Lemon and almond on the palate. A delightful different white. June 2021. — 4 days ago
Another great vintage. Super balance. — 17 days ago
My first experience with the 2015 “Vare Vineyard” and the first of my three allocated bottles. Ketan mentioned this was his best “Vare” bottling to-date and while I can’t speak to that (since all of my previous experiences with Beta have been the Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma), I can verify that it has Ketan’s signature all over it. I did not decant this bottle though, it probably would have benefited from it. Never the less, the bouquet was bursting with character: predominately black fruits, anise, eucalyptus, coniferous forest floor, Anaheim pepper…the overwhelming message of freshness and one of the most unique noses I’ve ever encountered from a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, things were a little more subdued with black currants, tart black cherry and black bramble fruit with a little hint of baking spices. It seemed a touch green, to be completely honest. Bone dry and endowed with substantial structure; medium+ tannin, medium+ acid, all the while framed by a medium- body; a welter weight of a wine.
This seems right in-line with what I have come to expect from Ketan Mody’s approach and, while I don’t expect anyone to peg this as Bordeaux in a blind tasting, it certainly has some Old World sensibilities and reminds me of the way Cabernet Sauvignon was made in California 40+ years ago. And, after drinking a few 40 year old Napa Cabernet’s this past week plus the aforementioned balance of fruit/structure, I believe this has a long life ahead of it with a rather exciting upside. Drink with patience or cellar. FWIW, I don’t have any immediate plans to open my second bottle before 2025. — a month ago
6/2021. Nice Oak Knoll Cab. Full of flavor and nice on the palate. Paired well with the filet at Hall’s Chophouse. — 6 days ago
Mmmmm tasty especially with shrimp cocktail and a filet. — 11 days ago
Balanced, honey apple giving way to flinty goodness. I’ll try the 2006 next time — 14 days ago
Nice floral notes frame this Pomerol style wine. Probably too early to drink but what the heck!!! — 8 days ago
Deep purple in color with a cloudy reddish rim.
Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, vegetables, licorice, light vanilla, oak, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and earthy with nice complexity.
Tangy and spicy finish with fine grained tannins.
Drinks like a Left Bank Bordeaux, very interesting coming out of Napa.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.
Still young and already enjoyable. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and really enjoyable it with the truffled duck confit.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$48. — a month ago