Taken Wine Company

E. Guigal

La Landonne Côte-Rotie Syrah 1990

Decanted for a few hours, then taken to Saison in SF. Tawny color with lite rims, mostly translucent. Deep powerful nose, with notes of red fruit, smoked meat, dry brush, Asian spice, pepper, dark moist soil and a little menthol. Rich, silky and intense in the mouth. Long finish. Great juice. — 16 days ago

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romo

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Great that Saison didn’t give you grief for bringing an open bottle.

Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai India Pale Ale

One of the finest ipa’s available. Smelling it, you might think Seville Oranges, but this is no marmalade. It’s resinous, bitter, but not over the top. You always want more.
Paired with spicy coconut shrimp, ya!
Numerical ratings for beer vs. wine should be taken with a…..
— 2 months ago

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Taken Wine Company

Napa Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Fruit forward - nice blend — 3 months ago

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Les Equilibristes

Zestos Pét Nat Grolleau Gris Pineau d'Aunis 2020

Something new and unusual to me but wholly pleasantly surprising as well. Underripe strawberry and a slight vegetal note reminiscent of beet greens but not aggressive. I appreciate the love and care that was taken to make this wine from under appreciated varietals in an under appreciated region. Looking forward to trying more from this producer. — 4 months ago

Michel Rebourgeon

Cuvee William Pommard Pinot Noir 2020

Lyle Fass
9.4

My man killed 2020. Slayed it like it was a dragon. Super nose of stone, dark red cherries, lovely earth character, some tweed jacket and all of this is presented like refined silk or velvet. Man what strides William has taken. Wow that is just the sexiest, velvet, sweet fruited Pommard one can imagine! This is so fresh, yet also lush and succulent. Wow. What texture and refinement. Williams’s tannin quality has improved so much from 19 to 20. They are so silky, sweet and finely knit. Nose starting to get more red cherries and some nice florals. He nailed this vintage. So energetic and juicy. Just so good. As it airs I’ll be back. Such freshness with air and it gets tangy. Terrific, invigorating Pommard. After 3 hours nose has dark florals. Palate is now elegant and has such deep echoing fruit. So rich yet so ethereal. Masterful. — 8 days ago

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Benoît Déhu

Cuvée de "La Rue des Noyers" Champagne Pinot Meunier

Mustard Seed w Bert. Maceration of around 5 hours in stainless steel, before only the free run juice is taken. Fermentation and aging in old oak before going to bottle with around 15 months sur latte. The resulting wine is one of depth, complexity and incredibly vinous. The specific parcel used for the Rose is worked by horse. Incredibly limited. — 2 months ago

Heitz Cellar

Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Another 2nd day wine with 3 hour decant. Doesn’t have that typical fruit forward nose like the Sinegal. Distinctive & on par with old school Heitz. Hopefully new ownership keeps this style.
Store notes,

Lot C-91 is a new wine from Heitz, inspired by a very old one! In the fall of 1969, Joe Heitz played with creating a high-end blend of small lots from some of Heitz's top single-vineyard sites. He dubbed it "Lot C-91." Some 47 years later the current team at Heitz has once again taken select barrels of fruit from legendary sites such at Martha's (Oakville), Trailside (Rutherford) and Linda Falls (Howell Mountain), to create this Napa Valley "Super Cuvée." This wine beautifully showcases the incredible 2016 vintage in Napa, which I think will go down as one of the all-time greats.
— 4 months ago

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Eric

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Great stuff. I’m with you on hoping they keep the style.
Laura Purdy

Laura Purdy

I had the 2016 a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I was too impatient and only gave it an hour

Domaine Leflaive

Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay 2002

Great looking bottle, bought on release. Decanted for a few hours, then taken to Saison in SF. Canary yellow gold color, looks young and youthful. Enticing sweet fruit nose. Notes of citrus, kiwi, quince, tan spice, white acacia flowers and wet river stone. Huge impact on the first sip - massive core of fruit, held up by lots of acidity and structure. This has everything going for it, and can easily get better over the next 5-10 years. Hopefully my other bottles of this are equal to this great showing. 96+ — 16 days ago

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Goodfellow Family Cellars

Dundee Hills Chardonnay

Great again. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try these. — a month ago

Nicolas Jay

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Ron R
9.4

This has taken a very sharp turn in the right direction. At the same time, it changed gears and picked up speed out of the turn. Spectacular now. Very Burgundian in its presentation. Lithe, well balanced with just a dollop of sweetness. Very impressed with this, as opposed to my last bottle which was a crime scene. — 3 months ago

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Rhett Reeves

Rhett Reeves

If I may, what was wrong with the prior bottle?
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@Rhett Reeves, as I recall, it didn’t resemble the pinot varietal in many ways. It lacked cohesion and integration, but the tannins and acidity were present. It just wasn’t approachable - not at the point where it could be consumed and enjoyed.
Rhett Reeves

Rhett Reeves

I get that 100. Sometime these young Pinots are so far off from what they taste like 3-4 down the line.