Pope Valley Winery


La Pira Barolo Nebbiolo 2007

Shay A

WNH Barolo theme.

Not having any experience with this producer, I tried a small glass at pop and pour, then decided to decant for an hour and a half. I then enjoyed the bottle over the next two hours.

I’m between a 92 and 93 here. If I had tried this blind, I think I would have taken this to left bank Bordeaux. As odd as that sounds, my reasons are mostly due to hardly any floral notes at all, and a hint of leather on the palate (with both the classic Barolo and Cabernet finish showing drying tannins). The longer this was open, the more cherry menthol notes picked up (but not in a bad way). Red currant, cherry and vanilla Pope tobacco, and underripe fleshy black cherry skin. Sporting a classically warm 2007 profile with richness and tannin, this powered through the entire evening and was best about halfway through. I’m sure it can hold many more years, but this is at a stage where the fruit is fading to the background and savory herbs, dates and fig will soon make their way to the forefront. Just depends on your preferred Barolo style. Enjoyed from a Grassl Cru glass which does a great job of accentuating the aromatics in old world wines.
— 3 months ago

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Mike R

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@Shay A great note indeed but amazing find - Bender involved somehow with this or you got a source you been hiding from me my young abs gifted friend
Shay A

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@Mike R : Ha! Bender was not involved. I was able to source this locally from a cellar. In a beautiful drinking window!

Quilceda Creek

Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Shay A

I think this can climb another point or two, but it will take another 5-7yrs. The potential is there but this is just not ready (for my taste). Aromatically, it’s open for business. Intoxicating notes of currant, cassis, mixed blue and black fruits, sandalwood, and espresso. Built like an absolute tank on the palate with chalky and chewy tannins. Red fruit starts to appear here with some graphite, fig, vanilla pope tobacco and baked black cherries. Quality is undeniable. Thanks @Bill Makens . — a year ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review

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