Shale Oak Winery

Wood Family Vineyards

One Oak Vineyard Merlot 2017

It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of plums, cherries, currants, light wood, earth, licorice, spices, black pepper and light vegetables.

Full bodied, smooth and soft, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Livermore Valley in California. This Single Vineyard is nice and plush. Showing mild complexity with a soft, elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but I gave it an hour to open up properly.

A nice wine to have by itself and better with food. Spicy, tangy and interesting.

I paired it with meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with brie cheese.

100% Merlot grapes from a low yielding single Vineyard. Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 138 cases.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 20 days ago

Matt, Ted and 15 others liked this

Silver Oak

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

2002 from the basement. Decided to finally crack into the basement wine because it’s Thanksgiving, and Papa is pretty convincing. Papa rated it in his 90th percentile. — 6 days ago

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Twisted Oak

The Spaniard Tempranillo Blend 2011

This is one big-ass wine. Worth the wait for it to open up a bit. — 9 days ago

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Trefethen Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Intense florals and fig on the nose. Medium bodied that translations to a light juicy body. 75% chocolate and anise upfront. Mid palate is surprisingly fruity though, getting some bright nectarine and tart red apple notes. Finally finishes with a little bit of heat, like mild fresh wasabi. It’s a nice linear wine with clean and defined layers. — 5 days ago

Frog's Leap

Shale and Stone Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Mineral forward. Doesn’t have traditional honey or oaky flavor typically associated with Napa Chardonnay’s — 6 days ago

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Pinot Noir 2005

Shared with Roberts, Marc & Ray on Saturday night. Still delicious, cherry, very drinkable — 11 days ago

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Perseguidor Oak Aged Ale

Fantastic! — 9 days ago

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Oak Farm Vineyards

Lodi Barbera 2017

This is an interesting red wine from California. Showing tangy red and black fruits, vanilla, light wood, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, herbs, earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

This Barbera is easy drinking with a strong nose and a soft mouthfeel.

Fruit forward and balanced. Would be interesting to taste this in 3 years.

I've had it before, and this time I gave it a light chill. A nice porch wine, and very tasty.

At this point, the alcohol is nicely integrated, although pretty high, so watch out as it is very easy to drink.

I paired it with a burger and fries.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

— 3 days ago

Ira, MaJ and 17 others liked this


Oak Ridge Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2016

One of my favorites. Dry, Lemony, with some honeysuckle sweetness. Lots of acid packs a real zing. — 4 days ago

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Dark red fruit, faint smell of coffee, leather. Soft tannins. Best friend of my tomahawk ribeye that could have fed a medium sized family. Love the classic style of Silver Oak. — 23 days ago

Shay, Eric and 20 others liked this