Pride Mountain Vineyards

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Hillside Blend Howell Mountain Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Out of the three cabs we tried, this was my favorite for long term. Howell Mountain is my favorite AVA so the fruit is undeniable fantastic, but Melka has made this very tight and compact and most certainly not a fruit forward cab. The fruit is underripe...blackberries, raspberries, black currant, sage, charcoal and graphite aromatics. It is dusty, herbal and powerful on the palate. Dark cocoa, chalky, baked mixed berry pie, dash of baking spices, and massive structure. Give this some time away and you’ll be rewarded.
— 9 hours ago

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York Creek Vineyards

Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

18 year old magnum stole the show, wasn’t exactly a major wino show but still beat out the 2012 Venge, wasn’t even close while tasting side by side
These older York Creeks continue to blow me away
— 3 days ago

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach Paul Great wine great vintage Cheers 🍷

Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc Blend 2014

MICHAEL COOPER
9.0

Gamey on the nose and slightly overripe or very very ripe fruit. Not my vibe. It’s good. Don’t get me wrong, but overpriced. #washingtoncab #washington #washingtonwine #cabfranc #merlot — 12 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Celebrating my son’s first #birthday certainly merits the serving of some lovely wine 🍾🍷 What a wonderfully challenging yet humbling year it’s been raising a tiny baby into a little boy with a big heart, a loud laugh, and a captivating smile. I hope and pray today’s celebration is but one of many chapters.

Incredibly young (of course) and quite dormant. Decanted for 3 hours, probably needed another 1-2 at a minimum. Only until the final glass did some more defined notes begin to unveil themselves: vanilla, blackberry, baking spices, cassis, coffee grounds, mocha froth, and herbaceous qualities. Super powerful, yet it’s the blossoming gracefulness that will have me circling back on this in another 8–10 years.
— 8 days ago

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Thanks @Eric Urbani 🙏🏻
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My kids are much older. It gets better each year. Enjoy the Journey. Cheers. 

Davis Estates

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Great Howell mountain cab expression. Tannic profile wonderfully integrated, almost imperceptible on the front end but building into a finely tannic finish. Complex fruits and coarse earth. Not as much mintiness as my previous tasting — 10 days ago

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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa County Sonoma County Merlot 2016

Excellent example of Pride Merlot. Really softens over time. Drinking well now — a month ago

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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Vintner Select Cuvée Sonoma County Chardonnay

Developed nicely in the bottle. Nice oily mouthfeel. Definitely on the oaky/buttery side. Bright acidity. — 13 days ago

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Sonoma County Viognier 2018

Delicious and delightful. — 17 days ago

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Cade

Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Typical Howell Mountain style with very firm structure and excellent dark garnet color and high acidity. This baby needs decanting for not less than 2 hours and is still improving 36 hours later. It’s a very sturdy wine, enjoyable on its own or paired with a beautifully charred rib eye. I’m worried that Plumpjack will increase its price for this. Cheers! — 12 days ago

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I like the momentum of this producer.

Rasa Vineyards

Plus One Kiona Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

A wine with a soft beginning, but it explodes at the end. Black tea and tobacco on the nose. Ripe fruit on the front (cassis and blueberries), and, although the fruit is sweet, it’s very restrained. The tannins are also restrained, but at the same time they’re solid and smooth with a gentle mouth feel on the mid palate. And like the guiding hand of an old friend, with a gentle insistence they lead you into a room where there’s a surprise party waiting for you. And the band starts playing as you enter the room. It’s an unexpected finale which is pretty spectacular, with all sorts of high notes overlaid on deeper earth tones. Then the earth notes fade, leaving the high notes vibrating into a long finish. This wine can only get better, but it’s fantastic right now. — a day ago