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Champagne Lallier

Grand Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.1

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.

Our visit ended with our wonderful hostess giving us a bottle of champagne to take to dinner. A very enjoyable and easy drinking rosé that has a little bit of all your looking for...strawberries, gummy red fruits, chalk, limestone, toasted scone with black cherry spread a touch of sweetness toward the finish. A perfect pairing with Bistro Jeanty’s puff pastry topped tomato soup! One of our favorite restaurants in the valley!
— 3 days ago

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G.H. von Mumm

Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne Blend

Light old gold with a very fine mousse. Ridiculous amounts of teeny tiny bubbles throughout. Yes I know this is their entry level bottle but the classics are classics for a reason. Plenty of citrus fruit, freshly baked brioche, and green apples all over the nose. You can call this an easy drinking champagne but that doesn’t make it boring or ordinary. It really is a very good bottle of bubbles. A streak of creaminess runs through with a terrific amount of fruit. Very dry with plenty of nuttiness on the palate and more citrus fruits on entry. The briefest tinge of smoke and caramel tantalize until the long finish. My kind of champagne and I didn’t even mention just how cute this bottle is. — 3 days ago

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@Willie Carter Willie Nice post Cheers 🥂

Bieler Père et Fils

Reserve Bandol Rosé 2018

Bandol: pink or white.

It’s a slight culture shock as a moron gringo in the South of France when wines by the glass are identified not by producer or even by grape but simply by place. Bandol didn’t mean much to me as a place, I drove through it en route to Toulon from Marseille on le D559 but that was about it. Probably it was the fact that it was a vague homonym for bandit drew me to it — which is admittedly kind of lame, but the wine seemed to deliver. Any more than the progeny of any other Mediterranean town would have? Je ne sais pas. But this, this wine right here, is a phenomenal rosé.

50% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 10% Grenache from Bandol.
— 4 days ago

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Domaine Collin

Cremant de Limoux Cuvee Tradition Brut

Bryan Calandrelli
9.1

Crisp, yeasty, clean bright fruit. — 10 days ago

Domaine De L'Ermitage

Victor White Blend 2018

For $10.00 its another no brainer from K&L

2018 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc

Price: $9.99
Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, on the opposite bank from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage, which produces three terrific values with immanent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the first member of the Castillon family to own the property. The blend is 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Viognier. The soil consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhône and vines average 20 years. Expect a richer palate from the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with lovely aromatics from the Viognier. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).
— 4 days ago

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$9.99? Are you out of your mind? 🤔😜
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I don’t discriminate, I’ll drink $399.00 down to $4.99 if I like it. I like this $9.99 bottle which averages out my $399.00 bottles 🤷🏼‍♂️
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach excellent philosophy

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Black List XVIII Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

This was my wine of the lineup for both now and possibly down the road. A great blend of the Howell (massive structure, chalky/dusty, big and ripe fruit) with the Cor Leonis (slightly savory, inky, herbal). This has velvet like tannins right now but they are really persistent. Plum, nutmeg, creme de cassis, heady display of the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) jump from the glass. Slight addition of graphite, black licorice, and currant on the palate. Juicy, savory, decadent. Lots going on here. Very good.
— 6 days ago

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@Stephen Pierron : This was a spectacular wine. It’s my wife and I’s anniversary year, so we bought one to tuck away for the future. Steve did a great tasting for us. He’s a close buddy of my friend Weston of Montagu Wines, who also uses Brasswood. Been going to Brasswood for years now and the mozzarella never gets old!
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@Shay A Happy anniversary!! Glad you had a great time! I've heard of Montagu but have never tried their wines! Is the owner local to Texas by chance?
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@Stephen Pierron : Our anniversary is in July, but we make an annual trip out to Napa every February! And yes, Montagu’s owner/winemaker is from Fort Worth. His name is Weston Eidson. If you ever make it over here, happy to introduce you. He makes some wonderful wines.

The Standish Wine Company

The Relic Shiraz Blend 2004

David T
9.6

Happy Valentines Day!

If you have not looked for this wine on WineSearcher.com or other, you should. Dan Standish has no American Importer. However, you can mail order off his list. Good luck with the Australian/United States import costs. Very prohibited.

Most quality Barossa wines take 15 years in bottle to show their ultimate beauty. Dan’s wines are no different. His Estate vines are 100 years old and produce 500 pounds of fruit per acre...very concentrated. Contrast that to extremely expensive & high quality Napa fruit, those Napa producers are at 2,000-2,500 pounds per acre.

We visited Standish in April 2017. We found Dan to be extremely talented & definitely marches to his own drum. He is salt of the earth and has traveled & worked in many of the world wine regions honing his craft and landing as Torbreck’s Winemaker in Barossa before starting, “The Standish Wine Company.”

As good as the 04 is tonight, it has 15 years of good life ahead...properly stored of course.

The nose is very intoxicating. It is a nice blend of purple, black & blue fruits. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, medium dark spice, black pepper, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender.

The body is full, rich, ripe, lush and creamy on the palate after a two-hour plus decant. The structure, tension, length and balance are a little short of its peak and will hold there for 5-8 years. It’s a glorious glide on the palate. The fruits are ripe & lightly baked. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, cherry kirsch, red & black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, the dark spices are heavier on the palate & bring just the right amount of heat, sweet, dark tarriness, black pepper, used, dark expresso roast grounds, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone, moist clay, with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender. The acidity is round, flush & perfect. The long finish is a unique even balance of; lush fruits, spice, herbs and earth that persists on the palate for minutes.

Photo on the left of Sofia’s 2 dozen long stems. Love you so much!

@Oswald
— 11 days ago

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Sofia Jalilie

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Great compliment to the rib eye- lovely Valentine’s dinner with my one and only ❤️

Hourglass

Blueline Estate 36-24-36 Napa Valley Red Blend 2017

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

We returned to Hourglass after our visit in 2018 as the wines are just so enjoyable, but the tasting cave may be one of the coolest spots to enjoy a glass of wine.

We barrel sampled this two years ago, so it was a treat to taste it from bottle. Tied for my favorite of the lineup with the cab franc. Smoked meat, blueberry and blackberry jam, cinnamon and Mexican vanilla jump from the glass. Highly aromatic. Creme de cassis, ripe and rich dark fruits and nutmeg on an elixir and velvet like profile. Hedonistic.
— 3 days ago

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