Celler Francisco Castillo

Marqués de Murrieta

Castillo Ygay Blanco Rioja Viura 1986

1986 tasted 4/7/18
Tolstoy in a glass.
It starts brooding and deep, but brightens quickly with brandy and spice. Intense and complex. Soaring combinations of fresh fruit and candied citrus peel, with reality-anchoring acidity. The oxidative notes are held in check by a myriad of flavors. Each sip is a new chapter, fresh nuances, new overtones. The only tragedy was when the bottle was empty.
— 15 days ago

Swanky Wine Life
with Swanky
Keith, Jörgen and 1 other liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

This is really good. Great refreshing acidity, almost like a Sauvignon Blanc, but with more weight and density. Lots of lemon and floral notes along with ample minerality. A little too bracing straight out of the cellar, but just right at room temperature. — 10 days ago

Rob, James and 22 others liked this

Wente Vineyards

The Nth Degree Livermore Valley Merlot 2011

Initial taste is light flavoring, with a stronger, smooth plum finish. Acidic bite through the tasting. Nice aromatic smell. — 18 hours ago

John Coleman
with John

The Steven Kent Winery

The Premier Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Drank this with the man himself while in Bordeaux. Explosive wine and a nice change from Bordeaux Blends. Love how Steven has been able to create a blend that is a cross between Napa and Bordeaux! Well done- — 15 days ago

Mike, Chris and 24 others liked this
David L

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Just had a 2010 single vineyard last night. Very enjoyable. I think it will taste better with a little more time in the bottle. You need to get me a few of these!!! PLEASE 🤞
Shawn R

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@David L done! Talking to him now.
David L

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Love it


Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

⚡️Man, these wines have so much verve.. they remind me of my 4-yr old - full of freaking energy and absolutely unrelenting... in a good way of course 😇

Nose is so clean with some mineral drive, crisp Granny Smith, and floral aromatics, palate is lively and fresh.. much more crisp and light weight than the Charles Heintz vineyard. The anti-Cali chard. Rombauer lovers, look away! 😆
— 17 days ago

Shay, Steve and 2 others liked this

Alfaro Family

Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Trout Gulch single vineyard at a great price. And I won $20 bucks from a friend who bet it was French. I declined the money and asked for a bottle. I found this Alfaro to be typically Cali... with a bit of oak, butter, almond, and tartness... all in balance and not overpowering. — 16 days ago

Mike, David and 9 others liked this

Kelham Vineyards

Pinot Noir 2012

Super interesting Pinot. 65%/35% old world vs. new world style. Big Napa fruit & stemmy earth. Great acidity and structure. A good 10 years left. — 4 hours ago

Jason, Shawn and 11 others liked this
David L

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I like the old world new world description. Consider that taken!
Eric Shanks

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Thank you sir! Use it at will.


Contra Costa County Carignane 2016

Tried Cruse and Sandlands ‘16 Carignans side by side. Both excellent, Cruse with redder brighter fruit, Sandlands with more bramble, tannin and structure. — 9 days ago

Shay, Sharon and 13 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1986

Not getting any better, but drinking damn well right now. Fruit is gone. Crowd favorite — 3 days ago

Jimmy Ngo
with Jimmy
Matt Trader,, Eric and 6 others liked this

Rhys Vineyards

Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013

Black cherry, spice, fairly dark and intense. Not as much acidity or finesse as I usually find in Rhys pinots. — 11 days ago

Shay, Ira and 1 other liked this