Napa Valley

Peju Province Winery

Napa Valley Merlot 2015

It's time for #MerlotThursday. Here's a delightful one.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, spices, cedar, licorice, vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite and peppercorn.

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

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Fruit forward, rich and big, with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins {90 minutes).

Drinking very nicely now and will be better in the next 5 years.

I had it all by itself. So delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.
— 2 days ago

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Spoto Wines

Napa Vallley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.0

@Delectable Wine : This is the Spoto Napa Valley Chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.

This is the first time they’ve done this chardonnay as they’ve normally done an Oakville one. I asked Stuart where the fruit was from and he said spring mountain. Wow! Never would have guessed. This is light, acidic, and fairly Burgundian. Oak gives this a banana bread type note, but plenty of slate and stone fruits here. Young. Needs another year or two.
— 14 hours ago

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Dendinora

Arnyca Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A
9.4

Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.

Red wine number three. You can tell there is the addition of Howell Mtn fruit in this with its wildly gripping tannins and the smallest hint of mint. Nose smells of American oak (even though this was all French oak)...has that sweet dill/coconut note. Lush blue and black fruits on the palate and cedar. Nutmeg too. Kirsch and dusty finish. Consistently a top performer for Napa Valley CabFranc.
— 3 days ago

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@Shay A : Sounds great!
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Interesting - we discussed favorite Cali Cab Francs at Wine Group the other night. I’ve never given this one a look - might pick up a few to try based on your notes!
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@Nick Hodne : If you enjoy the new world expression of CF, this is hard to beat. Fairly new to the scene as ‘13 was their first vintage. I’d also put Crocker & Starr & Detert up there in quality.

Vineyard 36

Thirty Six Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, bitter herbs, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a very yummy mouthfeel.

Still young and needs time in the bottle to mature.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. After 90 minutes of airtime, it shows more vegetable notes.

Good with food, but also a great sipper. Delicious now, but will be even better in the next 5 to 10 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

Had it all by myself. Sometimes you need to take time for yourself, with a good bottle of wine, right? 😂

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$85.
— 8 days ago

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@"Odedi" Odedi Good post, have a great weekend Cheers 🍷
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@P A thank you 🍷

Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

The 2016 ‘Private Reserve’ Chardonnay by Beringer is a stunning wine by superstar winemaker Mark Beringer. Sourced from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard in the Oakville AVA, this wine starts off with beautiful aromas of apricot creme brulee, vanilla cream and kumquat with macadamia nut. The palate is plush and shows a seductive mouthfeel as the wine unveils vanilla cream, buttered popcorn, white peach, butterscotch and roasted pineapple flavors. Seductive and rich, yet beautifully balanced and layered, this is a complete wine by Beringer that will cellar marvelously for the next fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 94 — 9 days ago

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Nice review

Myriad Cellars

McGah Family Vineyard Sémillon 2018

Ron R
9.1

Anne-Marie rated this 92, I gave it 90, so we split the difference. Notes of guava and white melon on the nose. Delicate notes of passion fruit and honeysuckle on the palate. Inoffensive, but lacks a little character and complexity. Having said that, it doesn’t cost a king’s ransom, so, net net, it’s a buy. We purchased this on allocation, so, very pleased with the outcome
Stop Press: That’s my tuna tartare in the foreground...
— 2 days ago

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@Ron R Looks fantastic! Cheers!
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Thanks guys and gals. I love making this dish, as it has such a visual appeal. Although the sauce is the most difficult element. But I crushed that, too. There’s no way my wife is divorcing me anytime soon! 🙂
Dick Schinkel

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Lovely Pairing 😋

Spoto Wines

Spoto Wines Godfather Red 2013

Shay A
9.4

Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.

This was pulled out at the end of the night (along with one of their Enrico wines) by a supporter who was there and it was in contention for WOTN. 80/20 merlot/Malbec. Epitomizes iron fist in a velvet glove. It’s ripe and juicy with loads of candied fruit (red, blue and black) and dark chocolate aromatics. Similar on the palate with smooth tannins...vanilla pipe tobacco and graham cracker. The Malbec shows itself most toward the finish as the fruit turns a bit tart and inky. So good.
— 14 hours ago

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Speaking of Godfather, there was a Don Corleone restaurant in Dubai as well! 🤣

Corison

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

What a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing black fruits with earth chocolates tobacco spices peppercorn earth leather light green vegetables herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs. Smooth and elegant.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show tannins. Spicy and delicate.

A little restraint for a Napa Cabernet in my opinion.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 13 year old is drinking very nicely now.

A little vinaigrette on the nose but not on the palate.

Thank you Scott for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

13.8 % alcohol by volume.

93 points
— a day ago

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Rudius

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Better after 2 hours of airtime, when it opens up and shows the tannins.

Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 90 points.

I enjoyed it, but expected more from this vintage. Although it could age nicely in the next 10 years, if you are expecting a Napa Cabernet taste, I'd recommend to drink it sooner rather than later.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.
— 11 days ago

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Becklyn Cellars

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

2016 mike smith flight

This becklyn is tasting the best right now. Soft, rich fruit, chocolate. Delicious. The quivet, despite being the least fruit forward of the 4, is also hitting the spot. It’s a good wine to open when you are sharing with people that have a more classic cab taste. The myriad napa is the most tannic of the 4, but it is dark and jam packed with power. It’ll be phenomenal with some air or age. Probably the most potential. The scarlett is the reddest fruit of the 4. Like the myriad, I think it will really shine with some air/age. All great.
— 7 days ago

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Jason and Jennie

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@Ron R @Shay A ya my postings have been slow too
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@Jason and Jennie, pleased that we are aligned. I used your feedback, along with others, to help with my own selections. I purchased this without tasting, hence my mistake.
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@Ron R right back at you. Definitely use your feedback as well. It’s hard for me to buy wine without tasting it at the winery or through delectable suggestions.