Galil Mountain Winery


Rive di Cimarossa Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cimarossa, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rive di Cimarossa. Vintage 2011. ABV 14.20%.

This wine is deep ruby with garnet secondary hues. On the nose this wine has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include blackberry preserves, black cherry, dried prune, fig, also black pepper, molasses, cedar, tobacco, mocha, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, earth, and wet moss. On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a full body, high alcohol, firm (high) tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose but with delicate vegetal notes. The baking spice is also very prominent. The finish is long.

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was on the wetter and cooler side, which offered an extended growing season allowing the grapes to ripen and develop slowly. This wine comes from a vineyard located in Howell Mountain, on the Northeastern side of the Vaca Mountains, which afforded it additional exposure to winds that kept the vines dry and sunshine which aided in the ripening process.

Fun fact! Howell Mountain legally became its own appellation in 1983, the year of my birth, making this Howell Mountain Cab a fine choice for a Birthday weekend (there’s always a connection).

In addition to owning this spectacular winery, owners Corry Dekker and Dino Dina both come from an impressive background in medicine and biotechnology and have left, and continue to leave, an indelible impact on the vaccine industry. Cheers to that!! And cheers to Mia Kline for her excellence in winemaking and fruit expression.

This label features an image of the yellow monkeyflower, a wild flower that grows along the edges of the vineyard from which this wine comes.
— 4 days ago

with Deked1
Deked1, Daniel and 19 others liked this
Shay A

Shay A Influencer Badge Premium Badge

This is a killer visit. Wonderful atmosphere. And their 2011 wines are some of my favorites.


@Shay A Love it! We’d love to visit the next time we’re in Napa. This wine has complexity, intensity, and impeccable balance. We shall revisit!

Laurel Glen Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Confected black cherry nose. Blackberries, playdough, fragrant flowers. Very gentle tannins, robust streaky acids, practically translucent dark red fruit on the palate. Hitting a nice spot but maybe 5 years off from peak. — 11 days ago

Tom, Aravind and 29 others liked this

Smith Madrone

Spring Mountain District Riesling 2017

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Pretty nose of lemons, citrus, yellow apples, diesel, light tangerines, light river rocks, spices and minerals.

Medium plus in body with high acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, spices, lemons, apples, light earth, minerals, light sea salt and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and grapefruit.

This is a delicious Riesling from Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and would benefit from a few years in the bottle. Already drinking nicely with nice balance.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 45 minutes of airtime.

Not as complex as the 2016 vintage, but time will tell as this evolves in the bottle. Still very yummy.

A great sipping wine and a good pool wine too. Fresh with a dry finish.

I paired it with Cedar Planked Salmon on the BBQ.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 19 hours ago

Alex, Diane and 15 others liked this

Argot Wines

Mosaic Sonoma County Syrah 2016


Youthful appearance and aromas. Luscious. Deep rich and brooding #Syrah Very well made. Hefty. Definitely full on. 14.4% alc./vol. feels like more. Long finish. #Sonoma — 2 days ago

Raul, Romain and 9 others liked this

Conn Creek

Ava Series Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Fragrant nose of black bramble fruits & sweet tobacco. Dried prune/fig on the palate. Coating mouthfeel with medium plus acidity & tannins. — 6 days ago

Josh, Alex and 3 others liked this


Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004

Blind tasting of six pinots - or pinot “impostors”. I like Siduri and the 2004 was still showing well. — 2 days ago

Josh, Eric and 6 others liked this


Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Outpost 2009

Le nez est enivrant, il embaume la pièce de fruit noir et de vanille. On le carafe car je me doute qu’il doit être costaud.

En bouche c’est pareil, les fruits noirs, ( cassis, bleuets, mures), vanille, le bois est encore présent et ne s’estompe pas avec le passage en carafe, le vin est tout d’un bloc, texture soyeuse, l’acidité structure bien le tout. Ca se boit très bien mais il manque vraiment de complexité malheureusement, il n’a pas l’effet wow que je recherchais.
— 2 days ago

Romain, Mario and 1 other liked this

Barnett Vineyards

Rattlesnake Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

2013 Vintage. Old-school Napa style. Huge fruit balanced with high tannins/acidity. Massive and has at least two decades of good drinking left but firing right now. Hard to imagine it getting better. Decanted for an hour before tasting. — 2 days ago

Shay, Mike and 3 others liked this

Vineyard 7 & 8 (Seven and Eight)

Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Medium ruby with a nose of black cherries, anise, wet gravel, mocha, pipe tobacco, and toffee. Full-bodied with smooth velvety tannins. I think this wine is in its prime. I love the bold, full mouthfeel on this wine. Nice, smooth finish. Birthday wine! — 9 days ago

Shay, Ron and 2 others liked this

Jade Mountain

Paras Vineyard Mt. Veeder Syrah 2002

Nose has ripe blackberry, blackberry jam, fruit Roll-up, dried meats, iodine (?), wet leaves, toasted pistachio, fresh violet, wet leather and dark chocolate chunks.

Palate has raspberry jam, dried blackberry, black currant jam, wet leather, dehydrated black cherry, moist cigar and mild tannins persist.

A great showing on this bottle tonight, proof positive on the pedigree of the vineyard. This should age gracefully for the next 8-10Y without concern.

Paired to mesquite smoked pork chops from a 1/2 pig purchase from our dear farmer friend Courtney at Highland Farm (Old Chatham, NY). Please support your local resources.
— 3 days ago

Ericsson, Vanessa and 27 others liked this