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Arnyca Rosé Blend 2011

Rather intrigued by this wine. The color is quite deep. Definitely more pink than salmon colored. Pours with more of a glass coating thickness than some Rose wines. The wine itself has a great nose of strawberry, and I think I was even detecting some kumquat type of citrus berry. This was really quite identical to the front of this wine, which seemed to be quite ample, with just enough acidity and a very thick mouthfeel. The wine did lean out more to the back, where I was almost getting some Meyer lemon, a little herb, but a lot of acidity finishes this one out. This wine is MUCH more complex when enjoyed at room temp. I served the first half from Coravin as the wife was not drinking tonight......after going back for a second glass, I said WTF and popped the cork. So, I'm quite glad that this is the only bottle of this I have at HOME. Not sure what ABV on this is, but it bites a bit hard. Definitely your summer sipper, not the porch pounder unless your desire is to pass out on the swing. Well done Arnyca. — 9 days ago

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You beat me to it! This and the Paper Planes are my favorites, but both fall on different sides of the acid spectrum. Also, Arnyca just announced today that they are now selling their own Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T

Kalinda is K&L Wine Merchants private label. If you give it 5+ years in bottle, it’s one of the best, if not thee best value in Napa Cabernet. I think I paid $18.99 or $21.99 for this 09. I’d like to tell you who made it but, that’s the mystery of Kalinda, you just don’t know. They either buy juice from a quality producer or have them make a wine specifically for them. They’ve made a lot of great producer relationships over the 40 plus years they’ve been in business. Either way, dollar for dollar, it’s a steal. Name a quality Napa producer you can buy for $20. It’s a very short list. I buy six of more of these every year without even thinking about it. It’s simply that consistently good and always an exceptional value.

On the nose, it’s sweet, ripe, ruby nectar. There are some hints of fruit liqueur. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum with hint of strawberries. Mocha powder, dark chocolate, light dark spice, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, whiff of nutmeg, crushed rocks, loamy dry top soil, some dark moist earth, dark fresh & withering floral bouquet.

The body is medium edging to full. It’s fresh, fruity, silky and elegant. The length, structure, balance and tension are in a perfect spot. There is nothing on the palate that bites back. The fruits are ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, huckleberries, blue fruit with hint of strawberries. Mocha powder, dark chocolate, light darker spice than the nose, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, whiff of nutmeg, dry crushed rocks, soft, round volcanic minerals, loamy dry top soil, some dark moist earth, dark fresh & withering floral bouquet. The round acidity is nicely executed. The long, well balanced finish is really nice and lasts minutes. This bottle just missed 9.2.

Photos of, the K&L tasting bar in SF, floor shot of racked wines and beautiful shots from the Napa Valley.
— 5 days ago

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@Eric Shanks They are my preferred wine retailer in the country.
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I can never seem to make it out of the Old and Rare section 😂. Budget shot in the first row.
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California Chenin Blanc 2016

Rife with salinity, soft and slick mouthfeel. Lower acidity than I prefer but prominent pear notes make for good shredded pork / arroz con gandules pairing. — 4 days ago

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Babe Rosé With Bubbles

The texture of this endears it to me. Granted I know whether food or drink I’m very sensitive to texture. So that this is unexpectedly plush. Like the bubbles on this I’d expect on Champagne. The flavor? Not complex. Not interesting, or lasting but really but the texture...I’ve always been a texture fan and this one is like velvet kitties hanging out in your mouth and not bothering you to let them out. They are purring and such. I’m a little mad I wanted to hate this based on name but no...I’m into this. A party swiller true but also sooooo pleasantly textured. — 5 days ago

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@Bill Bender it’s pretty mystical here
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Thats not mystic fog, it’s just LA Smog,


California Sémillon Syrah Rosé 2017

Shay A

Julien Fayard, winemaker for Covert Estate, Azur, Taplin Cellars, Matthew Wallace and more, stopped by Fort Worth tonight to showcase a few different wines. A pleasure to meet and share wines with!

Without a doubt a nod to Julien’s upbringing. Very Provençal with little acid, salmon colored in the glass. Strawberry, peach and stone driven on the palate.
— 8 days ago

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Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

It is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix! This time it is a very nice one from California.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, sweet cherries, raisins, licorice, vanilla, oak, eucalyptus, mint, leather, earth, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, leather, beef jerky, light vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with angular tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing lots of black fruits and spices. Not fully balanced yet, as it is still too young, but already drinking wonderfully. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel with nice structure.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring out its complexity and tannins. Only after 3 hours, the tannins calm down and tangy cherries come in on the palate.

What a wonderful evolution with time this is showing. At the beginning, it taste like a California Cabernet and it moves on after a few hours to taste like a Napa Merlot. I love these kind of wines.

Needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and balance itself out. Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food.

This is a big wine that will pair well with BBQ Meats. I paired it with hard and soft cheeses and crackers.


This is a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 5 days ago

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Wow, a 91 from Odedi is like an 11 right? Must be good. 🍷😁

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Familiar Blanc California White Blend 2014

Still very “alive”, with a full on invasion of Sea Monkeys and a ton of CO2. That wasn’t the case with the previous bottle. Put the cork back in and left it in the wine fridge. We were out on night two, so didn’t try again until night three. At that point the cork popped like a Champagne bottle, but the sediments had settled and the CO2 abated. The wine was now what I remembered, with nice minerality and the unique flavor profile from the six grape blend. Score based on nights 3 and 4. — 5 days ago

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Solid brine shrimp from the 70’s reference sir

Sine Qua Non

Gallinita California Rosé Blend 2014

Sensational SQN at 16.9% alcohol was the sexiest “little chick” (Gallinita) at the party courtesy of @Eric LaMasters while you could feel the substance of this wine the high alcohol was not a factor at all....illustrating once again how Manfred is a magician at bringing the chained inhabitant of the barrel to the edge of the waterfall but never allowing it to go up and over the edge and crash and die on the rocks below. Massive (for a rose’) but an intricate and somehow delicate wine. Grenache dominates the blend with ample bright red fruit, herbs, stewed strawberry and a decided creamy texture. Unfurled and blossomed throughout the night. Best Glass was the last. — 11 days ago

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An atypical rosé, but a fun wine. It was the perfect setting and group of people to enjoy it with!
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Old Vines California Zinfandel 2014

Really enjoyed this. Has enough spice to keep you interested and fit with a variety of dinner pairings. Bramble berry and licorice are dominant. Could drink well for a few more years. — 12 days ago

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Orin Swift

Slander California Pinot Noir 2014

Big, bold, in-your-face. Doesn’t pull any punches. An explosion of fruit, finishing with slice and pepper. If you’re looking for something lacking in subtlety, step tight up. — 6 days ago

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