Apex Cellars

Ferren Wines

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

As advertised very well made. I can appreciate the style these will need time to express apex — a month ago

Benoit Touquette

Fait-Main Toyon Farm Chardonnay 2014

Ron R
9.6

Stunning, crystalline visual presentation. Leads into a honied, medium-weight palate. Lots of texture and layers meet soft acidity. Pineapple and guava dominate the finish. A sexy little beast for sure. This has arrived at its apex - drink now. — 6 months ago

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I may not have clicked enter on the vintage. Thanks for the nudge @Jason and Jennie
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@Ron R i’ve only had one of this chard and it was the 2014. One of the best chards ive ever had
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This chard played “high post” last night. Really enjoyed it.

Cayuse Vineyards

Cailloux Vineyard Syrah 2011

Shay A
9.5

Broken record, I know, but these wines are just mesmerizing and right up my alley. I’d say this is drinking close to its apex, and that the overwhelming funk you get when young has become more integrated. Olive tapenade, cherry jerky, soy, and peppercorn crusted rhubarb aromatics. Gorgeous floral lift on the palate showing whole cluster flair. Added notes of potpourri, herbs de Provence, smoked meat, mulberries and raspberries. So complex. Thanks @Keith Fisher . — 2 years ago

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O'Brien Estate

Reflection Late Harvest Cuvee Napa Valley Red Blend 2009

This is a late harvest Merlot. This is a case study in aging wine- found 4btl in the cellar. No inventory for it- lost. (Granted these grapes never left property) but aged perfectly. Gorgeous. Aged in the nose, but beautifully ripe and smooth. At its apex. Loving this. — a month ago

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Joseph Drouhin

Clos Sorbé Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2008

Jeremy Shanker
9.1

Really good, but short of great. Tart and slightly underripe, but felt like it was probably at its apex. — 6 months ago

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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Red Rock Terrace Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Beautifully extracted, luscious and velvety. Dark cherry fruit dusted in dry Napa earth. The real deal. At its apex. — a year ago

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Nice!
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Nice indeed!
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Kalinda

Cuvée Réserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Shay A
9.2

This is K&L’s private label. I believe they either purchase the wine and don’t disclose the winery or they purchase the fruit and have it made under their label. They gave a pretty big clue on this one...the property is owned by the first winemaker to score 100 points on a Napa cabernet from Robert Parker (the research is easy, look it up!). At $20-25 on release, holding this for a few years yields a great QPR.

At 10yrs, this is probably drinking at its apex. Nicely integrated...smooth and round. Fruit is still the main focus, but the oak is in the background and it is certainly not dense or heavy. Aromatically, it’s showing red, blue and black fruits. Dark cocoa dusted dates, cedar and a hint of smoked meats. On the palate, it’s fairly light revealing a mix of sweet and spiced fruits...peppercorn covered rhubarb pie, baking spices, holiday fruit cake, violets and freshly squeezed black cherries. Enjoy now or hold for 2-3 more years. My thanks to
@David T for the bottle, and introducing me to this label and the story behind it.
— 2 years ago

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@Shay A Cheers! 🍷...wish K & L would shop to Iowa! I would love to try this winw!!
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@Dawn E. : They won’t ship to TX either! Such a shame all these shipping laws. Helps having friends in the right places though. 😎
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Never tried very cool 🍷

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC)

Échézeaux Pinot Noir 2015

When you have the opportunity to drink a wine like this I do not worry about infanticide because I might be a corpse when this is at its apex. Decanted 2.5 hours . Head spinning aromatics of flowers, spice , and plums. One should bottle a perfume with that nose. I always ask myself can the palate equal the nose and in this case the palate does exactly that. The palate seduces you with pure elegance despite the enormous concentration of fruit. Delicious flavors of perfectly ripe fruit that somehow takes great structure and turns it into silk. Tremendous density and energy that handles the vintage heat effortlessly. Most importantly the bottle was shared with my friend who made my wine journey in life possible, if that was factored into my rating this wine would score a 100. — 2 months ago

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Pleasure to read the wonderful note! Indeed a life well lived and a wine beautifully drunk, 👏 congrats
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@JKT Thank you for the kind words
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Carpe Diem! 🍷@Ira Schwartz 👍

Bedrock Wine Co.

Dolinsek Ranch Heritage Red Blend 2013

Shay A
9.2

Though the brutal TX heat is back, it means plenty of time for grilling, and this was a fun red blend to pair with burgers.

A fun field blend where everything but the kitchen sink seems to be in here…mostly zin, with 6-7 lesser known varietals. A bit funky upon opening (pop and pour), this opened to reveal a brambly, tobacco leaf, weightless yet jammy profile. Soft and supple mixed fruits aromatically (mostly red and black fruits), with some added woody notes (more earthy than oak driven). The mid palate here reminds you this is zin to its core with plenty of black cherry compote and then the vibrant acidity driven finish sports some black pepper and spicy rhubarb. Mostly integrated at this point, I think this is at its apex.
— 7 months ago

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Stay cool @Shay A

Galante Vineyards

Blackjack Pasture Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Green and black pepper, stewed dark fruit, leather, and black tea. The 2007 is smooth and well blended, but may be on the backside of its aging apex, with a bit more oxidation and a bit less tart fruit and acid than I’ve tasted in the past. Still a great wine. — 2 years ago

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