Arkenstone

Arkenstone

NVD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

TGIF! Poking around trying to make room in the wine cooler for a new shipment and decided it was time for a big big Friday pizza wine after the Arnold Palmer Golf Classic. Arkenstone’s Cabernet Sauvignon has the right spice and fruit blend for the job. The NVD was young but opened up nicely very quickly. God bless winemaker Sam Kaplan! — 17 days ago

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Modus Operandi Cellars

Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Shay A
9.3

Day 2 of Napa in the books!

Quick lunch with my friend Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Cellars. He was Weston’s (of Montagu Wines) mentor and is a fellow Texan! He submitted his wines for review for the very first time last year after 10+yrs, and received multiple 92-97pt wines. This SB is so much better than expected...tropical and explosive. Not quite on Arkenstone or Aesthete SB level, but the richness and round texture are very similar. Kiwi, stone fruit, nectarine and a melon/cantaloupe finish. If you enjoy big style SB, not sure there is a better Napa Valley one at $40.
— 2 months ago

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Arkenstone

Howell Mountain Sémillon 2014

Millo Vegas. Tastes like pudding @John Beasley. Crisp lightning @W — 9 months ago

John Beasley
with John

Siro Pacenti

Vecchie Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2011

2 of 3 wines we tried tonight. Extremely smooth Brunello. Lighter bodied than the Shane and Arkenstone but held its own. Nice finish and smooth fruits. — a year ago

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Arkenstone

Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Had this in Manteca, courtesy of Stepums. Notes of pear on the nose. A little barn-y at the end. Made me think it was maybe a gewurtz or some weird Italian white. But it's a sauv blanc! — 2 days ago

Sinegal Estate

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Shay A
9.2

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Loved our visit here. Gorgeous property & wines. Bigger style SB with explosive stone fruit & tropical fruit aromatics. Not quite as round and rich as Aesthete or Arkenstone, but very similar. Nice acidity with pronounced notes of honeyed passion fruit & white peach.
— 2 months ago

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Hope your trip was great. Sorry we didn’t cross paths

Aesthete

Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Shay A
9.5

Well dang. I got this on recommendation of @David L , @Carl Fischer , @Mike R , @Ron R and a few others. I am SO glad I did, especially after hearing that my favorite SB, Arkenstone, is moving to $95/bottle! To me, this tastes like Arkenstone on day 2. It is chock full of pineapple juice, cantaloupe, kiwi and stone fruits. Reminds me of the ice cream bar Creamsicle in how creamy it is. There is a tartness with the fruit but also balanced acidity. It is powerful and bold. Truly fantastic for those who enjoy bigger style SB. As you can see in the background, @Mark Flesher enjoyed it! — 2 months ago

Mark Flesher
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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Jake Rubash that would be a fun comparison
9.5
Ron R

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@Jake Rubash, where you located? We’d like to be part of that inquisition 😃 If you’re close to the tri-state area, I’m doing something late February. Let me know if you want some...
Jake Rubash

Jake Rubash

@Ron R that would be awesome but probably not in the cards as we live in the Bay Area in CA

Arkenstone

Obsidian Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rich and lush; structured tannins that would benefit from opening the bottle many hours in advance. Leathery and dry, with a long finish. Congrats to Sam Kaplan for yet another wonderful wine! — a month ago

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Sinegal Estate

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.5

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Special wine. They are pulling fruit from below Arkenstone off Howell. Has everything Howell like in spades. It is dusty with chocolate, full of flavor from red, blue & black fruits, but has a special “mint” like Andes candy mint finish.
— 2 months ago

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Ron R

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I was not aware that they had a Howell Mtn cab, too. What's the retail, Shay?
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@Ron R : It was wonderful. $175/bottle. Not cheap, but undoubtedly well made!

Le Ragose

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend 2007

Caitlin's graduation - wine #3 of the night. My first Amarone--why haven't I tried these yet? Holy cow I'm a fan. This was a close second for me. Vibrant fruits, silky tannins, just full bodied enough, nice long finish. Will buy this again. Stood up extremely well next to the reigning champ, the #Arkenstone — 8 months ago