Pale lemon with aromas of ripe stone and tropical fruits with citrus and floral notes, wonderful phenolics, 30% aged on lees. On the palate fresh fruit flavors of melon, apricot and ripe apple with lemon citrus wrapped in lively acidity, medium+ length ending with creamy citrus texture. Nice! — a month ago
This wine is lightly tinted yellow. The nose is full of citrus and minerals - that smell of a wet sidewalk is in there. There is also a trace of apricot and a hint of an herbal note - not full-blown grassiness, but edging in that direction. The palate is very clean and lean. The citrus takes center stage with the minerality staying close. I usually think California SauvBlanc is riper than anywhere else in the world, but this example does not follow suit. It is a bit tart, but with the usual Sauvignon trappings quite muted. I suppose the Semillon helps out in that area. The acidity is light enough for easy sipping, yet strong enough to handle some non-demanding pairing jobs. I think this is actually a pretty good Sauvignon Blanc for people who think Sauvignon Blanc comes on too strong. — 6 days ago
The legendary 07 vintage. Wine candy with & after Wagyu ribcap.
It’s on its 3-5 year peak cycle.
Candied & just a touch stewed; blackberries, blueberries, dry, dark cherries, creamy raspberries, bramble, pine syrup sap, melted caramel w/ nuts, dark chocolate, mocha powder, eucalyptus, mint, sage, bay leaf, splash of oregano, dark spice w/ some mid heat, dry top soil, rich forest floor, fresh & withering dark florals, lavender, violets, beautiful acidity with fine length, balance & elegantly polished.
Yeah, the zucchini & sugar snaps peas are cut from my garden the end of this week. If you haven’t had sugar snaps peas out of the garden, you are missing veggie candy. Both crazy good w/ the snap peas taking the tape. — 7 days ago
On the nose and the palate, you can see where this is going to evolve.
A beauty to behold. The nose displays graphite, iron and a blackberry compote. Palate is consistent with perfect weight and balance. Moderate acidity enables this to tilt towards a Bdx, rather than Napa. Extremely well done. A baby that needs more time in the bottle. Drinking with close friends. Does not get better… — 14 hours ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.
Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.
Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn't expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.
Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 8 days ago
This cab from DANA is mostly from their Hershey vineyard on Howell Mtn.
I know 2013s are powerful and tightly coiled, and DANA’s style is along those same lines, but I have to admit...this was incredibly coiled and almost unforgiving. I gave this a 4hr decant (which I followed from the beginning), and then another 3hrs out of the bottle later in the evening...and didn’t experience much of an awakening. Fragrant and floral with potpourri, violets, black currant and oak. The front palate here is quite nice in texture with notes of dark fruits, cocoa powder, espresso, extremely dusty with an herbal streak to its core. It’s very Howell Mtn in style. Good acidity and an absolute wall of tannin on the finish. This got marginally better at the end of the evening and revealed a sweeter/baking spice type finish. If opening now, I’d double decant at least 4-6hrs before enjoying. — 7 days ago
Last night's wine I opened the 2018 Chappellet Napa Valley Merlot.
On the nose there was black cherry, blackberry, plum, chocolate, herbaceous notes, cedar and spice.
On the palate are notes of black cherry, blackberry, black currant, chocolate, french oak, cedar box and an earthiness.
This wine is medium to full bodied with a voluptuous smooth mouthfeel, medium + to high acidity and medium + fine supple tannins that lead into a long juicy dark fruit oak finish. Please stay safe and healthy and enjoy your weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 7 days ago
Prior notes still apply, but this bottle was much more on point than the last 14mo ago. I'd suggest this still has at least 8-10y to go from proper storage!
Nose has old cedar closet, dusty cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, burnt blackberry pie, over-ripe black cherry, volcanic rocks and over-ripe blueberry.
Palate has ripe blackberry, warmed plum, dark chocolate bar, prune, dried blackberry, semi-dried cranberry, cigar box and tanned leather. Tannins are light, but still proof of youthfulness!
Paired alongside medium rare Delmonico cut steaks from our favorite local farm, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie NY). Perfection.
6h decant, more time appreciated. Last bottle. 😢
Added to cellar inventory around April 2006; We obtained this as members of the Wine Club.
Release notes from SLWC courtesy of @Yen Boubel (She's the greatest!)
CREATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR CLUB 23 members, the Golden Rectangle is a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the FAY vineyard. The name "Golden Rectangle" refers to our winemaking philosophy inspired by the Golden Mean, the principle that contrary elements, balanced in the right proportion, create tense harmony.
In this select bottling, the opposing elements include two different varietals from two different vintages. The wine is a blend of 61.8% FAY Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, and 38.2% FAY Petit Verdot fruit in the proportion of the Golden Mean. Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux blending varietal typically used in very small amounts because of its power and structure. This blend of Petit Verdot might seem unusually high; however, because of the ideal proportion of these different elements, the Petit Verdot adds structure, aromatics, and texture, rather than overpowering the Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, the blend combines the old and the new-with fruit in roughly equal proportion from the 2002 and 2003 vintages. In this combination, the mellow tones of the older vintage soften the robust character of the younger vintage. The result is an opulent blend, rich with fruit, spices, and exotic perfume. — 7 days ago
This is a nice and tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, chocolates, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, spices and peppercorn.
Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle.
Good by itself and good for parties.
Still young and would be better in 5 years.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 2 days ago
1.5 hour decant (lots of chunky/fine sediment). An unbelievable deep dark ruby red with a little bricking. On the nose: jumping from the glass are sweet cherries, slight funky earth, mint, floral, slight menthol, vanilla leather. Taste: A smooth, rich, layered full body wine with dark cherries, chocolate, currants, spice, minerals, and a charcoal graphite long dry finish. Some tannins still present and will wait a couple years to open my remaining bottles...but, still rocking it this Saturday night!!! YUM. — 7 days ago