Classic Napa

Bond

St. Eden Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

Shay A
9.5

Impromptu meet up at Classic! Having a relaxing Friday afternoon with good friends and good wine makes for a perfect start to a weekend!

Poured blind. My guess was early to mid 2000s Napa Cab. The nose was slow to evolve at first with crushed blackberries, pencil shavings and cassis. Added some dark cocoa with time. Palate added some red fruit tart that melded really nice with black fruit. Cherry tobacco. Really nice finish and very smooth. My first Bond wine.
— 2 days ago

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Aaron Hamrock

Aaron Hamrock

We did a tasting of the bond wines and I think they take a very long time to mature. Lovely wine.
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@Aaron Hamrock : I believe that after having enjoyed this. Fairly coy out of the gate, but it started picking up steam with some time in the decanter.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

My guess was right on the money with age and variety, but I tried to go for the gold and guest Rutherford a VA. To me, this one had a Dusty note on the Finish. Started out in a somewhat funky place, then became very well-rounded. Nice berry fruit. As this one opened, a AKA in 90 minutes or so I probably would have guessed this was closer to 2009 or 2010. Very nice Bond wine!!
9.4

Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.2

Celebrating the 4th a little early with a yearly family tradition...listening to the Fort Worth Symphony at the Botanical Gardens with the best firework show in Fort Worth!

Noticeable step up from the Chandon, in both nose and palate. Much more herbaceous on the nose with added limestone. Palate shows more of the classic chalk/yeast notes with minuscule bubbles. ALMOST creamy (but not quite). There is a baked key lime pie type finish. A nice US sparkler for the price.
— 12 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Shay, great minds. I had my hands on one of these tonight at Kroger. Passed as my mission was to buy beer. Sigh...I'm getting rusty :) Concerts in the garden are awesome!! Cheers!
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@Mark Flesher : I snagged this at Eatzi’s beforehand. Impressed by it for the price. And yes, Concerts In The Garden is fantastic, especially their special 4th of July (on the 3rd, 4th and 5th) series! We’ll miss you at Classic tomorrow!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Awesome. Never been to their fourth of July. Very cool.

Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Beautiful, classic cab, sweet fruit, still holding some acidity. Fantastic. — 7 days ago

Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Mayacamas Range Zinfandel 2013

In .375l. Still a bit young and angular, but that is par for the course for Storybook. But it’s already very pleasurable now. Classic Zin scents of rich, spicy blackberry, with warm spice cake notes. A bit tighter than most Zins in the mouth, with nice balance of fruit, acid, and tannin. I’ll try another one in about a year. — 3 days ago

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Lion 🦁 king?
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@Shawn R - had it with cold leftover pizza on a kid’s’ plate!

Caymus Vineyards

Grace Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Classic Napa Cab. A gift from my friend Jerry who passed today. Cheers to you Jer, I will miss you terribly — 5 days ago

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Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Thanks Phil.
Trixie

Trixie

I am also sorry hearing you lost your friend, Jerry.
Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Thanks Trixie.

Scarlett

Rutherford Rosé Blend 2017

Great stuff @Mike Smith loving the rosé on a classic summer Friday in Minnesota! — 9 days ago

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TheSkip

TheSkip

Winery direct?
Kirk Feyereisen

Kirk Feyereisen

@TheSkip yes from the mailing list. So good.
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Glad you all liked it. It’s Grenache

Von Strasser

Agira Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Just a classic Napa cab that you can drink for the next 15 years!! — a day ago

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Missed. Btw the Paul Hobbs was great

Spoto Wines

Private Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Shay A
9.4

Impromptu meet up at Classic! Having a relaxing Friday afternoon with good friends and good wine makes for a perfect start to a weekend!

@Delectable Wine : This is Spoto’s Premiere Napa Valley Private Reserve Cuvée. It was not in the database.

Another dreaded ‘11 that is doing fantastic. I’ll let
@Mark Flesher clarify since he is the Spoto connoisseur (and opened this), but this is To-Kalon fruit from their little portion in TK. PNV, so a special barrique. Nose is VERY black cherry, black tea, crushed blackberry and slate. Super smooth and drinking really nice. More cedar than Rutherford dust. Black cherry cordial finish.
— 2 days ago

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Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

I was perhaps a little bit disappointed with this wine's performance. Of course on the other side of the table you have a 2005 Bond St Eden that is right there in the Wheelhouse. Then you have this 2011 Premiere Napa Valley which is a baby. I feel bad rating this 9.2, because I know it is capable of so much more. Probably will be closer to 9.5 or 9.6 in a few years when it comes a little bit closer to maturity. Sweet black cherry dominated with some herb.
9.2

Robert Keenan Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Happy Independence Day! Classic American Cabernet. This is probably more old school. Not heavy but packs depths of flavor and intensity. — 11 days ago

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Rodde Family Vineyards

Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.1

Impromptu meet up at Classic! Having a relaxing Friday afternoon with good friends and good wine makes for a perfect start to a weekend!

First time with this producer. Golden colored. Honeyed mango and melon on the nose, touch of funk. Acidity is still rocking. A toasted macadamia nut note on the palate with grilled ripe pineapple. Drink up.
— 2 days ago

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@Keith Fisher : I keep trying to tag you in all my Wines but Delectable won’t ever let me. @Delectable Wine , why can’t I tag certain followers/friends?