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Orin Swift

Papillon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Okay my friends. I have finally released my own wine! This rating is for Dr Todd Vineyards cabernet sauvignon from Herron Family Wines. I had to put Papillon in the pic to get this spot. Ive been working on this since 2014!!!!! It is finally ready. Of coarse it is opaque in color. The legs are thick and slow to fall. The bouquet is my favorite blackberry pie fresh out of the oven with a hint of black licorice. The initial palate is exploding with dark fruit: blackberry, black current, dark cherries. The mid palate is exactly what I hoped for, chocolate and spice with a splash of oak! The finish is very long with minimal tannins and moderate dryness. I am very proud if this wine. I want to thank my growers in NAPA. I blended two vines of 100% cabernet , one from Oakville and one from the Silverado trail area near lake Hennessey. We aged it three years in American Oak. I am so proud of my team!!!!! Thank you my Herron Family Wine Crew! This is an awesome cabernet sauvignon. Next is a pinot noir... stay tuned... — 4 days ago

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I will be happy to send you a bottle on me
Sharon B

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Congratulations how exciting!
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Thank you Sharon.

Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

This was really fun trying alongside The Judge (once they were revealed). I guessed this was 3-5 year old Cali chardonnay, and guessed it was a Montagu Ritchie. Crazy power to this...it mellowed a touch with time in the glass, but it was large and in charge. Smoked marshmallows, lemon oil, hazelnut and honeyed fruits. Viscous and rich on the palate.
— 3 days ago

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Chappellet

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Founded by Donn and Molly Chappelet in 1967 on renowned Pritchard Hill. A blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 5% Cab Franc & 4% Merlot. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of dark berry fruits, cedar, cacao and gentle sweet herbs. On the palate rich flavors of blackberry and currants with sweet oak and herbs with a great mouthfeel. Soft fine tannins, lingering ending with fruit and gentle oak. Will improve but great now! — 16 hours ago

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Great wine!

Opus One

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Quite deep , still pink/ruby rim. Quite restrained , tobacco , blackcurrant , mineral ,vanilla and cassis. More of the cassis on the palate , blackcurrant , tobacco and coffee. Tannins are fine and pretty ripe . The wine has a relatively sweet fruit profile which means that it is slightly heavy going , though the alcohol seems just about in check. There is a herbal and more classic element also. The tannins are pretty big, quite bity , it will age quite well I suppose . The acidity is fine , and just about balanced. The finish is reasonable . I expect this to improve over the next 7-10 years or so, though is certainly worth trying now, but deserves a bit more time . A glass from Vintages, somewhere off the coast of Belize — 4 days ago

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Caymus Vineyards

Special Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Opaque core , quite fine pink rim. Really stains the glass , very large legs . Rich blackberry , cassis, chocolate , violets. On the palate rich and quite sweet blackberry fruit , chocolate tinged , cassis liqueur , long on the finish however and surprisingly hiding most of that alarming 15.2 % alcohol. Reasonable acidity and suave fine tannins , long finish . Should age pretty well but already shows well with a bit of air. Will improve over the next 10 -15 years or so I suppose. The following day showing more liquorice , pretty sweet blackberry liqueur. It is pretty big and rich , no subtlety , but it is well made and successful for the style in which it is made. Harmony of the Seas , main dining level 4 , somewhere off the Cuban coast. — 6 days ago

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Ashes & Diamonds Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Finished our trip to the Okanagan and had experienced some great new wines that will write up in due time. Back home and to celebrate the trip we opened something completely different, a 100% cab franc made in a 1980s style California red. It’s heavy with ripe dark fruits, namely plums, black currants, dark cherry followed by herbaceous notes, earth, graphite and leather. There is a moderate amount of rounded tannin that fills the palate. Served with steak, grilled portabello mushroom and asparagus. — 4 days ago

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Trixie

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Classy decanter. Cheers! 🍷
Michael B

Michael B

@Trixie thank you, my wife chose it!

James Cole

Il Mostro Napa Valley Red Blend 2012

David T
9.7

No formal notes on this one as we ended up enjoying our evening far too much.

Suffice to say, the finest bottle I’ve had from them and amongst some of the best examples of new world red wine out of Napa I’ve had in some time.

The 2012 was singing last night. Complexity, showing amazing integration and flat out harmony on the palate. Man was this beautiful.

The Il Mostro (The Monster) red wine is named for the unusually thick and twisted Petite Sirah and Zinfandel vines that have stood strong for the last 100 to 125 years from where these grapes are sourced.

Beautiful craftsmanship from their former Winemaker, Charles Hendricks.

Photos of; James Cole Winery, their intimate tasting bar, Owners-James & Colleen and their Cellar/Private tasting room.
— 10 days ago

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@Shay A based on our chats, you would have really loved this wine.
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@David T : Big score! Still not had any wine from this producer. Obviously a talented winemaker!

Robert Mondavi Winery

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

A true stunner at now twenty years of age, the 1999 ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon (WWB, 95) features fruit from the storied To-Kalon Vineyard which lies right behind the Mondavi winery. On the nose this shows wonderful floral tones with red rose petals masquerading with dark kirsch, sagebrush, and wild mushroom aromatics that all meld in the glass. The palate is viscous and silky smooth upon the attack with intense wild blackberry purée, Umami, white truffle shavings, and a beam of salinity alongside the dusty terroir. Overall, this complex and beautifully balanced Napa Cabernet is magical now and will continue to develop well for the next ten to fifteen years — 4 days ago

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Very nice 🍷
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@P A Oh man it was such a delightful wine 🍷👌
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@"Odedi" Thanks so much, this Reserve has a long way to go 👌🍷

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

Tasted alongside the Napa chardonnay from Kongsgaard, this was more elegant and finesse driven in every way. The nose wasn’t as bold with the oak and the palate was more acidic with lemon tart, lemon cream, and honeysuckle sporting a lengthy finish. My understanding is that The Judge builds in power with age so this is a peek at the very beginning of its climb. I guessed this was 2014 Aubert Ritchie.
— 3 days ago

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Young
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@David L : When do these start peaking? 5-7years after release? This was my first Judge, so I’d like to try one at its peak to see how it differs.
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5-7 Perfect @Shay A

Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Seriously good, the 2015 Beaulieu Vineyards ‘Tapestry’ Red Wine opens with aromatics of dried sage, cigar box, black tea and dark currants that are all delightfully woven together in the glass. The palate is plush and inviting, delivering copious dark fruit flavors that connect with the brilliant sense of minerality. The combination of weight and minerality here is excellent. While delicious in its youth, the ‘Tapestry’ will have a long life in the cellar. Drink 2019-2035- 92
— 4 days ago

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@Dr. Owen Bargreen Dr. Cheers 🍷
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@P A Cheers my friend 🍷