Puerto Rico, Usa

Sans Liege

Groundwork Picpoul Carbonique

Very interesting dried fruit and floral aromatics. Zesty and grippy for rose. Reminded me a touch of aged rose Rioja. — 4 days ago

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Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.4

I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.

I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)!
— 15 days ago

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Jan A

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Had the 2008 last year, kept evolving and needed several hours. My last glass was the best
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@Shay A : nice notes Shay. How much life do you feel this wine has?
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@Jason and Jennie : Would love to go there!

@Jan A : Haven’t had the 2008, but both the 2010 and 2013 certainly benefitted from extended decants, even though their profiles are a bit different.

@Bryan Kesting : Plenty! I’d say it’s likely hanging in this drinking window another 5+ years before the fruit starts fading more to the background and the required decant time drops closer to pop and pour.

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello California Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1977

This looks immaculate and has a really high fill. On the front there’s loads of iron, a salinity, a liverish quality, a pure dark plum and black cherry. This is very lovely still and quite primary. Delicious. — 8 days ago

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Oregon Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Excellent Sauvignon Blanc with a very interesting guava note.. in addition to the obvious herbaceous citrus deliciousness!! — 2 days ago

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Faethm

Fingers Crossed White Rhone Blend 2017

Shay A
9.5

Curiousity finally got the best of me. A measley 25 cases of this inaugural wine was made. The blend is 73% roussanne and 27% Viognier. Opened alongside a 2014 SQN Lightmotif. Now known as Fingers Crossed, this is a must for those who enjoy the SQN style.

The fact that this is over a quarter Viognier is shocking. Seems like hardly any! This wine is amazingly bright and fresh while sporting plenty of richness and depth. The SQN Lightmotif had so much savory character to it like salted popcorn kernel, so the differences were very fun to diagnose (yet the style between the two has many similarities). Oily and honeyed mango, dragonfruit, and some caramel-lemon cream. There is a kiss of sweetness in the mid palate which is really unique. I’m hard pressed to see this being a wine that gets better...likely just somewhat different. Great first vintage!
— 6 days ago

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@Mike R : Their inaugural release set didn’t have the white included, only the reds, as production was so small. It (and the rosé) were sold first come first serve. Last year’s release set included the white, so I assume moving forward it will always be included. I do think this will hang around for a while, but the freshness will fade, and I think that is its best quality.
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Thanks Shay
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@Shay A : I agree Shay. This was a beautiful wine and so fun to drink along side the 2014 SQN white. Thanks for breaking it out!

Sine Qua Non

Poker Face Syrah 2004

2004 Vintage. 15.5% Alcohol. Magnum shared with Stanley, Elena, and Chris at Top Winery in Paso Robles. Amazingly fresh, love mags. At peak now and just mind blowing. Loved the Top and Hood wines as well. Our thanks to Elena and Stanley for sharing a Crossed Fingers to compare and contrast. I didn’t get my request in before that sold out. Finished the mag with a great Mediterranean takeout dinner from Oasis in our room at the Seacrest hotel in Pismo Beach. — 12 days ago

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One of my all-time favorites. In a magnum with great people like that👏
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Upper Hand Brewery

Dry Kriek

Holy crap: this is fantastic! Going to be spending part of tomorrow finding every bottle of this I can in the upper penninsula of Michigan… — 5 days ago

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Huss Brewing Company

CenPho Local Citrus IPA

Orange with a hint of brown, slightly hazy, medium head on pour. Good orange and grapefruit flavor that drifts off into piney hop IPA land, with a citrus zest finish with moderate hop bitterness. Given the tradition of citrus growing in the (central) Phoenix (or CenPho) area, the brewers do capture something authentic, “zesty, fruity, local pride” as it states on the bottom border of the can. It even looks like they forage their citrus from the backyards of locals. Tasty stuff, admirably imagined and crafted. Not a classic IPA style but who cares? 🌵🍋🍊🍺🌅 Gonna be another scorcher, drink up — 8 days ago

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Refreshing! Cheers!🍻

Frank Fredericks Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Frank Fredericks Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

It's time for my
#FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim. Pretty color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, black plums, earth, oak, light vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco, light green vegetables and herbs.

Nice tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, with a nice and easy mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 3 hours to open up. As it opens up, it becomes spicier with more earthy notes.

Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. A new world wine with a touch of Bordeaux. Very interesting.

Would benefit from 5 to 10 years of bottle time, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

A good quality wine that shows good potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Paired very nicely with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Aged in new French oak for 27 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$275 (upon release).
— a day ago

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Arrington Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Say hello to my first Tennessee wine!

This Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now. Showing black fruits with oak, vanilla milk chocolate coffee, tobacco spices peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
— 13 days ago

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