Calistoga, Napa Valley

Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Zinfandel 2013

Deep crimson with a purple accents and a wide brim. Cocoa, blackberries, and menthol on the nose. Love it or hate it, we all know what California Zinfandel has been for a while now. This is far more rustic and lighter than a lot of other Zins out there right now. Definitely not overripe and highly extracted. Silky smooth texture, wonderful balance, and it resists the urge to develop into a fruit bomb. Plenty of earth and blue fruits on the palate to go along with cedar, smoke, and floral notes. Medium to long finish with spice. — 3 days ago

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Sean Herriott

Sean Herriott

@Willie Carter Great description! I think you would like the Edizione Zin from Inglenook too.
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Sean Herriott I’m definitely going to have to check that out


HG III Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

This is a very nice if somewhat straightforward wine. Polished low tannins and interesting melange of blue fruits. — 13 days ago

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Always thought this was a solid value.
Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory

@TheSkip Delicious..wish I had more of this! Cheers! 🍷

Diamond Creek Vineyards

Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Tobacco, tar, menthol. Delicious and in great shape for a 33-year old #birthyearwine — 10 days ago

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Yeah baby
Kevin Løk

Kevin Løk

You are also delicious and in great shape for 33. A DILF in the making. Cheers!

Harris Estate Vineyards

Lakeview Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Have been revisiting several 2011 vintage wines recently and the lineup from Harris Estate (TRB) was spectacular. Lush, intact fruit, seamless finish and no green notes. Patience is definitely rewarded with these wines and this vintage in particular....AND they have lower alcohol due to the cooler year. All wins on this wine! — 7 days ago

Shay, Anthony De and 8 others liked this

La Sirena

Moscato Azul Dry Calistoga Muscat Canelli 2013

Every time I have this it ‘surprises’ me. So unusual to have a dry moscato. You feel the push and pull of it wanting to be sweet.....dry....sweet....dry. — 7 days ago

Ron, Shay and 14 others liked this
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

@Susan Sangiacomo I Like the tug of war description , i will have to try that one.

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Apparently, my dad was happy to see me. 😊 — 11 days ago

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Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Petite Sirah 2009

2009 is just starting to sing... — 4 days ago

Envy Wines

Calistoga Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

90 Points
I enjoyed this over several hours and found it most interesting in the early going. It seemed to get more one dimensional as time went along...which leads me to think I should drink the rest of my bottles on the younger side.
— a day ago

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Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delightful and unique Napa Cabernet.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose with cherries, black plums, sweet strawberries, licorice, light vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with sweet raspberries, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, vegetables, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, graphites, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Not a typical Napa Cabernet, and very enjoyable. Balanced with mild complexity.

Easy to drink, soft and smooth with mostly red fruits. Not as fruit forward, in your face, kind of red wine, as I expected from a Napa Cabernet, but rather a soft red wine with lots of elegance. Feels like a graceful right bank Bordeaux.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years and bring in some more complexity. I would want to try this in two to three years to see how it evolves, as I see it might be a little young right now.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon,
6% Merlot, and 4% Cab Franc. Aged for 22 Months in 100% French Oak
(50% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 19 days ago

Kirk, Ted and 17 others liked this

Next Door

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Delightful sip of Cali. Not overly extracted or too syrupy. Dark ruby color, subdued on the nose and an atypical old world, almost Bordeaux finish. — 24 days ago

Lisa Thomas
with Lisa
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