Napa Valley, California

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.

— 6 days ago

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Spoto Wines

Napa Vallley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A

@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.
— 4 days ago

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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.

— 12 days ago

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@"Odedi" Odedi Good post, have a great weekend Cheers 🍷

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@P A thank you 🍷

Orin Swift

Papillon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Had to try the 2016 vintage and I think it is better than ‘15. Of course it’s fruit driven but it seems to have more depth and be more balanced. Blackcurrant, vanilla, baking spice and some lightly bitter cacao on the palate. I think for the price this a great ‘heavy’ Napa Cabernet. A good Papillon should hopefully mean that there is a good Mercury Head to be tasted; looking forward to finding out. — 3 days ago

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Spoto Wines

Spoto Wines Godfather Red 2013

Shay A

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.
— 4 days ago

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


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
— 5 days ago

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Arnyca Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2014

Shay A

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.
— 7 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.

Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is another stunning release of this storied wine by Beaulieu Vineyards. Coming from a warm vintage in the Napa Valley, this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off an inky core, slowly unveiling exotic spices, espresso bean, blackberry cobbler and hints of pipe tobacco that all build on this expressive nose. The palate shows some serious weight and elegance as the wine gracefully dances across the mid-palate. Polished and layered with dark fruits, chocolate, minerals and herbal undertones, the 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is surprisingly open in its youth. If enjoying in its nascency be sure to give this beautiful wine at least a one hour decant. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 3 days ago

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Clive McNish

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I had read that this was disjointed and sharp. Happy to see your review, I’ll give it a try.
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@Clive McNish Yeah this was a stunning ‘Georges de Latour’ definitely not disjointed. It needs a long decant in its youth though. Cheers🍷
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@David Shaw The price definitely has gone up considerably. This is a really marvelous rendition of the wine, incredible combination of balance and richness 🍷

Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend 2014

BV wine dinner at The Tasting Room with winemaker Trevor Durling.
Third Course: Lamb ragu, Parisian gnocchi, whipped ricotta, and pine nut nougatine.
To my recollection I’ve only had Tapestry once and it was years ago. Circling back on it last night was a treat because it reminded me why I liked it all those years ago. Very approachable but also teetering on being a pretty serious blend with ripe red & black fruits, Christmas baking spices, anise, all with a dense and savory character.
— 3 hours ago

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👀 Looks tasty! 😋
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It was 🤤 just needed about 3 more servings of this course.

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 — 13 days ago

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Nice review