Cruz Alta

Cruz Alta

Reserve Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Great value. Deep red fruit. Hints of spices and leather. Smooth finish. — 5 days ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Blanco Malvasia Viura 2005

The 2005 Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva Blanco is a sensational blend of 90% Viura with 10% Malvasia all sourced from the Viña Tondonia Vineyard. The wine was aged for six years in American oak barrels and then for an additional six years in bottle prior to release. The wine itself begins with intense aromas of salted pear, marzipan, smoked pineapple and hints of apricot all taking shape beautifully in the glass. Bright and intense, with a gorgeous mouthfeel, this wine delivers both a silky texture and lithe minerality. Hugely complex flavors of wet stone, green apple, smoke and starfruit all combine on the palate. Gorgeous and generous now, with an exceedingly long finish, this beautiful wine has decades ahead of it. Drink 2018-2040- 95 — a day ago

R. López de Heredia

Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2003

The 2003 'Vina Tondonia' Blanco Reserva is a tremendous effort from a challenging vintage. Needing more than 30 minutes in the decanter to be fully expressive, this wine opens to aromas of beeswax, smoky oak, Bartlett pear and slight suggestions of fresh white flowers. This leads to flavors reminiscent of nutmeg, cardamom, cantaloupe, beeswax and green papaya. There is an gorgeous overall range of flavors that persist with an oily texture through the finish. Drink 2019-2030- 93 — a day ago

Bodegas Riojanas

Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Tempranillo

94 was a stunning year in Rioja & I’ve never had a bad one so when this cheeky €50 drop appeared on my radar from @gabymeetswine @vilaviniteca I had to get my wine gnawing choppers around this grapeylicious bottle of joy 😉 In a peak place of yummyness after 25 years 👍

📍 Viña Albina Monte Real Gran Reserva 1994

🏵 93-94 points aptly 😁

🍇 Graciano, Mazuelo & Tempranillo

🍷 Deep clear ruby w/ brick edge (scroll ⏩ for pic)

👃 Old smoked oak through a damp musty cellar filled with earthy obliterated cherry mush w/ a cocoa, balsamic, herby & leather whip - expressed in a Zalto Burg glass 👌

👄 Med body of super silky smooth cocoa & balsamic infused red cherry cream oozyness

🎯 Long red cherry linger bathed in slight dry oak, cocoa cream & balsamic splashes
— 7 days ago

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R. López de Heredia

Viña Cubillo Crianza Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2009

The 2009 'Viña Cubillo' is a fantastic showing which exudes toasty oak up front with secondary aromatics of rose petals and red cherries. On the palate this impresses with its silky smooth texture, as well as concentreted flavors of red cherries, orange zest and baking spice flavors that connect with marvelous tension. The rich mouthfeel is really outstanding as it continues to impress through the finish. This is a remarkable value from one of the most famous producers in Rioja. Drink 2029-2029- 92 — a day ago

Ceritas

Trout Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Shay A
9.3

I’ve had these wines maybe twice before and I know that they are on the more lean side of the spectrum. This was no different. I loved the aromatics here...candied black cherry, mint, and herbs. Very tight and youthful on the palate...this wine comes across as if it didn’t even sniff oak! Steely and pure. Cherry menthol and rhubarb tart. Unique. — 6 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: Ceritas is really doing a great job with their wines the last few vintages. This great wine will be really good in 2-3 years.
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@Patrick Derdeyn : I’ve only had the Trout Gulch chard...maybe 1-2yrs ago. Need to revisit it. Definitely more Burgundian in style than most Cali chards.

@Bryan Kesting : I can see that these need a few years to come in to their own. Would love to try some older vintages!
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@Shay A @Patrick Derdeyn their style is definitely more Burgundian. A lot of minerality. Similar to the Arnot Roberts Chards and Pinots in style. I like the style a lot but most of the time they need some age on them...in particular the Santa Cruz wines. I do agree with Patrick that their Chards are really great. The Porter Bass is good stuff...

Cruz Alta

Reserve Pinot Noir

Steve's favorite — 7 days ago

Celler Frisach

La Foradada Terra Alta Vernatxa Blanca

Surprise surprise! Lychee with various floral notes. Not expected at all and definitely welcomed. Love love love — 10 days ago

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Windy Oaks Estate

Proprietor's Reserve Schultze Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

I could drink this every day. Beautiful translucent ruby color. Nose of raspberries, orange peel, and sandalwood. Pure, weightless, and exquisitely balanced on the palate. Stylistically more on the delicate side of the range of Pinot Noir. No trace of alcohol heat, nothing out of place - just lovely. — 2 days ago

Dawn, Rob and 21 others liked this

Alta Vista

Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Color of dark ruby, quite cloudy, with purple on the rim. Nose of black cherry, raisin, sweet dried strawberry, crayon, oak, and a bit leathery. Taste of subtle acidity, black cherry and sweet grapes, polished tannins, spice, sweet oak, good flavors and right amount, very tasty. Aftertaste of some more peppery note, vanilla, medicinal note, medium long. She deserves high notes considering her quality and cost. — 8 days ago

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