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Bonny Doon Vineyard

Vin Gris De Cigare Rosé Grenache Blend 2019

Pre-Covid vintage; what have these grapes of wrath provided unto us mere mortals? Pink and gold, excellent clarity. Strawberries in nose and mouth, hints of peach, apple, pear and lemon flavor, mineral finish. Acidity is fine; this ain’t watery to my palate, just “lightly flavored”. If you want a fruit-forward red fruit dominant Rosé, this is not your wine. Its charm is it’s different. Good for sipping, but not a great food wine, I’d think — 7 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

We were fortunate to visit Ceja Vineyards in April where we were introduced to the Ceja family’s gorgeous wines. 🙏

We wanted to open a bottle to celebrate and recognize National Hispanic Heritage month. Following are the notes we took at the time, which remain true today:

Ceja is a Mexican-American family owned winery producing wines from both Napa and Sonoma valleys. “In one generation the Ceja family has gone from immigrant vineyard workers to grape growers and winery owners.” 💪 🇲🇽 🇺🇸

We loved learning about the inspiring background of this winery and family’s devotion to excellence. 💕💕

The wines are designed to be paired with food (especially, though not exclusively, traditional Mexican cuisine), but are delicious on their own, too.

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is full, velvety, and rich with a lot of ripe blackberry, cassis, and black cherry 🍒 characteristics. Aged for 36 months in French oak, it has dark chocolate, nutmeg, and clove notes. Also leather and anise.

Delicioso! 👏👏👏 Salud 🤩
— 8 hours ago

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Charles Wagner Family

Conundrum 10th Anniversary Red Blend 2019

Medium ruby color. Aromas of plums and cooked boysenberry on toast. Black fruit, more fruity than I anticipated- nice dry finish. — 4 days ago

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One of my go to wines! I like the sparkly label!

Baron Herzog

California Chenin Blanc 2020

This golden, kosher wine has a beautiful nose of flowers, apricots and citrus, with some pineapple thrown in for good measure. There is a hint of sweet oak spice in there as well. The palate brings the lemon and lime out front, with a stone fruit aspect as well. The finish is medium long and maybe a bit too oaky for some, but I think it hits the right spot. — 15 days ago

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Martha Stoumen

Post Flirtation Red 2020

We’ve been eager to try this bottle from Martha Stoumen Wines after hearing so many wonderful reviews. 📝

We decided to pop and pair it with pesto pasta and grilled chicken, as we thought the vibrant, fruit-driven notes would complement the savory herbs and garlic flavors of the pesto. We also thought the flavor intensities would match up pretty well. It’s delicious! 🙌

This California wine has 54% Carignan and 46% Zinfandel, which were dry-farmed in Mendocino County and Oakley, respectively. 🍇 Martha Stoumen Wines pursues a low-intervention approach to farming the land and the resulting wines are known to be terroir-driven.

We gave this wine a slight chill before serving, which enhanced the freshness, and then enjoyed the evolution as the wine opened up. It is unfiltered and has a delicately hazy, pale purple appearance. 👁 This wine offers primary notes of black cherry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, violet, lavender, anise, also secondary notes of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. 👃 👄

We love the label art – it’s super joyful and beautiful! It was fun to learn that Martha Stoumen’s husband, Jon Patch, created this illustration and named it ‘post flirtation’ just after they had started dating. 💕💕

— 15 days ago

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Carter Cellars

Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Tasty and spicy. Delicious and extracted. A very typical Cabernet for the region, but oh so yummy.

Dry and full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, graphite, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Very fruity on the palate and elegant. Well balanced with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime (3 hours).

I've heard many people trash the 2017 vintage in California. So far I've not seen that to be true, and this is a great example of that.

This 4 year old is still very young, and would age nicely in the next 10 to 20 years.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with grilled Lamb chops.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$190 (current vintage).
— a day ago

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@"Odedi" Great review!

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Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Nose has wet cedar, dried black cherry, blackberry compote, black currant must, dry earth and (light) cigar box.

Palate has spiced cherry, spicy oak/cedar, blackberry jam, chocolate powder and notable but fine tannins.

My prior notes stated a wait until 2021+ before our next bottle...TBH I never looked at my notes before selecting this bottle tonight, so 🤷🏻‍♂️. Now that we're at 2021, there's noted improvement and I calmly suggest future bottle (there's only one left) should be between 2026-2031, as this is holding just fine.

In following to my prior comment on this bottle; We have a love/hate relationship with Wine Spectator whom tasted this at 80 pts in 2005. I fully disagree (FU), but do agree there have been 'better' vintages on this vineyard site. (We also have the better vintages 😁 in waiting.)

Decanted 4H, notes at ~5H.

Paired to 'vintage' ribeye's and local grilled corn. Our favorite beef 'dealer' aka farmer, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie, NY) has an interesting program of holding some of their cattle for more than a year, our cuts tonight are from a 5 YO steer. A brief 6m grill and wonderfully medium-rare cuts at ~135°F after resting. Great depth of flavor, less of the grass fed notes we get with the regular (youthful) cuts, just delicious.
— 7 days ago

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Herman Story

After Hours Rosé of Grenache 2020

Medium pink; medium plus intensity aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, rich potpourri (like a rich perfume), forest floor, sandalwood, coconut husk, vanilla; dry, medium acid, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; hot, quite rich, creamy and ripe, decadent — 3 days ago

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NOTSO Wine Co.

Phigment California Red Blend 2018

Color of bubbly purple, quite dark. Nose of dark fruits (cherry, currants, blackberry), aldehyde, tobacco leaves, powerful alcohol, not too shabby. Taste of ample acidity, plentiful tannins, oak, spicy sweetness, ripe grapes, and indeed some warm bourbon like note. Aftertaste of more warmth, note tobacco note, some more zesty and sweet note. I am quite happy with it. I am quite happy with this 2nd bottle even though the notes are slightly different. — 11 days ago

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Looks like a phigment of my imagination

Frank Fredericks Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dark ruby/Inky in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, Mediterranean spices, light cedar, chocolates, vanilla, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, wild flowers, black pepper and coffee.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, blackberries, light cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vanilla, spices, earth, peppercorn and leather.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

Rich, but not too much in your face. Nicely balanced with lots of elegance. Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This is a great example of a young wine with a wonderful nose, without too many secondary notes. Very impressive.

Needed an hour to open up, but much better after 2 hours in the decanter.

I had the 2014 vintage not too long ago, and I liked this even better.

This 6 year old is already delicious, and will continue to age nicely in the next 15 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and will pair nicely with a big piece of steak as well. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Aged for 28 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$275 (current vintage).
— 8 days ago

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