Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

2012!! 🕰 A marvelous year; the year @deked1 and I reconnected. Two years later we exchanged vows and began our adventure in life together. Tonight, we’re celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. 💕💕 The honeymoon vibes are still going strong! 🙌

We’re excited about this 2012 Cade that was bottled on June 13th, 2014, just over a month before our wedding. It’s comprised of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. It comes from Howell Mountain AVA in Napa Valley, California. ⛰ 🇺🇸

Howell Mountain AVA is known for producing fuller-bodied and well-structured wines with vines planted at an elevation ranging from 1600 to 2200 ft above sea level and good sun exposure. ☀️ This wine is no exception with its firm tannins, medium acidity, and high alcohol (15.2%); also, its opulent, ripe black fruits such as juicy blackberry bramble, black cherry, crème de cassis, also black licorice, pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, clove, and forest floor. It has a long, elegant finish. 👌👌👌

It also underwent 20 months of barrel aging in 100% French Oak 80% of which was new, which explains the noteworthy secondary aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this wine.👏👏👏👏

Here’s to cherishing the moment with the people you love. Cheers!
— 6 days ago

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@Shay A Thank you and Happy Anniversary to you, too!! Excited to see what you’ll pop to celebrate 🎉 🥂🍾
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Big congrats to both of you.


@Ron R Many thanks!! 🙏🙏 Cheers!

Flora Springs

Trilogy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, blueberries, ripe cherries, light cedar, light earth, vanilla, black pepper, chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long skinny legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, vegetables, black pepper, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, leather and earth.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Still young and will benefit from some bottle aging. Has good potential to become a really nice wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. Really nice nose once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, however, already drinking nicely and showing nice complexity.

The Malbec seems very dominant at the moment. Spicy and tangy. Fruit forward and tasty.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 7 days ago

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Cain Vineyard & Winery

Cain Concept The Benchland Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Deep, deep garnet with light purple flecks. A classic dusty Napa nose consisting of ripe blackberries, cherries, and menthol. Dusty herbs and warm spices. A touch of smoke and stewed plums. Highly expressive.

73/16/7/4 CS/ME/PV/MB from selected premium vineyards from Rutherford, Atlas Peak, and Carneros. Honestly, what else do you need to know? We all know how Cain gets down at this point. Nothing but beautifully crafted wines. Ripe and excessively smooth, there’s enough complexity here to keep you pondering the absurdities of life for hours. Full bodied and insanely graceful, there’s nothing here not to love.

Smooth and elegant entry with plums and smoked tobacco up front. So much juicy red fruit and vanilla. Herbs are plentiful along with spice. Long sumptuous finish. Drinking nicely now but still has miles to go. Really beautiful stuff.
— 7 days ago

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Porter Family Vineyards

Atlas Peak Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This is big, broad and bold. Hundred percent cab aged in seventy-five percent new French Oak. Limited production to just over two hundred cases.

Visibly the wine is a deep ruby color with a tight rim.

The nose is intense with dark fruit, cassis, coffee, dark chocolate, but also earthy humid forest aromas.

The mouthfeel is luxurious and enveloping with the perfectly ripe dark fruit, just a touch of dried spices, vanilla, oak, and a long savory earthy finish. The wine is dry, full bodied, ultra smooth with round but persistent tannings with medium plus alcohol and medium acidity.

It’s extremely surprising to me how approachable the wine is at release. Although, I may know the reason: the cave wine making and cellaring facilities at Porter; I can certainly feel the humidity of the caves in the wine. Praying I can keep my hands off my other couple of bottles for the next 5-10 years, just to see how much better the wine will be then.
— 2 days ago

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Love Porter wines!


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Famille Vincent

Julienas Gamay 2017

Beautiful Beaujolais cru with Burgundian style. Bright macerated notes of cherry, raspberry. Infused caractere with nuances of liquorice, dried flowers and spices. Light on the attack, the final would tend towards the mid-bodied, with a nice concentration and complexity on a final with finely persistent mineral and tannins shades supported by partial oak aging that brings a lot of class.

Superbe cru du Beaujolais aux allures bourguignonnes. Notes vives de cerise, framboise macérées. Caractère infusé avec des nuances de réglisse, de fleurs séchées et épices. Léger de prime abord, la finale tendrait vers le mi-corsé, avec une belle concentration et complexité sur une finale aux nuances minérales et tanins finement persistants soutenus par un élevage partiel en fût qui apporte beaucoup de classe. Potentiel de garde 7-10 ans.
— 3 days ago

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Long Shadows Vintners

Chester-Kidder Columbia Valley Red Blend 2016

This is a delicious red blend from Washington State. Showing blackberries, coffee, chocolates, vanilla, cedar, earth, light vegetables, licorice, spices and tobacco leaf.

Full bodied with medium acidity. Dry on the palate and very fruity.

Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. After 90 minutes of airtime, tannins comes out.

Tangy and rich. Spicy and interesting.

Feels like a mix of Bordeaux and a Napa blend. Very interesting and tasty.

Would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 12% Petit Verdot.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 2 days ago

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Foglio 11 Umbria Rosso 2015

Nose has smoked blueberry syrup, over-ripe blackberry, wet roses, soaked raisins, finely chopped green herbs, muddy garden and incidental alcohol.

Palate has blueberry/blackberry jam, wow acidity, medium++ tannins, red velvet cake, incredible intensity on the dark fruits, notable acidity, juicy juicy blackberry, black currant; if this was ever labeled as a crunchy fruit Sagrantino, it fits the description perfectly.

Opened for slow oxidation of 6H then +3H decant, expect this to show better tomorrow or following days. Paired to local beef short ribs (Kinderhook Farm; Valatie, NY) in an Asian-style braising sauce, plated on top of Parmesan polenta, so yum.

100% Sagrantino, unmistakable. Revisit 2025-2030, wowzer.
— 5 days ago

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@Lyle Fass Umbrian Rock ⭐ for sure!!! Thank you!
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Great wine and estate. Sag doesn’t get more individual.


Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Amarone Corvina Blend 1982


Ruby in color with a wide and dirty brick rim.

Showing a wonderful nose with lots of earth notes.

On the palate, sweet cherries, over ripen plums, raisins, dried fruits, chocolates, citrus, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Nice tangy finish, yet not very long, with fine grained tannins.

I did not decant it, but let it open up in the bottle. I really liked the nose, after 30 minutes of airtime.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Nice to see how this lasted so well, even though it is from a bad vintage.

This 39 year old is not at its peak any longer, but still very drinkable. I believe it was way better 10 years ago. Lucky to have the bottle all for myself, as no one else liked it. 😃

Also, great to see that the alcohol is kind of low (for an Amarone).

Aged for 2 years in wood barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 3 days ago

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@"Odedi", Amarone seems to last forever in my somewhat limited experience, this sounds great, cheers!!

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@Doug Powers always a nice experience 🍷

Domaine Serene

Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

The story of Domaine Serene harks back to Minnesota, where Grace met the late Ken Evenstad, and the couple’s partnership in life and business first began. 💕@domaineserene

With a faith in the terroir of Willamette Valley, Oregon, this pioneering couple purchased land in the Dundee Hills AVA, establishing Domaine Serene in 1989, crafting their first vintage in 1990.🇺🇸🍇

Since then, Domaine Serene has grown, expanded, and rightfully garnered critical acclaim for producing some of the finest expressions of Pinot Noir from this region. 👏👏👏👏👏 Due to their thoughtful dry-farming and sustainable practices in the vineyard, meticulous micro-cru vinification processes, pursuit of blending, judicious use of oak, and aging prior to release, a consumer may come to expect a unique, consistent experience with a glass of this beautiful wine.🍷 In our experience, it never disappoints as a special wine to be shared during the holidays or celebratory moments. 🎉

Here is the Domaine Serene, Evenstad Reserve, Willamette Valley, Vintage 2017, ABV 14.4%. It has a strong structure, and balance, backed by high acidity, medium tannins, high alcohol, and vibrant fruit aromas such as cherry, kirsch, and blackberry. It also offers complexity in aromas and flavors with not only red / black fruit, but also violet, licorice, clove, vanilla, cola, saddle leather, nutmeg, and forest floor notes. The finish lingers.👌👌👌👌

In 2015, the Evenstads made their dream a reality by purchasing Château de la Crée in Santenay, Burgundy, France, an estate that dates back to the 15th Century. 🇫🇷 Their story is inspiring and their wines are delicious. We hope to someday visit their estates in Willamette and Santenay.

Until then we will continue to enjoy their wines and remember their story, pioneering spirit, partnership, and pursuit of excellence in their craft. Cheers! ✨✨✨
— 10 days ago

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Carema Nebbiolo 2016

Nose has dried roses, white pepper, crushed cherries, loose tobacco, dried orange zest and dried mud.

Palate has dried tart cherry, black cherry, blackberry, wet leather, anise and very dry garden soil. Medium+ tannins not overpowering, more savory/earth notes than fruit expression on the palate; a very nice bottle with a unique expression of terroir.

Opened for slow oxidation of 6H then +3H decant, expect this to show better tomorrow. Paired to local beef short ribs (Kinderhook Farm; Valatie, NY) in an Asian-style braising sauce, plated on top of Parmesan polenta, so yum.

85% Nebbiolo, 15% Neretto & Ner d'Ala

Anyone approaching the 2016 vintage, please wait until 2024-26 until opening, and likely still too soon even then...
— 5 days ago

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