The ‘DuMol Estate Vineyard’ is a high-density vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, right near the Pacific Ocean. This wine is an exceptional bottling by the talented Andy Smith. The nose is classic Sonoma with bright pear, butterscotch and a whiff of salted praline that fills the glass. The palate is silky smooth, as the seamless texture entices. White peach, toasted brioche and vanilla creme brûlée flavors all collide on the palate. Seductive while light on its feet, this beautiful wine has a long way to go in the cellar. Drink 2019-2033- 94 — a day ago
A soft ruby color with a wide brim and cherry accents. A bit of lavender and rose petal on the nose, along with bright cranberries and raspberry goodness. This is an outstanding Pinot with a purity of fruit, plenty of herbaceousness, and great structure. I probably should have waited longer to open this but it’s certainly drinking just fine right now. Nice red fruits and smoke initially on the palate, with mild spice and dried herbs. This is a great example of how to produce a big Pinot with finesse. — 7 days ago
Drink ‘em if you got ‘me. After an hour, this one’s not yet flirting with the edge. The nose is sniffable without needing a sip. Fun, indeed to see these can go baby go. Mostly because when a bottle of Chardonnay is purchased in the US, 98% of those buyers think it needs to be consumed before the sun goes down. — 6 days ago
The 2013 Edward James Estate Chardonnay is a show-stopping wine from the talented winemaking team of Paul Hobbs. After a few years in bottle this is showinf beautifully. On the nose this offers an exotic bouquet of pineapple, ripe banana and vanilla crème brûlée which soar from the glass. The palate reveals similar characteristics, ripe tropical fruits and a backed by a gorgoeus seamless texture that glides effortlessly through the mid-palate. Overall this is a sensational bottle of Chardonnay, and while it is drinking remarbably well now, it should continue to evolve over the next decade or so. Drink 2019-2030- 95 — 4 days ago
Had this about 2 years ago, set a bottle aside. Michael Stewart came to the Napa Valley in 1999, & purchased Juliana Vineyards, a 1,000 acre vineyards in the Napa Valley. He also had the world-renowned oenologist Paul Hobbs to start the Stewart brand. Dark red almost purple with complex dark berry aromas and smoky oak. On the palate blackberry and cherry, lost freshness, with citrus notes & some spice. Very smooth tannins, savory with lingering finish ending with some mineral tones. Good, drink now! — 7 days ago
My surprise of the day. I didn’t expect there to be much here as I know these don’t have a great track record for aging, but this was an outlier. Blood orange, rhubarb and herbal black cherry aromatics. Sporting nice acidity with cherry cordial and sandalwood. Drink up. — 20 hours ago
75 cases Pommard clone. Quite fruit driven and plummy. More California in style and 14%. Not my style but well made. Has mandarine components - limited acidity. From Alan’s experiment bottling different clones from the same vineyard in different bottles. — 13 days ago
Proof that, indeed, there is truth in wine.
While Heidi Barrett makes her only Chardonnay and Spring Mountain Cabernet for Fantesca, my understanding is she will not make Pinot Noir. That responsibility falls on Fantesca’s Associate Winemaker Tony Arcudi, who also makes wine under his eponymous label in addition to consulting for Kapcsandy.
Fantesca’s 2014 King Richard’s Reserve is sourced from a selection of prime vineyards in Russian River Valley including Bacigalupi, Ulises Valdez, and Martinelli. Reminiscent of my experiences with Williams Selyem Pinot Noir. A rich, yet beautiful expression of Pinot Noir that juxtaposes lush raspberry and black cherry against a backdrop of herbs, flowers, and forest floor. The balance between opulence and restraint is where the beauty lies. — 10 days ago
Small production. Deep dark Ruby with ripe black fruit aromas and intricate spices. Complex palate with big flavors of cherry, blackberry and raspberry fruit with cola, cinnamon and mocha notes in fine soft tannic structure. Well balanced with savory edge on a great mouthfeel finish ending with earthy mineral character. — 5 days ago
Drinking fantastic! Even a touch better than the ‘12 I had a few months ago. Smoked meat and charcoal with underripe blackberry on the nose. Definitely an herbal/stemmy note on the mid palate with some cedar too. Big without being dense. Thanks @Dan Fitzgerald — 20 hours ago