Napa Valley

Ramey Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.3

Transitioning in the Lounge. Night is a little better than day. Love the glow.

This 07 has been hanging out in my secondary storage (temp & humidity controlled but, not EuroCave) for 12 years. Time to drink up, right? Nope. The cork was super pliable with nearly no seepage. This wine has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead with proper storage.

The nose reveals fruits that are steeped in style. Although, ripe, ruby and quite floral. Dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, haunting caramel, whiff of black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, incense, limestone, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, leather, dry brush, liqueur, liquid fruit chocolate truffles, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and violets for days.

The palate would fool a lot of wine lovers/professionals. There is an earthiness about it that might take you to a warm vintage Bordeaux or a Rhône blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah.

Ripe and lush, dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, warm caramel, some black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, dry Provenance herbs, black offering palate heat, incense, thick layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon & nutmeg with a mini splash of vanilla, limestone, gripping volcanic minerals, dry top soil & clay, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, turned black earth, leather, dry brush, dry river stone, liqueur, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and singing violets for days. The acidity is round and good but, short of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are approaching their peak. The long, big finish is; ripe, lush, ruby, show the quality of the vintage, well balanced and persists until you put something else on the palate.

P.S. It just gets better & better as you slow sip it. Now, 9.3.

Photos of; kicking nighttime in the D&S Lounge.
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Love the pics.
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@Eric Shanks Thank you! A longtime in the making and we are big environment people. It is our favorite spot to hang at night.

Yao Ming

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Yao Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon was soured from a host of Napa Valley vineyards ranging from their bench land site in Yountville to Northern St. Helena. The wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that weighs in at 14.6% alcohol. Classic creme de cassis, red bell pepper, thyme and suggestions of cocoa powder with dusty terroir complete the gorgeous aromatics of the wine. The palate is soft and generous, creating a silky texture and a racy sense of acidity. Black Forest Cake, creme de cassis and mocha flavors all marvelously combine with the bright sense of mentality on the palate. Dense, layered and highly polished, this silky effort will cellar well at least for another fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 93
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@Jeffrey Lewis Did you check out AGs review? This is a really good wine.
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Good review
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@Hugh O'Riordan Thanks so much, really liking the ‘16 Napa wines 🍷👌

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1992

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Able to taste this next to the ‘98...this is in a better spot now. A very round, soft and plush profile. There are mulberry, soft plum, fig and cherry liqueur aromatics while the palate showed more bayleaf, faint traces of herbs and leather, underripe blackberries and cherries. This actually drank quite youthful. Enjoy now! Thanks
@Will Adams .
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Sounds like fun.

Cardinale

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1997

David T
9.6

The nose reveals; dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, notes of ripe port, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, black tar, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, dry & fresh tobacco, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals.

The body is; full, round, velvety and drop dead, gorgeously sexy. Their 97 shows the excellence of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are in peak form. However, this wine has another 10 years ahead. The soft, round, silky tannins melt in your mouth. Dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, rich, black, turned earth, black tar, dark chocolate, coco powder, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, big graphite, some, subtle, grilled meats, dry & fresh tobacco, touch of black pepper, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals. The acidity is round and beautifully phat. The long, ruby, ripe, rich, well knitted texture & balance are outstanding and persists endlessly. Beautiful vintage and wine tonight!

Photos of; Cardinale tasting room, our Lokoya & Cardinale hybrid tasting as the road to Lokoya was not open after the big rains a couple of winters back and their terrace view from the tasting room.
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@Severn Goodwin Also, the fruit is primarily from Napa but, blends in Sonoma as well.
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@Delectable Wine this is the Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend. Let's get this identified please! Thanks!
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@James Forsyth Hefty request you're laying down 😋

David Arthur

Three Acre Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Playing a little catch up.... Terrific Cab from David Arthur. Opened for dinner tonight. Served pop and pour. The nose on this wine is nice -- roasted black fruits, sweet youthful blackberries and blueberries, spicy. Entry is youthful, powerful full bodied blackberry cassis, allspice, cinnamon, toasted tannin but is actually rather soft not only on the front but all throughout. There was a dried wildflower and herbal character to this one in the middle. Finished with roasted tannins, still quite youthful, loads of black pepper on the finish and a bit punchy yet the wine maintains this elegance about it all at the same time. Diggin' this wine, and it's right in the wheelhouse right now. I think this wine will do well for the next 5 years or so and will probably start the decline. But I don't think this one is going to get much better in the bottle right now, so bottoms up! — 8 days ago

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Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Unfiltered Finch Hollow Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

This was my contribution. Again, it was paired next to the filtered ‘11 vintage and the colors were incredibly different, with this being hay/straw colored with just a touch of cloudy appearance. If guessing blind, I would have called this Aubert SugarShack (which I love). Medley of lemon cream, marzipan and honeyed sea salt on the nose with a rich and powerful profile on the palate, yet it is nimble...perfectly balanced. Sweet oak, caramel dipped golden delicious apple at the finish.
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Love this wine!

Grassi Family Vineyards

Mezzo Mezzo Sangiovese Blend 2013

This week #MerlotThursday is a nice surprise. A unique Merlot blend from Napa Valley.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, plums, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, licorice, graphite, bitter herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, spices, vegetables, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 6 year old Merlot/ Sangiovese blend is very tasty. Nice and engaging with nice acidity. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and rich.

A good food wine and good by itself as well. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Would benefit from another few years in the bottle.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Sangiovese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.
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Relic Wines

Ritual Napa Valley Mourvedre Blend 2011

Playing a little catch up.... I have some younger Archive, which I was going to open within a couple of years. However, this GSM blend crafted in a year arguably more difficult has really made me rethink my decision. This wine is doing just fine tonight. Took about 45 minutes for some of the oddities to blow off. Started with an orange rind kind of note which did resolve. The nose at first was brambleberry, ginger, tangerine, herbs, black cherry and flowers. The entry after 30-45 minutes was more on the black cherry and brambleberry side. Wildflowers. The nose never quite blew off that tangerine note, but the palate went solid red and herbal and even drew some green olive and tobacco to the middle. Good acidity from front to back. These wines are very well made. I do not believe that this one is on the way down, but it certainly isn't going to get any better so this is the time to start enjoying these if you have not done so already! — 8 days ago

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Jarvis Winery

Estate Grown Cave Fermented Finch Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.3

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

Ben and I wanted to do a flight of Jarvis chards, so he brought the ‘11 Finch Hollow. The color difference against my ‘14 Unfiltered Finch Hollow was drastic! Much more amber in color, as though it had been oxidized a bit. It has an amazingly sweet nose...someone mentioned it was slightly reminiscent of botrytis. Lots of honey and marshmallow cream aromatics. It tastes like Werther’s Butterscotch, candied ginger and baked marzipan. You gotta love the style. Delicious. Thanks
@Benjamin Keator .
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Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015

Shay A
9.5

Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!

I had the ‘16 about 4 months ago and found it to be more rich as this was slightly more mineral like in profile. It’s undoubtedly still massive and a beautifully round wine though. Maybe this vintage is slightly more elegant and finesse driven. Floral, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and sea salt aromatics. Focused and clean on the palate with honeyed almonds, wet rock, and lemon oil. Thanks
@Weston Eidson .
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@Shay A : Nice! I’m curious to know if this was ready to drink or if it needed time.
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@Bryan Kesting : It will certainly hold for a few years but it was killer when we opened it!