Classic Napa

Faust

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Classic Bordeaux style blend from several estate vineyards. Aged for 19 months in French Oak. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of fresh berry fruits with cedar and spice. On the palate sweet cherry, blackberry and blueberry fruit, with savory oak & cacao notes. Tannins were smooth but tight, with an earthy herb touch on the long finish. Faust wines do not disappoint, even when young. Nice! A Fav! Great Value! Tasting Sample! — a day 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.
— 5 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.
Jid R

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How would you compare this to the Hawks Prey?
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@Jid R : Less pop and pour. More tannic and age worthy. Lots of fruit, but plenty of savory and herbal components mixed in versus the Hawk’s Prey being very plush and open.

Alpha Omega

Beckstoffer To Kalon Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Classic happy place wine for me. — 5 months ago

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Detert Family Vineyards

East Block Cabernet Franc 2016

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.

Here is the other wine that I claimed may have been the red wine of the trip, and also may have been one of the top winery visits of the trip! Loved tasting in the family home and hearing the connecting stories between them and the Macdonalds. I’ll forever be grateful that
@Carl Fischer introduced me to Detert years ago, and he helped make an intro so that I could visit this time around.

Monster! This is like the normal cab franc but with everything turned up to 11. However, because it’s cab franc, the elevated profile isn’t overwhelmingly fruit forward...it just makes it so floral. Potpourri, violets, jasmine accompanied by herbal spice, black tea, mulberries, dark chocolate and cedar. Zero trace of green pepper. Very vineyard loyal. As old vine To Kalon cab franc, this has classic To Kalon power with currant, graphite, vibrant black cherries, clay/dirt, red, blue and black berries with skyscraper like structure and profile. Very fine grained tannins. This is an astounding cab franc.
— 4 days ago

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Sweet. Totally want to get to this place.

Sean Thackrey

Orion Old Vines Rossi Vineyard Native Syrah 2000

Tasting pour at Pre-Falltacular dinner in the OC. Classic Thackrey, but this bottle was showing just a bit tired. — 6 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with balanced tannin and fruit, at Mardi Gras party with friends in Back Bay, Boston — 5 days ago

Stanton Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Classic Oakville. Pure, voluptuous dark fruits (plum & blackberries), Crème de cassis, eucalyptus, vanilla, damp earth, sweet licorice and pencil shavings. — 13 hours ago

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Newton

Unfiltered Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF wine group tasting. This month’s theme was chardonnay from any region or vintage. Nice eclectic bunch!

Another solid, classic Cali chard. These chards have always been consistent in profile and while JKongsgaard hasn’t been making the wines for quite a while, a lot of his style remains. Unfiltered and rich profile, but also soft, showing cotton candy, orange peel, juicy fruit, and a lemon cream type note. This is Hudson-like, with a little more restraint. Thanks
@Bill Makens .
— 16 days ago

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Corison

Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Classic Cabernet that tastes more Bordeaux-like than Napa-like. Smooth tannins, stewed red fruit, Coca-Cola. — a day ago

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Tom Eddy Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Classic Tom Eddy. Full bodied and rich with good tannin and structure. . — 12 days ago

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