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Unti Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley Montepulciano

I was completely unfamiliar with this winery until a visit to Dry Creek back in 2019. We randomly booked an AirBNB in neighboring Geyserville that happened to belong to the proprietors of Unti. They invited us to visit the winery and I’m so glad we made the effort to do so. They specialize in varieties that grow in and around the Mediterranean. This bottle of the 2016 Montepulciano was brought back from that winery visit and enjoyed over two days. It showed best on Day 2 and these notes reflect that experience.

The wine pours a deep garnet with an opaque core and a slightly watery rim; medium+ viscosity. On the nose, medium intensity with raspberries, blackberries, lingonberries, baking spices, purple flowers and crushed concrete. On the palate, a mixed fruit set with mostly blue and black fruits, figs, blackberries, mulberries, dark cherry, baking spices and minerals. Medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. This finish is long and dry. Came across quite young and primary. Years to go on these.
— 8 months ago

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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah 2011

We enjoyed this bottle last night, but this is a much cooler picture. Earlier this year my sister was invited to a fundraiser in LA where a friend purchased every seat at Thomas Keller’s table. Not only did her friend invite her to come with her boyfriend, but he also invited her to bring our parents. After Christmas I wanted to let her take a bottle back to LA for the dinner. It was a hard decision, but I went with some old world class. It turns out that he knows the producer well and is a big fan! Phew! I’ll be honest, I was blown away by Alban’s Reva, but then we opened this and it just screamed class. Such a refined and elegant beast. Balanced/Seamless. — 2 years ago

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Nice back-story, Philip.
Philip Deibel

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@Mike R it went really well. They had a great experience at both places. Thanks again for the help!
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Château Léoville Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

Was fortunate enough to be invited to share this 21 year old Grand Cru Classe’ masterpiece! — 3 years ago

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Kimberly Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Invited to preview the annual “Generous Pour” at Capital Grille. Red Flight My favorite was the Copain Syrah & the Brewer Clifton pinot — a year ago

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Always enjoyed this event.
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I have always participated since they began more than 10 yrs ago. Of course they sometimes fall short of what I am used to drinking but always interesting & a great deal with freshly opened btls & unlimited pours.
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Always lots of fun!


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The last wine was 2016. This is ‘15 and very intense rich dark fruit. The tasting and cave experience is excellent. Hard to get in. We carry at Capitol Cellars so they invited us in. Very good experience 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 2 years ago

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Château Lynch-Bages

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

Loving this Lynch Bages courtesy of special friends and being invited to the man cave!! — 3 years ago

Bodegas Muga

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2012

As they say....there's is a party in my mouth, and everyone is invited! — 3 years ago

Alfred Merkelbach

Kinheimer Rosenberg Kabinett Riesling

Found this winery in a small German town in the Mosel valley. Knocking on the door, we met the two +90yr old men, owners who showed us around and invited us for drinks. On the wall there were pictures of both of them from the war 😬😳. In the cellar we tasted many different reislings which were all completely stellar. All amazing and may be peaking now, after 7yrs cellaring. Notes of honey pineapple, lime petroleum baked apple & minerals. Great silky mouth feel. 4€ !!!!?! — a year ago

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Château Coupe Roses

Orience Minervois Red Rhone Blend 2011

BYOB. We got invited to see Kethro perform some of his latest work at LOW END. Popped and poured into Stainless Steel YETI tumblers while me got drenched in fresh beats. The 2011 “Cuvée Orience”, while certainly showing secondary and tertiary characteristics, is showing beautifully right now! Blue fruits and dark fruits, tart cherry, pastureland, black pepper, and cool damp coniferous forest floor. On the palate, blueberries, dark cherry, spiced and cured deli meat, and Herbs de Provence. The acid, which was quite zippy, has done a wonderful job keeping this alive. The tannins, which seemed well integrated in the first glass, started to gain strength by the second glass. The finish was remarkably looooong and satisfying. While they aren’t dying anytime in the immediate future, there is no reason not to drink and enjoy this now. — a year ago

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Tenuta San Guido

Le Difese Toscana Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese 2017

Grocery store bought in Como Mercato. We finally settled into a great Airbnb in Laglio--- a few doors down from George and Amal. We were invited to the Villa, but the heck with that... I haven't had good thoughts about Hollywood since at least 2016. Anyway, decent cab/sang blend, welcome departure from Langhe, but nothing spectacular. I do love other offerings from this winery though.

91 points
— 3 years ago

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