Saddleback Cellars

Saddleback Cellars

Nils Venge Estate Vineyard Merlot 1998

After reminiscing about the late ‘90’s and tasting at Saddleback with Nils Venge, we headed to the cellar and pulled this bottle. It was a bit oxidized and had a little petrol on the nose. Bordeaux funk throughout. Color was clear and bright. Raspberry on the palate. Initially we were ready to pour it out as past it’s prime but we let it sit and it became more approachable. The finish was short with a lingering black cherry taste. It continues to evolve and as I continue to evaluate it 4 hours later, I have increased the rating a Overall it would say drink it now. But give it some time in a decanter instead of writing it off. — 2 months ago

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Barrel Select Sangiovese 2017

Just before the World shut down two great friends and I visited Saddleback and spent a marvelous March afternoon tasting in the vineyard. This is a lovely fresh light red with great flavor. Much better in the vineyard 😎🍷 — 4 months ago

Deborah, Jason and 5 others liked this

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Nils Venge Oakville Estate Vineyard Merlot 2015

Deep ruby color. Aromas of black currant, black cherry and leather. Flavors of dark fruit and back tea finish.
With a pinch of (9%) Cabernet Sauvignon.
🥇 89 points - Wine Enthusiast
— 3 months ago

Tom, Shay and 12 others liked this

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Zinfandel Old Vines 2017

On same tasting purchased this great Zin. Many people don’t know that Nils Venge had the first 100 point wine in Napa Valley. Saddleback is a hidden treasure with soooo much history. This will age well for years. So well balanced with great structure. 🍷🍷 — 4 months ago

Deborah, Jason and 6 others liked this
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

I gotta try this
Jason and Jennie

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I’ve always liked his zin a lot

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Nils Venge Dry Creek Valley Aleatico Rosé 2019

Delicious rose. Not sure of the varietal, but Russian river valley, so Pinot? — 5 months ago

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Penny Lane Vineyard Sangiovese 2017

2017 vintage. Same notes as before. — 3 months ago

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Nils Venge Napa Valley Old Vines Zinfandel 2017

They don’t list the Frediani Vineyard Zin and it is outstanding. Big rich and bold. — 3 months ago

Hugh, Shay and 7 others liked this

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Second and last bottle, previous notes apply… — 5 months ago

Tom, Eric and 20 others liked this
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Nice pull.

Château La Grave

Cahors Malbec 2017

Burly, dark, formidable, earth, pipe tobacco, saddleback. A big cahors, ABV is 13.5% — 10 months ago

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