Hayes Ranch

Vine Hill Ranch

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

David T
9.5

Bruce Phillips and his wife were pouring their 2021. Talked w/ him at length. Very nice couple.

The 2021 showed well young with room for improving with 10-25 years in bottle and beyond. It showed some evolution, wasn’t all primary. Elegant, very well balanced with excellent structure and finish. Drink 2033-45 properly stored.

The general Napa consensus on 2022 vintage will be a story of did you pick before or after the 6 days of extreme heat during the harvest window. One producer told me his would add 5% of 2023 to some of his 2022’s, which is allowed. He mentioned that he was going to add 15%. But, I think he just misspoke? Get ready for an amazing 2023 vintage from Napa. It was a cooler, not hot-hot, which was a near perfect growing season for long slow even ripening. Some say a vintage of a lifetime and others would only say exceptional.

The Saturday-Sunday Pavilion tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is an excellent four hours to taste a lot wine, taste curated dishes from chefs from all over the country and meet the people behind the bottle. These short ribs were one of the top two or three things I tasted at the Pavilion Saturday.
— 11 days ago

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Rutherford Ranch Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, dark berry flavor. Wonderful accompaniment to sautéed greens and pork dumplings in chicken mushroom broth. ($24). — 6 days ago

Nickel & Nickel

C.C. Ranch Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Paul J
9.4

1hr+ decant. This start out amazing but faded over time. Lovely dark red color with purple rims. Nose contained refined dark cherries and subtle baking spices. A nice sweetness was well balanced with the very present tannins but this fell out of balanced over time. The depth and finish were both great but also faded. Very nice wine that had so much more potential. — a month ago

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Nickel & Nickel

State Ranch Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

I find most Nickle & Nickle pleasant but over-marketed. — 8 days ago

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Pax Mahle Wines

Castelli-Knight Ranch Syrah 2004

Compared to the ‘03 on a hot vintage this was also fire (but the ‘03 was the winner). — 18 days ago

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Nickel & Nickel

Suscol Ranch Napa Valley Merlot 2016

2016 vintage. Initial taste surprised with an aged taste, and a bit of a bitter finish. Improved with air time. Primarily black cherry, with some hints of pepper, oak, leather, tobacco. Ended up being decent but initially was questionable. — 23 days ago

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Secret info blast….. the more a winemaker has to adjust the process of fruit to wine ( more ‘winemaking ‘…The shorter the life span of the finished product .

Arnot-Roberts

Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2022

This was young but lovely. Creamy, viscous, citrus zip, chamomile, spring meadow — 19 days ago

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Arnot-Roberts

Clary Ranch Syrah 2021

Slightly-less savory than expected for a Clary. Sprawling brambly fruit rushing into a tight finish. — 25 days ago

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Etude

Estate Grown Grace Benoist Ranch Pinot Noir 2018

For Pinot, the best I had so far — an hour ago