Château Val D'arenc

Fento Wines

Pedraneira Albariño 2018

Wow. Wow. Wow. Albariño fans seek this out. Really has all you want in this varietal. Yum — 13 days ago

Sharon, Mike and 5 others liked this

Val di Suga (Angelini)

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Great Brunello! Out of magnum. Quite some body but backed up with enough acidity. Yummy! — 9 days ago

Peter, Bob and 24 others liked this

Clos du Val

Carneros Chardonnay 2019

Ming L
9.0

Lovely chard on a hot day. Nice balance of crisp acidity and soft texture. Seamless oak integration.

Pretty much the same notes as before.
— 15 days ago

Bob, Mike and 3 others liked this

Bodegas La Val

Albarino Orballo Rias Baixas 2019

So solid, and wonderful on a warm evening: sweet apple, salt, lovely minerality. Yum. — 15 days ago

Severn, Jason and 9 others liked this

Pierre Morlet

Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend 2009

Very pleasant and fruity Champagne. Crispy green apples and brioche. Quite enjoyable to drink! — 5 days ago

Brooke liked this

Clos du Val

Napa Valley Zinfandel 1981

A continuation of some 1981’s that I’ve been opening to celebrate my 40th and this might be one of the biggest revelations yet. Over the last 20 years of my education, I’ve had the honor of being humbled countless times by wines, both good and not so good. However, every now and again, a wine comes along that challenges basic conventions and broadens my perspective. This was such a wine. Popped and poured; served alongside an assortment of grilled fare. The cork was about as healthy I’ve seen from a wine at 40 years. It came out mostly intact save for a small piece that was easy to remove but it served as a reminder that I ought to spend the money on a Durand. The color is deep garnet with some ever so slight browning at the edge of the rim. There is some fine sediment towards the bottom of the bottle but it’s otherwise quite clear. The nose was immediately engaging and full of interest. Predominate notes of old leather, dark cherry, mushrooms, black pepper, tobacco, and sweet baking spices. On the palate, the wine was rich, redolent. A mix of dark, mostly desiccated fruit, pipe tobacco, and baking spices. The real star however was the structure. Everything was still in its right place. Tannins were noticeable though clearly softened with age and very well integrated at this point. The acid provided all the necessary lift and a perfect zip to the finish. A wine of supreme balance. The four of us who shared this bottle looked at each other in wonder and amazement. A truly special wine that has years of life ahead. I have little doubt that it will still be handsome at 50. — 23 days ago

Andrew, Daniel and 14 others liked this
Tom Casagrande

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I was saddened to learn that Clos du Val decided a few years ago to stop making Zin. I always liked their elegant style.
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Wow! And here I am wondering if we can still drink 1994 Zins- perhaps my favorite of all time. Congrats on the birthday @Jay Kline.

Pierre Morlet

Grande Réserve Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend

Ohhhh yes. Creamy and inviting, with a crisp edge. Would drink this all damn day. — 2 days ago

Tim Schroeder
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Patrice Grasset

Val de Loire Chenin Blanc 2020

Nakedwines.com more please. Not sweet and pleasant on the palette. — 5 days ago

Ericsson liked this

Atlantique

Val de Loire Cabernet Franc 2020

Really lovely rose, perfect for summer. Paula brought it over. — 16 days ago

Fattoria Petrolo

Torrione Val D'Arno di Sopra Red Blend

Delicious. Goes with everything Italian. Fruit. Bought a case at Liner & Elsen. $25 — 2 days ago