Cruse Wine Co.

Badet Clément & Co.

Pontificis Grenache Blend 2022

This medium-dark wine offers a nose of black plums, blueberries and blackberries along with aromas of earth, tobacco, cedar, clove and nutmeg. I understand that the three segments - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre- were vinified in both barrels and tanks, with no more than six months of aging. Given that, it is understandable that oak does not take a more prominent position.

The palate is loaded with dark fruit and savory notes, and it has a firm tannic grip with lively acidity. I had it with some sautéed meatballs and Petit Basque cheese. It paired excellently.
— 10 days ago

Jonathan, Paul and 2 others liked this
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

I really need to try this again, it used to be one of my go-tos.
Randy Fuller

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John, it is a very nice wine. And easy on the wallet, too.

Bedrock Wine Co.

T'n'S Blocks Hudson Vineyard South Syrah 2020

PM
9.3

Love the Hudson Vineyard wines from Bedrock. Excellent. — 3 months ago

Matchbook Wine Co.

The Arsonist California Petit Verdot Blend 2015

2019 vintage. A nice blend. Dry and dark enough for my taste with a complex and interesting palette — 25 days ago

Bedrock Wine Co.

Papera Ranch Heritage Russian River Valley Red Blend 2017

Old Faithful. Year after year. — 2 months ago

romo, Shay and 2 others liked this

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Merlot 2012

Dark, highly concentrated grilled plums, pencil lead, nutmeg. — 2 months ago

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

2011 vintage. Not the best vintage nor the longest-lived. Drinking pretty decently currently. Would I want to slide-tackle this in a decade? No. In the next 5 years? Yes. Plenty of love aboard the ship now. 2.28.24. — 3 months ago

Ira, Shay and 6 others liked this

Clos du Val Wine Co.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Great every single time — 23 days ago

Jay and Douglas liked this

Clos du Val Wine Co.

Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

Delectable Wine
9.6

The 1976 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from Clos du Val is the most interesting of all the wines. The estate was founded by John and Henrietta Goelet in the early Seventies when the couple challenged recently graduated winemaker Bernard Portet to create a Bordeaux-inspired estate in Napa. Clos du Val attained global recognition when its inaugural 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the wines poured blind by Steven Spurrier at the epochal The Judgement of Paris, so this bottle of 1976 was one of their earliest bottlings that, incidentally, came directly from Clos de Val’s apparently meager reserves. It is very elegant and perfumed on the nose, typical old school, classic Napa Cabernet in all its unfettered glory, beautifully defined with wilted rose petals and a light fish scale element. Supple, very pliant tannins define the palate. There remains ample freshness and poise, a fine silver thread of acidity and a clove-tinged, rounded, exquisitely balanced finish that would surpass practically every other Bordeaux from this vintage. Outstanding. (Neal Martin, Vinous, April 2024)
— a month ago

Cruse Wine Co.

Rancho Chimiles Vineyard Pétillant Naturel Valdiguié

Pretty much a perfect pet nat.
Light salmon pink hue
Aromas of dried roses, strawberries, and watermelon that also come through in the palate — with yeasty, earthy effervescence.
I drank this 2 years ago and still think about it…
— 3 months ago