Modus Operandi Cellars

Modus Operandi Cellars

Caldwell Vineyard Syrah 2018

This is actually the 2018 Modus Operandi Caldwell Vineyard Syrah. Color is deep purple with scents of bacon fat, plum sauce, cigar box, and maybe camphor. After opening up a bit, I get cardamom and vanilla, as well. Nose is a little funky, but not in a bad way. Bold, medium to full-bodied wine. Medium to high acidity. Medium level of tannins. This was the best wine in a blind tasting of Syrahs with DuMol and Kimsey. Both my wife and I ranked it #1. The finish was significantly longer and more pleasant than the others. — 17 days ago

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Terre Siciliane Non Filtrato Bianco Macerato Grillo Blend

Peach and apricot, nice on the palate. — 24 days ago

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Bacigalupi Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021

Ron R

Consumed on Friday night. See my prior notes. Excellent rosé from Modus. Not cheap, but it’s multi dimensional and vivacious. Direct from the winery, peeps. — 3 months ago

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Vicarious Napa Valley Red Blend 2016

Black cherry, vanilla, raspberry, blackberry, plum, licorice and oak. Full-bodied and soft tannins. — 5 months ago


Modus Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2017

Very nicely balanced, drinking quite well. About a third each Sangiovese , Merlot, and Cab Sauv. — 2 days ago


Russian River Valley Syrah 2016

The wife and I did a fun Syrah blind tasting with the coravin. We ranked the wines exactly the same. I feel like a Modus Operandi fanboy, but their wines really do perform well in these blind tastings. #1 Modus Operandi 2018 Caldwell Vineyard Syrah #2 Dumol 2016 Wild Mountainside Russian River Valley Syrah # 3 Kimsey 2017 Syrah. The MO and DuMol were much better than the Kimsey. I was really disappointed in the Kimsey. It just wasn’t there. Since DuMol is tagged here, the nose had dark fruits and a bit of funk. Flavors were nice, and the finish lingered a bit, but not as long as I would have liked. Score is for the DuMol. — 17 days ago

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Mio Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021

Since the temps are going to be around 70 this weekend, thought a rose tasting might be in order. Did a blind tasting of the Modus Operandi 2021 , Myriad 2020, and the Kale 2018. Myriad and Modus were the clear leaders. I rated them as follows #1 Modus, #2 Myriad and #3 Kale. Wife rated them #1 Myriad, #2 Modus, and #3 Kale. I wonder if the older vintage of Kale by a few years flattened it out a bit. To me, the Modus had more fruit on the nose, while the Myriad had a more lengthy finish. Good stuff! — 4 months ago

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Center of Gravity Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Ron R

Subtle, yet riveting.
Only one barrel produced. For such a rare gem, at $75 per, I consider this to be close to faultless, and extremely virtuous.
— a month ago

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Terre Siciliane Grillo

Very stiff upon opening, a couple hours of air helped this relax. Amber hue, rounded acids, apple juice, chamomile towards the finish. Apricot pit, honeyed… it’s refreshing and fun with a simple yet serious side. — 3 months ago

Julia Miller
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Vicarious California Merlot Blend 2012

Still drinking beautifully with plenty of structure and fruit. Great balance. — 4 months ago

Micaela Hoogeveen
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