Napa Valley, California

Kalinda

Lot 2 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

David T
9.2

Don’t walk, run to buy at least a case of the 16 Napa Lot 2 Kalinda Cabernet. At $22 a bottle, it’s delicious at pop & pour (not to try & sound like @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum) and I can’t wait to experience it’s rounded complexity in 5-7 to years.

I don’t know which Napa producers juice K&L Wine Merchants bottled or had make their 2016 but, it’s delicious. They’ve bottled a Kalinda Cabernet every year since 1984 and have not missed on any bottling that wasn’t worth two or three times + what I paid for it. The 16 is absolutely one of their best.

On the nose, ripe & slightly candied; kirsch cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, some plum and hues of blueberries. Incense, bright vanillin, cinnamon, clove, smoke, dark, moist soil, limestone minerals and bright dark, red & blue florals.

The body is rich and leaning towards full. Tannins are dusty big. The length, tension, structure and balance are beautiful now and will evolve over the next ten years. Kirsch cherries, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plum, strawberries, big vanillin cream, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, incense, dark spice with heat, licorice/cola, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, dark, rich moist soils, soft leather, wood shavings, cigar, bright, dark & red bright florals, waterfall acidity and a very, rich, long, elegant, well polished & balanced finish that lasts minutes. A steal @ $22. Don’t miss it.

Photos of, the K&L tasting bar in San Francisco, racks of wine in their SF store, Owner of K&L-Clyde Beffa and the marquee Napa sign all tourist stop to take a photo.
— 2 days ago

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@Phil A I’ve always been puzzled by what I hear from Canadians about their liquor laws. Also, the difficulty/expense of getting imported wine & spirits. The laws and or regulations seem not to favor the consumers. As well, our own US state to state shipping laws. I get that some of these state laws attempt to protect tax revenue but, it literally interferes with the idea of a free market system.
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@Phil A Oh...thanks and Happy Father’s Day! Cheers! 🍷
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@David T David our laws regarding the transport of liquor even across provincial boarders are crazy but they are what they are Cheers 🍷

Kuleto Estate

India Ink Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Dark purple in color with a purple rim.

Fruity nose with cherries, plums, blackberries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, leather, earth, chocolates, coffee, light vegetables, graphite and black pepper.

Full-bodied and smooth with medium-plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, dark coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs, cola, earth, vegetables and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Napa red blend. Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. Needs a year or two to balance itself out. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A little bitter on the ending, which will disappear in time. This is very enjoyable.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

A blend of 60% Petite Sirah, 20% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$23.
— 13 days ago

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Aubert

Sugar Shack Chardonnay 2014

Fruit forward, yet delicate. Starts with more of a peach and Asian pear, mango in the middle, but yet has a great minerality to the start. I have had numerous Aubert wines that are quite verbose, and this one yet doesn't seem to be in that company. I was rather captivated by the stone ground notes and the delicate nature of this wine. The finish does kind of build as the wine warms. I would imagine this one has a few years left in it. I'm going to take the heat and say that I'm not sure this one has the capacity to last until 2024. I think it's in a great place right now, and probably one to drink up within the next couple of years. — 3 days ago

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Larkmead Vineyards

LMV Salon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

I’m not sure I’ve had a better Monday morning in my life. Beautiful site, even better people, and awesome wines. I was fortunate to taste through this excellent lineup:
• 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
• 2015 Firebelle
• 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2015 LMV Salon
• 2014 Dr Olmo
• 2014 Solari
The 2015 LMV Salon was my WOTM. While Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) dominates the composition, the Cabernet Franc (40%) dominates its aromatics.
— 7 days ago

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Amazing

Araujo Estate

Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

I was given this glass and asked what I think. I thought it was delicious and while I’m no expert nor have I been trained at all which you can easily tell from my posts, I was wowed from the first sip. This wine evolves in your mouth and just continues to impress. Rich beautiful flavors combines to make a lasting impression. Simply a delight. — 8 days ago

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Shafer

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

This wine was murdered tonight. This one has a TON of youthful black fruit, bramble, wildflower, chocolate. The makings of a really nice Merlot are all here, but are just very tight. After an hour of being in the glass, this one really did perform quite a bit better than it did initially after it was "Coravinned." Sweeter, youthful fruit on the front. Acidic finish, tannin very present. Stiff oaked tannic finish. Very enjoyable. Wish I had a case of this. At the price paid, I should have bought a case, but unfortunately snoozed. — 12 days ago

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Napa Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Grapes selected from a collection of prime Napa Valley vineyards, including Atlas Peak and Spring Mountain, 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot, aged for 15 months in 98% French oak and 2% American oak (30% new). Deep red with aromas of ripe red fruits with pepper spice. On the palate, cherry and blackberry flavors with cacao and espresso notes, has an underlying sweetness. Full-body, fine juicy tannins, nicely integrated, balanced with acidity ending with earth and mineral notes. Nice value! Tasting well. — 4 days ago

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Sterling Vineyards

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1981

Ric Forman is a warlock. This bottle was perhaps the biggest surprise of my wine life. I’ve known Jessica for 18 years and we’ve shared a few ‘81’s and I’m always impressed by this completely overlooked North Coast vintage. But this bottle was just everything. Substantial up front fruit, balance, tannic backbone and a lengthy smooth classy finish. I’m blown away., — 4 days ago

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That’s awesome... I need to try... my landlord in St Helena is actually Peter Newton’s daughter... I’ll float an inquiry to see if there might be any left.
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Fantastic stud and studdress
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She is indeed an ‘81 like the wine

Piazza del Dotto

La Barchessa Napa Valley Petit Verdot 2014

To me lots of the opinions and discussions on high vs low alcohol wines are either flawed, biased or even being stupidly inexperienced in enjoying good wines.
I personally try to taste (blind) with an open mind and as long as the wine is BALANCED I’m a fan.
This was exactly that even at 15.8% ABV.

— 15 hours ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Fumé Blanc 2015

Robert Mondavi established his namesake winery in 1966 with a vision to create Napa Valley wines that would stand in the company of the world's finest. A blend of 92% Sauvignon Blanc & 8% Semillon (I always like when a little Semillon is added). The “Fume” style was created by Robert Mondavi many years ago. Complex aromas, fresh citrus with enticing herbal notes. Orange and citrus flavors adding grapefruit and lemon tones, great acidity balance, rich and smooth, medium finish ending with grassy mineral character. Great value. Tasting Sample. — 11 days ago

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