Cruz Alta

Cruz Alta

Chairman's Blend Red Blend 2016

Lots of nice flavor in this. Seemed a bit oaky at first but really developed nicely. — 3 days ago

Rhys Vineyards

Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Pop and pour. About 3.5 yrs since my last btl. Once again, fantastic aromatics. On the nose: clove, soft cinnamon, pomegranate, brambles, soft compelling. On the palate: density has definitely picked up.from what I remember; some grapeseed, dark blackberry, bitter wood, and transitioning seamlessly to a slightly tannic finish. I'm still not entirely happy with the showing on the mid-palate, but the aromatics are compelling enough to make me almost not care. Paired with cauliflower steaks with nutritional yeasts and liquid aminos (yes, very vegan), and an assortment of other roast vegetables, prepared in different ways. An excellent pairing (ironically, bc of the bitterness on the palate with which I was less than enamored). — 9 days ago

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Is it thin mid palate?
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Yeah: better than the last showing, but thinner than I would have liked.
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@Aravind A that’s a drawback sometimes of very cool climate Pinot. Also an issue sometimes in Switzerland.

La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2010

Another fantastic bottle of this stellar wine, this time from half. Learning from previous experience, on this occasion I decanted the wine a good two hours ahead of drinking, which proved rewarding. I continue to be blown away by the youthfulness of this wine and its incredible constituent parts.

Hugely aromatic and generous both on the nose and palate, the 2010 Ardanza brims with sweet cherry, blackberry - almost cassis, even - along with dried cranberry, cured meat, black pepper, Seville orange, cedar and just a hint of vanilla with a core of zesty acidity and fine, savoury tannins. This is a supremely complex Rioja from a benchmark vintage that is exemplary for the region.
— 10 days ago

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Cantina Tomaso Gianolio

Alta Langa Metodo Classico White Blend 2009

Nose is elegant yeast perfume. Almost a lemon floor wax thing in a Good way. Really elegant. Elite elegance.

Palate is so clean and delicious.

Wow this is good.

Bought from fass selections.
— 12 days ago

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Sick wine and not made since

Cruz Alta

Grand Reserve Old Vines Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Very juicy flavor with vanilla hints. Nose was a bit strong and reminded me of over ripe strawberries — a month ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 1985

Started out seeming fade but gained fruit and become more tightly woven with 45mins. A remarkable bottle of wine — 10 days ago

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2010

Lookit that color. Mt Eden is so damn consistent and so good. Butterscotch, vanilla bean creme brûlée, mandarin orange, lemon zest, clove, pineapple cake, bit of smoke. Almost touches an exotic fruit register, quite opulent but I’m all about it. @Adriana Fabbro give your Rombauer customers this instead — 12 days ago

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Bàrbara Forés

en moviment 1 Vinyes Velles Garnatxa Blanca 2018

The first of the range’s four single-vineyard wines, the En Moviment 1 is a complex orange wine made with old vine Garnatxa blanca from a very small plot in the Comes d’en Bonet, to the northeast of Gandesa. Fermented with wild yeasts with 28 days on its skins and partially under flor, it is an authentic example of Brisat wine, a traditional style of skin-contact wines from the Terra Alta and Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Akin to the amber wines of Northeastern Italy and Slovenia and known for its extended macerations, the style fell out of grace during the past century as consumers demanded lighter, but is now making a comeback thanks in no small part to the efforts of winemakers like Pili Sanmartín. Fruit-forward. Very expressive nose of peach, apricot, orange, notes of dry herbs and sweet spices (cinnamon). Quite dry, with fine-grained tannins and a full palate. Slightly bitter finish. — 5 days ago

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Alta Alella

AA Privat Merla Red Blend 2019

Big, fruity, floral concentrate of Spanish Monestral. Intense extracted prunes, ripe dark berries, a basket of fresh stripped cedar.

Has you thinking about fresh pressed violets, finger staining wild Maine blueberries, and boysenberry pancake syrup.
— 2 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Estate Chardonnay 2018

Ming L

100% fruits from the famed Monte Bello vineyard. Ripe and oaky, but in a restrained and elegant way. This reminds me a lot of the Napa Valley bottling from Far Niente, only better.
— 5 days ago

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