Afton Mountain Vineyards

O'Shaughnessy

Extended Barrel Age Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Ron R
9.7

Good god. This is stunning. Tastes like it was just bottled. I just shit my pants. A little hot on the finish, but the overall presentation carries this home.
@David L, such a nice touch my brother!
— 7 hours ago

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Avennia

Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

One hour splash decant.
Cranberries and cherries, herbal seasonings, hints of black tea, leather and smoke. Medium-plus body, good length, good amount of acidity. Overall impression is cool-climate, more Bdx-like than Californian. At the moment a tad reticent, certainly not extracted or hedonistic.
I suppose some extra cellartime will add depth, body and complexity. Promising.
— 10 days ago

Jan, Thijs and 11 others liked this

Kiona Vineyards

Red Mountain AVA Petite Sirah Syrah 2016

A big 50% petite sirah and 50% syrah blend. Big dark fruit, licorice, prune, and vanilla notes. Wish they had more than 2 bottles when I bought these! — 4 days ago

Ron, Jonathan and 3 others liked this

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Still singing. Stuff to age a bit longer but probably in its prime now. Tannins mostly resolved. Strong fruit. — 9 hours ago

Eric, Daniel P. and 10 others liked this

Outpost

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Ron R
9.5

Precision engineering in a bottle. This is so well sculptured. The basic function here is the intensity of the fruit. It’s not bombastic, just intense enough to make you sit a little more upright. For the vintage, this wine has grown up fast. Swipe to the right. — 7 days ago

Tom, Sharon and 62 others liked this

Kiona Vineyards

Red Mountain Reserve Red Bordeaux Blend

Minty hazelnuts - and interesting nose for sure.

Hefty wine, big bodied dark fruits, some mint, tobacco, and stone. A subtle sweetness in the body, with low acidity and grill plank tannins.
— 7 days ago

Sharon, Tom and 4 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Yummy! Cheers!🍷

Smith Story

Pickberry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, red and black plum, black cherry, pomegranate, forest floor, sweet baking spices; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus smooth tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, well balanced, concentrated, very good — 16 days ago

Josh, Uli and 6 others liked this

Abreu Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Ron R
9.8

@David L graciously opened his cellar up to us, and we are so grateful.
This is just disgracefully strong. Poise, grace and texture. A model of restraint, yet makes you sit up and take notice. I think I’m gonna swig from the bottle!
— 9 hours ago

Mike RDiana LDavid L
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Sterling Vineyards

Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1988

Shay A
9.1

One of the birth year bottles I opened for my 33rd this past week. It was opened alongside an ‘88 Chateau de Marbuzet (which never came alive).

Scoring these types of wines is difficult...based on shock factor, this is like a 95...based on profile (in a vacuum), it’s closer to 85...marrying the two, I have no problem giving this a 90-91. This was a bottle acquired from an estate sale. Mostly kept with one owner, it simply wasn’t kept in a temperature controlled environment. Even more, it showed a bit of seepage down the side. Expectations were low, but when removing the capsule, the cork looked quite good. Pulled the cork and it showed very little seepage overall...after pouring, it was shockingly impressive. When compared to the ‘88 Marbuzet, the nose was more ripe and high toned...dirty and ripe black cherries, cherry pipe tobacco, and fig. Very smooth and integrated, obviously, but an incredible structure shows up on the finish. Cocoa dusted dates, bayleaf, cracked black pepper crusted cherries, herbs de Provence and some leather. This powered through 3hrs open in the bottle and just got better and better.

It’s bottles like this that make you sit back and realize how incredible wine can be when it comes in a bottle that is totally unexpected.
@Bill Bender , this surpassed even my highest hopes! Bravo!
— 2 days ago

Tom, Matt and 36 others liked this
Joe Gillies

Joe Gillies

Happy birthday @Shay A enjoy your birth bottles!
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Shay, great review. Thanks hugh
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : Happy Birthday, Shay! Hope it was great!

Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc - Merlot Blend 2014

Outstanding Bordeaux blend from Washington. Happy Friday!! — a day ago

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