Val De Salis

Fento Wines

Pedraneira Albariño 2018

Wow. Wow. Wow. Albariño fans seek this out. Really has all you want in this varietal. Yum — 4 days ago

Sharon, Mike and 5 others liked this

Bodegas La Val

Albarino Orballo Rias Baixas 2019

So solid, and wonderful on a warm evening: sweet apple, salt, lovely minerality. Yum. — 6 days ago

Severn, Jason and 9 others liked this

Château Barbanau

Clos Val Bruyère Cassis White Blend 2018

Vintage 2018 | Made from Marsanne, Clairette, Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon. Intruiging smell with marzipan, citrus and saltiness. Beautiful balance, very quaffable. Paired with home made paëlla. — 21 days ago

Jan, Ira and 12 others liked this

Domaine Roblet-Monnet

Le Val Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Pinot Noir

Very 2008 vintage with cool red fruit tones, a hint of sous bois and spice. The wine is fresh and bright in the palate. Red cherry, cranberry and pomegranate fruit are surround by great fruit tannins. This is lithe and focused. — 10 days ago

Clos du Val

Napa Valley Zinfandel 1981

A continuation of some 1981’s that I’ve been opening to celebrate my 40th and this might be one of the biggest revelations yet. Over the last 20 years of my education, I’ve had the honor of being humbled countless times by wines, both good and not so good. However, every now and again, a wine comes along that challenges basic conventions and broadens my perspective. This was such a wine. Popped and poured; served alongside an assortment of grilled fare. The cork was about as healthy I’ve seen from a wine at 40 years. It came out mostly intact save for a small piece that was easy to remove but it served as a reminder that I ought to spend the money on a Durand. The color is deep garnet with some ever so slight browning at the edge of the rim. There is some fine sediment towards the bottom of the bottle but it’s otherwise quite clear. The nose was immediately engaging and full of interest. Predominate notes of old leather, dark cherry, mushrooms, black pepper, tobacco, and sweet baking spices. On the palate, the wine was rich, redolent. A mix of dark, mostly desiccated fruit, pipe tobacco, and baking spices. The real star however was the structure. Everything was still in its right place. Tannins were noticeable though clearly softened with age and very well integrated at this point. The acid provided all the necessary lift and a perfect zip to the finish. A wine of supreme balance. The four of us who shared this bottle looked at each other in wonder and amazement. A truly special wine that has years of life ahead. I have little doubt that it will still be handsome at 50. — 14 days ago

Andrew, Daniel and 14 others liked this
Tom Casagrande

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I was saddened to learn that Clos du Val decided a few years ago to stop making Zin. I always liked their elegant style.
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Wow! And here I am wondering if we can still drink 1994 Zins- perhaps my favorite of all time. Congrats on the birthday @Jay Kline.

Val di Suga (Angelini)

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2013

This was special. Hitting all the right notes. — 10 days ago

Joshua, Ira and 10 others liked this

Clos du Val

Carneros Chardonnay 2019

Ming L
9.0

Lovely chard on a hot day. Nice balance of crisp acidity and soft texture. Seamless oak integration.

Pretty much the same notes as before.
— 6 days ago

Bob, Mike and 2 others liked this

Famille Bougrier (Domaines Bougrier)

Val de Loire Sauvignon Blanc 2020

🇬🇧 Wine Society - on sip the delicate zest of lemon and lime slowly attacks the palate before exploding into a spectacular sensation of tastes - very drinkable - now where is my glass... — 14 days ago

Kim liked this

Clos du Val

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Serious napa cab. This could go for a while, I guessed a nice napa cab from like 2017 or so. But this is still fresh and wonderful but that fun sweet red earth napa cab vibe. This makes me regain some confidence in napa again. Despite all the madness that happens there (and ludicrous prices) there is a real reason for good wine. Not just big oak and wine manipulation. I really enjoyed this, man if napa was more like this maybe I would buy it more... — 12 days ago

Zarate

Val do Salnés Albariño

Mild lively acidity. Stone fruits, peach. Charming structure — a month ago