Keuka Spring Vineyards

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Worked up a lockdown sweat wrestling with this one. Day one it was like trying to raise a teenager from bed on Sunday morning in the middle of a pandemic. Needed four hours in the decanter before finally revealing a nose and some flavour on the palate. When i left it later in the evening, some really nice complexity coming through with blackberry, cassis, green peppers and wood but not necessarily oak. Tannins are fine but a little drying in the first glass or two. This is a Bordeaux style Napa Cabernet, much more subdued and savoury than many of its neighbours. Day two this is really good, finally forgiven me for waking it up before 2030 and offering soft, dark fruit with, vanilla, chocolate and cherry flavours . Nice long finish with some sweetness creeping in.

This is a complex wine, deep colour and character and it needs time. Well worth the effort and it goes without saying this will age for many years before reaching its peak. Fine sediment, needs filtering.
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Deborah M

Deborah M

One of my favorite producers.

York Creek Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Meritage Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2000

Jeremy Shanker

One of the best Napa wines no one knows about! In mag 🧨 — a day ago

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Schweiger Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2015

2015 vintage. Yellow straw color, star-bright, med acid, creamy mouthfeel. Fresh cut grapefruit, lemon, honeydew, hint of white flowers, mineral. Leans toward Old World style. — 16 days ago

Hiyu Wine Farm


Hiyu is one of the most interesting wine projects on the planet. Nate Reddy is conducting experiments with his 30 acres in Oregon that blur boundaries (like wine and cider) and genres and make you expand your concept for what is possible. The complexity of Tzum Feis is otherworldly and maybe the best winemaking I’ve seen stateside. A field blend, it has the minerality and greenness of excellent Loire Cab Franc and the graphite, cedar, and structure of Bordeaux. The aromas have candied orange peel, green bell pepper, cedar, and pencil shavings. Deep concentration and chewy well integrated tannin. Bravo. — 2 days ago

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Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Enjoyed this at the winery last summer and have a bottle pending delivery soon, along with some others. Nate and China are doing some great things at Hiyu!

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. — 15 days ago

Eric, Arden and 9 others liked this

Vineyard 7 & 8 (Seven and Eight)

Estate Spring Mountain District Chardonnay 2017

Nothing special yet. — 10 days ago

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Spring Mountain Vineyard

Elivette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2001

Paul K

Let this blow off for an hour and it blossomed. It’s interesting that this has some Petite Verdot, but not Cab Franc. I’d have guessed the opposite. Also, not as much tertiary as I’d have expected. This is lovely and plush, hardly an edge. The nose is white pepper, new leather, earth, and cherry. On the palate is strawberry, stewed plums, cherry, and finishes with a pinch of caramel tannins. It’s a thing! — 10 days ago

Shay, Paul and 14 others liked this

School House

Mezcolanza Zinfandel Blend 2012

Threw a ton of sediment. A lighter colored zin- not a big alcoholic fruit bomb. This has finesse and character. Some minerally component. This is the tailback, not the tackle. Loved it. Thanks bro. — 12 days ago

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Napa Valley Syrah 2001

Dark ruby-purple color, this shows too much oak for my taste, both aromatically and on the palate, definitely a departure from the earliest versions of this lovely mountain-grown Syrah (1995 home version was fantastic), kudos to Jim and Barbara Richards (sure miss them)! — a day ago

Spring Valley Vineyard

Frederick Estate Grown Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Kirk F

Excellent right off the bat, nicely integrated flavors and smooth mouthfeel. Great blend that time will serve well. — 4 days ago

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