Classic Napa

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Ron R
9.2

Young and drum tight. Underripe tannins, but the trajectory is solid and upright. Classic showing from Pride. β€” 2 days ago

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You know I love you @Bill Bender !

Shafer

Relentless Napa Valley Syrah Petite Sirah 2008

Mark and I agreed to meet up at Classic this afternoon for some quick wine drinking, but it eventually turned in to a small wine gathering! Wine is great, but sharing it with others is so enjoyable.

Talk about big boy wine. I've never gotten so much charcoal on the nose of a wine before. Hour 1? Decent. Hour 2? Fairly good. Hour 3? Could have chugged this like a frat party it was so good. Charcoal dusted blackberry pie, plums, graphite. The 3-hour mark gave it a Graham cracker sweetness that moved the score up. Thanks,
@Mark Flesher !
β€” 16 days ago

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I really cannot imagine drinking this wine much younger than this. This wine is impeccable. But, after 2 hours in a decanter, it really showed you what it was made of. Lots of dark purple and black fruits. The wine had a perfume of lilies, purple fruit, jasmine. The entry of this wine started out with some plum, dark black inky, tar-coated fruit, and then turned into a more vibrant middle that had a lot of herbs and even a hint of tobacco amd coal. The finish still showed a tannin that was sweeter and somewhat welcome after the front 2/3 of this wine blew your head off. Such a great wine with awesome structure that is right at the top of its drinking window. Drinking very well today.
9.5

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Fantastic. Bought this 07 back in the day for maybe $45, drinking beautifully. Great fruit and that classic phelp taste. β€” a day ago

Dominus Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1988

This was a hit. Velvet and finesse. Mature and drinking fabulous this had depth and layers that I found captivating. Classic sweet core of dried cherry and plum fruit, shiitake, cigars, red apple skin, autumn leaves, rose petal, exotic spice, sarsaparilla. Savory elements are in harmony with the fruit. Texturally round and harmonious. Great bottle β€” 9 days ago

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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Red Rock Terrace Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Michael Meagher MS
9.6

Was a bit flat out of the bottle but when paired up with a dry aged ribeye, it fleshed out and lived up to expectations. Absolute classic! β€” 14 days ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dang. VERY GLAD I have a mag of this in addition to a few more 750's. Delicious. After a decant and 30 minutes of time, this one was starting to show but it wasn't until 2 hours that the acidity started to die a little more on the back end. This wine is a blackberry bomb, but not in a "jam bomb" kind of way. The nose pretty much equals the palate. Lots of pure, hearty blackberries, young fruit but stops at that chalkiness that sometimes is a little overdone in the younger wines. This wine has a floral goodness in the middle. Hearty. Finishes with CLASSIC "Rutherford Dust." When I think about a Rutherford Cab, this is the one. If AndrΓ© Tchelistcheff was alive today, this would be his "go to" Cab. β€” 17 days ago

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Wow! Big score!

Robert Mondavi Winery

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Classic lines. Elegance and muscularity meet, team up, kick ass. Graphite, bold cherry tobacco and sage. β€” 22 days ago

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I've been imbibing frequently @David From The 504 and good to hear about the '95s @David L those are at a better price point
Roman Sukley

Roman Sukley

I think this producer is severely underrated
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Also a pretty awesome man when he was with us @Roman Sukley

Larkmead Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Nice, classic Napa Cabernet with black currant, leather, and cedar notes. β€” 9 days ago

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Eagles Trace

Estate Grown Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Mark and I agreed to meet up at Classic this afternoon for some quick wine drinking, but it eventually turned in to a small wine gathering! Wine is great, but sharing it with others is so enjoyable.

Funny thing about this wine is we have no idea who opened it. Didn't necessarily fit the theme of what we were drinking, but turning down free wine isn't in my blood! Very simple. Not complex at all. Reminded me of Welch's grape juice, BUT, that was due to the Bordeaux's we were drinking and after some time, this became a decent, quaffable drinker. Lots of dark fruits and a ridiculous amount of Oak.
β€” 16 days ago

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Over Oaked. A little generic. Not a bad wine after drinking 5 or 6 92+ pointers!
8.7

Malk Family Vineyards

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The 91.6 CT average is perhaps a bit low on this one. Thought it was a 94 without really even thinking about it. This wine was "bottle decanted" for about 20 minutes. Poured with a very thick, black inky and spicy blackberry perfume into the glass with purple edges. The nose is ripe "tangy" blackberry. The entry is blackberry cassis with a sweet, chalky and chewy fruit. Nice fine-grained texture classic of what I get with Stag's. A little darker in the middle, and finishes with a toasted oak and black pepper, with a silty blackberry finish! Still VERY young. I really can't even imagine drinking a younger vintage of this wine right now IMO, as I feel that I would be missing quite a bit, even if decanted for hours. β€” 5 days ago

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@Shawn R : Familiar with this?