Ghost Block

Ghost Block

Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Time to get my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, dark chocolates, light alcohol and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, cedar, vanilla, coffee, toast, peppercorn, light alcohol, dark chocolates and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins, tangy cranberries and red chili pepper.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

A very nice sipping wine, and good with food too.

Ripe, but not overwhelming with fruit. Gentle and restraint.

Very enjoyable by itself, with a tangy and spicy finish, which is interesting.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points. Wine Spectator 93 points.

Drinking nicely already, but still young. I would love to revisit this in 3 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives.

A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged for 24 months in French oak barrels (60% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— a month ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Mill Block York Creek Zinfandel 2013

Very good wine, but perhaps on the downhill already. The fruit just couldn’t outlive the oak, which I find somewhat overbearing. Slightly oxidative, but with juicy texture and tannins still kicking. — 7 days ago

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Bevan Cellars

Wildfoote Vineyard Vixen Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

14’ Bevan Wildfoote -Vixen. WNH- virtual tasting. Decanted for two hours. Consumed over the next three. Took more then a few hours for it to come around. I always hate it when the last glass taste better than the first. Beautiful wine. Sit on them for another couple of years. IMO — 7 days ago

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Formaglini Vineyards

La Quercia Block Pinot Noir 2016

15+ hr work days everyday this week call for a killer Pinot, some chicken and morel mushroom pot pie and a little Grateful Dead.

I am not familiar with Formaglini, but this Pinot makes a solid argument as to why I need to start paying attention to Oregon little more.

In the glass, this wine has an extremely light tint to it which is extremely misleading. The nose is full of vibrant red fruits, dirt, dried herbs and a little smoke that I’m all about. This leads to an extremely intense rush of big red fruit, white pepper, dirt and a little taste of the Rhône. The slight smokiness lingers for quite sometime. This is a really nice, balanced wine from a producer I’d love to explore a little more.

Think it’s time to dig into Oregon wines beyond Eyrie. Would love some suggestions. Been hearing a lot about the wines coming from Walter Scott.
— a day ago

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Arden Barnett

Arden Barnett

@Shay A I’m on the Antica Terra mailing list but I’ve hesitated to buy some bottles without trying one of their wines first. Royal Blue sells the Ceras so I might need to go snag a bottle. Heard the Rose is insane. Heard fantastic things about Bergstrom too. Thanks!
Shay A

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@Arden Barnett : Price point can be tough, but Ceras is very mineral driven. I’ve got quite a few bottles of the rosé (it’s my favorite), and I still have one ‘14 left. Happy to open it whenever we get together to pop bottles next. And Bergstrom is fantastic...definitely more restrained than AT.
Bryan Kesting

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@Arden Barnett @Shay A : im happy to bring a couple bottles of Antica Terra when I come back in town. I’m sure I will be back as soon as the COVID-19 is over.

La Rochelle Winery

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - Block A Pinot Noir 2003

2003 vintage, a bit muddy right out of the bottle but distinct cherry and dark fruit on the nose and palate. A leading vineyard in Monterey at the cool north end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. <300 cases - 10 barrels in French and US oak. Robb Talbot grower, Tom Stutz winemaker. — a day ago

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Sheridan Vineyard

Block 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Founded in 1996 with 76 acres in Yakima Valley. 100% Cab Sauv aged in 100% new French oak. Dark Ruby with aromas of dark fruits, oak, spice and some flinty notes. On the palate blackberry, currants and blueberry flavors with toasty notes and bits of cacao. Firm tannins, nicely balanced with generous acidity, long finish ending with a dark fruit mineral character. Nice! Will age for 10+ years! Tasting Sample! — 15 days ago

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Kelham Vineyards

G Block Merlot

Eric S

“G” block Merlot. A little better than the C block I had a couple of weeks ago but who knows at this age could be bottle variance. Super smooth black cherry cola. — 9 days ago

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Rob Brobst III

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@Eric S one of my favorites from Napa
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Mine too @Rob Brobst III baller stuff!


Stone's Throw Block Chardonnay 2010

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Martinborough Vineyard

Home Block Pinot Noir 2014

This needs a ton of decanting time and partial oxidation to really shine. It almost tasted like Gevrey with fruit. Dark fruit underripe Elderberries touch Anise bark baking spices touch white pepper. — 16 days ago

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Deep rich color. Floral Syrah nose. Nice red and black fruit. This for sure needs a little more time for the tannins to integrate. Has great potential. Medium acidity, and long finish. — 5 days ago

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