After 5+ months in London drinking anything but US wines, this guy still impresses me! 30+ minute decant and could use more. Still young with years left, but no need to wait. Nice nose, that does have French attributes. Tar, Dark Cherry, and Slate on the palate. More OH than I would like and definitely possesses the typical American power, which I have honestly come to dislike after falling in love with it. Long finish! Awesome QPR! Try this, as I would love to hear other perspectives. — 2 days ago
This wine is amazing. Would be great with food but an incredible sipping wine. I remember how bold this Syrah was years ago when we tasted it. Now it is soft and so easy to drink but has a great nose. Unti is such a hidden gem in DCV. — 3 days ago
Solid wine from a good vintage. Big and ripe with nice smoky/ fruity notes to the palate. Close is dark chocolate and pepper. Classic varietal characteristics. 2014 vintage. — 5 days ago
Always one of my favorites. Great long finish, excellent fruit flavor, really stand up to the steak. Well balanced. Great wine all around — 5 days ago
Taking a stroll through the Napa industrial wine complex will do you no harm if you stick with Dry Creek. Known for their aggressive maceration and malolactic fermentation. Dry Creek could suck deep fruit out of a cherry pit. But that’s fine. Rich cassis with an almost caramel richness and a heady mint and ox blood nose. Excellent value. — 9 days ago
With lunch, this amazing 08 Walter Hansel. Well deserving of a 93 on technical merits but, even a little higher on the pleasure scale.
On the nose, ruby older fruits of; blackberries, dry cranberries, dark cherries, stewed plums, blueberries hues, cooked rhubarb, pomegranate and black raspberries. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, dark spice, steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry stems, underbrush, hints of black cherry licorice/cola, saddle-wood, touch herbaceous with bright withering red florals.
The drinking window is right around its peak. The body in medium, round and lush. Ruby older fruits of; blackberries, dry cranberries, dark cherries, stewed plums, poached strawberries, blueberries hues, cooked rhubarb, pomegranate and black raspberries. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, dark spice, steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry crushed rock powder, dry stems, underbrush, hints of black cherry licorice/cola, saddle-wood, touch herbaceous with bright withering red florals. The acidity is round and like a rain shower. The finish is; beautiful, ripe, lush, elegant well balanced and polished.
Photos of, their amazing vistas and my wife blowing out her candle on their birthday gift from Nepenthe.
@Big Sur Nepenthe — 11 days ago
Deep purple color without a trace of brick red. Closed up on the nose except a slight funkiness that is dissipating. Evenly fruity in the mouth with a delicate ness unexpected for a Dy Creek Valley zing from this property. The powerful alcohol is also subdued which allows the fruit and midlife character shine. — 11 days ago