This blend is named in honor of the butcher shop that David’s father started in San Francisco. His butcher shop(s) launched them into a 1956 Pritchard Hill land spending spree with the thought of starting a cattle ranch. When they were done buying parcels, they had amassed 984 acres in Pritchard Hill. The third most expensive fruit today at $28,000 a ton. If you sold all of that land today, it would be worth over a billion dollars. I bet they didn’t pay anything close to that in 1956.
This was opened the day before we’d had it. While I enjoyed it, it had leaned out a bit more than I would want it. It was round with softer tannins but may have given a false sense of its ability to cellar.
The fruits are nice, ripe, lush & juicy; blackberries, raspberries, dark cherries, black plum, mid baking spices-nutmeg, cinnamon, light clove, vanillin, light spice, barrel shavings, crushed rocks, savory, grilled meats, dark, red, & purple florals with very nice acidity and a wire to wire finish that was leaner but, clean. The finish was well balanced, elegant, on the leaner side, nicely polished and persisted minutes. — 23 days ago
They greet you with their Chardonnay when you visit. They buy grapes from Trefethen to make their Chardonnay.
My experience with this is when you are mosttly a red wine producer, you need a white to start people & for Winery dinners with non meat dishes. It is not the primary focus of what they do. It’s more of an after thought and what you get is something very serviceable. That is the case here.
Their Chardonnay is very classic Sonoma...good but, nothing outstanding. Green apple, lemon, lime, kiwi, some butter & cream, mid oaked & backboned.with decent acidity and nicely polished. — 24 days ago
The one was opened same day.
The Elevation 1147 is their flagship wine.
2106 Elevation is a big step up from all their other reds. The mouthfeel is thick, round, gorgeous. Ripe, lush fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, dark cherries & an array of purple fruits. Tobacco, leather, saddle-wood, light graphite, crushed rock powered, limestone alluvials, beautiful baking spices that need some time to tame, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, dry twig, dark rich soil, touch of moist clay, dry top soils, understated sweet tar & black licorice with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue flowers with lavender & violets that follow as it sets. The acidity is round & excellent. The finish is; ruby, lush, round, well balanced & knitted & persistently gorgeous wire to wire.
While many will find it hard to resist now, you would be doing your substantial invest & this 2016 a disservice by opening before 10 years in bottle.
This is a 95 now but, I see it as a 95-98 down the road. — 22 days ago
While this wine is very drinkable, it tastes nothing like Sangiovese from Italy. Not even the fruit profile. It tastes like a Napa Valley blend of very ripe; Merlot, Cabernet & Cabernet Franc in that order. If you fancy that style, you’ll enjoy it. If you are looking for Sangiovese, you’ll be somewhat disappointed. — 22 days ago
V07. Had to check in, since I've been so happy with Boulard-Bauquaire BdB, and frequently compared it to this wine. Much more age, but, and I hate to say this, but I think the Boulard-Bauquaire is a better wine (than this btl anyway, my last btl of V10 was stunning). Anyway, the 07 is rich and slightly oxidative in style, with loads of lemon, almond, a touch of copper. On the palate, lovely acidity, hi-toned lemon, grapefruit pith, almond cream, and copper-infected honey...ok finish. — 18 days ago
Had the 2014 vintage this time. Black cherries, black berries, wood and spices, pepper, white chocolate, tobacco. Full-bodied with an amazingly round warm palate. Never-ending finish. — 4 days ago
The Old Vine is where their line up starts to get more interesting.
The Old Vine is thicker, richer & more brooding. The fruits are more; ruby, lush and dark. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark plum, dark cherries and strawberries overlay the top. Nicely layered baking spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, soft clove and vanilla, crushed rocks, alluvial limestone & volcanics, graphite, tobacco, used leather, dark spices, saddle-wood, cocoa, mocha, caramel with fresh & withering red, dark & purple florals. Excellent acidity and a nicely balanced, knitted & elegant finish. — 23 days ago