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Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters

Bourbon Barrel Aged Cellarmaster Select Red Wine Blend 2014

This California red blend is always enjoyable. Big, bold, fruit forward and somewhat sweet.

Showing black fruits with chocolates, mocha, caramel and coffee notes.
Dry to off dry on the palate and good right out of the bottle.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good for parties and good by itself as a sipping wine.

A couple of years ago I really liked it, now it seems a little too sweet for me.

Aged in Bourbon barrels.

17% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$25.
— 2 days ago

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Stratton Lummis ( Row Eleven Wines )

Merlot 2014

John Howard
9.0

Well made. Higher acid keeps it fresh while still maintaining the classic Napa Valley silky Merlot flavor. Decent oak as well. — 12 hours ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, light bell pepper, tobacco, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes). After a couple of hours big tannins come in.

This is a great Cabernet to cellar for 10 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.
— 8 days ago

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Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Zinfandel 2016

This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs
— 7 days ago

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Sosie

Cabernet Franc Stagecoach Vineyard Block 5

It’s so hot and just one of Cab f’s selling points (to me) is a tiny tiny chill on it is pleasant. Albeit the informational sheet on it suggest a 2 hour decant. But I’m finding an hour shows the bear coming out of his cave. I feel the dried fruits but they are laced with balsamic and spices and the oak is there but not ostentatious. This wine will walk you home (or at least to your Uber) at the end of the night. — 11 days ago

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Chappellet

Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

I served this one blind to and a half dozen people or so, this wine had lots of guesses that it was an aged Brunello, one Barolo, one straight Sangiovese. Then the last guess? @Benjamin Keator .. "84 or 85 Napa Cab... Should have been opened 10 years ago." .... Mkkaaay, nailed it! However, I don't necessarily agree with the 10 years ago statement. Opened up a 76 not too long ago and it was surprisingly vibrant. This one seemed not as vibrant, but color was still surprisingly dark, crimson. The nose of this wine had more aged character than the palate. Nose of mostly aged raspberry and black cherry, hint of mushroom, hint of bacon fat. Palate with iodine, aged blackberry and black cherry, a little bit herbaceous. Actually finished with a little more weight than I expected. The heyday of this one was probably 20 years ago, and this one is definitely on the downward trend. Still, a great history lesson! — 4 hours ago

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Linguist Estates

California Dry Rose 2017

Ok.......so I am not a wine expert I just love wine. Usually on a late July evening after a glass or two of a light white with the wife I would pour myself a big beefy cab and settle in to a nice cigar on the deck. Usually a nice Padron 1926 or a Liga Pravada 52. But.......I just received a deliberate from First Leaf and after a day in the wine fridge at 57 degrees (Fahrenheit) I pulled this Dry Rose’. Yum!!!! The tag line on this wine is “an elegant rose’ fit for any occasion” so I went with it and it paid off......it is a wine that would pair well with chicken, salmon or a dish that had a full mouth feel like tomato bruschetta. BUT..... does it hold up the the full earthy haul of blue smoke from a Padron 1926 Anniversario........YES! — 18 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

And they call this their “second” wine. After McHenry in Santa Cruz. Seavey was an absolute show stopper for me on our recent trip to wine country. We had the opportunity to try five different wines with three bonus pours from recent and library wines and I tell you: All 👏🏼 eight 👏🏼 were 👏🏼 bangers 👏🏼. From their Chardonnay (which was sprung on us the moment we arrived, was acid driven and had the most delightful spine of minerals that I could have sworn it was GC Chablis), to their Rosé (which is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend and bends what’s possible with the genre) to their Founder’s Reserve (which didn’t present much in the value dept. but was a killer wine nevertheless). Anyway, this 2005 Caravina is positively singing right now. Opulent amounts of plums, cassis, brambles, and sweet tobacco with secondary characteristics juuuuust starting to make their appearance: leather, truffle, and forest floor. Moderate acid. Firm tannins still! What a beauty...in a sort of masculine way. America! — a day ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

Combe Ballard Canyon Trousseau 2015

This was too tight and wound up on day one, but day two was another story. Cranberries, and slightly underripe strawberries with evident tannins. On the nose, I got a touch of watermelon Jolly Rancher. Cloudy bright red appearance in the glass. Really enjoyed this. Nice summer red served slightly chilled. — 12 days ago

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I had this about a month or so ago and had a similar experience. Definitely a day 2 wine at this stage. Super unique and best with a chill.

Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend 1996

David T
9.4

The BV Tapestry doesn’t show its real self and value until it approaches 20 years. When you open these inside 10 years, it’s an average to very good wine depending on vintage. I’ve said it many times, you simply can’t get this kind of elegance and flat gorgeous complexity with any amount of decanting. You cannot fake or cheat long bottle evolution.

The one quality I get from this bottling at this age is Cognac with deep caramel flavors.

The nose reveals, dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie, poached strawberries, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, dark spice, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. Floral heaven and then some!

The body is round & full. The mouthfeel is gorgeously sexy. The tannins are round, soft but, still show some teeth & tarriness. The structure, tension, length and balance are exquisite and still has at least 5 years of life ahead. It’s magnificently on the other side of its peak. Dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie with golden crust, poached strawberries, kirsch cherries, figs, prunes, dates, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, dark chocolate, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, deep, dark spice with shades of palate heat, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. The acidity is flat out perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, gorgeous, sexy, silky, ripe, lush, captivates the whole body, persists until you go to bed and even intrudes on your dreams.

While 94, no ordinary 94 with its age, complexity & beauty. It’s a WOW wine that rocks your mind, body & soul if you are deeply passionate about wine as I am. You want to slowly sip this all night.

Photos of, all the amazing scenery in and around BV...a Napa pioneer & legend.
— 13 days ago

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One of the best Napa Bordeaux blends money can buy. Cheers David!