Napa Valley Red Blend

Spoto Wines

Spoto Wines Godfather Red 2013

Shay A
9.4

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.
— 6 days ago

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David T

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

Robert Mondavi Winery

50th Anniversary Maestro Napa Valley Red Blend 2014

Vastly improved! The extra sugar burnt off since my last review. Loving it so far...

92+ points
— 8 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend 2014

BV wine dinner at The Tasting Room with winemaker Trevor Durling.
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Third Course: Lamb ragu, Parisian gnocchi, whipped ricotta, and pine nut nougatine.
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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.
— 2 days ago

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

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Indeed. Have had similar feelings at these kind of dinners.

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Rutherford Red Blend 2012

Catching up....Out of 3 heavy hitters, 1 clear winner, but this was 2 or 3. This wine wins the award for most rounded wine. Nose is black and purple fruit. Decanted for about six hours. Entry is medium++ bodied. Some fig and plum, but backbone of black and purple fruit. Finishes with classic Rutherford dust. Second place finish out of 2, third place finish out of the other 2. Other two wines were Spoto secret acre Cab 13 and Spoto PR 14, all of which were decanted for at least 5-6 hours as well. The efforts of Mr Harrison are ridiculously commendable for producing a wine that can hang with wines out of its price point! — 4 hours ago

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Lamborn Family Vineyards

2200’ Howell Mountain Red Blend 2016

The other bottles need to sit for 3 to 5 years. This bottle is good, but this one sat with cork out for 4 hours and then slow oxed an additional 12 and still don't think it was expressing the way it should have! Blackberry and blueberry dominant. Stiff tannic opening. Lots of pepper in the finish. Great weight. Good backbone but not overly expressive at this time. Gonna be good in a few. — 12 days ago

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I would have figured based on the blend it would be ready in the near term, but then again, it is mountain fruit.
Mark Flesher

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@Shay A I thought it was going to be good right out of the gate myself but it was weirdly astringent for sure.
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I used to buy Lamborn, but don’t anymore. I’m being brutally honest, as there are better wines on the market for less.

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Napa Valley Red Blend 2015

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth, medicine, pencil lead and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and cherries.

This is a great Red blend from Napa Valley. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Elegant and very enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour in the decanter.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Hugh tannins come in after 2 hours. Definitely needs 3 to 5 years to calm down.

A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Zinfandel, 15% Merlot and 13% Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$36.
— 23 days ago

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Spoto Wines

Oakville Cuvée Christiane Red Blend 2016

Shay A
9.2

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 close to half Cabernet, the rest a Cabernet Franc and merlot blend (and a dash of Malbec). After about 30mins, this changed dramatically as the Cabernet franc took over. Very floral and spicy. Darker profile but the fruit is more black cherry like. Distinct note of red clay. Needs time.
— 6 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Auction Napa Valley Special Cuvée Red Blend 2012

Greg Ballington
9.3

Deep ruby red in appearance. A bit stinky on the nose but really mute. Full bodied and medium plus tannins (7.5/10). A lot better on the palate than the nose with layers of dark berries, spices and a touch bitter. Definitely from the Petit Verdot. Long finish. Drink till 2032. — 5 days ago

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Viader

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2007

Paul K
9.5

Rating first sips pop n pour 92. I have a feeling I’ll be upping this.
Yep, two hours in and this is outstanding.
@Eric Shanks i agree with you. Nose is cigar, white flowers, plum, spice, and smoke. New things keep popping out. Between medium and full body. Dark fruit throughout. Tannins perfectly integrated. This is so balanced and smooth, but with huge character. I’m loving this. It reminds me of To Kalon fruit. Don’t yell at me.
— 19 days ago

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A largely underrated producer.

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. — 5 days ago

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