Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This full body cab is one of the best you'll get in Napa. The unbelievable fruits, balanced tannin and great texture in a Cabernet. — 20 days ago

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Blankiet Estate

Paradise Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blankiet Estate tasting...wonderful restrained Napa style wines... Graeme Macdonald (Macdonald vineyards) winemaker since 2016. Julian was a knowledgeable terrific host.

2019 prince of heart rose
2019 prince of heart red wine
2016 Rive Droite Merlot blend
2015 proprietary red cab blend
2018 Mythicvs cab sauvignon
2014 Rive Droite merlot blend
Prince of Hearts port wine
Prince of Hearts port wine
— 2 years ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Was told last year when I tried to schedule a visit they charge everyone an “experience” fee, which is non-refundable, and is charged regardless of how much wine is purchased…I passed. Too bad, I enjoy their wines.
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@Shay A I have more recently been selecting wineries offering food&wine combo pairings for visits, so not expecting a refund.....though, this one was basically just a tasting (included a small meat/cheese plate) and yes there was no tasting fee discount for the wines I purchased.

Detert Family Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Franc 2004

Oakville proper. Bang next to Macdonald..... — 4 years ago

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@Shay A @Eric S yes my bad. Tom not Bob. This is what happens when you drink a whole bottle of your wine by yourself. You forget their names ha ha LOL

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@Rob Brobst III lol and I will take you up on that. My email is No rush.
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Soooo want too

E. Guigal

La Turque Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2004

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Opened as part of a 2-day tasting with Alex Macdonald while he was in town. Day two was a small group of us with killer wines (2010 Chave Hermitage, mag of ‘02 Krug, Selosse Substance, 1996 Latour, 2003 Mouton, 1992 Dominus).

Quick one hour double decant to prep this beauty. While La Mouline is my favorite, La Turque still incorporates the co-ferment with Viognier. 93 Syrah/7 Viognier.

Beautiful translucent ruby in the glass. As I get with certain Cote Rotie wines (especially Guigal), barbecue and bacon fat can be overwhelming when young, but this has channeled a really balanced profile. Aromatic notes of smoked meat, cherry liqueur, and espresso. Beautifully rich yet elegant on the palate. Great nerve of acidity with a finish sporting plenty of tannin to carry this a while. Black peppered raspberries, black fruit on the palate with a little bacon and a hint of sweet/tangy barbecue sauce note (delicious). Enjoy now with a short decant or hold another 5yrs.
— 21 days ago

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Vision Cellars

Pinot Noir 2018

Hey, Delectable— this is the Visions 2018 North Coast Pinot, but the ID wasn’t available.

Unabashedly ripe and warm, but with a distinctive umami flavor (hoisin sauce?) that I’m really digging. Black cherry, black plum and even blue fruit on the nose and palette. Lovely satiny texture. Medium + finish.

Hedonistic in the way you’d expect from a winemaker mentored by the Wagners, but the suppleness and umami notes make this wine stand out in a sea of north coast Pinot Noir, and the absence of new oak lets the fruit do the taking. Perfect with chicken lettuce wraps and haricot verts smothered in Madeira mushroom cream sauce.

Owner/founder, Mac Macdonald, has been making his own California Pinot Noir for more than 25 vintages now and it shows. Side note: he’s also one of the better story tellers in the biz.

Initially sampled as part of a tasting with the
#AAAV (Association of African American Vintners) and took the bottle home.
— 3 years ago

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Looks like I need to get one of these to try!

Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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A few wines from last week’s 4th Friday event!

The sheer opulence of this is astounding. Obviously young, this was actually my first Realm BTK courtesy of
@Keith Fisher . When thinking back to the last stunning 2016 BTK I had (MacDonald), where the MacDonald is more dusty, slightly more herbal and full of tightly coiled BTK power, this was an embarrassment of rich dark fruits, baking spices and sporting a creme de cassis like profile. Classic To Kalon power, with so much to unpack. Thank you, Keith!
— 4 years ago

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@Bryan Kesting : It was, but it was so much more flavor packed at pop and pour than I expected. If you’ve got multiple, open one to enjoy as an experiment. But if you’ve only got one, definitely hold for at least 5yrs.
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How was your napa valley trip?
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@Joshua Fisher : It was fantastic! Wonderful stops and great weather. I’ll be popping the Brasswood chard you gave me tomorrow night for a monthly wine group I’m in. Theme is Chardonnay.


Métisse Napa Valley Red Blend 2017

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I’m at 94-95 here. Upside over the next 5-10yrs.

Purchased during a visit to Melka back in ‘21. This 2017 ended up being the favorite red wine of the tasting (though the ‘16 SB was my overall favorite). Pritchard Hill fruit next to Ovid. 70 cab/20 CabFranc /10 petit Verdot.

Purple in the glass. Sports the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue, black) but trends darker toward the finish. Expensive oak but it’s really pretty (doesn’t come across as too oak driven). For the vintage, this is elegant and integrating nicely. Fruit is very pure (blueberries, blackberries, plum) with baking spices (cinnamon and vanilla) with a vein of mineral/graphite down the middle. Consumed from decanter over 3hrs and left a glass for the next day…improved over time, but this was already starting to open for business.

I opened this alongside two other 2017 Napa cabs with a small group for a check-in on the vintage. MacDonald was the winner, Kinsman Rhadamanthus was the most unique, this Melka fit in-between style wise (more modern than the other two).
— 7 months ago

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Love those MacDonalds too

Robert Mondavi Winery

The Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

pure Napa joy. This has some legendary MacDonald To Kalon fruit in it (5-20%). — 3 years ago

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Boyle Macdonald

Calaveras County Sangiovese Bianco 2019

This is the sangiovese bianco white wine. Citrus, pear. Very refreshing. — 4 years ago

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Talisker Dark Storm Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Smoky Peaty and spirity aromas Also Iodine and Briny notes showing its maritime location. A single malt matured in charred oak casks. There is some conjecture as to whether Talisker is classified as Island or Islay but suffice to say it is the only Distillery on the Isle of Skye. Had a tour of Talisker many years ago after going to the HQ of the MacDonald Clan on Skye. I bought this 1 Litre bottle at Gatwick Airport about 2 months ago before we headed up to Inverness and the Highlands. — 4 years ago

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