Abbey Creek

Freemark Abbey

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Great SS and small French Oak Chardonnay — 11 days ago

Cameron Winery

Reserve Cuvée Renée Pinot Noir Unfiltered 2008

Barrel selection from Abbey Ridge Vineyard for Liner&Elsen in Portland. Renee is the wife of owner of L&E. Deep garnet with lovely nose of dark cherry. Dense red fruit, earth, spice on the palate that echoes in the mouth. Beautiful structure with tannins and acid in perfect balance. Long finish. Might have guest 1 cru Gevrey. 9.4/10 — a month ago

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Jim Wagonfeld

Jim Wagonfeld

A barrel selection from Abbey Ridge prepared for Liner & Elsen in Portland. Black cherry, earth, spice on a great acid/tannin structure. Perfect balance. I might have called it Gevrey. 4*

Taittinger

Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2007

David T
9.5

Well...this was one hell of a week. There is only one way to wind it down. Reach for an excellent bottle of vintage Champagne.

My first thoughts are how delicate this is on the palate. Further, how unbelievable it will be with another 8-10 years in bottle.

The nose shows; slightly sour lemon, the good parts of lemon Pledge, lemon meringue, white stone fruits, pineapple fresh with lots of juice, grapefruit, lime pulp, honeysuckle, soft, haunting caramel, brioche, limestone & slightly, dirty, grey volcanics, saline, sea fossils, sea spray, bread dough, vanilla, white spices-light ginger with spring flowers, mixed floral greens & lilies.

The body is light on its feet and dances on the palate. Delicacy abounds. Its soft, gorgeous mousse right there with the best money can buy. Slightly sour lemon, lemon meringue, green & with more bruised golden apple, white stone fruits, pineapple fresh with lots of juice, grapefruit, lime pulp, touch of apple cider, honeysuckle, soft, haunting caramel, ginger ale into cream soda, brioche, nougat, toffee notes, lighter nuts without skin, limestone & slightly, dirty, grey volcanics, saline, sea fossils, sea spray, bread dough, vanillin, marzipan, white spices-light ginger with spring flowers, mixed floral greens & lilies. The acidity is mellow yet lively, gorgeous and as good as it gets. The finish is all luxury. So well knitted & balanced, elegant, rich but not overpowering and gently persisting several minutes.

Photos of; The House of Taittinger, their caves so chalky white and built on the famous Crayères Cellars of Reims: 2.5 miles of tunnels (they own 1/4 to 1/3 of it) cut out of chalk by the Romans, the portrait of Thibaud IV who was a king, lord, manager, singer, conqueror, explorer & 11th century Crusader all rolled into one from which, this Cuvée was the catalyst creation and part of the 600 plus hectares they own in Champange.

Some producer notes; Taittinger's history can be traced back to 1734, when it was originally known as Forest-Fourneaux, founded by Jacques Fourneaux who worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. They were just the 3rd Champange house.

The estate was bought by the Taittingers – a family of wine merchants – in 1932, and thanks to the great depression and subsequent low land prices, the family also picked up huge swathes of vineyard. From 1945-1960, Francois Taittinger established the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and after his death in 1960 his brother Claude took over, pushing the estate into a Champagne house of world renown. Such was the status of the label that the Taittinger family soon expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this eventually led to financial difficulties, and in 2005 the Taittinger brand – including the Champagne house – was sold to the American owned Starwood Hotel Group. The sale was badly received by the Champagne industry, with many fearing the new owners – unfamiliar with the culture of Champagne – would put profit ahead of quality.

Just one year later, Claude’s nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who had always been opposed to the sale, negotiated a €660m deal with the Starwood Group, and the Taittinger family resumed ownership of the company.

In 2017, Taittinger planted its first vines in England, near a village in Kent, for its venture into English sparkling wine. The first bottle will be ready in 2023.

1/8/21
— 2 months ago

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Sean Smith

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@David T I have a feeling we’re close by. I shop at the Costco in Novato. Tough to leave with less than a case of wine sometimes.
David T

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@Sean Smith Novato is a good Costco zip code for wine. Costco definitely pushes the higher quality wines & therefore more expensive wines into well to do income zip codes. I’ve seen Petrus a few times in Scottsdale.
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They had a pretty cool Latour combo when we were there last week.

Freemark Abbey

Stagecoach Vineyard Merlot 2014

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Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Napa Valley Merlot 2017

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Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Should have let this sit for a bit longer. Still wonderful though — 2 months ago

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