It’s Rhone night. GSM blend - 50/25/25. Concentrated, ripe black fruit, garrigue, and pepper. Awesome village wine. 2017 vintage on Mar 20, 2020 — 18 days ago
Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, red plum, black plum, raspberry, thyme, garrigue, baking spices, perfumed dried flowers as it warms up; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus grippy tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, very ripe example, opens up to beautiful perfume, very good — a month ago
🍇Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvèdre 6%, Cinsault 4%.
🍷Tasted in a restaurant right after opening with Vietnamese-Style beef.
The nose is gorgeous and express itself very easily, aromas of red fruits and blueberry with garrigue note and a hint of fresh smokiness. The structure is well balanced between great acidity and precise, smooth tannins. Finish is on deep red fruits. Safe bet! 👌🏻 — 16 days ago
So floored by the grace and level of detail this has. The acid is keen and runs a taut line from front to back, I hate to say it (because it’s not entirely true) but this has a more modest vintage character than that of most 2015s. Must be producer because I find the Vernay reds refined and charming in the best sense. Ripe red berry fruits, crushed black cherry, insane amounts of crushed granite. This is backed by beautiful floral and licorice aromas, it pumps garrigue without a moment of the peppercorn and meaty goodness being far behind. The tannins have some ripeness to them. Oak is a little pronounced at first, but suits the wine well upon opening. — 19 days ago
Release is $135.00, best QPR of any wine TRB makes IMO
Down to 2 bottles after tonight.
RIVERS MARIE notes,
New to our lineup but certainly not new to the legacy of Napa, we are excited to be starting this relationship in such a great vintage. This is one of those wines we knew was destined for greatness when we pressed it. It was intensely aromatic in fermenter and colored up quickly. The palate held quite a bit in reserve while first in barrel taking on more of a linear profile. The last six months in barrel, the wine grew broader, opening up to grilled meats, garrigue, underbrush and blueberries. There is an exotic floral note on the nose that hints at the vineyard's base of Howell Mountain location. Framing acidity keeps the wine from ever growing tiresome despite its density. There's nothing that tastes quite like this storied site and we hop to continue to preserve and further the legacy of what Herb and Jennifer Lamb have created here. 160 cases produced. | Rivers-Marie
— 3 days ago
Opaque ruby. Highly expressive, mineral- and spice-accented boysenberry, cherry and floral scents show fine delineation and a subtle touch of garrigue. Silky in texture and impressively concentrated, offering intense red and blue fruit preserve and exotic spice flavors and a sexy hint of candied lavender. Fine-grained tannins give gentle grip to a very long, focused finish that leaves floral and cherry preserve notes behind. All concrete. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
— 22 days ago