Really really nice. Silky smooth, like Barbour, Yount Ridge, and Sherwin Family. $55 at OWC. — 2 months ago
My first time with this wine, made by TRB with fruit from the Clark-Claudon Vineyard on Howell Mtn. Extremely dark in the glass, almost black with just a touch of red at the edge. The nose is great - very expressive on opening, with lots of sweet dark cherries at the fore. The palate shows more dark cherries and black currant fruit, complemented by notes of coffee and plenty of fine tannins on the back end. This reminds me of a slightly fruitier version of a Seavey cab. Really good stuff. — 5 years ago
Smooth and light - cherry flavor — 2 months ago
Theorem Voir Dire is a relatively newer wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown or as some of us refer to as TRB. TRB makes or has made a number of wines which include; Chiarello, Outpost, Schrader, Aston Estate, Boars’ View, Maybach, Rivers-Marie, Seaver Vineyards, Hestan, Casa Piena, Saunter, Wallis, Black Sears, Harris Estate, Kinsella, Jones Family, Travail, Stone the Crows, Pulido-Walker, Post Parade, Riverain, Shibumi Knoll, Hobel, Revana, Ampère, 4 Winds, the Grade, Round Pond, Senses, Mending Wall, Sodhani, Vermeil, Gemstone, and QTR. TRB has made at least 25 💯 point wines in his career.
If you love a big, bold, brooding, luxurious, gorgeous, sexy Cabernet, as Val Kilmer said, in “Tombstone” “I’m your huckleberry”, (2013 Voir Dire).
Its color is dark and well extracted. The nose reveals, rich, ruby lush, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes, very dark fresh & withering dark florals, violets and lavender.
The body is big, bold lush, ruby, and deeply concentrated with big dark, tarry, sticky, well rounded, meaty tannins. The ripe, lush, rich fruits are beautiful and well extracted. The structure is big as is the tension. It has long length and beautiful balance. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, caramel, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry finely crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes with very dark fresh & withering florals, violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long, elegant, beautiful, richly concentrated finish is superb and it persists for minutes.
It is through @Isaac Pirolo who has recently become their VP of Sales & Marketing, I became familiar with their wines and thank him for arranging our visit.
Photos of; Theorem’s Estate vines, Winemaker-Thomas Rivers Brown, Owners-Kisha and Jason Itkin and the Victorian house they renovated on the property.
— 2 years ago
Mushrooms, bing cherries and musty herbal mocha flavors saunter to the nose. Wet earthiness dominates the palate with drying dark cocoa flavors and dank cherries. Very reminiscent of Willamette Pinot Noir tendencies. Cigar tobacco notes follow through. Satisfying. — a year ago
Having recently tried the Baehner Fournier Petite Verdot I found myself compelled to find more of their wines. A small producer in the Santa Ynez Valley - they produce around 500 cases a year - I was pleasantly surprised to find their 100% estate grown Cab locally. Thankfully, aside from a few people, I'm not too worried about anyone reading this and finding out my secret: these wines are both fantastic and reasonably priced. Black and red fruit, leather and wet clay - even a touch of pasture I associate with Spanish reds - greet the nose. Supple tannins and dark earth saunter across the palette, smoked berries, dried plums and tobacco come next. This is a wine you can just swim in for any length of time - complex, rooted in the old world but balanced with the new world. At around $20 a bottle, the secret is out. — 5 years ago