John Robert Eppler (jre Wines)

John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Has been 3 years since I opened one of these and this is really coming into a nice spot right now. This wine is dark, deep, and full bodied. Black cork with tartrate on every square mm. Poured black, inky to the glass. Nose of spice cookie, cinnamon, nutmeg, blackberry cassis. Entry mimicked the same with a graphite and shale note to the middle. This wine finished with good acidity, softened but toasted cedar tannins. Now wishing that I had kept this one another year or two, but drinking at the very top of the hill right now in my opinion. I think this one will have another 5-7 years before it needs to be consumed, but I'd say that if you want to be treated, open this now! — 2 months ago

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Hudson

Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013

David T
9.2

On the nose; macerated lemon syrup, ripe golden & green apple, grapefruit, Bosc pear, golden raisins, volcanic minerals, chalky limestone, yellow lilies and jasmine. The body is thick and round...a fair amount of lee’s contact and bâtonnage. Syrupy macerated lemon heads, ripe golden & green apple, grapefruit, Bosc pear, golden raisins, butterscotch, volcanic minerals, chalky limestone, yellow lilies and jasmine. The long finish is rich and beautiful and lasts over a minute. Photos of, a Hudson Vineyard and the harvest team picking the Merlot at night. Producer notes...Christopher Vandendriessche (Winemaker shown in the right photo) was raised at White Rock Vineyards, his family's estate in the southern foothills of the Stag's Leap Range of Napa Valley. He holds degrees in Physics from UC Santa Cruz and Enology from the University of Bordeaux. Christopher spent his early winemaking years in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain and Argentina. Afterward, he returned to Napa as the Assistant Winemaker under John Kongsgaard at Luna. In 1999 Christopher took over winemaking at his family's winery, where he continues to produce White Rock wines, as well as Hudson wines. However, White Rock was destroyed in the recent fires in Napa/Sonoma. Hudson Ranch is owned by Lee Hudson (shown in the photo on the left). He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Lee received his B.S. in Horticulture at the University of Arizona. After his studies at U of A, he worked Jacques Seysses of Domaine Duja located in Morey St. Denis, Burgundy. It was there he learned that great grapes from hallowed vineyard sites produce truly world class wines. Lee returned to the States to continue his graduate studies in viticulture and enology at University of California at Davis, where many of his classmates are now his clients. Lee searched for property from Santa Barbara to Mendocino, before deciding on the Carneros property in Napa Valley and founding Hudson Vineyards in 1981. They grow 17 different varietals...many you might now expect. Including; Aleatico, Albariño, Arneis, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Verdejo, Vermentino & Viognier. The also sell fruit to the following producers; Arietta, Aubert, Bedrock, Robert Foley Vineyards, Failla, Keplinger, Kistler, Kongsgaard & Patz & Hall. — 2 years ago

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John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Diamond Mountain District Malbec 2015

Liked this but the Cabernet from Diamond Mountain is so much better. — 2 years ago

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John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Tradition Old Vines Rouge California Red Blend 2013

What do you do after finals? Easy. You go to a wine bar with friends and try new wines. This Rhone did not disappoint. — 3 years ago

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John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Absolutely delicious cab. Full-bodied, earthy, dark fruit make for a wonderful bottle. — 4 years ago

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Eligo Barossa Valley Shiraz

Dirk Pettigrew (Pirate)
9.4

98+ Robert Parker — 5 years ago

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John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2009

Wow. Best domestic CF I have had to date. Wow. This wine has done quite a bit of growing in the last five years. One of my last 2, and what a beauty! The more spry lily and daisy flower notes have changed to more of a dried lavender and rose petal. The nose is black cherry spice, hint of plum, hint of cola. Entry has a split second of sweet, dense black cherry right on the front with ample acidity that goes to a darker black fruit note to the middle. Cola, pie spice, fig newton, a touch of iodine. Finishes dense and powerful. Dang. Ridiculously happy with this wine. This is the best 9 bottles of wine I've ever begged someone to sell me, and was in the right place at the right time when JRE came to the Ft Worth Club all those years ago! — 10 months ago

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TheSkip

TheSkip

I hope @Shay A got in on this.
Shay A

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@TheSkip : Ha! Good call! I wasn’t able to partake in this, but @Mark Flesher did text me and say I need to be around when he opens the last one left!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Definitely. @Shay A this is right up your alley

John Robert Eppler (JRE Wines)

Cavedale Vineyard Zinfandel 2009

One of my favorite wine makers, especially love his Zins. Having this with the boyfriend with our Christmas lasagna. — 5 years ago