Leslie Bandy

Bello Family Vineyards

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Winestyr - steak night at home w Leslie and Leon — a month ago

Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Frank Family wine dinner with Rich and Leslie Frank tonight via zoom. — 8 months ago

Heather Leatham
with Heather

Boekenhoutskloof

The Chocolate Block Cinsault Blend 2016

Jacksonville trip with Leslie and Alex 2018 — 3 years ago

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Vino Voices

Etalon Rouge Le Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2018

2018 vintage. Etalon Rouge is a tiny 1,46 hectares vineyard (1,26 ha red with 100% Cabernet sauvignon and 0,20 ha white with 100% Sauvignon blanc) situated in the Blaye appellation, but sold as Bordeaux AOC. One of the best kept secrets in Bordeaux, the estate was owned by Gérard Depardieu and Bernard Magrez, followed by painter Thierry Bisch, and today by a group of 10 wine lovers worldwide. Maître de chai these days is Clarissa Schaefer, who is also a very talented painter. With her husband Leslie she owns the wine bar/shop La Petite Cave in Blaye, a must-visit if you are in the region, but they ship worldwide too. The wines of Etalon Rouge are fabulous and are sold on allocation only. The tiny cellar in the centre of Blaye is well worth a visit. This 2018 white is a terrific example of the potential greatness of perfectly ripe Sauvignon blanc in Bordeaux. Aged in French oak with stirring of the lees. Complex nose with white stone fruit (mirabelle, peach), ripe pear, a distinctive minerality and a hint of fresh rosemary. Concentrated and profound with enough acidity to balance the richness and alcohol (abv. 14,5%) in this warm vintage. The oak is hardly noticeable and the mineral finish is impressively long. Take your time to let it warm up to 14 degrees Celsius to capture all the complexity of this beauty. If you are lucky enough to find a bottle. Very nice value at 29 euros. — 7 months ago

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Joseph Drouhin

Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2009

OMG, just had a flight of Italians which I love but one friend said they don't like Pinots so I ordered and was not disappointed. This is amazing and fun sharing with friends at the Fort Worth club with Elizabeth and Leslie — 2 years ago

Rudd

Oakville Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Mike R
9.5

In honor of Leslie Rudd and all he created and stood for - Rest In Peace you gentle giant and unassuming hero of Napa, winemaking at the highest level and helping to make us wine lovers so happy when we taste bottles like this - an innovator and developer of remarkable things you left behind like a great family a beautiful winery devoted to nurturing the land and my favorite Napa restaurant PRESS and the whole bacon experience (try it if you can but not in menu so have to ask) - this is still great and maybe showing a little less time left from last year giving me thought this wine should be enjoyed in the next two to three years - WS gave it 94, WE a 96 and RP a 95 and I split hair in my rating and agree and this is same as a year ago and this is old Napa style with a flair toward a Bordeaux fashion

Decanted for about 2 hours. Very inky dark purple color. Ripe blackberry and cassis on the nose along with a bit of charred oak, campfire and dark chocolate. Very nice nose. Ripe, dark fruit flavors explode from the palate with crème de cassis and blackberry jam along with a little bitter cocoa and oak and vanilla. Tannins definitely still present and chewy. Good acidity with great structure and complexity- a truly big bold and beautiful wine - all smiles and bravo Mr. Rudd in life well lived and peace to your family

— 3 years ago

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Anna Sangiacomo

Anna Sangiacomo

Love PRESS & the Bacon experience is so much fun @Mike R

Acumen

Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Friday afternoon with Leslie, Ji-Sook, Nelson, Tony, Vlad & more! — 8 months ago

Edge Hill

Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Still a baby . Many great years in front of it. So sad that Leslie stopped buying fruit from the original 4 acres. — 2 years ago

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Coho

SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

2009. A bit bandy taste until it finally opened. Very nice and fruity bouquet — 3 years ago