Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir

Smelled great right from opening and was a little cold from the cellar. Once it warmed up. it was a monster with 14.9 alc. Fun to drink w steak but I was waste le after 3 glasses! — 9 days ago

La Fenêtre

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012

David T

Make no mistake, we had a 2010 Marcassin a few weeks ago. I paid somewhere around $25-$30 for this bottling. This is similar to the Marcassin, nearly as good & for about 10-20% the price of the Marcassin depending on when & where you purchased it.

Beautiful, ripe, slightly candied, floral, fruits of; dark cherry, cherry, blackberries and amazing blue fruit hues. Dry top soil, dry crushed rocks, limestone & volcanic minerals, lightly grilled meats, dry tobacco, black tea, herbal notes, dry twigs with fresh, withering, red, dark, purple, blue florals. Beautiful acidity & well balanced, persistent spice finish.
— a month ago

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Firehook crackers are THE best.


Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A

This was my wife’s pick for Mother’s Day yesterday.

Consistently my favorite chardonnay out of Aubert’s lineup, this was utterly jaw dropping. This is one of the best white wines I’ve ever had (and is up there with a handful of SQN whites and older Marcassin Chardonnay). Every time I got a new glass, I meant to write a note, and every time I forgot because I couldn’t get over how good this was.

It was a touch reductive at first pour, but it yielded to a dizzying array of marzipan, nutmeg, orange blossom, lemon cream and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. On the palate, it continuously evolved revealing powdered sugar coated guava, frosted mango, sea salt and honey roasted nuts. It was both delicate and elegant while also powerful and commanding. The finish lingered for what seemed at least a minute. I still can’t get over how concentrated the fruit was alongside such acidity and structure. Sporting all of these characteristics right now is just a true and complex treat.
— 3 months ago

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@Jid R : Yes, I did watch that interview. The increasing age of that vineyard is only going to push the wines to new heights. My first experience with Aubert was actually a bottle of Lauren about 3 years ago, and the bottle was 8yrs old. It was the wine that opened my eyes to how good Cali chard could be. I’ve had them all ages and love them at each stage, but the 5-7yr spot seems to be best. I will say that their Hudson chard is the most approachable and I prefer it with only a few years on it. I don’t think it can hold its profile as nicely as the others. Just my opinion.

@Bryan Kesting : It’s a must! When you come back down, it’s an easy one to request to be opened! I think this 2016 will hold here another 3-5yrs before it sheds some of its gorgeous fruit. But it will be delicious for at least 5-7yrs easily.

@Aaron Hamrock : Same here. Consistently consistent.
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Superb write up @Shay A you are quite eloquent for a Texan
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Great review and comments


Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Fabulous - having with Lobster and good friends — 8 days ago


Blue-Slide Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

Over ten years in the bottle and still satisfying. Secondary flavors abound. — a month ago

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Palmaz Vineyards

Amalia Chardonnay 2013

Better than Kistler, Marcassin and Corton-Charlemagne.... sorry just sayin — 3 months ago

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Thanks for the tip. Been eyeing these on auctions.
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We’ll have to agree to disagree in regards to Marcassin.

Next of Kyn

Cumulus Vineyard No. 5 Red Rhone Blend

Happy Delectable New Years!!!.....the night is sketchy, but the wines were brilliant!!
1) Manfred Krankl's 2013 Next of Kyn
2) 2012 Marcassin chardonnay.

Not sure which was which, but I remember layers of black fruit, pear, orange peel, cassis, spice, flowers, minerals, earthy, wet rocks, a BlackBerry vanilla finish....elegant. powerful, rich, full
— 7 months ago

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Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

I really liked this. It was new world mostly but had a great finish. Tropical, oak present but not overwhelming. Toasted marshmallows. — a month ago

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Toasted marshmallows is the note I always get with that Chardonnay. Love it.

Hendricks Wines

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2014

David T

Charles strikes again.

I said weeks ago, I’d rather drink Charles Hendricks Pinot in futures @ $75 vs. the 09 Marcassin we had two weeks back @ $150+ winery or $225+ on the secondary market. This 14, while still young, proves that point and will only continue to get better.

It’s about as luxurious as Ca Pinot gets. Just supple, soft & elegant as body gets. Candied, floral fruits of ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, lean purple fruits, dry cranberries, strawberries, plums, delicate but darks spices, cinnamon stick, vanillin, nutmeg & touch clove, salted caramel, mocha powder, limestone & grey volcanics, dry crushed rocks hints of peppered grilled meats, fresh & dry tobacco, dry stems/twigs, sage dominated dry Provence herbs, splash of mint/eucalyptus, tree sap with bright candied, fresh & slightly withering florals of; dark, red, purple, blue set in a field of violets & some lavender. The acidity is perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced & polished, elegant, fresh, just the right amount of candied with a long, dark spice finish in the long set.

The 14 really started to excel after an hour plus in the decanter.

Photos of; the outside of the Hope & Grace tasting room in downtown Yountville where you will find Charles Hendricks wines. He makes Hope & Grace wines as well. One of my favorite paintings that used to sit behind their tasting bar but, is now in Charles house. It is very Pollock like! Winemaker/Co-owner Charles Hendricks and a vineyard in region of the Santa Lucia Highlands.
— a month ago

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Paul, it’s stupidly beautiful.
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Incredible vineyard photo Dave!
Stuart Scheff

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Great review. I’m in full agreement.


Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009


Solid chard — 8 months ago

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