Napa Cellars

Realm Cellars

La Fe Rosé Blend 2020

Shay A
9.2

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.
— 4 days ago

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David T

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I like Realm’s work but had to pass on their Rosé at $60. Too many really good Rosés on the market under $40 and many under $30.
TheSkip

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Agree with @David T !

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Golden Rectangle Napa Valley Red Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

Prior notes still apply, but this bottle was much more on point than the last 14mo ago. I'd suggest this still has at least 8-10y to go from proper storage!

Nose has old cedar closet, dusty cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, burnt blackberry pie, over-ripe black cherry, volcanic rocks and over-ripe blueberry.

Palate has ripe blackberry, warmed plum, dark chocolate bar, prune, dried blackberry, semi-dried cranberry, cigar box and tanned leather. Tannins are light, but still proof of youthfulness!

Paired alongside medium rare Delmonico cut steaks from our favorite local farm, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie NY). Perfection.

6h decant, more time appreciated. Last bottle. 😢

Added to cellar inventory around April 2006; We obtained this as members of the Wine Club.

Release notes from SLWC courtesy of
@Yen Boubel (She's the greatest!)

CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CLUB 23 members, the Golden Rectangle is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the FAY vineyard. The name "Golden Rectangle" refers to our winemaking philosophy inspired by the Golden Mean, the principle that contrary elements, balanced in the right proportion, create tense harmony.

In this select bottling, the opposing elements include two different varietals from two different vintages. The wine is a blend of 61.8% FAY Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, and 38.2% FAY Petit Verdot fruit in the proportion of the Golden Mean. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux blending varietal typically used in very small amounts because of its power and structure. This blend of Petit Verdot might seem unusually high; however, because of the ideal proportion of these different elements, the Petit Verdot adds structure, aromatics, and texture, rather than overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, the blend combines the old and the new-with fruit in roughly equal proportion from the 2002 and 2003 vintages. In this combination, the mellow tones of the older vintage soften the robust character of the younger vintage. The result is an opulent blend, rich with fruit, spices, and exotic perfume.
— 13 days ago

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David T

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Love older vintages from these guys. Have for a long time. Love their expresso notes.
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Yes, based on this, I can't wait to get into our Cask 23 bottles around this vintage, and older.
Yen Boubel

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Amazing tasting notes as always, Severn. Great to know it’s holding up well! 🍷

Lewis Cellars

Alec's Blend Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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. — 9 hours ago

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7 Cellars

Reserve Elway's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and fruity on the palate.

Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, black licorice, wood, spices, mint, black pepper and light earth.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. After 2 hours in the decanter, tannins show up with more structure.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

Still young and would be better in 3 to 5 years.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.
— 6 days ago

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.3

Between a 92-93 here. This was tasted briefly at pop and pour and was then consumed from the decanter over the next few hours. Really pretty aromatics…baking spices, dark cocoa shavings, violets and plenty of freshly squeezed dark fruits. The palate has a “juicy” profile I get on a lot of 2012s. Vibrant acidity. Blackberries and underripe blueberries dominate the fruit profile with a unique herbal/juniper type note towards the finish. Not super complex or layered. After time, this really softened. Good now, maybe gets a bit better with another 5yrs, but not sure it increases much. — 7 days ago

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Was just thinking about my last bottle today. Thanks for the tip. Will hold for a few with no expectations.

Realm Cellars

The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

fully opaque ruby violet with prominent tears;cassis, black cherry, plum, graphite; very intense fruit and great texture; full bodied, medium+ acidity, furry tannins, 14.6% ABV; $110 — 7 days ago

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Goosecross Cellars

Summit Selection Game Farm Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Family mid budget cab night...

Overall WOTN is the goosecross

All delivered.

Goosecross - beautiful cool complex red fruit, balance. The most oak of the 3

Sequoia grove - rich blue fruit, deep, lacking in structure and a bit shorter than expected

Cos - too. Much. Brett. Haha...if you could get past it the structure, complexity of fruit and secondary flavors, balance and lengthy finish probably the best of the 3
— 5 days ago

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Realm Cellars

The Absurd Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2013

Mike R
9.7

I am about post a few wines from yesterday and the day was more than memorable- first off it is my 30th anniversary and spent it with a great friend of mi e @David L at Berns in Tampa - what an amazing wine

The structure of this wine is crazy off the hook great - ant any other or every night this would be WOTN but…. What for it and look what we post next and next and next

Balance is beautiful- nose was mind blowing -complexities galore - drink the 14 and wait 2 to 5 years plus to drink the 13
— 7 days ago

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@Mike R happy anniversary!
Trixie

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Happy anniversary!💐
Mike R

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Thank you @Trixie and @Sharon B

Schrader Cellars

LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ron R
9.6

Disgracefully strong showing. Big and bold. Major explosion of fruit on the nose, and mid-palate. Soft brown sugar melds with broad-shouldered tannins. A knee-trembler for sure… — 6 days ago

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Scott Soren

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Never had. Hoping to get a chance sooner than later. Cheers :)
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Sexy, beautifully brown and broad shouldered like you RR! Looks like you did the weekend right
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@David L @Bill Bender @Eric @Scott Soren It’s a classic wine. Great time while with friends. But I now need to rob a bank! 😁

Bevan Cellars

Ontogeny Oakville Red Wine

Side by side against the Hunnicutt Brinkman (GIII fruit), Bevan’s blend was more fruit forward, a little richer and more dense. Raspberry and blackberry morphed into a darker, slightly earthy finish still with pronounced fruit. Less complex than the Hunnicutt but still a great bottle of wine. Really hard to go wrong with either one. — 14 days ago

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