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Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

David T

Another excellent purchase from the Benchmark Bin Sale. I love these 15-20 year Heitz Napa Cabernets…97 the rule, not the exception. It had perfect storage and is at its peak and will hold for another 1-2 years and diminish over the following 3-5 years.

The nose is floral dark cherry kirsch. Both plums, blackberries, black raspberries, pomegranate, strawberry liqueur notes, steeped tea, red & dark cola/licorice, dark rich earth, sharp, dry herbs, black pepper, dry twig with dark & red fresh & slightly withering florals.

The palate is ripe fruits well balanced with earth. Perfect evolution & integration. Soft, elegant w/ nothing bitty. Dark currents with ripe, leaner, juicy, slightly liqueured; blackberries, black raspberries, late spring dark cherries, both plums, orange rune, raspberries & poached strawberries. Heavy Asian & Indian, dark spices, black licorice/cola, pure anise, steeped, black tea, touch of black olive, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, vanilla, dry tobacco, dry Provence herbs, barrel shavings, dry pipe tobacco/ash, some lead pencil, leathery, moist, grey, volcanic clay, crumbled limestone, dry crushed rocks, dry river stone, dry brush, grilled meats-Châteauneuf-du-Pape characteristics w/ ragging, withering florals that are dark, red, purple, rainfall acidity with excellent; structure, tension, balance, polished finish that does not end. Wire to wire consistency. Lucky to enjoy a well stored bottle of 97 with this age.
— 4 months ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Bought a case of 96 on release, took a decade or more to blossom. $30.00 well spent back then.


Quite the pull!

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Clarksburg Chenin Blanc + Viognier Blend 2021

The Monday kinda wine and one of the first whites that got me into white wine and still love it @Sharon B. At under fifteen bucks a pop it’s real steal still. — 2 years ago

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@Ericsson love it!! Cheers!
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@Ericsson i have glasses exactly like those, minus the stem, that I inherited from my mom



Marqués de Riscal

Reserva Herederos del Marques de Riscal Rioja Tempranillo 2017

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. Consistent both days. The 2017 Marqués de Riscal “Reserva” pours a deep ruby with a near opaque core. Medium+ viscosity with significant staining of the tears. No signs of sediment. On the nose, the wine is developing with dark cherries, ripe bruised strawberries, baked apple, hibiscus, toasted coconut, vanilla, new leather and some baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. The finish is long. Medium+ alcohol. A lovely pairing with my sort of modern riff on paella for a quick Tuesday evening meal. More please!

Having enjoyed vintages going back to the early 1980’s, I think Marqués de Riscal “Reserva” is one of the last few, true bargains in the wine world. They are classic in the sense that they are unmistakably Rioja and they have the ability to age for decades. It’s very hard for me to think of another wine that is widely available for under $30 that can drink this well and cellar that long. Let’s enjoy the disparity while we can!
— 6 months ago

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Under the Wire

Sparkling Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir

Always find these wines super lovely — 8 months ago

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Produttori del Barbaresco

Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2010

Too young, should get to 90-91 with more time...classic. Way better on night 2 under Coravin but cork pulled night 2. — 3 years ago

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Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2015

RSV has just under 200 acres of vineyards in 5 Carneros locations & a winery in the Stags Leap District. The wines are 100% organic. Ruby with delightful berry, cherry & spice aromas that carries through to palate with strawberry & cherry and complex spice, citrus and a touch of oak with fine soft tannins. Lively acidity gives the wine good balance, carries through the finish with an earthy creamy characteristic ending with notes of vanilla spice. Nice! — 3 years ago

Paul, Daniel P. and 14 others liked this

Château Lynch-Bages

Grand Cru Classé Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

David T

Great 05 fruit with classic Bordeaux profile.

Starts with the bright, ripe fruits that 05 gave. Blackberries, black raspberries, very, dark cherries, black plum, raspberries, plum, perfect graphite for days, cedar, fresh & slightly dry tobacco, forest floor with dry leaves, perfect, dark spices, dry crushed limestone, dry river stone, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin, salted caramel, dry, dark chocolate bar, steep tea with fruit, anise to black licorice, haunting herbaceous notes, saline notes, dry to moist clay, bright, mid to dark florals framed in violets, excellent acidity with amazing tension, beautifully balanced & structured, polished, wire to wire finish that lasts close to two-minutes. So round on the palate. Great with the El Salciciero ribeyes.

Corn picked today from my organic garden. Ten to fifteen plus year left.
— 7 months ago

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Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1999

Silky and soft with inky fruit. Slick. Very contained. A little under for Cheval — 8 months ago

David Schachter
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Jan, Jeroen and 14 others liked this

Bogle Vineyards

Essential Red Old Vine California Red Blend 2017

One of the best wines under $10. Nice and smooth, flavorful blend. Very easy to drink and at $7 a bottle it’s a steal. — 3 years ago

Hope Family Wines

Treana Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2016

Hope family began their planting’s in 1978 & sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from winery's tasting room. In 1990 the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery. Blend of 75% Cab Sauv & 25% Syrah. Deep Ruby with aromas of sweet berry & spice notes. On the palate flavors of currants and ripe berry with cacao, pepper and vanilla spice. Full body, rich tannins, good balance ending on the spicy side, better after decant. — 3 years ago

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