Powder Keg

Powder Keg

Demolition Red Blend 2016

Nice drinkable red at a great price. — a month ago

Burgess Cellars

Napa Valley Merlot 2004

04 merlot in 19. Perfect. Plums and prune juice. Intergraded. Cinnamon and dusty cocoa powder. Deep, dark, dank, fresh. — 15 days ago

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Obsidian Ridge

The Slope Obsidian Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It’s a bigger red, needs some decanting. After a few hours I get some whiffs of smoke and cocoa baking powder. Hints of coffee. Down the hatch it has medium/large tannins and bright acidity. Dark cherry and ganache. Some fruit compote. Nothing sweet. Well balanced. Give it time and it’s worth it. — 18 hours ago

Jillian Varner
with Jillian

Deumayen

Trez Reserva Malbec 2008

2008v. Deep garnet color. After a few minutes to open up, there's deep Bing cherries, purple plum, and dusty cocoa powder. On the palette, there's juicy fruit but not too bright- leans more dry old world style. Good acidity Despite 11yrs of age, soft tannins coat your mouth with a melty grip. Dark earth on the long finish. 14% ABV. Overall, a very well balanced and satisfying Malbec that's a little darker and more brooding than you typically get in a Malbec. — 8 days ago

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Carchelo

C Jumilla Monastrell Blend 2014

Raspberries and unsweetened cocoa powder. Touch of white pepper and some woody notes. — 14 days ago

Heather Dillaway
with Heather
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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

David T
9.6

Theorem Voir Dire is a relatively newer wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown or as some of us refer to as TRB. TRB makes or has made a number of wines which include; Chiarello, Outpost, Schrader, Aston Estate, Boars’ View, Maybach, Rivers-Marie, Seaver Vineyards, Hestan, Casa Piena, Saunter, Wallis, Black Sears, Harris Estate, Kinsella, Jones Family, Travail, Stone the Crows, Pulido-Walker, Post Parade, Riverain, Shibumi Knoll, Hobel, Revana, Ampère, 4 Winds, the Grade, Round Pond, Senses, Mending Wall, Sodhani, Vermeil, Gemstone, and QTR. TRB has made at least 25 💯 point wines in his career.

If you love a big, bold, brooding, luxurious, gorgeous, sexy Cabernet, as Val Kilmer said, in “Tombstone” “I’m your huckleberry”, (2013 Voir Dire).

Its color is dark and well extracted. The nose reveals, rich, ruby lush, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes, very dark fresh & withering dark florals, violets and lavender.

The body is big, bold lush, ruby, and deeply concentrated with big dark, tarry, sticky, well rounded, meaty tannins. The ripe, lush, rich fruits are beautiful and well extracted. The structure is big as is the tension. It has long length and beautiful balance. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, caramel, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry finely crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes with very dark fresh & withering florals, violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long, elegant, beautiful, richly concentrated finish is superb and it persists for minutes.

It is through
@Isaac Pirolo who has recently become their VP of Sales & Marketing, I became familiar with their wines and thank him for arranging our visit.

Photos of; Theorem’s Estate vines, Winemaker-Thomas Rivers Brown, Owners-Kisha and Jason Itkin and the Victorian house they renovated on the property.
— 16 days ago

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@David T Excellent notes! Thank you for visiting Theorem — it’s too bad we missed each other. I hope we can get together in Napa Valley soon.

Orin Swift

Palermo Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Smashed raspberries & cocoa powder on the nose. Lush, full, grippy, & tannic. Fair amount of fruit & juice throughout, with raspberry & currant skins on the finish. Subtle milk chocolate & undertones of smoke. I’d imagine as this opens it’d get bigger and smokier. Beautiful Cab. — 11 days ago

Matthiasson

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

David T
9.1

The nose reveals, bright red and dark ripe, floral fruits. Blackberries, dark cherries, blackberries, black plum, sweet tarry notes, black licorice, vanilla, steeped black tea, funky earthiness, dark berry cola, dry crushed rock powder and dark red florals and violets.

The body is medium with tannins that are teethy, tarry and a little meaty. Ripe, floral; blackberries, dark cherries, blackberries and black plum. Sweet tarry notes, black licorice, vanilla, steeped black tea, funky earthiness, dark berry cola, dry crushed rock powder, grainy volcanic minerals, rich black earth, dark red florals with violets. The acidity bright & lively. The finish is leaner than in most Napa Cabernets, well balanced, fresh and nicely polished.

Photos of, their Estate property, our tasting, barrels not rocked by the 14 earthquake and another on of their Napa vineyards.
— 12 days ago

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Hope & Grace

Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.2

Still detoxing from Napa & Bordeaux Cabernet.

The nose reveals; dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some plum & blue fruits, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals.

The body is on the fuller and richer side of Pinot. The wine is beautifully elegant across the palate. For a wine not coming from my best storage, this has held up nicely and showing far more complexity and integration than say a year ago. The structure & tension are still firm while the length and balance are approaching its high point. Dark cassis with some currants, some tarriness, hint of savory, smoked meats, black licorice to the core of anise, blackberries, black cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, some creamy black raspberries, mashed strawberries flesh, plum & blue fruits, raisins, dark fruit cola, liqueur notes, limestone minerals, some crushed rock powder, dark, long lasting spices with some heat, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light vanilla, hints of sage & bay leaf, dark rich forest floor with dry leaves, dark fresh & withering flowers with a touch of bright red florals. The acidity is quite nice with well balanced fruit & earth finish that is persistent for minutes.

Photos of; Hope & Grace’s Stag’s Leap Vineyard, a very old vine which, I would say is 60 plus years old, Winemaker-Charles Hendricks willing to still do the heavy lifting and one of my favorite paintings that used to be in the Hope & Grace tasting room but, now is in Charles house.
— 14 days ago

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Château Boswell

Absolutely Eloise Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016

David T
9.3

The nose reveals, dark floral fruits interlaced with gorgeous spice. Blackberries, dark cherries, haunting blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, limestone, crushed rock powder and amazing blue and purple florals.

The texture is elegant and beautiful. The tannins soft, tarry with velvety dust. This is so easy to drink now but, wait 6 more years. It’s fresh and delicious. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, haunting blueberries, black plum, black raspberries, some boysenberries, dark rich soil, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, big dark powerful spice limestone, dark rich soils, crushed rock powder and amazing blue and purple florals. The acidity is perfect. The structure, tension is still big but, the length and balance phenomenal. Can’t wait to have this in 5-6 years. The well polished finish is; elegant, persistent, heady and beautiful. Potential 95 with more in time in bottle. One tiny issue, there’s touch of alcohol burn in the back of the throat but, think it fades in time.

Photos of, Chateau Boswell, Silverado Trail signage, their entrance gate and driveway and Estate vines in the Summer not the empty vines we saw.
— 19 days ago

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