Notch & Groove Cellars

Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2013

Mike R
9.4

John got his groove back - smiles all around / really wonderful - I can see why the critics gave it such high scores — 9 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I keep buying the older Albans whenever I see them under $100.00, still have an 05 mag of this waiting for the perfect time & place. That wasn’t under $100.00

Cibonne

Cuvée Prestige Olivier Côtes de Provence Red Blend 2011

Top notch red Provence. Rich and saline. A tad high in alcohol, but that’s the only perk. — 4 days ago

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Fay Apologue Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T
9.4

What a nose! From the straight pour into the decanter to later in the glass; ripe, slightly stewed/baked; mulberries, boysenberries, black plum, blackberries, blackberries raspberries, blueberries, dark cherries, incense, ambers, wood char, leather, saddle-wood, black turned earth, slightly, moist clay, dry top soil, beautiful, soft, smooth, dark spice, fresh tobacco with a little ash, dry stones, some licorice & dark berry cola, steeped fruit teas, a little Provence herbs, vanillin, understated; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg framed in fresh & withering; dark, blue, some red & purple flowers with interlaced violets.

The palate has excellent delineation. It’s seamless wire to wire. The body is rich, thick, lush & full. The tannins are round & nicely softened but, still have chewy, tarry, tannins. It’s a good look in on the 2009 but, will still ascend for another 7-8 years before peaking, hold a few years and start its slow decent over the next 8-10 years. Properly stored of course! The structure & tension still need to soften but, the length & balance have found their groove. Ripe, slightly stewed/baked, beautifully floral and a touch candied; mulberries, boysenberries, black plum, blackberries, blackberries raspberries, blueberries, dark cherries, haunting raspberries with strawberries pulling up the rear. Incense, ambers, wood char, dark expresso used grounds, sweet tarriness, leather, saddle-wood, black turned earth, slightly, moist clay, dry top soil, beautiful, soft, smooth, more pronounced dark spice than the nose with good, mid intensity palate heat, black pepper, shades of potpourri, fresh tobacco with a little ash, dry stones, some licorice & dark berry cola, steeped fruit teas, a little Provence herbs, mocha powder, vanillin, understated; cinnamon, clove & nutmeg framed in fresh & withering; dark, blue, some red & purple flowers with interlaced violets. The acidity is round & phat and holds the slightly elevated alcohol in check. The long finish is, rich, ripe, lush, smartly polished, well knitted balance of fruit & earth, sliding into dusty, yet velvety tannins with dark spice on the long set.

Photos of; Stag’s Leap Winery’s tasting room & Estate vines, Lake Fay and inside tasting bar/room.
— 18 days ago

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Eric Bass

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Great note.
David T

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@Eric Bass Thank you. Happy New Year! Cheers! 🍷

Château Thivin

Cuvée Zaccharie Côte de Brouilly Gamay 2016

Getting a bit deeper into Gamay because it’s accessible, affordable, can be complex, and is altogether pretty easy. And this one is top notch. — 6 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Yes, very top notch.

St Innocent Winery

Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

A notch below the Momtazi Vineyard wine but very good still. Violet and dark fruit aromas. Black cherry, boysenberry, plum, smoke, cedar, and hibiscus on the palate. A solid Oregon pinot. Very enjoyable. — an hour ago

Drappier

Zero Dosage Rosé Brut Nature Champagne Pinot Noir

Rose de saignee without liquor addition. Extremely elegant and balanced with the tell tale notes of pinot. This is top notch stuff and highly recommended. — a month ago

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Peter Michael Winery

Coeur a Coeur Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2013

First time having this, top notch bottle! — 21 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

This isn’t Sauvignon Blanc🤷🏼‍♂️ thats all I know
Shay A

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Yours is a SauvBlanc/Semillon Blend
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Yes its a 50/50 wine, the L’Apres is 95% SB & seems to be about 1/2 the price as this bottling. At least at retail I’ve noticed.

Barone Bruni

Riserva Chianti Classico Sangiovese Blend

Top notch Classico. Great to see Aldi selling these great wines for £7! — 10 days ago