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Fantesca

King Richard's Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Shay A
9.3

This was my contribution for a New World v Old World Pinot tasting, with all 14 wines tasted blind.

I enjoyed my visit here earlier in the year, and thought the 2016 was great with a lot of life ahead. This 2013 is entering its prime drink window, in my opinion.

The only Fantesca wine not made by winemaker Heidi Barrett, but by assistant winemaker Tony Arcudi. A good balance of classical Cali Pinot with some old world flair. Fruit here is slightly underripe and a mix of red and black berries. A definite herbal influence with underbrush. Lots of layers here...rhubarb tart and candied black cherries up front before evolving to show herbs de Provence, cedar, crunchy cranberry and tobacco leaves. I called this my wine.
— 25 days ago

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Arcudi

Black Sears Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.3

We met Tony Arcudi at Fantesca another wine that he and Heidi Barrett make/consult. Actually, Heidi was there and it was the first time I’ve bumped into her.

The nose reveals; beautiful perfume blue & purple fruits, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, plum, creamy black raspberries, black licorice, soft soils & clay, limestone, violets, blue florals, black pepper, saddle-wood, leather, graphite, light dark spice, and fresh lavender & withering dark perfume florals.

The full body is rich, lush & gorgeous. The structure, tension, length and balance & are in harmony. The wine is seamless. Beautiful perfume blue & purple fruits, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, plum, creamy black raspberries, black licorice, soft soils & clay, limestone, dry crushed rocks, violets, blue florals, black light pepper, saddle-wood, leather, graphite, light dark spice, and fresh lavender & withering dark perfume florals. The round acidity is like a waterfall. The ripe, rich, well balanced finish is beautiful and lasts a couple minutes. Tony was a rising star and now has certainly arrived.

Photos of, the view from Fantesca, Tony Arcudi, side views of Fantesca and the entrance to their cellar.
— 2 years ago

Sofia, Meg and 18 others liked this
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Fantesca

Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

One of my last ‘07s bought on release. Still a favorite all time Napa vintage. Great concentration and depth. — 2 months ago

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Excellent wine, Richard.

Champagne Lallier

Grand Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.1

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

Our visit ended with our wonderful hostess giving us a bottle of champagne to take to dinner. A very enjoyable and easy drinking rosé that has a little bit of all your looking for...strawberries, gummy red fruits, chalk, limestone, toasted scone with black cherry spread a touch of sweetness toward the finish. A perfect pairing with Bistro Jeanty’s puff pastry topped tomato soup! One of our favorite restaurants in the valley!
— 7 months ago

Jason, Tom and 28 others liked this
Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

Your notes are great. We love Bistro Jeanty also.
Shay A

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@Peggy Hadley : Thank you! And yes, Bistro Jeanty is such a special place for us...the food is consistently superb! Love their steak and frites!

Ferrari-Carano

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

How can yo go wrong with this wine? Answer - you can't. Amazing day st Hall, Barnett, Sherwin Family and Fantesca today!!
private tastings at Ladera, Merus and Quixote tomorrow....
— 4 years ago

Kelly RettkeRick ZMike Rettke
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Rick Z

Rick Z

You CANNOT go wrong with that wine!! Sounds like a greatvtrip! Enjoy it all!
9.2

Fantesca

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Really enjoyed this Chard — 2 months ago

Paul, Rob and 8 others liked this

Fantesca

All Great Things Freedom Red Blend 2016

Full, dry, balanced. Big, bold, but not overpowering in anyway. Dark fruit forward, red berries on the finish. Lovely wine from Heidi Barrett. — 6 months ago

Michael SeelyJoe Roth
with Michael and Joe
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Fantesca

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

What a spectacular winery & wines. Just finished a full tasting & tour here. Heidi Barrett crushing the wine here at Fantesca — 4 years ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I see this wine on winebid all the time, I was wondering how it was

Fantesca

Los Carneros Chardonnay 2006

Ron R
9.2

The last bottle was on the decline. This one came to play ball...
Melon, peach and brioche on the nose. Toasted almonds and butterscotch on the palette. A beautifully balanced wine with a taught acid structure. Finished long and sweet. We really enjoyed this tonight.
Drink these up, ASAP.
— 4 years ago

Eric, Erik and 13 others liked this
Fantesca Estate & Winery

Fantesca Estate & Winery

What a wonderful review! Thank you for the thoughtful notes and the recommendation for those with the 06 in their cellars to start drinking now.
Ron R

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You're welcome @Fantesca Estate & Winery! Just a shame that trying to locate your chards on the market is like looking for rocking horse pooh. Sniff...