Missouri, Usa

Montelle

Missouri Chambourcin

Costco - 2017. fragrant and fruity. Crisp. Definite buy again for me. — 18 days ago

00 Wines

EGW Chardonnay 2016

Seth Morgen Long
9.5

Amazing reduction and energy. Consistent with my previous note, easily one of the best 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay — 9 days ago

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Tom Gore Vineyards

California Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, chocolates, tobacco leaf, graphites, alcohol, peppercorn, spices, coffee and cola.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vegetables, vanilla, earth, oak, licorice, cloves, spices, cola, peppercorn, leather, tobacco and beef jerky.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Cabernet from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Peaking now.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour). I used the Vspin for 10 minutes and it did the job.


Good by itself or with food and good for parties. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.
— 8 days ago

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Ink Works Wine Co

California Pinot Noir

Best value Pinot Noir of the day. The nose makes my mouth water for blueberry cherry clove spice-rubbed bbq pork chops. Enchanting spiced berry flavors coat the palate. This is Xmas Pinot! It’s a sunny 75 degrees in October, but I’m about ready to break out the holiday wrap and hang mistletoe. We’re firing up the grill, so I’m sure the summer vibes will return to bikini bbqing. Heck, this is a year round pleaser at $16 a bottle. I can see the price of this one doubling should it catch fame. — 8 days ago

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Dirty & Rowdy

Unfamiliar Mourvedre 2017

This particular wine has a story and would be worth reading on previous posts.
A very interesting wine that will tantalize your tastebuds!! Red ruby in color....medium bodied...nice balance between fruit and acidity..taking advice from others I am drinking this chilled! On the nose I am getting barnyard..Jammy red fruits..Iron..Smoke..and violets. Tastes of smoke..plums..cola.. black tea and red fruit!
Wow! ...is all I can say to this elixir!
— 9 days ago

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Ely Cohn

Ely Cohn

Dawn hardy says familiar blanc is meant to be drunk young but will do just fine if you let it sit. I think it has a good dose of chenin so shouldn’t go bad any time soon. Enjoy!
Dawn Emory

Dawn Emory

@Ely Cohn thank you so much!!!
Dennis P.

Dennis P.

I enjoy most all wines slighty chilled, good review!

Cliff Lede

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T
9.5

On the nose; very ruby, floral plum fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, fresh dates and prunes. Black licorice, creamy dark fruit cola, caramel, milk & dark chocolate, soft beautiful dark spice, touch of eucalyptus, fresh herbs, limestone, soft presence dry crushed rocks, a whiff of pepper, fresh lavender, violets and dark withering floral bouquet.

The body is full and lush. Fine meaty, tarry, tannins. Very ruby, floral plum fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, Thompson raisins, fresh dates and prunes. Black licorice, creamy dark fruit cola, caramel, milk & dark chocolate, soft beautiful dark spice, touch of eucalyptus, fresh herbs, limestone, soft presence dry crushed rocks, suede leather, dry clay, dry top soil, dry underbrush, a whiff of pepper, fresh lavender, violets and dark withering floral bouquet. The acidity is very nice. There is good structure, tension, length and balance that needs 10 years plus to flush out. The finish is good, well balanced with fine powdery sticky tannins.

Photos of, Cliff Lede tasting facility, wire woven sculptures that decorate the grounds, Owner David Lede and the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard.

Producer history and notes...Cliff Lede Vineyards (pronounced LayDee) was founded in 2002 on what used to be S. Anderson Vineyard, a winery that was founded in 1971 by Stanley and Carol Anderson primarily known for their sparkling wines.

Cliff Lede is from Leduc, Alberta a small town just south of Edmonton. The reason you see a Canadian flag in front of the parking next to the US Flag. David and Cliff helped run their father’s construction company he founded in 1947, Leduc Construction. Later the company was renamed to Ledcor Construction in 1982. They ultimately built the business into one of the world’s largest construction companies. Through Cliff, the company established business in the Napa Valley focusing on wineries, restaurants, premium resorts and private residences. Some of their more notable works include; Morimoto Restaurant, Davis Estate Winery, Lokoya Winery, Marciano Estate and the Riverfront Residences in downtown Napa.

After several decades at Ledcor, Cliff decided to pursue his passion for wine. His first introduction to wine was helping his mother make wine at home. Later he began collecting wines from Bordeaux, and even considered purchasing property there. However, he fell in love with Napa after business took him to Northern California.

Cliff Lede owns 60 acres of vineyards in the Stags Leap District. This includes the Twin Peaks Vineyard surrounding the winery and tasting room. The Poetry Vineyard was acquired a year after Cliff established Cliff Lede Vineyards. It is planted on steep hillsides down to the Silverado Trail. It’s planted with red Bordeaux varietals, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils there are extremely rocky. Despite being so close to the Poetry Vineyard, the soils in the Twin Peaks Vineyard are dramatically different. They are gravelly loam.

From a viticulture aspect, this diversity of terroir is a good representation of what the Stags Leap District has to offer, ranging from its upper most reaches of 400 feet to the valley floor. Even among their two Stags Leap properties, there are micro-climates. The west facing vineyard hillsides become quite warm during the day in the summer but cool off significantly in the evenings. This diurnal temperature swing is important for growing premium grapes including maintaining acidity.

The winery also owns a 20 acre vineyard in Calistoga at the base of Diamond Mountain planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a small block of Sauvignon Blanc.

Further to the north in Mendocino County is their Savoy Vineyard, which is a 42 acre site in Anderson Valley. It is planted mainly to Pinot Noir along with Chardonnay. It provides fruit for their FEL Wines (a name that Cliff chose to pay homage to his mother, using the first three initials of her full name Florence Elsie Lede.

Cliff’s love for all things “Rock and Roll”, he named all their blocks in their Stags Leap District Vineyards after famous rock and roll songs or albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Walk on the Wildside”, “Light my Fire” and “American Girl. ”Collectively these are referred to as the “Rock Blocks.”

David Abreu quickly realized the exceptional terroir of the Poetry Vineyard as did Cliff when they initially tried some of the S. Anderson wines from this site. Abreu oversaw its replanting and clonal material sourced from a number of premiere Napa vineyards. While Abreu was the original vineyard architect, he is no longer involved in the management of the their vineyards. They are now controlled by their in-house vineyard team.

The winery, tasting room and the nearby luxury Poetry Inn all opened around 2005. Architect Howard Gillam was hired to design the winery. Cliff’s background in construction and architectural preferences certainly influenced its design. The tasting room has a more contemporary feel rather then some of his more rustic looking designs. It features beautiful views of the Napa Valley. Inspired by the shape of tanks during a visit to Château Latour in Bordeaux, Cliff commissioned Missouri based Paul Mueller Company to create special truncated tanks for fermentation to help submerse more of the cap. Each tank corresponds to a specific vineyard block. During harvest, a specially designed crane gently moves and lowers a hopper full of whole berries into each tank.
Sorting is a big part of their attention to detail before fermentation. After the grapes come into the winery, they are sorted by hand, then run through an optical sorter and then finally put through an additional final hand sorting. Nearby is a 20,000 square foot cave that connects directly to the winery. World famous Michel Rolland was brought on in the early years as a consultant. Philipe Melka also made Cliff Lede wines for several years and today Christopher Tynan is the Winemaker. He was formerly Assistant Winemaker at Colgin.

Total annual production is between 18,000 and 20,000 cases depending on what Mother Nature gives them. The majority of this is comprised of their Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and their Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon.
— 11 days ago

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Peggy Hadley

Peggy Hadley

@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum either that or he has a fruit stand.
Ron R

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A very interesting read @David T. Thanks for sharing.
David T

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@Ron R Thank you! Cheers 🍷

St. James Winery

Velvet Red Sweet Concord

It makes for a great summer spritzer with club soda! It's like liquid dessert, in a good way. Deep jammy pie in a glass. Very Sweet yet not in a sickening way. — a month ago

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Super Cluster American Imperial IPA

I’m sorry... I’ve been completely neglecting my Delectable presence lately. I’ve been working the front of the house and the back of the house at Theorem and haven’t had much time to spare lately. I should note that I absolutely love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. However, I do wish there was a way to communicate easily with the Delectable community in a way that doesn’t require a tasting note.

We processed over 6 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon from our Moon Mountain Estate today. 2018 is shaping up to be an excellent vintage and a heavy one too. Theorem’s sites are much later than most of the valley, so we have a few weeks still to go on harvest 2018, but the weather appears to be cooperating, so we can’t wait to close this year strong.

As for the tasting note... I’m in full harvest mode, so it’s beer only for a little while. This Super Cluster from Lagunitas is basically as good as an IPA gets. Loaded with citrus and pine. It combines a freshness and concentration with layers of bitterness and a sweet herbaceous goodness. Strong to quite strong.
— 4 days ago

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@Shay A Thanks bud. It’s absolutely possible... and, actually, I just hosted a group of 10 from Fort Worth today at Theorem. That will be awesome!
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@Phil A Thank you, sir! Bringing in almost 10 tons tomorrow, so the beer is on ice. 🍻
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@Isaac Pirolo : No way? Small world. Shoot me an email whenever so that I have your contact info...Shay.aldriedge at gmail.com

A to Z Wineworks

The Essence Oregon Pinot Noir 2016

Color of clear bubbly ruby. Nose is pleasing, with quality Pinot Noir notes, like wet mushroom, cocoa, fresh berries, and a bit of savory spice. Taste is quite sweet and juicy acidity with spicy chocolate vanilla, very distinctive cocoa note, while fruits and spice take the 2nd seat. Aftertaste is some more cranberry and zest. Overall quite dense considering she is a Pinot yet refreshing. — a day ago

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Two Shepherds

Syrah Mourvedre

Pulled this out of the cellar and this wine is just hitting stride! The tannins and fresh fruit are now one. In fact, the first thing out of my mouth after the first sip was,”Oh, my God.” The Mourvèdre plays a slightly dominant role in the blend and adds fruity funk to the aromas and flavors. — 3 days ago

William Allen - Two Shepherds
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