Dusted Valley Vintners

Dusted Valley Vintners

Cabernet Franc 2010

Nose is deep and complex, smells of dried roses, cedar, and tobacco. Raspberry, cranberry, and hints of coco and pipe tobacco make this extra luscious. Yum! — 4 days ago

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Dusted Valley Vintners

Stone Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah 2016

2/2020. Nice Petite Syrah. Flavor and body. Paired well with the swordfish at Mr. Friendlys. — a month ago

Keplinger

Keplinger Lithic GSM 2012

Shay A
9.2

The Rhône vibe continued after the Cayuse and 426 HS with this bottle from Dan. A very solid GSM blend that showed more weight and density than the others, along with more sweet smoke, plum, underripe blackberries, dark cocoa dusted dates...yet also a nice lavender and sweet floral finish. I’d start opening these. — a month ago

Mark FlesherDan Fitzgerald
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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.6

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

In the running for red wine of the trip. When visiting last year, I preferred the ‘14 (ripe, balanced, savory) over the ‘15 (more acidity, touch lighter, high toned)...this ‘13 takes the best of each and marries them. This is a classic high end TRB Cabernet from a stellar vintage. Truffles raspberries, candied black cherries, cocoa dusted mixed berry pie and graphite aromatics accompanied by sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, toffee and espresso, baking spices, and fine grained tannins. Built like a tank. Superb.
— a month ago

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This so damn good but, I am looking forward to opening a bottle in 2025 or so.
Jid R

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How would you compare this to the Hawks Prey?
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@Jid R : Less pop and pour. More tannic and age worthy. Lots of fruit, but plenty of savory and herbal components mixed in versus the Hawk’s Prey being very plush and open.

Dusted Valley Vintners

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dusty cabernet. Right on point — 15 days ago

Château Péby Faugères

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Shay A
9.1

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.

Not familiar with this producer. Since I don’t have much context to go on, it’s hard to get a pulse on typical profile, but when comparing to the other 2000 Bordeauxs in the lineup, this seemed much older. Old baked fig, cocoa dusted dates, scorched black plum and pipe tobacco. Aged funk on the palate with leather, dried black cherries, and an herbal finish. A touch syrupy too. I called this old Brunello.
— 16 days ago

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Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2012

The 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne is a thrilling, dense new offering from this historic house. On the nose this takes on rich brioche and baked Pazzaz apple flavors that combine with lighter kumquat and marzipan tones that all meld in the glass. Fresh and vibrant, with a remarkably silky mousse, the weight and richness of this wine is impressive, while the bright character provides a wonderful foil. Rich layers of lemon zest dusted brioche with toasted hazelnut and Gravenstein apple with lighter vanilla cream and starfruit tones seamlessly combine on the palate. As several hours develop, the wine pieces itself together more magically with the intense citrus components melding with its weighty stature. Marvelous at this stage in its development, the 2012 Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ Chanpagne will have an exceedingly long life ahead of it. Try to give this at least another year of bottle development before savoring. Drink 2021-2040- 97 — a month ago

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Cheers 🥂
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I recently opened a 2002. Was still a fresh great wine.. So I can imagine the 2040 as end date
Also a very nice review, btw.

Dogfish Head Brewery

American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA

Puffy clouds float atop alpenglow orange opacity, lacing the barriers with the remains of heraldic coats of arms weathered nearly indistinguishable by time, like the thin anonymous gravestones in ancient churchyards. Orange and tangerine, clementine and thyme, ruby grapefruit, and candied lemon, Froot Loops, green grapes, dragon fruit and kiwi scented. Lovely lime and lemongrass, quince, cardamom pod, chamomile, white pepper dusted pineapple, pomelo, and steely minerality that fractures into micro clove and aniseed while immersed in lemon oils and orange. Really nice offering. Keeps you guessing and offers some interesting taste combos.
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— 9 days ago

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@David Kline Cheers 🍻
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Nice picture!

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Shay A
9.5

A friend had a “reduction party” as he was needing to thin out his cellar. Definitely a party I’m happy to attend!

Had the 2012 Odette Reserve or 2012 Bryant Family not been on the table, this may have won the night. Whereas the other two were drinking deliciously, this displayed more youthful notes than I expected. The fruit here was really bright...candied black cherries, fresh blueberries and blackberries, baking spices, toasted oak, and savory charcoal. Nicely compact on the palate...bing cherries dusted in dark chocolate shavings, Black Forest cake, sandalwood, and smoked meat. If opening now, decant for a few hours.
— 19 days ago

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Fantesca

All Great Things Freedom Red Blend 2013

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

Tried both this 2013 and the 2015. Percentage make up escapes me, but both heavily dominated by cab as expected. On a table of their own, these would go quick as they are delicious Napa cabs...fruit abounds across the whole spectrum, though it’s mainly red and black. Cocoa dusted dates, cassis, currant, baking spices, and Ghiradelli black cherry chocolate. As with Heidi’s cabs, the tannin structure is big and age worthy, but the fruit here is ready for early enjoyment. However, I thought the chard and Pinot stole the show!
— a month ago

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