Ramco Wine Group

Two Wolves Wine

Group Song Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

Surprised by how smooth it is and how you can really taste the different grape varieties. Earthy, dark cherry, plum, and mushroom. Almost purple in color. — a month ago


Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2007

David T

Well...this was one hell of a week. There is only one way to wind it down. Reach for an excellent bottle of vintage Champagne.

My first thoughts are how delicate this is on the palate. Further, how unbelievable it will be with another 8-10 years in bottle.

The nose shows; slightly sour lemon, the good parts of lemon Pledge, lemon meringue, white stone fruits, pineapple fresh with lots of juice, grapefruit, lime pulp, honeysuckle, soft, haunting caramel, brioche, limestone & slightly, dirty, grey volcanics, saline, sea fossils, sea spray, bread dough, vanilla, white spices-light ginger with spring flowers, mixed floral greens & lilies.

The body is light on its feet and dances on the palate. Delicacy abounds. Its soft, gorgeous mousse right there with the best money can buy. Slightly sour lemon, lemon meringue, green & with more bruised golden apple, white stone fruits, pineapple fresh with lots of juice, grapefruit, lime pulp, touch of apple cider, honeysuckle, soft, haunting caramel, ginger ale into cream soda, brioche, nougat, toffee notes, lighter nuts without skin, limestone & slightly, dirty, grey volcanics, saline, sea fossils, sea spray, bread dough, vanillin, marzipan, white spices-light ginger with spring flowers, mixed floral greens & lilies. The acidity is mellow yet lively, gorgeous and as good as it gets. The finish is all luxury. So well knitted & balanced, elegant, rich but not overpowering and gently persisting several minutes.

Photos of; The House of Taittinger, their caves so chalky white and built on the famous Crayères Cellars of Reims: 2.5 miles of tunnels (they own 1/4 to 1/3 of it) cut out of chalk by the Romans, the portrait of Thibaud IV who was a king, lord, manager, singer, conqueror, explorer & 11th century Crusader all rolled into one from which, this Cuvée was the catalyst creation and part of the 600 plus hectares they own in Champange.

Some producer notes; Taittinger's history can be traced back to 1734, when it was originally known as Forest-Fourneaux, founded by Jacques Fourneaux who worked closely with local Benedictine monks to learn how to produce wine. They were just the 3rd Champange house.

The estate was bought by the Taittingers – a family of wine merchants – in 1932, and thanks to the great depression and subsequent low land prices, the family also picked up huge swathes of vineyard. From 1945-1960, Francois Taittinger established the cellars in the Abbey of Saint-Nicaise, and after his death in 1960 his brother Claude took over, pushing the estate into a Champagne house of world renown. Such was the status of the label that the Taittinger family soon expanded its business into other luxury goods. However, this eventually led to financial difficulties, and in 2005 the Taittinger brand – including the Champagne house – was sold to the American owned Starwood Hotel Group. The sale was badly received by the Champagne industry, with many fearing the new owners – unfamiliar with the culture of Champagne – would put profit ahead of quality.

Just one year later, Claude’s nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, who had always been opposed to the sale, negotiated a €660m deal with the Starwood Group, and the Taittinger family resumed ownership of the company.

In 2017, Taittinger planted its first vines in England, near a village in Kent, for its venture into English sparkling wine. The first bottle will be ready in 2023.

— 12 days ago

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Sean Smith

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@David T I have a feeling we’re close by. I shop at the Costco in Novato. Tough to leave with less than a case of wine sometimes.
David T

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@Sean Smith Novato is a good Costco zip code for wine. Costco definitely pushes the higher quality wines & therefore more expensive wines into well to do income zip codes. I’ve seen Petrus a few times in Scottsdale.

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They had a pretty cool Latour combo when we were there last week.

Domaine du Matin Calme

Bonica Marieta Vin de Table Red Rhone Blend 2016

Blackberry jam! One of two for Hartzler/Shelton/Lamden Xmas gift group tasting. — 11 days ago

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Yellow Label Brut Champagne Blend

Classic champagne. Always good. Tight, fast moving bubbles. Great to ring in the New Year with a small (distanced) friend group!! — 19 days ago

Di Costanzo

Di Co Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Delectable Wine

The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon DI CO is a very pretty, delicate wine. Aging has really given the 2018 an extra level of polish I did not see in the barrel sample last year, especially in its contours. Inky dark blue/purplish fruit, sage, mint and lavender add expressive layers of aromatic nuance. This is an impressive wine, especially in its peer group. Readers who want to drink the 2018 young should give it a good bit of air first. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)
— 8 days ago

Château La Nerthe

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

The Walla Walla Syrah last week was better, but this is still quite good. With Jefferson DBS group. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Les Capriades

Pet'Sec Méthode Ancestrale White Blend 2013

A little too sweet for my taste, but everyone else in my group loved it. — 19 days ago

Château Trotanoy

Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

Lucky can have a group gathering on nye 2020. They change the rule last min. Decided to open this not ready bottle to celebrate.
Really really good nose. Can really smell perfume and very floral. Oyster shell and mineral. Very good. Bubble gum and stony. Only know what a perfume wine smell like after smelling this one. Wotn and wot year
— 21 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2014

Well, so the group was virtual, but we all had a bottle of the Reva. An Albanfest in celebration of Chris Chang’s 46th birthday. Happy Birthday, Chris! — a month ago

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Jody Scharf

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Nice Big Fan of the AlBan!
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Nice festive picture!

Garage Wine Co.

The Ploughmen Sauzal Vineyard Carignan Field-blend 2016

Better than my first bottle last June.
Parker 95 Wine Maker notes,

Derek Mossman began Garage Wine Company at a time when there were relatively few smaller, family owned wineries in Chile. He not only started his venture to produce hand made wines on a human scale, but also to buy fruit from and support farmers with great quality fruit throughout the country. Along the way, he also banded together a group of like minded wineries to create MOVI, a platform to promote smaller production wineries in Chile.

Tantalizing aromas of blueberries, violets, orange peel, raspberry leaf and aniseed with a touch of aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate is electric, with pulsing acidity, ultra-fine tannins and very good length. Both rustic and elegant, wild and subtle, it has precision, elegance, balance and life. Shows no alcohol nor wood. A fresh, Mediterranean blend from a vineyard that was forgotten, revived, regenerated and today shows what the Maule is capable of.
— a month ago

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