Finally, wifey and I can report some progress. Wine cellar is now finished, and we love it. The germ of the idea came from @Mo Salem when we were in demolition phase. We took it from there. 6 months later, here were are.
Onto the Kistler, which is a lovely example, but I detect it’s on the decline. Having said that, it has a great nose of peaches, honey and pistachios. Visually, you can see that the chassis is a rich, golden color, suggesting corrosion. Palate is creamy and dense. Acid has given way to some cardboard notes, but this is still a good example from a great producer. — 4 days ago
Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick/ orange rim.
On the nose cherries, blueberries, barnyard, earth, wood, light vanilla, licorice, spices, vegetables, leather and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, graphites, herbs, bell pepper, dark coffee and peppercorn.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This Old Vine Zinfandel from over 100 year old vines is nicely balanced with nice complexity and a very elegant mouthfeel.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
This 6 year old, is a gentle wine to drink by itself with good friends, or with food.
Not a typical California Zinfandel.
I paired it with light appetizers.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 14 days ago
This is a very nice Napa Chardonnay.
Showing oak, vanilla, spices, red apples, light grapefruits, lemons, and citrus.
Full-bodied, bold and creamy with a nice long finish.
Showing really nice complexity. This 6 years old is still drinking nicely, and will probably be still good for the next couple of years.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 10 days ago
14' HDV Comandante Hyde Vineyard.
Planted in 1979 . This is the last of the original planting. Not even 1 acre left of this original planting.
Close to a PnP - A short decanting is still recommend.
Pale yellow in color.
Palate- Peach, baked apple pie, honeysuckle, orange blossom , splash of spice(dissipates completely after 30 minutes) medium acidity. Modest amount of oak. Finishing with a plethora of tropical fruits, acid, minerality. Polished & layered finish! Damn good bottle.
Well-made Chardonnay. Drink /6-8 years in it. — 3 days ago
This deep, well structured Pinot is gorgeous showing a wonderful berry, cherry and spice fruit aroma that carries through to a full palate of blackberry and cherry with complex spice, a touch of oak on fine tannins. Lively acidity gives the wine good balance and carries through the finish with a creamy characteristic ending with notes of cacao. — 5 days ago
Last bottle of vintage. 48/29/23 blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane. Inky dense purple, highly extracted. Whiff of rotten egg initially, dark cherry notes emerges later. Cola flavor with mint with length, chewy tannins in finish, light skin astringency. Needs time to open. Later black plum flavor emerges. Overall, soft, good old style Italo-California red. — 13 days ago
Family-owned and operated since 1985. Grapes sourced from several Napa Valley Carneros vineyards, aromas of ripe fruits & sweet spice with smoke notes. On the palate complex fruit, apple, pear & peach with cinnamon and vanilla spices giving way to toasty oak. Lots of French oak aging, perhaps too much. Big buttery oak finish ending a bit bold, about on par with the 2014 vintage (last reserve I tried). For $10+ less, their Alexander Valley Chard from a cooler climate showed more finesse, one of my Fav’s. — 7 days ago