Domaine Tinel-Blondelet

Arelles Pouilly Fumé Sauvignon

One of the top Pouilly-Fumes I’ve had. Ever. My view is that, while P-Fume and Sancerre have much in common, Sancerre has several plots with superior terroir that set it apart from P-Fume. That said, this really shines. Intense nose juxtaposes light grassy herbal notes, limestoney minerality, and ripe fruit. In other words, all the elements you want from a Loire SB in perfect balance. In the mouth, it’s got piercing fruit up front, and then gives way to intense minerality together with zingy acidity, but not just acidity by itself: acidity integrated with fruity notes that creates an almost electric sensation. Really top notch effort. — 15 days ago

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Nice description- I want to try one!


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.

Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn't expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 8 days ago

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@"Odedi" nice picture!

Long Meadow Ranch

Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Tonight the wine of choice is the 2018 Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc.

On the nose I am getting honeydew melon, mango, white peach, green apple and white flowers.

On the palate there is succulent notes of grapefruit, lime, green apple, minerals and fresh-cut green grass.

This wine is medium bodied with a crisp clean mouthfeel, mouthwatering medium+ acidity that moves nicely into a long citrusy finish. With the world seemingly opening back up from its long year and a half slumber, please continue to be safe and healthy and be kind to one another. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 6 hours ago

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A

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. — a day 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.

Cantina Terlan

Quarz Sauvignon 2009

Great wine to pair with food. Apple juice and zest bitters. Lime freshness. — a day ago

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Matetic Vineyards

EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2019

On a hot almost-summer night this wine hits the spot! ☀️

It’s a Sauvignon Blanc from the Valle de Casablanca D.O. in Chile 🇨🇱 where the vines from which it hails receive cooling influences from the Pacific Ocean breezes, lending balance and preserving acidity. 🌊

It’s no wonder this wine is labeled EQ as in Equilibrio (the Spanish word for balance), because it offers a wonderful balance of ripe tropical fruit aromas and flavors with vibrant acidity and notable minerality. 🍍 🥭

The aromas and flavors are fresh, albeit ripe, generally tropical with passion fruit, guava, mango, underripe pineapple, also green apple, gooseberry, freshly cut grass, and wet slate.

It’s a perfect patio pairing and fun to explore the beauty of new world Sauvignon Blanc from this region.

It’s also a great value at $12.99. 👏👏👏👏👏

Matetic Vineyards, E.Q., Coastal Sauvignon Blanc, D.O. Valle de Casablanca, Viñedo Valle Hermoso, Chile. Vintage 2019. ABV 13.5%.

Cheers !!
— 4 days ago

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@Ron R Agreed this is a delish wine and amazing value. 8.9 is a very good score in my book! Cheers !!!
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@Vanessa, your scoring is as tight as a duck’s ass, and that’s watertight!


@Ron R 😂 Wow, never thought of it that way 🦆


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A

This cab from DANA is mostly from their Hershey vineyard on Howell Mtn.

I know 2013s are powerful and tightly coiled, and DANA’s style is along those same lines, but I have to admit...this was incredibly coiled and almost unforgiving. I gave this a 4hr decant (which I followed from the beginning), and then another 3hrs out of the bottle later in the evening...and didn’t experience much of an awakening. Fragrant and floral with potpourri, violets, black currant and oak. The front palate here is quite nice in texture with notes of dark fruits, cocoa powder, espresso, extremely dusty with an herbal streak to its core. It’s very Howell Mtn in style. Good acidity and an absolute wall of tannin on the finish. This got marginally better at the end of the evening and revealed a sweeter/baking spice type finish. If opening now, I’d double decant at least 4-6hrs before enjoying.
— 7 days ago

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30 years from now David, you'll still be handsome but your taste buds might not know the difference between chocolate milk and Cabernet@David T
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As long as I have no long haul taste & smell symptoms from Covid-20 or other, be just fine. 🤙 Actually, I’ll be off world by then. 😜
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Shay. - I glad you enjoyed bud

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of wildflowers, blueberries, blackberries, light cedar, licorice, spices, black pepper, chocolates, dark coffee and earth.

Full bodied smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will be nice to revisit this in a few years, and see how it evolves.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 2 hours of airtime, when it becomes so aromatic. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Grapes are grown on rocky red volcanic soil, at elevation of 2,200 feet. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit verdot. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels. 1800 cases produced.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— a day ago

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Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A

WNH “TRB” tasting.

I let this bottle decant for three hours and then fully decant for 3hrs (pulling from the decanter the last two hours). The bulk of that time I was hit with really pure and ripe fruits but ending with a wall of tannin. Gorgeously aromatic with layers of the entire fruit spectrum…red, blue and black berries, sandalwood, and espresso. The mid palate here is quite fantastic in how deep it is while still having good acidity to keep it vibrant. Violets, dark chocolate, mixed Berry compote and baking spices all surrounded by a savory graphite type note. I saved two glasses for the following day and it turned very silky and seemed to be a very beautiful expression of Oakville.

If opening now, decant 4-6hrs, or hold another 3+yrs.
— 4 days ago

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@Carter Pelham : You’ll have a great time. We did a RM tasting a little over a year ago and loved trying all the wines side by side. I’ve been a fan of their wines for a while, and each vintage reinforces that!
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Did you get to check out his new production in Calistoga yet?
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@Joshua Fisher : Not yet. They were still finishing up when we were last out there. I’ll be back out the first week of Sept, so might stop by.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

S.L.V. Estate Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A

This was tasted briefly at pop and pour and was then consumed from the decanter over the next few hours. Whereas the FAY was quite open, plush and had a sweeter fruited profile, this was a bit more brooding and layered. The fruit here is more red and black, with graphite, dark chocolate and mocha aromatics. Really nice depth on the mid palate with quite a strong tannic finish. Black cherries to the core with a streak of savory herbs and red clay down the middle…nice representation of Stag’s Leap district. I can see this improving with another 5-7yrs. — a day ago

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If this was opened in 7-10 more years your mind would be bent.