Cabernet Franc Blend

Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot Blend 2015

This merlot/cab franc blend from Washington’s Red Mountain AVA is a killer! Needs no less than an hour decant. Extraordinary. Potent. Depth and tenacity. Gorgeous nose, seductive, lingering, really well-crafted. Cheers! — 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006

From a Ridge mini vertical at a friend’s house. 08, 07, 06. This 06 is by far the most evolved. Nose is sweet with ripe, almost prune-tinged fruit. I hesitate to say prune because it has a bad connotation but this is really good. And at its peak. Lots of sweet, old library notes. Still a lot of tannin, but the flavors are revolved so don’t wait for more tannin to drop. A real pleasure-giver. — 5 days ago

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Christian Moueix

Ulysses Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Ron R
9.5

Much improved from my recollection of the 14 vintage. Presents blueberries and coffee notes on the nose. Palate is brimming with texture. Tannins are bold, but in check. Beautiful presentation with jet black fruit leads me to think that this has 20 years + ahead of it. Big-time hold at this point.
Thank you
@Rick K for opening your cellar!
— 6 days ago

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Jody Scharf

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Yeah I'm 62 I don't care anymore about 20+ year wines. I want today wines, some tomorrow, but mostly Tonow!
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You ol dawg, @Jody Scharf

Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

Stellar. A touch of that pretty Chinon violet flower and manure funk. St. Emilion-like concentration but this isn’t inky or extracted in the least. Luxurious, satin-like texture and tannins, with a subtly sweet finish. Feels a bit higher alcohol and less acid than some of the more classic Chinon vintages, but on the basis of the massive concentration and nascent complexity this will develop very well. Young but already approachable. — 9 days ago

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Jason Gelman

Jason Gelman

i have 2 of these - open now or wait a few years to pop the first one?
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@Jason Gelman I’d wait a few years. Delicious now but still very primary (I opened to assess how much I want to cellar, which will be at least a half a case)
Jason Gelman

Jason Gelman

ok great thank you

Gaja

Ca' Marcanda Camarcanda Bolgheri Red Bordeaux Blend 2007

Whooha! Paired with Cote du boeuf from the bbq......
What a match! This wine has fruit, wood, chocolate, balsamico, almond paste.
Only enjoy steak and wine and silence......
— 7 days ago

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Andrew Will

Sorella Horse Heaven Hills Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

I’m excited about this acclaimed Washington State Bordeaux blend from Andrew Will, named after the founder’s (Chris Camarda’s) nephew, Andrew, and son, Will (now winemaker).

Sorella is a single vineyard wine coming from the Champoux Vineyard, just five miles from the Columbia River, in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Columbia Valley, Washington. This particular wine was named Sorella – meaning sister in Italian – a tribute to the winemaker’s late sister when it was first produced in 1994.

It is comprised of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.

This is a deep ruby wine.

On the nose it has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include baked blackberry, cassis, black cherry, also potpourri, licorice, green bell pepper, chervil, anise, black licorice, black pepper, clove, leather, earth, and sweet tobacco.

On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.

Andrew Will, Sorella, Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington. Vintage 2011. ABV 13%.
— 19 days ago

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Tenuta dell'Ornellaia

Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri Rosso Merlot Blend 2018

Blend: 33% Cab Sauv, 32% Merlot, 18% Cab Franc & 17% Petit Verdot, aged in oak for 15 months, dark Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits, floral and spicy earthy notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and plum, herb spice, cacao and cedar notes. Fine tight tannins, long finish, ending with fruit, spice, cedar and earthy notes. Very nice, needs time, decant if you most open, will age beautifully! — 4 days ago

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Château Lafon-Rochet

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 1961

Mike R
9.8

1961- I mean 1961 - the Somm delivered and @David L and I were blown away - cork was in excellent shape - tannins were strict but silky - - nose on par - pine peach licorice- the color was brand new - crazy - I mean all you ever want in every way - it could go another 20 years - I was taken back - extraordinary- a Bordeaux grand cru that is actually grand — 5 days ago

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Sharon B

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@Mike R not too far from me! Wanted to go for our anniversary last year but couldn’t get a reservation. I waited too late. Cheers! 🍷🥩
leon egozi

leon egozi

61 was a great year- especially because it’s my birth yr!😊
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@Sharon B do it when you can as Berns is back and then go to Haven - their sister property about 100 yards from Berns and @leon egozi - you lucky man - 61 was a great year for Bordeaux and of course your birth year 😉

Matthiasson

Napa Valley Red Blend 2007

2hr+ decant. Dark red color. Nose has cherries, pencil shavings, and burnt cedar. Wine has nice flavor, but lacks structure and depth. Medium finish. Love the French influence. — 5 days ago

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Dominus Estate

Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Impressionist notes from memory from last night. From a 375. Decanted one hour. Nose had graphite, dark cassis, cedar, intense gravelly notes. Tannic and obviously way too young, the palate was rich without heaviness, and at the tail end of the long finish there was note of the purest cassis that lingered. Come back in 10. — 5 days ago

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