Minnesota, Usa

Carlos Creek Winery

Minnesota Nice Hot Dish Red

Pretty sweet, full bodied, just a little dry. Almost a dessert wine, but not quite. — 16 days ago

Handsome Devil

Wicked California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I guess I get to do the first review? High marks for a Target purchase. It smells like blackberry jam on toast. Maybe toasted nuts? Butter pecan, that’s what it is! A pleasant crimson color. Long, sticky legs. On the palette it’s full, luscious, and not overly fruity. Dark cherry and plums, little chocolate and vanilla, with lingering mellow spice and smoke. Like a cognac dipped cigar. Low tannins. Long lasting cherry Luden’s finish. Handsome Devil: you are what you drink. — 8 days ago

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Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory

@David Clinton Sounds like a wine to try!!
David Clinton

David Clinton

@Dawn Emory Well for ten bucks why not? 😂 Tell me if I got it right!

Rowan's Creek Distillery

Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

This afternoon/evening was our first of two baby showers. Not only were we surrounded by friends & family, but we were also surrounded by some good wine & other drinks. This was one of the selections at our whisk(e)y & cigar bar.
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Last time I had this was back at university - was nice to circle back on it so many years later.
— a day ago

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E&J Distillers

XO Extra Smooth Brandy

For what it is... it’s actually very impressive. Caramel. Vanilla. Smoother than Ryan Gosling’a character in Crazy, Stupid, Love. — 14 hours ago

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North Shore Winery

Minnesota Zinfandel

This is a white wine called Temperance and very good. — 19 days ago

Belle Meade

Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon

The winner thus far. This is a youthful oak splinter and leather rich nose. Very sharp nose and expected the entry to be the same. NOPE. This is SMoOoOoOoth and rather rounded from front to back. It can sit on your tongue for 10 seconds and you gain a nice bouquet of fig, roasted pecan and walnuts, candied character. Really dense. Wow. You could do shots of this with EASE, but I can certainly imagine how dangerous that would be! — 19 days ago

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Mike Ancuta

Mike Ancuta

@Mark Flesher nice review, I haven’t had this one yet, I’ll have to grab one next time I see one.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

I @Mike Ancuta I was amazed how smooth this one was. Very smooth for a cask. VERY competitively priced. I think you will enjoy it
Andy Demaree

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Sounds delicious!

Breckenridge Distillery

reserve Blend Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Color of black tea. Nose of apple, oil, paint, crayon, lemon tea, and minty. Taste is spicy, yet quite sweet from caramel, and grapefruit zest. Quite smooth. Overall, combination of simple yet delightful flavors (spice and sweetness, bittersweet zest), not too complex but straightforward, and easy to enjoy. — 2 days ago

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WineHaven

La Crescent 2016

Delicious. Caramel sweetness, not acidic or overly sweet. — 25 days ago

Herman Story

Nuts & Bolts California Syrah 2016

Shay A
9.3

This is my second Herman Story wine. Normally, I’d sock my ‘16 Syrahs away for years, but I’ve seen reviews say this is so enjoyable young, so I decided to experiment. This is like rocket fuel...full throttle. BUT, it stops short of being out of balance/gloopy. These wines make me think this winemaker, named Russell, is like the Russell Bevan version of Paso Rhône varietals...big, bold, & delicious in style.

After only 30mins, this revealed some smoked meat, peppercorn, olive and underripe blackberry. Some sage as well. Massive on the palate...all sorts of dark, ripe fruit with a sweetened core. Bacon fat, roasted plum, and baked berry pie. This is hedonistic in style and not for the faint of heart, but it does a good job of restraining itself from where it could go. A fun wine.
— 9 days ago

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Kirk F

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@Shay A you are right on about Russell From. He is a big personality and fun to be around. He visited our home in 2010 on one of his ‘Casula Encounters’ tours. We had a blast! Yet to get to Paso but it is on our short list!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

This wine poured like motor oil into the glass, and even stained the sides when swirling! The entry is a full throttle gingerbread spice cookie with plums and figs to the middle. Really wasn't getting much of a savory note at all in the first two-thirds of this wine The finish of this wine is just as dense as the front and middle. This is where some of the savory grilled meat characteristics showed, but it was just enough. More fruit, less funk. This one definitely has the structure to last 10 years.... but with it drinking this well, why wait? Great pull @Shay A
9.3
TheSkip

TheSkip

This is full tilt!

Promontory

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

David T
9.9

So, we arrived in Napa Friday morning and started at Promontory with a glass of 2006 Dom Perignon as they do not make a white, only one red wine. We also tasted the 2016 out of large Austrian oak vats. That wine shows great promise but won’t be available until 2021.

We then tasted their inaugural 2008 vintage and the 2009. Thirty-six hours later and five other excellent Napa wine producers visits later, I am still thinking about these wines.

This wines were so good, heady and absolutely stunning, it was painful not to spend an hour contemplating each of them. Instead, having to rush off to Vineyard 29 for our next appointment with my tasting glasses half full.

My notes below detailed as they may, will not do these wines justice and still underwhelm the experience. At times, I was at a loss for words to wholly convey the experience. It defied the allotted time and my verbal skills. These wines created an entire body experience. I am still thinking about my tasting experience and will likely still be thinking about it for weeks.

Beautiful dark currants & cassis framed in light oak with amazing florals. There’s a light smokiness, blackberries, dark plum, dark cherries, lots of blue fruits, boysenberries, black raspberries, strawberries, soft wood, beautifully layered light baking spices, very light spice, steeped tea, dark chocolate, mocha, light caramel, cedar, fresh tobacco, Provence herbs, dark floral bouquet, violets, blue flowers and lavender. Absolute stunning nose I didn’t want to stop experiencing the layers, the way it nuances crisscrossed in my head.

The body is light, weightless, yet full. Fine dusty tannins with some stickiness. It glides in layers & waves across the palate. What finely knitted structure, tension, amazing length with incredible balance. Both dark currants & cassis framed lightly in oak with amazing enticing florals. Light smokiness, ripe beautiful; blackberries, dark plum, dark cherries, lots of blue fruits, boysenberries, black raspberries, strawberries. soft saddle-wood to light presence of cedar. Beautifully layered light baking spices, asian spices, steeped tea, dark chocolate, mocha, light caramel, cedar, fresh tobacco, anise, Provence herbs, finely crushed rock dust, dark floral bouquet, violets, blue flowers and lavender. The acidity is brilliant like a gentle rain shower. The incredible finish is everything you look for in a wine and then some.

When I left, I wished I had another undistracted hour or more to enjoy and study each wine further.

Photos of, the view from Promontory over looking Harlan and Promontory vines, the fire we enjoyed on a cool morning to enjoy our 06 Dom Perignon, immaculate barrel room and new oak barrels and their oak & concrete vats.
— a day ago

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Severn Goodwin

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I revel in 2008 Napa wines, I think they are very good, whites and reds. Nice score from you here. People should certainly take notice.