The Calling Wines

The Calling Wines

Monterey County Pinot Noir 2021

Pale ruby color.
Aromas of red fruit.
Dry. Flavors of red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, spice. Soft tannins.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 2/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— 19 days ago

Amuse Bouche

Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Presented double-blind. The wine pours a deep, ruby color with a near opaque core. Medium+ viscosity with significant signs of sediment. Moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, dark fruits are predominant with some purple flowers, tobacco, subtle pyrazines and a touch of earth and baking spice. On the palate, the fruit set is confirmed. The wine is dry with medium tannin and medium+ acid. The finish is very long and savory. I believe a significant amount of new French oak is being used. Based on the aforementioned, possible varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc or some combination of Bordeaux varieties from either France or California. While the fruit is no-doubt abundant, there is hefty structure and a complexity that makes me lean towards the Old World. And now that my head is there, it’s very hard for me to get outside of Pomerol and I think the fruit is more of a result of the vintage. So I went with it, calling it 2009 Pomerol from a great producer. Welp…I was close and probably a huge compliment to Amuse Bouche since I think this wine is supposed to be their take on Pomerol. A very sexy wine that is drinking very well right now without a decant. — 10 months ago

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Domaine Lionnet

Terre Brûlée Cornas Syrah 2018

I’m calling this balanced... I barely know what I’m talking about, but I know what’s good. This have my favorite amount of tannin. It makes me wanna slurp this through my teeth even if that’s rude. — 3 years ago

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The Calling Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Really wonderful Pinot noir - balanced finish, equal dry and fruit forward, some almost oak flavor — 3 months ago

The Calling Wines

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Seems like I like this better than everyone else.
Balanced tart fruit and crisp tannins.

A touch of persimmon / cardamom sophistication.

A bit subtle for a cab.

Just a touch sweet for me. Maybe a touch oaky… but that’s being pretty picky.
— 5 months ago

Antica Terra

Antikythera Pinot Noir 2015

Pure silk with balanced fruit and Oregon terroir. Kept calling me back. Could have drank more but shared with group of six with beef burgundy stew. Wow amazing pairing. — 3 years ago

Hande Castiglione
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Sylk Cellars

Carlyn and Barton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Sylk. What an accurate description of this wonderful Cab! It’s the lingering mouth feel and luscious cab flavors that make this wine special. The initial sip is almost nondescript and could be almost any good red grape but as it lingers, the flavors intensify and as good as it is just to drink by itself, it makes you think food! I think a full range of red meat certainly but even more highly spiced pork or poultry would certainly work as well. Cheeses certainly ( take your pick) but bread is just really calling and especially a good crusty white bread with soft center and a smattering of real Irish or French butter! Definitely a 9! — 3 years ago

The Calling Wines

Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2021

Pale lemon color.
Aromas of green veggie.
Dry. Flavors of lime, hint of floral. Light and fresh.

Intensity: 4/5
Complexity: 1/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— 4 months ago

Château Landat

Vielles Vignes Haut-Médoc Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Wow this Bordeaux was drinking on point. Surprised by the fruit forward notes and had a long peppery finish. Was trying to hold out for it to be a 10-yr bottle but a stew was calling its name. — 9 months ago

Fattoria di Basciano

Chianti Rùfina Sangiovese Blend 2016

Another excellent btl. Beautiful sangiovese nose of stewed tomato, wild strawberry, blood orange, rosemary....On the palate: good acidity and density, wild strawberry and pomegranate molasses. Soft chalky tannin on the finish. Very good, and calling the qpr excellent is ridiculous understatement ($9/btl!). — 3 years ago

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Tom Casagrande

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Love this winery. Such good value and consistent.