Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Ferrari-Carano

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Knocked my socks off. Eucalyptus, touch of funk, lovely fruit still extant. Didn’t know what to expect, but pleasantly surprised. — 3 days ago

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Medlock Ames

Bell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Deep dark ripe fruits, hint of Tabaco and brown sugar. Full body on a sweeter side, great value for the quality — 4 days ago

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Fantesca

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

I’m really picky on chardonnay, but this was intoxicating. It’s crazy young, but this is going to vault up the scale for me. First comparison that comes to mind is Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons, but with a touch less acidity (still plenty). This is supremely balanced. Honeyed stone fruits, lemon cream, and a slate/mineral note on the nose. Rich without being too dense. Vibrant. Powdered sugar lemon bar, meringue, and honey roasted cashews. This was (or may still be), the only chardonnay Heidi Barrett makes.
— 4 days ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Delightful wine, we paired it with one of the best restaurant burgers in town and it was perfect! — 11 days ago

Owl Ridge Wines

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Not sure where ‘Owl Ridge’ is but it’s a cute critter label. Color is nice. Bit of a red rust edge to the deep maroon center. Nose is elegant. Leather in the sun and berry preserves. Some pumpkin spice or maybe it’s just nutmeg. Flavors are chewy, savory, and more autumn in the air stuff. Maybe smoke from leaves burning or pies spices used in baking. Has grapes, berries and that stuff too. It’s a nice elegant and tasty Cab from a locale that does them just right. — 4 days ago

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Fantesca

King Richard's Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

Give it time and this will be a point or two better easily. The only Fantesca wine not made by winemaker Heidi Barrett, but by assistant winemaker Tony Arcudi. A good balance of classical Cali Pinot with some old world flair. Fruit here is slightly underripe and a mix of red and black berries. A definite herbal influence with underbrush. Lots of layers here...rhubarb tart and candied black cherries up front before evolving to show herbs de Provence, cedar, crunchy cranberry and tobacco leaves. Complex. Delicious.
— 4 days ago

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David T

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We enjoyed the wines we tasted with him. Particularly, his 13. He was about to bottle his Pritchard Hill...only 2-3 barrels. I was going to buy a bottle and try it but, he was leveraging it to sell his Arcudi wines and was not guaranteeing even one bottle of the Pritchard Hill...only as a wish. Not a fan of that system and believe you aren’t either. However, I have heard good things about his Pritchard Hill.
Shay A

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@David T : Definitely not a fan of that system. With him making Howell Mtn cab, I’m very intrigued to try it at some point. Didn’t know he was making a PH cab.
Jeff D.

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@Shay A definitely recommend trying Tony’s wines when you are back at the property! He makes such a small quantity which is why he offers them in 3-btl increments and the Pritchard Hill is in even smaller quantities to the howell mtn. He made it as an accompaniment to that bottling, not as a way to get people to buy it

Rodney Strong

Brothers Ridge Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Very soild cab. Smell is great. Very smooth. Peppery ending. Love the balanced fruit up front — 11 days ago

Alexander Valley Vineyards

Cyrus Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

This 2013 Cyrus (signed by none other than Hank Wetzel) is drinking remarkably well tonight. Voluptuous, fresh dark fruits & tantalizing aromatics full of spices, tobacco, leather, menthol, and espresso. Tannins are still sorting themselves out but I enjoy some grip to my BDX blends. — 21 days ago

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Daniel P. Drake

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@Ryan Vento sorry, it looks like the same bottle and I can't wait to open it.
Ryan Vento

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Hey @Daniel P. Drake , this actually is the BDX blend so what I’m drinking is what you’ve got 🍷 Delectable just calls it a Cab Sauv blend instead of a Bordeaux blend. I need to look up the exact assemblage of the ‘13.
Ryan Vento

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I think you’ll enjoy it, @Daniel P. Drake. Also, the ‘13 is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot 👌🏻

Louis M. Martini

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Vy C.
9.5

Rich smell and great balanced cabernet! Definitely can taste the black cherry and licorice. — 3 days ago

Hall Wines

T Bar T Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Really good cab - on the lighter side, super smooth and paired with steak really well. — 5 hours ago

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