Educated Guess

Roots Run Deep Winery

Educated Guess Napa Valley Merlot 2019

Dry merlot. Notes of student side conversations and redirection. Totally recommend. — 8 days ago

Todd Fariss
with Todd

Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

I rarely drink white wine, but this was a special occasion w/ both daughters in town. Grgich is a quality, consistent pour - most of all, I’ve had it thru the yrs & shared those memories w/ my girls. I guess I should rate the wine (9.2) but the nite was a 10. Keep in mind that all these wine ratings are more dependent on who we happen to be consuming with & the occasion. — 21 days ago


Hermitage Syrah 1999

Murky dark tawny. Opaque. Exotic nose. Notes of black fruit, menthol, smoked meat, some bacon and some spice. Rich and luscious in the mouth. Tasted blind one might guess La La. Great juice that is still early in its journey. — 2 years ago

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Kallstadter Saumagen R Spätlese Trocken Riesling 2009

@Dominik SonaYou're the best! Walks off into the cellar, comes out carrying a massive bottle in a sleeve that could barely cover the label. I just love how ridiculous magnum riesling bottles look! I mean, we could see that it's a Koehler-Ruprecht for sure and the table shot straight to a warm vintage on the first sip (warm finish). Didn't take long for Franzi to identify the vintage and the rest of the pieces fell together subsequently (the body = spatlese, forget identifying the "R"). Guess making wines at the winery itself helps 😂

What to say about this wine? It's pretty intense, but the acidity and minerals kept it in check. Finely strung with pitch-perfect tension. This is the kind of wine that needs very little to push it over the edge into the hedonistic territory. Begs for time (like other 09's), as it's true elegance only revealed itself with air (bring on the crushed rocks and chamomile!). The nose is deep, with exotic fruit aromas, flint, toasted almond, florals, and that classic KR funk. Immense palate with lots of lychee and grapefruit, plus superb minerality with air. Creamy and long finish. Yes, the wine finishes a little warm and could be touch more focus, but it's a real class act for 09'! Power without weight, if you ask me.
— 3 years ago

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John Howard

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You know the producer is good when people you are doing harvest with from Germany race over in the wine shop to buy their wines.
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@John Howard Haha. It was more like I came by their winery to disturb their harvest. Incidentally, the KR guys do run a wine shop/import company, bringing in some Cali wines to Germany.
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Very cool!


Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Léognan 2016

I guess it doesn’t matter what champagne I am drinking, a good red always wins. This was an elegant, well balanced left bank Bordeaux with very fine grained, polished tannins fully integrated with the dark earthy fruit. My kinda wine. — 25 days ago

RoAnne de WeerdTammy de Weerd
with RoAnne and Tammy
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Jakob Tennstedt


-Rugged Riesling-

Served with the Vinloq System
👀Dark yellow golden honey. Unfiltered
👃Sour citrus, wax, savory herbs with tea & mint
👅Honeyed, candied stone fruit. Ripe apples. Very herbal with pronounced acidity. Salty. The finish is dry, long, & delicious
So interesting. So expressive. Superb clarity. Singular flavor profile likely due to botrytis and long elevage. Just…wow

The remaining wine was Slow Decanted with Vinloq & refrigeration

Sampled this on 2 more occasions

DAY 15
👃Bold, distinctive & precise
👅Probably would not guess riesling in a blind tasting. Tea, cognac & sherry all make appearances. Bruised/ripe apple is only perceived sweetness
Virtually unchanged in 15 days. Feels very sturdy. Probably would be an interesting wine to cellar.

Jakob Tennstedt is a new winemaker in the Mosel. He biodynamically farms 50-100 year old vines he restored on steep blue slate terraces. This wine was so laborius to make that he will not do it again. I am glad I was able to try it this time and it gives me motivation to try his other wines🥂

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— 2 months ago

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Château Lestage-Simon

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Dark, blackish robe, nose of asphalt, black cherries, anise and flowers. Medium bodied and rich but not overdone. Lots of Merlot here but good share of Cabernet too, like 60/40 I guess. Very classical in style and most pleasant, we liked it a great deal. — 22 days ago

Adriana Pagliano
with Adriana
Severn, Anthony and 1 other liked this

Saladini Pilastri

Offida Pecorino

You might guess this was a light malo Chardonnay - bright and fruity, but just enough silkiness to pay attention to. Excellent QPR. — 21 days ago

Joseph Drouhin

Côte de Nuits-Villages Pinot Noir 2019

Light in a true French style. Opens up best with decanting. Clear claret color. We’re not great at discerning individual note but our best guess is dark cherries. — 7 months ago

Joe Duda
with Joe
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