Easy to trust Realm’s offerings as quality is always at a premium. I have to admit, my brain had a hard time connecting this type of rosé with Realm (based on their typical style).
My comment above isn’t meant to be good or bad, it’s just amazing that this Provençal type rosé could come from a bigger/powerful style Napa producer like Realm. Kudos to Benoit for knowing what he was going for and being able to create something (a beautiful rosé) from almost nothing (the extremely uneven 2020 vintage). I don’t think I could have called this rosé of merlot if I didn’t know beforehand. To me, this was a blend of high end Provençal rosé with Cayuse’s Edith rosé. Extremely pale salmon color in the glass with aromas of cantaloupe, white peach, faint dragon fruit and an herbal/mineral stony character. The palate here has nice gravitas and a surprising bite at the finish. Strawberry cream-lite, underripe kiwi and some nectarine on the finish. Much more enjoyable at cellar temp compared to being too cold. Don’t think this is one to hold, so enjoy now. — 7 days ago
1 hour decant (little fine sediment). A triumphant garnet color with a little bricking. Not the most expressive nose for HA, but beautiful notes of red fruit, wet forest floor, plum, smoke, pine, and herbs. Taste: elegant, velvety smooth, rich medium plus body wine with dark plum, spice, espresso, touch of blueberry, cedar and a charcoal caramel medium plus long finish. In its drinking window and don't think a lot more time will be its friend....pop one NOW if you got em!!! — 3 days ago
A happy Father's Day....this wine should do
1.5 hour decant (fine/cloudy sediment). A fantastic inky dark purplish garnet color. On the nose: very aromatic nose with dark cherry, crushed stone, that sweet aged cab perfume, smoke, forest floor, little blackberry, minty pine, and slight funky earth. Taste: a creamy, soft, juicy full body wine with blackberry, cedar, smoke, dark cherry, black licorice, and a chocolate tar long finish complimented by the silky fine tannins. YUM!
What more can I say except as the farmer says at the end of the movie Babe......"That'll do pig. That'll do." — a day ago
Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.
On the nose blueberries, currants, plums, tart cherries, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, light earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium-plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, plums, vanilla, licorice, cedar, leather, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice wine from Napa Valley. Tangy, spicy and interesting with a nice mouthfeel.
Still young, but already drinking nicely. Feels like an Italian red with a new world twist.
Easy drinking and needs time to open up a property. I gave it 90 minutes.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Brie cheese. Will pair nicely with pizza.
A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels (35% new).
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 2 days ago
Had another ‘18, Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. 95% of grapes sourced from Carneros, ‘18 saw 8 months on 1/3 new oak with about 20% of wine going through malolactic fermentation. Aromas of stone fruits, slight & honey scents. On palate complex flavors of apple, peach & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Long finish ending with fruit, wet stone and toasty character. Very nice, aging well. — 2 days ago
Blinded by the light. There’s something ineffable about this blend of three grapes, that has seamlessly woven them together to be greater than the sum of its parts. Like an antique glass window shining in the evening sunlight, 48% Friulano, 41% Ribolla Gialla, and 11% Chardonnay meld into a synesthesia of sunlight, burbling mountain stream and white flowers. Pear skin, lemon pith, grapefruit and wet stones soar through a gorgeous arc, with small bursts of chamomile. Outstanding. 2018 Massican “Annia” White Blend, Napa, California. @massicanwinery rocks it, as usual. — 7 days ago
Nice nose of red and dark fruit. I pickup creme di casis, strawberries, chocolate, and oak. Taste is consistent with nose with good acidity and nice structure. Tannins are restrained. This is a nice enjoyable, fruit forward wine. About 30% Merlot, which is where I would bet the fruit comes in. Could be nice with a number of beef and heavier sauces pork dishes. — 3 days ago
For steak dessert, 2007 Caymus Classic. Chuck, why oh why, did you change the original styling of this wine? 🤦♂️
I ran out of my cellared Caymus Classic. Classic is pre 2012 vintage. In 2012, it was changed to a highly marketable consumer friendly wine syrup that drinks well early for some. I can’t palate it.
I recently went to the secondary market and found some beautifully stored 2007. Missed it.
The nose reveals, stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, full scorched earth, grey clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce, eucalyptus with withering; dark, red, purple flowers.
The mouthfeel is glorious with balance & length. Ripe fruits of; stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries hovering over all the rest, scorched earth, dark spice with subtle yet punctuating heat, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon & vanillin, dry crushed, limestone rocks, grey, mud clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, oak char, expresso, black licorice, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce hues, eucalyptus/mint with withering; dark, red, purple flowers. The acidity is a rushing, spring mountain river. The length, balance fruit & earth, elegance, polish would captivate most any discerning palate.
Chuck, I think you should make both Caymus Syrup & Caymus Classic again.
She is at the tail end of her precipice. — 9 days ago
At PnP, the wine as a deep dark garnet. Tasted of dark cherries and plum, a touch cocoa or dark chocolate then white pepper and some tannins. After 2 hrs open, the very front had a touch of drag blueberry and the pepper had become more spicy like a black pepper. The oak notes emerged snd the tannic structure was revealed to be long & dense, which I have found to be delicious. A real great wine which I’m glad to have held onto. — a day ago
A Hall bottling I’ve not heard about before. Inaugural vintage is 2014. Predominately from Calistoga and Saint Helena (hence North End of the valley). 22 months 80% new French oak.
No detail notes, but this is beautifully balanced and elegant. Approachable but have the structure for 20-25 years cellaring.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers! — a day ago