Black Sea, Bulgaria

Château Pradeaux

Bandol Mourvedre 2014

Châteaux Pradeaux is located in Bandol AOC, of Provence, France, near the magnificent coastal town of Saint Cyr-sur-Mer, situated on the Mediterranean Sea. I imagine there are breathtaking views of the azure waters from the vineyards and estate of Château Pradeaux. 🌊

Generations of the Portalis family have produced wines from this estate dating back to 1752. The land has seen devastation such as the French Revolution, Phylloxera, and World War II, and yet today it remains strong, carrying forward the family traditions, thanks to the fortitude, will, and courage of the Portalis family. 💪

👁 It is medium ruby with garnet rim variation. It has a subtle haze, perhaps because this wine was not fined nor filtered.

👃 On the nose this wine has a baked, black fruit quality, with notes of blackberry, plum, and black cherry 🍒 ; also notes of dried lavender, anise, clove, cedar, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, peat moss, meat, and barnyard.

👄 On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, high tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors that are consistent with the nose.

The grapes were not destemmed in the winemaking process, which has undoubtedly contributed to the strong and grippy tannins experienced in the glass. This wine benefits from decanting and could also benefit from more time in the bottle. 👍

In sum, this wine tells a story of commitment, perseverance, and respect for the land from which it’s cultivated. It’s made with minimal intervention and has 95% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache. 📚

Château Pradeaux, Bandol Rouge, 2014, ABV 13%.
— 10 hours ago

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The Hess Collection

19 Block Cuvée Mount Veeder Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

[Tasted on February 13, 2021 at Home]

Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc sourced from 19 blocks of the Veeder Summit Vineyard, 2000 feet above sea level. Black currant and plum, with sweet cedar, graphite, dark chocolate, mineral and smoky notes. Wine has a nice backbone of acidity.
— 2 months ago

Il Palazzone

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2015

Tasted alongside the 2013 vintage. Both wines were opened about eight hours in advanced and allowed to slow-ox at cellar temp (51°F). Comparatively, this was initially more reticent. Eventually, after letting it sit in the glass for about 30min and coming up to temp, damp earth (decomposing leaves), potpourri, sea breeze, mushrooms, and sandalwood on the nose. Cherry, black tea, and dried herbs on the palate. Towards the end of the bottle, this was gaining momentum and rivaling the 2013 in terms of enjoyability. Hold’em if you got’em. Better after 2025. — 3 months ago

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Domaine Bessa Valley

Enira Reserva Red Blend 2010

Wonderful Bulgarian Red Blend (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Petite Verdot). Aromas of Dark fruits with hints of violets, black olives, cedar, vanilla and tobacco. Dark fruit driven pallet that also notes black olives, bell pepper and graphite. Powerful but elegant at the same time. Beautiful balance with nice grip on the lingering finish. Excellent! Thanks for sharing this one- Ron B! — 2 months ago

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Vision Cellars

Pinot Noir 2018

Hey, Delectable— this is the Visions 2018 North Coast Pinot, but the ID wasn’t available.

Unabashedly ripe and warm, but with a distinctive umami flavor (hoisin sauce?) that I’m really digging. Black cherry, black plum and even blue fruit on the nose and palette. Lovely satiny texture. Medium + finish.

Hedonistic in the way you’d expect from a winemaker mentored by the Wagners, but the suppleness and umami notes make this wine stand out in a sea of north coast Pinot Noir, and the absence of new oak lets the fruit do the taking. Perfect with chicken lettuce wraps and haricot verts smothered in Madeira mushroom cream sauce.

Owner/founder, Mac Macdonald, has been making his own California Pinot Noir for more than 25 vintages now and it shows. Side note: he’s also one of the better story tellers in the biz.

Initially sampled as part of a tasting with the
#AAAV (Association of African American Vintners) and took the bottle home.
— a month ago

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Looks like I need to get one of these to try!

Flowers Vineyard & Winery

Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

We had the 2016 Vintage on 1/27-28/21. Smoother on the second night. Bouquet of red fruit and cinnamon. On the palate there are tastes black cherry, raspberry and lavender. Smooth mouth feel and a smooth finish. Very good. — 3 months ago

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Screaming Eagle

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

6 bottles... Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Screaming Eagle soars out of the glass with vibrant notions of ripe blackberries, black cherries and fresh red and black currants plus wafts of licorice, candied violets, cedar chest and clove oil with a beguiling touch of sea spray. Medium-bodied with jaw-dropping elegance, the palate is finely textured and yet built like a brick house with a super taut backbone and exquisitely knit acidity. The intense black and red fruit flavors are accented by layers of mineral and floral notions, finishing with incredible length and depth. Undeniably stunning. — a month ago

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Tom Garland

Tom Garland

I'm giving these a good +10 years to try. Do you usually get a 6 btl allocation?....I got a 6 btl allocation for 2018 instead of my usual 3...think production is jumping up big time.
Rob Brobst III

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@Tom Garland there was a bumper crop for 2018

Sea Smoke

Botella Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

13’Sea Smoke Botella
Beautiful ruby red color.
Nose is very expressive. Black cherry, allspice.
The black cherry comes across also on the palate. Red plum, boysenberry, cherry cough drops, velvety tannins ,balanced acidity. Perfect spot after a 45 minute decanting.
— 2 months ago

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Sea Smoke

Ten California Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2016

2016. Dense structured best on day 2. Classic PN fruit black raspberry, forest floor bacon — 2 months ago

Sea Smoke

Southing Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

Best Pinot from Santa Barbara I’ve had. Strong fruit (black currant) on the nose and front, but layered with tobacco and wood notes nicely. Really enjoyed the wine. Paid $110 at Hillstone, retails for $90-100. Worth it. — 3 months ago

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