Holy Smokes! Love this winery - I’d put this up against any Napa Cab under $100. Elegant w/sturdy tho finely grained tannins, gobs of blackberry, cherry & cassis, very St Estephe for me... classy w/impressive extraction - unbelievable they have such beautiful (well-handled) fruit coming from hills of North Carolina! — 15 days ago
Not seeing the bf for at least a day or so bc his roommate (who works at the airport) is ill. So...alone time.
Also so let us enjoy the hell out of affordable Zin. Ps bf you know I love you we are both doing our part to keep this nonsense from spreading.
But this zin!
Low cost. Full of raisin-y stuff.
That’s probably the second thing you’ll notice after—thinking “crushable”. — 11 days ago
Had my chef buddies over for a reboot of my Decanting Sessions. I figured this would be a nice treat since it's so unusual. Besides, it's been about 18 months since my last bottle so I wanted to check in with its development. Decanted several hours ahead of time. Deep, impenetrable purplish-red color. An impressive bouquet; a combination of blue and dark fruits with bacon, lavender, smoke and spices. On the palate, an abundance of blue fruits, cassis, meat and baking spices. This is a glossy, compelling and unusual (but delicious) non-vintage wine. Full bodied. Tannin seems to be integrating nicely. Good acidity. The finish is long; tongue smacking! The ABV is remarkably well hidden. Many years of life ahead of these. I really like this wine for what it is and wouldn't mind seeing him make it again if the circumstances permit him to do so. — 3 days ago
The quintessential chardonnay, oak and that buttery feel. Nice floral accents. Purchased this on a trip in 2018. Good memories. Enjoyed on day 1 with a shrimp curry dish, day two with chicken. — a month ago
16’ Arietta The White Keys
These wines are a little abrasive when they’re first released. Opens up in the glass 5 minutes later. Pale yellow in color.
Orange mango, honeydew. peach, fresh fig. The light acidity flows throughout the glass. Beautifully made. Consistency of this white wine year after year. Drink them up in the next 2/3 years. — 8 days ago
Had this 6 mos ago at Tasting, liked it, bought several bottles for cellar. Blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Malbec, made by 30 year Chappellet winemaker Phillip Titus. Deep Ruby, purple edges, youthful aromas of black fruit, spices and flinty notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black cherry with some vanilla and tobacco and herbal floral notes. Vivid acidity & firm tight tannins with long finish ending with a youthful character, aging well should benefit from bottle aging. — 7 hours ago
This beats Abraxas for me. I never thought I’d have a better stout with hot peppers but this is amazing. The nose and front palate are smooth, clean, milk chocolate with vanilla and hint of spice. Not too sweet, then the back end habanero cuts through and you’re shocked at first, but ultimately it is the perfect complement and you’re left pondering how amazing these flavors meld together. Perfection! — 9 days ago
This is a nice surprise. Not my usual style, but this is a nice red blend from North Coast.
Nice nose and very inviting.
Medium plus in body with nice structure and medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with round tannins.
Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.
Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, and show some tannins and structure.
A nice everyday red wine. Not showing a lot of that Bourbon Barrel feel, which I liked.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
89 points. — 13 days ago
2014 - year of the horse
Double decant and pour. A medium dark ruby red color. Buckle up, your going to enjoy this ride. On the nose: sweet raspberry, forest floor, some vegi, slight menthol, with a little cinnamon. Taste: black cherry, gravel, minerals, currents, with a smokey graphite long finish. A rich, soft, savory mouthfeel (this is no cherry cola Russian River bomb).
West slope is a limited production wine from the middle portion of the west slope block in their Carneros vineyard...get some if you can and give it some time in the cellar.. — 8 days ago