Chehalem Mountain Winery

Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T
9.3

I coravined a taste of this last weekend and had my first major disappointment with Ladera. That all changed with a 45 minute decant & food tonight.

This bottling & for many vintages in the early 2000’s was the steal of Howell Mountain producers. I was buying it at Costco for $41-$45. Now & for some time, you can’t find a bottle of this at Costco regardless of price.

The nose as I was decanting it was very perfumed florals with potpourri. Now, the nose sings with the blue & purple fruits that identify wine as a Howell Mountain producer. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet tarriness, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, dark spice, dark chocolate bar, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacular, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender.

The body is full, rich, lush and round. The tannins are nicely resolved but, still show baby teeth & tarriness. The tension, structure, length and balance are just the other side of peak. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet, very dark, tarriness, cherry kirsch liqueur, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, black tea, dark spice with comfortable palate heat, dark chocolate bar, expresso roast, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacularly floral, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender. The acidity is near perfect & holds back the slightly higher ABV. The finish is; rich, round, elegant, sexy, gorgeous, velvety, well balanced and persist endlessly.

Not as outstanding as their 2002 but, very good & still has another 8 years & possibly plus of good drinking ahead. Proper storage of course.

Photos of; Ladera & their beautiful flowered Estate, barrel tasting room, entrance sign with Estate vines & a visual of why Howell Mountain is such a great terroir. It’s above the fog-line and therefore gets more sun than the Napa Valley floor. More sun and cooler temperature at elevation means longer fruit hang time & more even fruit ripening.
— 3 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Celebrating my son’s first #birthday certainly merits the serving of some lovely wine 🍾🍷 What a wonderfully challenging yet humbling year it’s been raising a tiny baby into a little boy with a big heart, a loud laugh, and a captivating smile. I hope and pray today’s celebration is but one of many chapters.

Incredibly young (of course) and quite dormant. Decanted for 3 hours, probably needed another 1-2 at a minimum. Only until the final glass did some more defined notes begin to unveil themselves: vanilla, blackberry, baking spices, cassis, coffee grounds, mocha froth, and herbaceous qualities. Super powerful, yet it’s the blossoming gracefulness that will have me circling back on this in another 8–10 years.
— 13 days ago

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Congrats, dad - A most precious gift for sure. What did you acquire fir birth year wines? I’m a litttsurprised about the Dunn, @Ryan Vento. I would have expected a higher rating.
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Thanks @Ron R 👍🏻

No birth year wines have been acquired at this time. Eventually, though.

Yes, this bottle was a bit of a disappointment. Still good but didn’t present in the fashion I anticipated.

Chehalem

Ridgecrest Pinot Noir 2010

Excellent strawberry and blackberry preserve with a hint of baking spices — 10 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.6

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

In the running for red wine of the trip. When visiting last year, I preferred the ‘14 (ripe, balanced, savory) over the ‘15 (more acidity, touch lighter, high toned)...this ‘13 takes the best of each and marries them. This is a classic high end TRB Cabernet from a stellar vintage. Truffles raspberries, candied black cherries, cocoa dusted mixed berry pie and graphite aromatics accompanied by sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, toffee and espresso, baking spices, and fine grained tannins. Built like a tank. Superb.
— 2 days ago

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David T

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This so damn good but, I am looking forward to opening a bottle in 2025 or so.

Fisher Vineyards

Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Ron R
9.3

I just read AG’s notes on the 16 vintage, and he’s nailed some characteristics that I detected, but couldn’t find the nouns to describe them. He identified camomile and apricot, which are bang on. Showing much better than my prior tasting, this is lithe, yet somewhat bold. Finishes with exotic fruits and marzipan. Moderate acidity complete what is an excellent presentation, soft and round, as opposed to focused and steely. — a day ago

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Just noticed the price on DL. I wouldn’t pay more than $40 for this...
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Any wine with Marzipan, I can get into... is that your sink?! Dig that too. Cheers bro 🥂
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@Neil Valenzuela, the marzipan notes are superb 🤠

Theorem Vineyards

Moon Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Shay A
9.2

@Delectable Wine : This is Theorem’s Moon Mountain District chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

Another new wine to the lineup is the moon Mountain Chardonnay. When comparing to other chardonnays TRB crafts, this site is pulling in more slate/limestone and high acidity, compared to his Sonoma chardonnays that have a lot of oyster shell and tart stone fruits. Very bright and concentrated. Underripe melon, powdered lemon bar, crushed rocks, honeysuckle and wildflowers all reveal themselves. I’d hold this for a few years.
— 2 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Hawk's Prey Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

This is Theorem’s “entry level” cab. 100% Cabernet from young vines on their diamond Mtn estate. Just like the 2016 vintage, this is made in a decadent and ripe style. Showing the entire fruit spectrum from red, blue and black with baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg), sandalwood, and freshly dipped dark chocolate fruits are all on display. Soft yet well built structure allows this to be very approachable early on but can hold easily for a couple years and still be quite youthful. Not quite as chalky/dusty as the 2016. This 2017 shows more concentrated fruit and a slightly more sweet finish compared to the structured and slightly more tannic 2016.
— 2 days ago

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Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Out of the three cabs we tried, this was my favorite for long term. Howell Mountain is my favorite AVA so the fruit is undeniable fantastic, but Melka has made this very tight and compact and most certainly not a fruit forward cab. The fruit is underripe...blackberries, raspberries, black currant, sage, charcoal and graphite aromatics. It is dusty, herbal and powerful on the palate. Dark cocoa, chalky, baked mixed berry pie, dash of baking spices, and massive structure. Give this some time away and you’ll be rewarded.
— 6 days ago

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York Creek Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

18 year old magnum stole the show, wasn’t exactly a major wino show but still beat out the 2012 Venge, wasn’t even close while tasting side by side
These older York Creeks continue to blow me away
— 8 days ago

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Sweet
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach Paul Great wine great vintage Cheers 🍷

Pott Wines (Aaron & Claire Pott and Daughters)

Kaliholmanok Kicu Ma Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

PNP. Well integrated and not over the top but good balance with spring mountain fruit on the nose. Cheers — 4 days ago

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