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Sanguis

The Modern Syrah 2017

A Santa Barbara County Proprietary Red Wine. Unfiltered and unfined. Entirely constructed of Estrella-clone Syrah from two ends of the Santa Rita Hills and a sprinkling of Viognier. Native-yeast fermented with 40% whole cluster inclusion and raised in large neutral barrels for 26-months. Matthias’ expression of great Syrah from a great Syrah growing region, cool coastal vineyards north of Santa Barbara. Recommended to a little above cellar temperature.

NOSE
Young boysenberries. Steeping Darjeeling tea. A hint of barbecue smoke drifts by.

COLOR/MOUTHFEEL
The color of a deep burgundy Chrysler Cordoba. Big, velvety mouthfeel, but not Corinthian leather.

TASTE/FINISH
Taste: Black cherries, just before 100% ripe. A touch of blueberry pie, but savory, not sweet. Finish: A finish of black pepper with a touch of cocoa nib at the last few touches of finish. Juicy, bustling tannins right to the point where you think they’re a touch too bold, but then the finish reaches over and says “I believe you were mistaken”.

MUSIC
Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt with the track “I’ve Just Seen Her” on his album “The Art of Intimacy”. The Jazz Crusaders with the track “Young Rabbits” from their “Festival Album”, 1966, recorded live at the Newport and Pacific Jazz Festivals.
— 6 days ago

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Ten Minutes by Tractor

Estate Pinot Noir 2016

🍷✔✔ just lovely. Bought from the cellar door — 5 days ago

Myriad Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I had somehow overlooked this 14 at the back of the cellar! Drinking amazingly well. Tannins have beautifully integrated. Deep concentration without heft. A great job yet again @Mike Smith — 6 days ago

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Torbreck Vintners

The Steading Red Rhone Blend 2010

Mid Ruby in colour. Aromas of Raspberry (Grenache) and Tar (Mataro). The medium weight palate shows the raspberry sweetness with liquorice and tar coming through with spice from the Shiraz. A blend of 64% Grenache; 18% Mataro/Mourvèdre and 18% Shiraz. These are old bush vines that survived the vine pull scheme of the 1980s (which was viticultural vandalism at the time). The Steading is probably my favourite Torbreck Cuvée regardless of price. A permanent resident in the cellar. — 15 days ago

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Plumpjack

Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.3

Have to work today, but Plumpy attenuates the pain. A clean, mineral-driven chard, which will sail on in the cellar for some time. Prior notes apply. — 7 days ago

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Martin Sher

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Thank you Mr Getty! Cheers !
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We are sorry for your clear suffering. 😜

L'Ecole No. 41

Walla Walla Valley Merlot 2017

The 2017 ‘Walla Walla Valley’ Merlot is sourced in equal parts from the Seven Hills Vineyard and Ferguson Vineyard. Needing an hour in the decanter to be fully aroused, once awoken you experience dark currants and sandalwood aromatics, woven together with with shades of milk chocolate and roasted figs. The palate is fresh and vibrant with intense tannins that collide with the core of dark fruits, espresso bean and violets on the palate. With incredible tension and solid viscosity, this sturdy Merlot will enjoy a long life in the cellar. Drink 2022-2035- 93 — 4 days ago

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Domaine Maume

Marchand-Tawse Champeaux Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2015

Opened this by accident - had been reaching for the village and grabbed this from the cellar instead. Beautifully put together. Floral and delicate. Roses and dark cherry. Has an overall lifted and airy feel. — 7 days ago

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Realm Cellars

The Fidelio Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Tropical fruits dominate, but I get peach notes as well. A beautiful, well made wine and incredibly consistent. Wish I could cellar these longer, but they go fast. — 6 days ago

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Booker Vineyard

The Alchemist Syrah Blend 2009

Drinking absolutely perfectly right now. Had a tasting with Eric a few years back who said he prefers his wines within the first few years, but I have to say that virtually every Booker wine I’ve had (save for the whites and roses) have improved substantially with a few more years in the cellar. We last had this in 2015, and it is substantially better now. At this stage I don’t think it’s going to improve much going forward, but it is terrific right now (so drink ‘em if ya got ‘em!). — 12 days ago

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Shay A

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I watched a virtual interview with him where he compared his wines against other high end wineries (SQN, Saxum, etc). He pointed out their use of whole cluster and said he doesn’t want to imitate them as he doesn’t want to compete against them (his friends). Because of that, he goes to a different style (which normally allows it to be more accessible at a younger age). We all have our own preferences, but I thought that was a unique standpoint, and I respected it.
Jim McCusker

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@Shay A, totally agree with you. What impresses me about Eric’s wines is that they are terrific across a wide window. That’s rare.
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@Jim McCusker : Good point. I haven’t tried all of Booker’s wines, but whenever I have, they’ve been consistently good (sometimes really good) and that’s certainly rare. I have a 2017 Tempranillo I’m very excited to try at some point.

Leonetti Cellar

Loess Red Blend 2017

The ‘Loess Vineyard’ was planted to Bordeaux varietals nearly 20 years ago just due east of the winery. Weighing in at 14.7% alcohol, layers of toasty oak aromatics are woven together with violets, Turkish coffee and shades of huckleberry liquor on this gorgeous nose. The palate is fresh and impeccably balanced. Ripe dark cherries combine with cigar ash, Turkish coffee and shades of blueberry compote on this deep and luxuriously textured wine. Sinfully good to enjoy in its hedonistic youth, the 2017 ‘Loess Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon will enjoy drinking enjoyment for many decades to come. Be sure to give this a long decant if enjoying in its nascent phase. Drink 2020-2040- 96 — 21 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Sounds wonderful
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@Hugh O'Riordan I think you’d love!