Secret Squirrel

Cosentino Winery

CE2V Secret Clone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

A perfect wine? Perhaps. Not many Napa wines can have this kind of horsepower at 19 years old (I was always told Napa wines fall apart after 15 years). I’ve never had Screaming Eagle or Grace Family or any of the new “premier cru” wines. What I will say, though, is that I have a hard time imagining a wine being better than this. Plush, with a solid core. Very little fade. Let it breathe, but it was drinkable right out of the bottle, rich with refined tannins, so much fruit, so much pleasure. The oak is now seamless with the wine, not an addition, but a part of it. If you had told me this was a more recent vintage, I would have believed you. This was Cosentino’s top of the line and what a top it was. Age has allowed for more complexity (I did taste this when it was newly bottled) and development, but this is a young wine, still. Nothing out of place. It is one of the best wines I’ve ever tasted. Quintessential Napa, the best the valley has to offer. I forget the story of “the secret clone” but knowing what all the steps are in making great wine, having this clone was just one of the many right choices in making this. This one may outlive me. It is in its prime with no end in sight. Perfect? I’m not sure. But I’ve not had better. — a month ago

Château De Leoube

Secret de Léoube Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2022

Lovely Provençal Rosé, perfect for this Indian Summer day in New York’s Central Park. Light strawberry flavor matching my 3-year old Comté perfectly. Our last reminder of Summer until 2024. — 7 months ago

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Two Hands

Secret Block Moppa Hills Shiraz 2017

Fruit and chocolate and some fancy acidity. This is sit back and relax wine! Great stuff! — 2 years ago

Peter, Jan and 5 others liked this

Secret Squirrel

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Delectable Wine

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon impresses with peppery florals, exotic spices and black currants. It's soft yet sincere, possessing juicy, zesty acidity and crisp wild berry fruits. A pleasant, bitter, balsamic spice tinge tapers off long and resonates with lavender and violet notes. $25.00 (Eric Guido, Vinous, March 2024) — 2 months ago

Doug, Tom and 11 others liked this

Secret Squirrel

Columbia Valley Syrah Blend

Dark cherry chocolate and sweet undertones of figs — 9 months ago

Santa Rita

Secret Reserve Maipo Red Blend 2014

Pretty good and didn’t make me super stuffed up. — 3 years ago

Familia Torres

Secret del Priorat Garnacha Blend 2019

Eric K

Very nice wine. Good fruit with berry finish. Smooth finish — 2 months ago

Secret Door Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Boom. Huge Cali cab. Powerful nose of dark fruit with a hint of tar/tobacco. Smooth and lithe in the mouth. Really nice. — 4 months ago

David Stein
with David
Bruce Leboff

Bruce Leboff

This is the “Secret IZ” edition.