Yountville, Napa Valley

Tate

Spring Street Yountville Chardonnay 2018

Light golden color. Creamy and well balanced. Very floral on the nose with hints of lemon and wet stones. Tropical Citrus and pear fruit flavors. Oak is light (French?) and the acidity is bright. Well made. — 5 days ago

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Gamble Family Vineyards

Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Unique in many ways. Aromatics and acidity were upfront with a mouth coating wave of wet stone and white flowers. This wine was so rich and balanced- you could drink glass after glass and not be bored. A true joy to drink and share. Very well made. — 2 months ago

Realm Cellars

La Fe Rosé Blend 2020

Shay A
9.2

Easy to trust Realm’s offerings as quality is always at a premium. I have to admit, my brain had a hard time connecting this type of rosé with Realm (based on their typical style).

My comment above isn’t meant to be good or bad, it’s just amazing that this Provençal type rosé could come from a bigger/powerful style Napa producer like Realm. Kudos to Benoit for knowing what he was going for and being able to create something (a beautiful rosé) from almost nothing (the extremely uneven 2020 vintage). I don’t think I could have called this rosé of merlot if I didn’t know beforehand. To me, this was a blend of high end Provençal rosé with Cayuse’s Edith rosé. Extremely pale salmon color in the glass with aromas of cantaloupe, white peach, faint dragon fruit and an herbal/mineral stony character. The palate here has nice gravitas and a surprising bite at the finish. Strawberry cream-lite, underripe kiwi and some nectarine on the finish. Much more enjoyable at cellar temp compared to being too cold. Don’t think this is one to hold, so enjoy now.
— 2 days ago

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David T

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I like Realm’s work but had to pass on their Rosé at $60. Too many really good Rosés on the market under $40 and many under $30.
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Agree with @David T !

Elyse

Holbrook Mitchell Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Big, savory and loaded with layers of dark fruit, tobacco, cocoa with a long silky finish. — 9 days ago

Rajat Parr Wine Club

Young Mill Vineyard Never Say Never Sémillon 2019

Pure Semillon from a dry farmed Napa vineyard. Neutral oak. Limited nose of apples, lemon, faint white pepper. Palette has strong frontal intensity that lingers. Mid palette you get lemon and green apple. Creamy in the back. The finish is purely textural, leaving a zingy feeling for minutes. — a month ago

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Hopper Creek Winery

Premiere Napa Valley Lot No. 38 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Most amazing wine I’ve ever had. Classic Napa on the front blended with a bell pepper ending. Can’t explain — 2 years ago

Forlorn Hope

Nacré Yount Mill Vineyard Sémillon 2013

A delicious and interesting wine. White peaches, nectarines lighten a structured core with medium acid. Blind I would’ve guessed Burgundy but it’s Napa. It will continue to age gracefully. — 17 days ago

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Fait-Main

Bettinelli Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Beautiful wine - more power behind it now. Still tight after a 2 hour decant. Hold ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, you won’t be disappointed. — a month ago

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Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.4

For steak dessert, 2007 Caymus Classic. Chuck, why oh why, did you change the original styling of this wine? 🤦‍♂️

I ran out of my cellared Caymus Classic. Classic is pre 2012 vintage. In 2012, it was changed to a highly marketable consumer friendly wine syrup that drinks well early for some. I can’t palate it.

I recently went to the secondary market and found some beautifully stored 2007. Missed it.

The nose reveals, stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, full scorched earth, grey clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce, eucalyptus with withering; dark, red, purple flowers.

The mouthfeel is glorious with balance & length. Ripe fruits of; stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries hovering over all the rest, scorched earth, dark spice with subtle yet punctuating heat, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon & vanillin, dry crushed, limestone rocks, grey, mud clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, oak char, expresso, black licorice, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce hues, eucalyptus/mint with withering; dark, red, purple flowers. The acidity is a rushing, spring mountain river. The length, balance fruit & earth, elegance, polish would captivate most any discerning palate.

Chuck, I think you should make both Caymus Syrup & Caymus Classic again.

She is at the tail end of her precipice.
— 4 days ago

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Wine concentrate? Needs dilution.