Harlan Estate

Calera

Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Alongside an ‘09 Williams Selyem Pinot, It was difficult to pick a favorite. This wine brought cherries, raspberries, pepper, and a hint of blackberry to the table, providing a lighter, fruitier addition to grilled lamb with balsamic and honey. Delicious with food, and on its own. — 5 days ago

Crown Point

Estate Selection Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Shay A
9.2

Earlier this week, a rep for Crown Point wines hosted a tasting to show off a few of their newer releases. New to me, they are out of Santa Barbara and have the duo of Adam Henkel (former assistant winemaker at Harlan for 8yrs) and Philippe Melka (who came on starting with the ‘15 vintage) making the wines.


This wine is their Estate Selection, which is 73% cab, 16% malbec and 11% merlot. I believe this was the first vintage for this wine. It sports a very soft profile and is made in a riper style. Aromatically it smells of baked boysenberry, fig and mixed berry pie with milk chocolate chips. The ABV is around 15.2% and it shows here. Extracted on the palate with chocolate covered dark fruits, baking spices, nutmeg and Andes mint.
— a month ago

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Calera

de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

medium violet; plum, violets, licorice, mint, baking spices; dark fruit; medium tannin, medium+ acidity, 14.2% ABV; made from 100% organically grown Pinot Noir, 50% whole cluster, fermented with native yeasts, aged 20 months in 30% new French oak; $32 for 375 mL — 3 months ago

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Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2005

Shay A
9.5

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

One of those wines where everything was working in harmony. Supremely balanced. Youthful. Came across very herbal and Bordeaux like aromatically at first before the sweet and ripe fruit pushed forward. Violets, graphite, underripe red, blue and black fruits with minerals on the nose. Similar to the PM Les Pavots and the Shafer HSS, it started showing sweet tannins alongside dark coco, nutmeg, juicy blueberries and blackberries and a tightly wound finish. Tons of life here. I was between Napa cab or left bank Bordeaux.
— 24 days ago

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Calera

Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir

1997 is fruity and tasty. — 2 months ago

Calera

Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

inky purple; plum, sassafras, violets; dense, powerful, dark fruit; medium+ acidity, 13.9% ABV, tight, tannic; sourced from Calera’s highest vineyard, 70% whole clusters, 20 months in 30% new French oak; $32 for a 375 mL — 2 months ago

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Harlan Estate

The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2013

This vintage was spot on. It was everything I needed. Body, tannins, smokey dark fruits with a touch of age. It was incredible. — 25 days ago

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Crown Point

Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.3

Earlier this week, a rep for Crown Point wines hosted a tasting to show off a few of their newer releases. New to me, they are out of Santa Barbara and have the duo of Adam Henkel (former assistant winemaker at Harlan for 8yrs) and Philippe Melka (who came on starting with the ‘15 vintage) making the wines.

The difference between this wine and the previous two is that this is their Cabernet (92%) with just a dash of merlot, petit Verdot, malbec and cab franc. Similar to the ‘15 Estate Selection in how this is big and dense but still harmonious. Rich and dark fruits with graphite, cassis, and mocha. Big tannins with a dark and compact core...blackberries, underripe blueberries, violets, and dusty cedar.
— a month ago

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Calera

Mt. Harlan Aligoté 2017

Tart & refreshing perfect opening wine to a great meal. A Cal rarity from a benchmark winery. — 2 months ago

Checkerboard Vineyards

Aurora Napa Valley Red Blend

Damn son. Aurora. Checkerboard. Harlan Estate. Today’s a good day. Thanks Gobie. — 3 months ago

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