Stanford Wine Collection


Alta Collection Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Deep purple color.
Aromas of cassis, cocoa,
Dry. Flavors of cassis, black pepper, cocoa, licorice. Rich, chewy tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 3/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— a month ago


Krug Collection Brut Champagne Blend 2002

A special BIRTHDAY treat for this Champagne lover and my #1 guy!!  

Krug is a Champagne House specializing in producing “prestige cuvees,” which are the product of strict and meticulous practices in the vineyard and winery, designed to promote utmost quality even at the possible detriment of a lower yield and lengthier (more costly) production process.

In Champagne, a “prestige cuvée,” or “tête de cuvée,” signifies the producer’s top, most exclusive wine, which could be vintage-dated (fruit from a single year) or non-vintage (blend of fruit from multiple years).  

This particular cuvée is called “Ode to Nature,” like liquid poetry paying tribute to the 2002 vintage, which was notably generous with its warm, relatively dry conditions (in an otherwise marginal climate), supporting a healthy grape ripening process.  

It’s a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay, and 21% Meunier – all harvested in 2002 - and was aged in the cellar for 13 years before release.

Julie Cavil has served in the important role of Cellar Master (Chef de Cave) at Krug since 2020, after an early career in public relations and business, followed by years of education in oenology, positions with other producers in Champagne, and 14 years in the cellar of Krug leading up to her current role. Her story is inspiring to say the least!

Now on to our (abbreviated) tasting note… This wine has a gorgeous golden hue with a fine, persistent mousse. Aromas and flavors show depth and complexity with notes of lemon curd, baked yellow apple, desiccated white rose petals, cream, toast, brioche, marzipan, pie crust, and almond. It has a creamy texture on the palate and long, elegant finish. It’s drinking so well right now.

Cheers to sharing wines you love with the people you love!
— 3 months ago

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Paul K

Paul K

@Vanessa That’s a great way to celebrate!!! I heard you met my buddy J Greene recently. Small world! You plans fall through on July 4th? We’re still getting together for dinner and wine. Should be fun!


@Paul K Yes! J Greene is great and I can’t believe what a small world it really is! We’re still tied up hosting a 4th of July gathering at our house, but would love to plan a wine dinner some other time. We’re bummed we cannot make it down, but glad you guys are still doing something on that day. We’ll look forward to seeing your shares!! Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸💥
Paul K

Paul K

Absolutely! Looking forward to dinner later this summer. Have a great 4th!

Cavit Collection (Cavit SC Trento)

Provincia di Pavia Pinot Noir 2021

Pale garnet color; cherries, pomegranates, and hibiscus on the nose; high acidty; low tannins; tastes like cranberries, wet gravel, and cloves with a long finish. — 14 days ago

The Hess Collection

Allomi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Left in Hebron house. Very easy to drink and delicious! — a month ago

The Hess Collection

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

rich with earth, mineral, and truffle. — 3 months ago

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Satis Dei Exclusive Art Collection Syrah Garnacha 2019

Fruit forward with a hint of smoke. Smooth and delicate. Great wine for the price. Trader Joe’s buy — 23 days ago

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Diamond Collection Blue Label California Merlot 2018

Plum and blueberry pie. Really nice and has a strong finish. — a month ago

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Diamond Collection Black Label Claret California Cabernet Sauvignon

A lovely wine- use it for multiple dinners needing red blend and a good price.
Never disappoints
— 2 months ago

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel 2018

Medium ruby color.
Aromas of rhubarb, red fruit.
Dry. Flavors of red fruit, cherry, raspberry, spice, cinnamon. Moderate, smooth tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 2/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— 3 months ago