Cuvée Du Vatican

Crystallum

Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2018

David T
9.3

I did not get to write notes on the last three wines, just scores. We had to get to Russell Hamilton.

However, I wish I had been able to write them as these were the wines I was looking forward to spending some time on.

Peter & Andrew Allan of Crystallum are the third generation of winemakers and sons of the man who pioneered Pinot Noir winemaking in the Hemel-en-Aarde which; is what drew me to the region that is about another hour plus SE of Stellenbosch and a very good area to produce Pinot Noir.

Photos of; Gabrielskloof Cellar Door entrance, Estate vine, tasting lounge and their courtyard.
— 10 days ago

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Bruno Paillard

Première Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

Celebrating my parents’ anniversary. This is everything I want in a champagne at this level. Expressive, approachable, and very refreshing. Paired nicely with homemade cinnamon rolls. — 6 days ago

Krystal Vento
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Ron R

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One of my fave champers, but I don’t recognize the style of label. I don’t recall the gold label.
Ryan Vento

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@Ron R I think when I chilled the bottle in an ice bucket with water in it the label turned a more saturated gold color. It’s normal color is the more classic beige with a gold tinge.

Hugel et Fils

Cuvée Les Amours Alsace Pinot Blanc 2015

Oldest cellar dates back to 1551, with rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels. The oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, a capacity of 8,800 litres, built in 1715, the year Louis XIV died. Aromas of fruit & citrus aromas. Palate stone & tropical flavors, citrus notes, vivid acidity, medium finish. Nice! — 6 days ago

David, Dawn and 3 others liked this

Chappellet

Mountain Cuvée Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

This is a great Bordeaux blend from California. Well balanced and fruit forward with cedar, chocolates and coffee notes.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes).

Still young and will benefit from a year or two of bottle time.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine.

Delicious and yummy. I love these Bordeaux blends.

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. 73% Napa Valley 27% Sonoma County.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.
— 7 days ago

Brandon, Scott and 14 others liked this

Kalin Cellars

Cuvée CH Sonoma County Chardonnay 1995

This is always a treat. Really classy chardonnay that is strutting at almost 24yrs old. Very dense and rich with a color that is still bright yellow. Loads of fruit and preserving acidity, great as an aperitif! — 6 days ago

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Bill Bender

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Old Kalin chard is something everyone should try once @Patrick Derdeyn 🙌🏼
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True @Bill Bender i’ve been fortunate enough to try the Charles Heintz several time now and have had the other 95 chards as well. Always a treat.

Domaine Weinbach

Cuvée Laurence Alsace Gewürztraminer

Classic classic - rose & lychee & rocks. I love to taste gewurtz not sure I could get thru a bottle — 14 days ago

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Reid Family Vineyards

Karen's Cuvée 2011

This is really nice. Good fruit but a very nice spice profile with well integrated oak. I thought I woul really dislike this, but it is great. — 14 days ago

Randy Boesch
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Hans Fahden

Mountain Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 1993

Dark, earthy full of secondary flavors. Lots of tannin. Surprising for a 1992. I don’t think it will age longer. A fun wine to drink. — a day ago

Severn, Michael and 4 others liked this

Peter Michael Winery

Cuvée Indigène Chardonnay 2013

Shay A
9.5

Fun afternoon at Classic with great company. Glad you could join us Bryan.

Best served when warmed up slightly above cellar temp. Rich and powerful. Nutty, marzipan sweetness, and lemon cream aromatics. Oozes of honeycomb, sea salt, and lemon oil on the palate. Simply fantastic right now. Thank you
@Dan Fitzgerald
— 15 days ago

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@Shay A : Agreed! Thank you, Dan!

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin Hermitage Syrah 2003

Bit of a struggle with the cork and finding a decanter, but wine was sublime—one of the top few I’ve ever tasted. No better way to spend a 50th birthday than drinking this at lunch in Hermitage. Thanks, Dave (nice teeth)! — 11 days ago

Hongkun ParkHaw YangMike Rabinowitz
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Jim, Chris and 18 others liked this
Daniel S

Daniel S

Very nice. Happy birthday.
Muralee Murugesu

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Happy birthday
David L

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Love the pic. Happy birthday!