Briar Valley Vineyard & Winery

Analemma

Mosier Hills Estate Tinto

I don’t know which I like better here - the aromas or the juice itself. This tinto is just awesome.

Immediately, cork removed, I got some briar wood and unripened blackberries. 10 mins later and it’s a totally opened up and tamed beast of old leather, now ripened blackberries, and a slight nod to bacon grease.

A few sips reveal blueberry jam, more blackberries, and plenty of warm baking spices.

The acid is puckeringly fresh and smooth, slight amount of heat and plenty of lingering tannins. Excellent!
— 4 days ago

Jillian Varner
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Simi

Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Had this in June 2021 and it was the showstopper. We did all the reserves, special lots, etc.. 2006 Landslide crushed them all. It has plenty of aging left to do, but don’t drink it too young. I see some other (older) reviews on here and I feel genuinely bad for those folk.

Incredible structure and power in the glass. A velvet hammer approach of cassis and blackberry, vanilla, with briar and chocolatey coating.

I even compared this next to a 2006 Alexander Valley Silver Oak and this won in a… wait for it… LANDSLIDE.
— 7 months ago

Jillian Varner
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A. Rafanelli

Unfiltered Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2016

They make such good Zins. Briar & Bramble, dark red fruit. Currants, smoke, tea — 8 months ago

Achával-Ferrer

Quimera Mendoza Malbec Blend 2003

STORAGE is everything.

Correct storage does not magically enlighten all wines, but it enables you to wait until such time that wines crafted with proper parts and proper technique will offer you a higher level of enjoyment.

Our final bottle of this 2003 vintage, purchased in May 2006 for $31 as Achával-Ferrer was beginning their ascension to greatness, with pricing to match.

Decanted 4H.

Similar notes to prior experiences:

Nose has ripe plum, graphite, dried black cherry, dried tart cherry, old leather, dried black currant, slight eucalyptus, dark chocolate, stewed raisin, mashed blackberry, faint chalkboard dust and dried rose.
Palate has sweet prune, semi-sweet chocolate, dried black cherry, sweet-roasted red pepper, dried boysenberry, briar and dry earth. Fine tannins, rich and round the on the finish.

Stellar show on our finale of the vintage...Looking forward to the 2004's. I previously stated this bottle could likely make a 20th birthday in proper storage, looks like it can only make a ~19th birthday in this cellar.

40% Malbec/ 28% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 27% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc (4,976 cases)
— 17 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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Nice laguiole
Severn Goodwin

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@Joshua Fisher This is my Lisse workhorse, but when extraction doesn't require the Durand, generally the outcome is wonderful.
Brent Young

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Very nice 👍 @Severn Goodwin 🍷

Château Calon-Ségur

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

2002 not a sweet fruity concoction dusty briar but worthy — 6 months ago

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Tom Casagrande

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That they could make a wine you rated 9.0 from what 2002 threw at them is a testament to this estate.

Burn Cottage

Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Black cherry, black tea, wooly tannin, briar — 9 months ago

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Lorenzon

Le Chapitre Mercurey Pinot Noir 2018

Black fruit, briar, drying tannin — 3 months ago

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Domaine Les Hautes Terres

Maxime 2018

This is a fun one for me. The winery sits on a limestone outcrop where Charlemagne had a large fortress. His warriors in the Roquetaillade were legendary hardos who famously ate sword tips in their salads. Hilarious!

This red blend is a highly extracted red that needs a lot more time in the bottle to mellow out, but drinks spectacularly once it relaxes. Briar and charred oak, blackberries and dark moody fruit.

The Roquetaillade warriors wouldn’t even need sword tips in this.
— 6 months ago

Jillian Varner
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B Kosuge Wines

The Shop Pinot Noir 2017

This is a perfect expression of pinot. Luscious cherry, briar, light touch of oak. Recommend highly. — 7 months ago

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Envinate

Táganan Parcela Margalagua Red Blend 2019

Wasn’t quite ready for the reduction but I should have known better. Quite crispy. Freshly crushed pepper is prominent. Briar, spice, cherry pits too.

This is the chef’s take on a staple classic. Only for those who are ready for a new experience.
— 8 months ago

Jillian Varner
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