Classic Napa

Macauley

Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc 2010

Shay A
9.5

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Sweet oaked nose with brambly notes. Mainly red and black fruit but blueberries poke through. Licorice, plum, and the dustiness shows toward the back of the palate. This needed a decant because after 2hrs of air, THEN the power of BTK came through. Geez. No green/vegetal notes here from this powerhouse vineyard CabFranc. Very cool bottle from
@Mark Flesher .
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Very nice!

Inglenook

Cask G-26 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1972

1972 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon "Limited Cask" Cask 60. At 46 years old, this wine is holding up remarkably well. Nice dark ruby color with little to no browning on the edge. Soft cherry-like aroma with a light cedar note. Firm acidity with cherry fruit. Great texture on the palate. Fruit lingers well into the finish. Not drying out at all. Classic older Inglenook Cab. Perfect now, if well cellared. — 18 hours ago

Nickel & Nickel

Martin Stelling Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Classic Oakville single Vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon! Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻
— 19 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

David T
9.8

Few wines fit perfectly into my wheelhouse. This is one of a few. I picked this up at Seavey last weekend. 1997 is such a historic Napa vintage and this wine lives up to every inch of it. It’s a wine that you want to slowly sip all night.

On the nose; very, ripe; blackberries, sweet & sour dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, huckleberries with slightly baked strawberries haunt the background. Mixed berry cola, vanilla, cherry liqueur notes, some black licorice, limestone minerals, very light clove, soft subtle dark spices, dry crushed rock powder, sweet tarry notes, saddle-wood, very soft leather, forest floor, blue flowers and dark fresh & withering flowers.

The body is gloriously soft, round and beyond elegant. Still has plenty of soft, round, slightly tarry tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit its sweet spot with another 7-10 years of really good drinking left. It’s harmony on the palate. Ripe; blackberries, sweet & sour dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, huckleberries with slightly baked strawberries haunt the background. Mixed berry cola, vanilla, notes of caramel, cherry liqueur notes, steeped fruit tea, some black licorice, just a hint of herbaceous, limestone minerals, very light clove, soft subtle dark spices, dusty tannins, dry crushed rock powder, gritty volcanic minerals, dry clay, sweet tarry notes, saddle-wood, chewy soft leather, forest floor, blue flowers and dark fresh & withering flowers. The acidity is about as perfect as I’ve had. The finish is nothing short of astounding. It’s long, elegant, ripe, well balanced and doesn’t end. One of the more exceptional wines I’ve had in some time.

Photos of, Seavey Winery & tasting room, the stairs the lead up to Williams office and show that late 18th century architecture, Williams desk in his old office and their Estate vines with the hillside painting the background.
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Just bought a mag of this from them based on your review, looking forward to it!
Severn Goodwin

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@David T Nice review, yes I also adore '97 Napa, we have some cellared. I think '13 will bring the same enjoyment as well, with the same relative bottle age.
David T

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@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum Oh boy, now the pressure is really on. It will still require a good decant. @Severn Goodwin I imagine that 13 will live up to that well deserved hype and perhaps then some.

The General

Red Blend 2010

Shay A
9.2

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Motor oil like in the glass. Every part of this wine is dark. ABV seems fairly high...didn’t see what it was, but guessing >15%? Graham cracker, blackberry pie and plum soaked aromatics. Loads of tar, licorice and baking spices on the palate. Large and in charge type wine from
@Mark Flesher
— 4 days ago

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The Prisoner Wine Company

The Snitch Napa Valley Chardonnay

Still kitchen purging. With classic Van Halen all is possible. And this wine!!! Completely in love with this chard. Rich, creamy vanilla and buttery caramel. — 17 days ago

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Far Niente Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Lovely , dry cherries, vanilla, big legs, deep ruby. Elegant & classic cab. — 5 days ago

Cliff Lede

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T
9.5

On the nose; very ruby, floral plum fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, fresh dates and prunes. Black licorice, creamy dark fruit cola, caramel, milk & dark chocolate, soft beautiful dark spice, touch of eucalyptus, fresh herbs, limestone, soft presence dry crushed rocks, a whiff of pepper, fresh lavender, violets and dark withering floral bouquet.

The body is full and lush. Fine meaty, tarry, tannins. Very ruby, floral plum fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, fresh dates and prunes. Black licorice, creamy dark fruit cola, caramel, milk & dark chocolate, soft beautiful dark spice, touch of eucalyptus, fresh herbs, limestone, soft presence dry crushed rocks, suede leather, dry clay, dry top soil, dry underbrush, a whiff of pepper, fresh lavender, violets and dark withering floral bouquet. The acidity is very nice. There is good structure, tension, length and balance that needs 10 years plus to flush out. The finish is good, well balanced with fine powdery sticky tannins.

Photos of, Cliff Lede tasting facility, wire woven sculptures that decorate the grounds, Owner David Lede and the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard.

Producer history and notes...Cliff Lede Vineyards (pronounced LayDee) was founded in 2002 on what used to be S. Anderson Vineyard, a winery that was founded in 1971 by Stanley and Carol Anderson primarily known for their sparkling wines.

Cliff Lede is from Leduc, Alberta a small town just south of Edmonton. The reason you see a Canadian flag in front of the parking next to the US Flag. David and Cliff helped run their father’s construction company he founded in 1947, Leduc Construction. Later the company was renamed to Ledcor Construction in 1982. They ultimately built the business into one of the world’s largest construction companies. Through Cliff, the company established business in the Napa Valley focusing on wineries, restaurants, premium resorts and private residences. Some of their more notable works include; Morimoto Restaurant, Davis Estate Winery, Lokoya Winery, Marciano Estate and the Riverfront Residences in downtown Napa.

After several decades at Ledcor, Cliff decided to pursue his passion for wine. His first introduction to wine was helping his mother make wine at home. Later he began collecting wines from Bordeaux, and even considered purchasing property there. However, he fell in love with Napa after business took him to Northern California.

Cliff Lede owns 60 acres of vineyards in the Stags Leap District. This includes the Twin Peaks Vineyard surrounding the winery and tasting room. The Poetry Vineyard was acquired a year after Cliff established Cliff Lede Vineyards. It is planted on steep hillsides down to the Silverado Trail. It’s planted with red Bordeaux varietals, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils there are extremely rocky. Despite being so close to the Poetry Vineyard, the soils in the Twin Peaks Vineyard are dramatically different. They are gravelly loam.

From a viticulture aspect, this diversity of terroir is a good representation of what the Stags Leap District has to offer, ranging from its upper most reaches of 400 feet to the valley floor. Even among their two Stags Leap properties, there are micro-climates. The west facing vineyard hillsides become quite warm during the day in the summer but cool off significantly in the evenings. This diurnal temperature swing is important for growing premium grapes including maintaining acidity.

The winery also owns a 20 acre vineyard in Calistoga at the base of Diamond Mountain planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a small block of Sauvignon Blanc.

Further to the north in Mendocino County is their Savoy Vineyard, which is a 42 acre site in Anderson Valley. It is planted mainly to Pinot Noir along with Chardonnay. It provides fruit for their FEL Wines (a name that Cliff chose to pay homage to his mother, using the first three initials of her full name Florence Elsie Lede.

Cliff’s love for all things “Rock and Roll”, he named all their blocks in their Stags Leap District Vineyards after famous rock and roll songs or albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Walk on the Wildside”, “Light my Fire” and “American Girl. ”Collectively these are referred to as the “Rock Blocks.”

David Abreu quickly realized the exceptional terroir of the Poetry Vineyard as did Cliff when they initially tried some of the S. Anderson wines from this site. Abreu oversaw its replanting and clonal material sourced from a number of premiere Napa vineyards. While Abreu was the original vineyard architect, he is no longer involved in the management of the their vineyards. They are now controlled by their in-house vineyard team.

The winery, tasting room and the nearby luxury Poetry Inn all opened around 2005. Architect Howard Gillam was hired to design the winery. Cliff’s background in construction and architectural preferences certainly influenced its design. The tasting room has a more contemporary feel rather then some of his more rustic looking designs. It features beautiful views of the Napa Valley. Inspired by the shape of tanks during a visit to Château Latour in Bordeaux, Cliff commissioned Missouri based Paul Mueller Company to create special truncated tanks for fermentation to help submerse more of the cap. Each tank corresponds to a specific vineyard block. During harvest, a specially designed crane gently moves and lowers a hopper full of whole berries into each tank.
Sorting is a big part of their attention to detail before fermentation. After the grapes come into the winery, they are sorted by hand, then run through an optical sorter and then finally put through an additional final hand sorting. Nearby is a 20,000 square foot cave that connects directly to the winery. World famous Michel Rolland was brought on in the early years as a consultant. Philipe Melka also made Cliff Lede wines for several years and today Christopher Tynan is the Winemaker. He was formerly Assistant Winemaker at Colgin.

Total annual production is between 18,000 and 20,000 cases depending on what Mother Nature gives them. The majority of this is comprised of their Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and their Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Peggy Hadley

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@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum either that or he has a fruit stand.
Ron R

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A very interesting read @David T. Thanks for sharing.
David T

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@Ron R Thank you! Cheers 🍷

Del Dotto Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Delectable please update your files, Wine is:

2014 Del Dotto Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon St. Emilion Allier & Troncais Alain Fouquet French Oak Connoisseurs’ Series “North”

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Fabulous! Gonna say “Smokin”!
Already classic Oakville tannins completely integrated; seamless concentrated dense fruit. Best 100% Cabernet I’ve enjoyed in a long time! Kudos to Dave Del Dotto, Del Dotto Family & his entire Winemaking Staff & Team!Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻
— 12 days ago

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Sounds great.

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Shay A
9.4

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Young. Almost truffled mushroom alongside ripe red and black fruit with saddle leather on the nose. The aromatics are powerful, but also soft. Very smooth with perfect balance on the palate. Kirsch, cassis, and underbrush/wood mixed with black cherry medley. Decant at this age (which is just so crazy/impressive to me) or this will go for 10+yrs easily.
— 4 days ago

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Mark Flesher

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I thought this one started off really nice. Had a nice red fruit character to it. Mint. Spice cookie. And a little bit of black cherry and some herb towards the finish with a little bit of cola. As it sat however, I was almost getting a weedy almost brett like character on the finish. I have had one vintage older than this and one quite a bit younger than this. Both of them did not seem to have this character. I think this bottle might have been a tad bit off. Bordeaux style, and enjoyable. This is right in the prime of drinking IMO.
9.3
David T

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I love this producer. But, for me, his wines take a very long time to truly flush out. I think his early to mid 90’s are what seem to be drinking really well now.