North Carolina, Usa

O Cellars

Reserve Burntshirt Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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

"Odedi", Bob and 1 other liked this

Ravenswood Winery

Vintners Blend North Coast Zinfandel 2017

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

Daniel P., Eric and 16 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Nice review. Take care!🍷
Ellen Clifford

Ellen Clifford Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Thank you @Trixie ! I hope you are hanging in there in these crazy times!
Trixie

Trixie

@Ellen Clifford We are, thanks. Seems like a year has passed with so much happening world wide the past week. All the best to you!💜

Christopher Tynan Wines

Le Sucrier Velours Napa County Sonoma County Red Blend

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

Ira, Eric and 5 others liked this

Biltmore Estate

American Chardonnay 2016

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

Arietta

On the White Keys White Blend 2016

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

David, Joseph and 51 others liked this
Eric LaMasters

Eric LaMasters Premium Badge

5 minutes!? That’s 25% longer than the usual!
David L

David L Influencer Badge Premium Badge

@Eric LaMasters So true. 🤫

Schramsberg Vineyards

Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2015

@jesus g boom another great bottle. This stuff is so elegant and refined. — 5 days ago

Eric, Tom and 25 others liked this
Eric S

Eric S Premium Badge

Great sparklers across the board. One of the few clubs I’m in. Love all the different bottling.

Chappellet

Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Blend 2017

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

Shay, Eric and 1 other liked this

Westbrook Brewing

Mexican Cake Imperial Stout 2019

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

Sebastiani

Aged in Bourbon Barrels North Coast Red Blend 2017

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

P, Kirk and 15 others liked this

Donum

Year of the Ram West Slope Pinot Noir 2014

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

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
Brenda, Neil and 19 others liked this