruits and spice. Huge mix of fresh raspberries, blackberries, cassis and nutmeg. Needs a 2+hr decant.
— 3 years ago

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Taplin Cellars

Estate Bottled Terra 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A
9.3

Julien Fayard, winemaker for Covert Estate, Azur, Taplin Cellars, Matthew Wallace and more, stopped by Fort Worth tonight to showcase a few different wines. A pleasure to meet and share wines with!

I enjoyed tasting this and the Taplin Reserve side by side. Both wines are more red and black fruit driven. The Terra 9 wins the QPR award. Lots of cherries, black cherry, dark chocolate, blackberries and mocha. This could be pop and pour, but is best with 30mins-1hr of air.
— 3 years ago

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Azur

Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc

Delicious November 2016 — 5 years ago