Black Mountain Vineyard

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Merlot 2014

First Disney wine. Starts off black and blue but then gets more red fruited as it opens. This is a baby. We are lobbying to have a bottle opened tonight to enjoy tomorrow. This wine has a great toasted oak tannin finish. Middle has medium+ density weight. Really nice bottle. Will be a 94 in 5 years but solid 92-93 now. Can't imagine what the WS Keyes Merlot tastes like! — 10 days ago

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Wallis Family Estate

Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The first one i’ve had that is finally starting to open up. Dark as night in the glass and full of rich black fruit. Mild acidity and still medium but softening tannins make this a good wine for food. This threw a ton of sediment, had a full half glass of dregs leftover. — 21 days ago

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Black Sears Winery

Howell Mountain Estate Zinfandel 2016

Literal liquid velvet. Fantastic vintage — 14 days ago


Petite Sirah 2002

Really impressive given its age, this is old school. Great fruit on the nose with hints of leather, this wine might be 17 years old, but I’d bet its got another 5 years easy given its tannic backbone. Very cool. — a day ago

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V. Sattui Winery

Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Delicious zin from the top of Napa. Dark plum and chocolate with a great mouth feel. Could have kept it cellared for another 5 years, but it was a great pairing for some BBQ. — 15 days ago

St. Clement Vineyards

Steinhauer Ranch Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

For a 2009 Howell Mountain Cab from Steinhauer Ranch, I expected more. The last bottle of this wine was bigger, dense, more "in your face" blackberry and blueberry cassis with some complexity. This one lacked in this department. The front still had black and blueberry influences, but not as intense and seemed be a little bit red influenced now. Middle is where fig and date notes kick in. Rather simplistic. Finishes with well integrated and soft tannin. Worthy of 90, but barely. — 21 days ago

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Lamborn Family Vineyards

2200’ Howell Mountain Red Blend 2016

The other bottles need to sit for 3 to 5 years. This bottle is good, but this one sat with cork out for 4 hours and then slow oxed an additional 12 and still don't think it was expressing the way it should have! Blackberry and blueberry dominant. Stiff tannic opening. Lots of pepper in the finish. Great weight. Good backbone but not overly expressive at this time. Gonna be good in a few. — 7 days ago

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I would have figured based on the blend it would be ready in the near term, but then again, it is mountain fruit.
Mark Flesher

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@Shay A I thought it was going to be good right out of the gate myself but it was weirdly astringent for sure.
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I used to buy Lamborn, but don’t anymore. I’m being brutally honest, as there are better wines on the market for less.

The Royal Nonesuch Farm

York Mountain Syrah Blend 2017

Bottled today. Great aromatics with a floral nuance. Lots of intensity on the mid palate with explosive red and black fruit and a great streak of acidity. Fresh with great density, but far from being over the top. Precision and balance delivering solid structure with a long generous finish. Delicious and satisfying. Looking forward to seeing how this wine evolves with time. — 18 days ago

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McCrea Vineyard Athearn Estate Chardonnay 2016

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Opened a few fun bottles to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. Cheers to 31!

This is one of the better young Kistlers I’ve had. In fact, there was a lot of similarities between this and some of Aubert’s Chardonnays (which are my favorite), in that there was a distinct lemon cream note all over this wine. Soft yet powerful, there was savory sea salt and marzipan notes aromatically. On the palate, it was almost glycerin like with ripe tropical fruits (pineapple, guava) and some white peach skin. Honey roasted cashews too. I thought it may be too acidic before I opened due to age, but this was drinking really well. Long finish.
— 6 days ago

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31, wow! If I am you, I’m buying tons of BDX and Burg so you can be drinking like a king in 25 years. And if you don’t like them in 25 years, you can buy yourself all the wine you like and have money left for your third home!
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@James Cahill : Great advice! I know very little about burgundy, so I don’t have much of that. I need to focus on Bordeaux...I buy a lot of Napa because it’s what I know but older Bordeaux is truly special.

Schramsberg Vineyards

J. Davies Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark red/purple color, black fruit and new oak nose. Red fruit on palate. Big but balanced. — 15 days ago