Nose of purple fruit and herb. Entry is purple bramble. Not jammy in any way. Good sharp acidity on the front. Goes to more of a underripe fig on the middle. Finish has some stiff oak astringency. I think it will take a few years to integrate. Still thinking this one is a couple of years away from the top of the hill so hold this one if you have it. If I were to do this differently, I would probably have decanted for 2 hours before serving. — 4 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.
I’ve had the AV ‘07 a few times over the last year and notes are consistent. Classic American oak notes of dill and coconut, with tobacco leaves and dusty blackberries. Balanced. Palate showed cocoa dusted dates, fig, and blackberries. I called this Cali cab with American oak. Thanks @Benjamin Keator — 9 days ago
Was wondering if my tastes moved away from this in the last 18 months, but I’m impressed once again with my last bottle of this 2016. I may be repeating myself, but this brings out much of the greatness of CA Cab Sauv (dark fruit, spice, graphite, cedar, incense) without the ponderous new oak attack and flabby extraction. High acid CS, great with food, absolutely ridiculous at $20. Will be on the lookout for more. Enjoyed with homemade burgers and fries. — 5 days ago
V05. Fabulous. Olive nose. Juicy black currant and blackberry fruit. Velvety smooth, mocha, black pepper , leather with a slight touch of eucalyptus finish. — 6 days ago
130-year-old vines and 100% carbonic make for an absolutely delicious wine. Massive concentration and intensity, but only 12.8%!! Perfectly ripe plums and black cherry, florals, and rich turned soil. Fresh juicy acid and some VA keep things quite high-toned and sprightly. More please! — 14 days ago
One of the few remaining btls from my original 20K btl cellar in the golden years of the mid 2000’s when dining with Rudy, Big Boy, Kapon and the like was my past time. Boy was that fleeting! This was out of a split and it lived up to Robert P’s enthusiasm. Gorgeous. Great acidity and went perfect with Drew’s apple cinnamon bun decadent dessert. Isn’t it funny it says WHITE Riesling?!?! — 20 days ago