Napa Valley

William & Mary Wine Company

Shifflett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Another wine I was introduced to by Monica Stevens of 750 wines. The Shifflett Ranch and Vineyards is situated at the end of Darms Lane in the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa Valley.

William & Mary Wine Co. is the creation of Will Segui and his wife Mary. The fruit is sourced from the Shifflett Vineyard, where Will’s mother-in-law is a Shifflett and the family has owned the property since the late 1940s. It’s worth noting that Will has been the only employee of @riversmariewines for many years. He has long run the operations there along with being an understudy of Thomas Rivers Brown. Needless to say, I was excited to finally taste the wine.

The 2016 William & Mary Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Vineyard displays enveloping aromatics of cassis, blueberry, tobacco, earth, pen ink, and meat. There’s a beautiful interplay between its juxtaposition of vibrant flavor intensity and mellow demeanor, which exemplifies just how balanced the wine is. After several hours decanted the darker, secondary notions of graphite, cocoa powder, creosote, and espresso continue encroachment on the palate in an almost infectious manner. There’s a tightness to the wine that almost surprises because of how immediately approachable it is. Have no doubt it will benefit from years in the cellar, but damn, if it’s not delicious now.
— 16 hours ago

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@Isaac Pirolo Isaac interesting post Cheers 🍷
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Very nice @Isaac Pirolo . I was able to try the ‘14 and ‘15 a few months ago courtesy of a friend and quite liked them. I’d like to get the proprietary red soon (Cab Franc/Merlot Blend).

Harlan Estate

The Maiden Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2007

This was solid but didn’t really go anywhere great and I wanted it to so bad. Cherry tobacco, blackberry and cedar. This bottle and the 3 others I brought to Wisconsin from Chicago all endured a ride in a wine suitcase in the back of a truck in the 15 degree Midwest winter. 3 of the bottles—Voerzio, Beringer and Harlan Maiden—all performed below expectations. The PM Les Pavots, however, was excellent. While I’ve never opened a Voerzio that young I’ve had consistently better experiences with the same vintages of the Beringer reserve and Maiden. I’m wondering if you cold weather dwellers think the cold transport played some role in what happened here. — 2 months ago

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I personally believe in bottle shock due to rapid temperature swings and vibration from transportation. Especially in older vintages. Every damn time I drive older wines up to my buddy’s place in CT (about a 4 hr drive) for New Years, they never show well. Similar experience in summer temps. I haven’t cracked the code on how to transport and drink within a day or two. Generally I find the wines to do MUCH better after at least 4 weeks of resting in a cellar after shipping.

Palmaz Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

This is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted. We purchased this wine at the winery after a top notch tasting experience in 2012. A gentleman named Jordan hosted our private tasting and basically helped us plan the remainder of wine vacation. No disappointments! We have since learned how fortunate we were to have that experience. Apparently it is not easy to get an appointment at Palmaz. Beautiful concentrated fruit and structure followed by a lingering finish. Seamless and elegant start to finish! Nirvana! Cheers! — 6 days ago

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Coup de Foudre

37.2 Cuvée Napa Valley Merlot Blend 2015

It is time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, alcohol, peppercorn, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, chocolates and beef jerky.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Already drinking beautifully now, and will be better in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes), and shows some tannins and structure.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses and light appetizers.

I just love these Napa Bordeaux blends. This is just delicious. Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points

$80.
— 6 days ago

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Translates to essentially "love at first sight" - owned by Amuse Bouche and made by Kent Jarman. Excellent pomerol-esc juice. Calistoga big.
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Great wine, did you get to try it Matt?
Matt Trader, TWP

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Yeah, I have had a few bottles of the 37.2 - very powerful and intense style.

Charles Krug

Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Has been 14 months since opening up one of these. This wine has slightly developed, but still youthful and tannic as hell. Nose alone is worthy of a 92. Even still, the wine is full bodied blackberry and blueberry pie monster on the nose and front palate. Thick. Goes to a coffee bean and even a hint of truffle chocolate to the finish. Lots of tannin here, but still able to appreciate the ample dense and dark fruit. A touch more blue fruited than last time, this wine has substantial structure that has me confident that this could go another decade or 2. Only 1 left, so..... — 2 days ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010

The 2010 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay shows the impressive aging potential of these wines. On the nose there is lovely musty and tertiary aromatics that pick up including wild mushroom, peat moss alongside vanilla cream. The palate shows good tension and is better warmed up. Sourdought bread, Meyer lemon cream and poached pear flavors all come together nicely with cinnamon and damp earth undertones. This shows that great Napa Chardonnay can age. Drink 2018-2022- 91 — a day ago

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Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

The 2013 Opus One is an absolute stunning release, and is certainly one of most impressive young wines I have ever tasted from this estate. This shows a darker, more forward profile from this warm vintage, and is clearly one to contemplate, as there are so many complexities and working parts to this compelling wine. This instantly impresses as it opens to intense aromatics of crème de cassis, black cherry, blackberry compote and black plum woven together with mocha, sandalwood. The mouthfeel is voluptuous and beautifully concenrated with deep and penetrating flavors of black cherry, créme de cassis, blackberry cobbler, anise, sage and anise, which all resonate beautifully across the palate. This is already extreamly appealing, but try to resist this hedonistic wine for at least another few years, as there is undoubtedly a long future ahead. Drink 2019-2035-99 — a day ago

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Yao Ming

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 Yao Ming ‘Napa Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a silky blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all aged in 100% French oak (65% new) for 18 months. Once in the glass the wine begins to slowly unveil creme de cassis, Turkish coffee, tar and spicebox aromatics that impress. The palate is silky smooth, delivering a really good combination of tension and mouthfeel. Black fruits dance with licorice and allspice flavors on the palate. Seductive, yet mineral driven, this will cellar marvelously over the next two decades. Drink 2018-2035- 93 — a day ago

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Moffett Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2012

Compared with a note of almost two years ago, this one has done some substantial growing up. Medium-plus density wine. Poured very dark to the glass with a faint hint of violet. The nose is brambly Blackberry, chocolate, and sweet tobacco. This wine sort of seems to have a munch rounder profile through the front and middle.
Black fruit front with a hint of cigar Ash and sweet pipe tobacco. Middle is darker. Dark chocolate notes with a much more mature profile. Still a fair amount of tannin and soil terroir on the finish. A very lovely wine that really shows well with only 5 to 10 minutes of air. This one isn't getting any better in the bottle, so drink up!
— 7 days ago

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I see our merlot theme from last night got to you!
Mark Flesher

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Indeed @Shay A ... Was thinking about Merlot all day!

Heitz Cellar

Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

My first Heitz and it's surprisingly elegant for a warm vintage. Drinking at its peak now, or perhaps even in its decline (did not hold out till the next day). On the nose, ripe black fruits, dried florals, pyrazine, anise, tobacco, wood, balsamic notes. The palate brings along some sour cherries, leather, and rocks. Tannins fully resolved and acidity remarkably present. Finish was alright (medium). Interesting to note that AC found the alcohol (14.5%) prominent, although I didn't think it was a problem. Balanced to me and I found the wine quite enjoyable. More importantly, I'm very convinced that I need to try more Heitz Cellar wines (sadly, the winery's been sold). — a month ago

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