Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2016

Smith Madrone

Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2016

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, spices, yellow apples, white pepper, ripped melons, Mandarins, mediterranean spices, almonds and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, pineapples, limes, light earth, light wood, spices and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy limes.

This is a fabulous Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Showing nice complexity now, and is enjoyable by itself.

This four-year-old needs time open up. Good right out of the bottle, but really changed after an hour of airtime. It became a completely different wine. Lost almost all of its oak notes which I liked. So nice to see the evolution.

Would be nice to see how this continues to develop in the next few years. Tasty and delicious.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.
— 5 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Great stuff!
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Very nice wine

Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello

Scudetto Piemonte Barbera 2016


The aromatics are of average intensity with notes of dark cherries, spices, pepper and cloves. The wine as a good mix of the Barbera’s acidity and some integrated tannins, easy drinking, good even if not very complex. To be slightly chilled before serving.


Nez moyennement aromatique de cerises, épices, poivre et clou girofle. Bouche alliant acidité appuyée et tannins intégrés, agréable, sans être très complexe, à boire un peu rafraîchi autour de 17-18 degrés.
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Domaine Tempier

Bandol Carignan Blend 2016

Half bottle. 30+ minute decant. Definitely a top echelon nose - perfume, flowers (violets?), dirt, dark cherry fruit etc. Well balanced wine on the palate with dark fruit and a perfect combination of richness and finesse. Medium plus finish. Aging potential but don’t give too much air. Paired great with Chinese food. All the reason I’ve been buying this wine for the better part of a decade!! — 6 days ago

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Domaine Vincent Ledy

Vieilles Vignes Savigny-les-Beaune Pinot Noir 2016

Lyle Fass
9.4

Killer nose. What aromas! Raspberry, black cherry, dense, layered, thick coulis fruit but fresh and mineral, limestone, etc. Stunning. Lipstick like intensity. Palate is deep and structured and more closed than the wide open nose, but it’s all there. Balanced, juicy and so clean. Amazing, dense and thick fruit, pure, sappy, such vivid details. Ripe and substantial but very high quality tannins. No hard edges. So fresh, mineral and energetic. Long. Wonderful spices. Beautiful hit of opulence on the mid palate. This will last 20+ years. Epic. First year they have the VV on the label. — a day ago

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ARNYCA Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I am a huge fan of Arnyca and Steve Distler. In a short time knowing him he has impressed me several times with his kindness and
compassion. I guess he is pretty cool too. I HIGHLY recommend trying his wine. This is the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is awesome, but I think that his calling card is the mountain-sourced Cab Franc. Sooooooo good. The 2016 is sold out, but at under $100 it is an incredible QPR. He also makes a Rose (awesome custom label), as well as a brand new Brut sparkling wine.
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The CF & Rose are fantastic @Philip Deibel
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This is a new one on me. Need to scoop some up and give it a whirl.

Patricia Green Cellars

Freedom Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

medium reddish purple, medium tears; cherry, raspberry, vanilla, hints of smoke and cloves; red fruit, bitter chocolate, long finish; medium body, high acidity, light tannins, 13.9% ABV; this is the biggest production and lowest priced of all the winery's vineyard designates, real bargain from a classic Willamette Valley vineyard; $37 — a day ago

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Azienda Agricola Ronchi di Giancarlo Rocca

Ronchi Barbaresco Nebbiolo 2016

Love this! No decant (imho it doesn’t need it). This is everything you want. Balanced fruit and acid. Served with bbq ribeye (the rub with brown sugar and ground coffee is what brought these together). Second night sautéed chicken with rosemary and a pesto pasta was also perfect. Love this! SS — 2 days ago

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Andreas Laible

Kabinett Trocken Weißer Burgunder 2016

A nice German Weissburgunder to help me with my risotto. I know, thematically dissonant, but it works for me. This is one of the nicest Pinot Blancs I’ve had. Nose is fairly complex, with apple and other orchard fruits, subtle stony minerality, and a lightly buttery note (not woody-buttery, but dairy buttery). Beautiful balance in the mouth. Soft, good acidity, very clean and fresh. Just a touch of bitter in the finish to keep the deep fruit from overwhelming. — 5 days ago

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Interesting your note “thematically dissonant” for I found the best combinations of wine and food often on a second day with what remained in the bottle from the first day. 😉

Kay Brothers

Reserve Griffon's Key Amery Vineyard Grenache 2016

Griffon’s Key is Kay Brothers Reserve Grenache. Aromatic notes of Raspberry and other red fruits - red currant. The palate shows Jujube confectionery and chocolatey notes. Probably a bit young to be drinking this excellent McLaren Vale Grenache. I have always preferred McLaren Vale to the Barossa when it comes to Grenache. Has the structure to go on for another 5 to 10 years. Next in around 18 months to 2 years. — 5 days ago

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Las Capas

Calatayud Garnacha Blend 2016

The label say 7% Macabeu. Never had that. Must be a regional one? Slightly rusty red. Pretty attractive in the glass. Smells fruity and floral. Maybe roses. Like potpourri. Or maybe it’s rosehipz. Flavors are zippy and classic Spanish. Spice. Cedar box. Berries. Red berries. More rosehipz. This is great. And a great deal. The bottle says it all, “We like power but we love beauty and this is beautiful.” Maybe it’s the Macabeu. — 6 days ago

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Rhonely Boy

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If you have had Cava or White Rioja, you’ve had Macabeu (Viura in France). Simple profile, high acid, white wine.
Tree Kilpatrick

Tree Kilpatrick

Interesting. I’ve just never seen it on the label. Maybe it was added here for a bit of aroma and acidic zip.