Sacramento Valley, Central Valley


Montes Alpha M Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Here's s beautiful red blend. A well balanced, great Chilean wine.

Dark inky in color.

Showing lots black fruits with earth, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, leather, cedar, leather, vanilla, dark chocolates, licorice, tobacco leaf and cloves.

Big, bold, extracted and spicy.

This 6 year old Bordeaux blend is rich, with great complexity and mouthfeel.

So very tasty already, but still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time.

Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Delicious and yummy.

Thank you sonny for sharing.

I paired it with BBQ Meats, cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 9 days ago

Severn, Rhonely and 18 others liked this

Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau

Silex Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Was not sure what this was going to taste like as I never had one with this much age on it. An uncanny combination on the nose and palate of citrus and tropical fruit .A profile that overloads the senses. Imagine an elephant as a graceful ballerina . The palate is best described as three dimensional. The wine’s structure makes me feel this wine is in suspended animation and will drink well for a very long time. — a day ago

Jay, Connor and 40 others liked this
Web Bond

Web Bond Influencer Badge

This is the first vintage not vinified by Didier, correct?

Lagar de Bezana

Aluvión Uco Valley Ensamblaje Red Blend 2013

This was a surprise for its price point and popularity. Very complex. Dark fruit, violets, tobacco, leather, prune, intense. Carries brightness and plenty of structure. Really enjoyed it. — a day ago

P liked this

Viña Errazuriz

Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Well this was interesting. Tasting after eachother:
Lynch Bages 2009
Sena 2007
Chadwick 2007
In all honesty I hope the LB is just in a numb phase. It didnt do the trick yet. Still has a lot of acids whilst drinking. The nose however is great but taste wise it doesnt match.
Sena is as Sena can be. In your face! Plenty of everything: blackfruit, sweet, ripe, some wood, umami always. Very yummi.
Then the Chadwick that is close to perfection. That is Sena but distinguished. Calm but present. Lush and you taste it for minutes.
— 15 days ago

Dick, Eric and 6 others liked this
Peter van den Besselaar

Peter van den Besselaar Influencer Badge

Nice comparison! LB is infanticide, Martijn, just keep it. Try within 5 years. 😏

Au Bon Climat

"Knox Alexander" Estate Bottled Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2014

14’ Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir. Decant this for 15 minutes. Cherry & raspberry subtle dryness with the background of light /modest spices & tea. Beautiful balance after a short time in the decanter. Just a great showing of this PN wine. Open this now...enjoy over the next 5 +years. WOW., time will only bring out the best . Jim , still is making exceptional wine for the money! Cheers. — 6 hours ago

David, Eric and 23 others liked this

P A Premium Badge

@David L David another great wine, review and pic Cheers 🍷
Mike R

Mike R Influencer Badge Premium Badge

The chard is not bad either
Ron R

Ron R Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Chards are excellent, @Mike R. I agree.

Aves del Sur

Reseva Valle del Loncomilla Carménère

It's a very underrated wine. Rich nose. I know there are some fruits, but they are not important. They are an addition to leather, roasted pepper, tobacco (nose). It opens itself immediately. Mild on the palate, sweet. It's sweetness is a great balance between tobacco and some dark chocolate. And final surprise: third nose after the finish: coffee. — 12 days ago

Scar of the Sea

Seven Leagues Santa Maria Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2017

Very light pale salmon color in the glass. These guys make such lovely wines and it’s nice that they keep it up with the Rosé too. Really nice dried rose petals and citrus fruits on the nose with a touch of fresh herbs. If it wasn’t already obvious, this isn’t your standard cookie cutter Rosé, not by a long shot. It’s exceedingly fresh and lively and has plenty of complexity and depth that’s rare nowadays. The palate generally follows the nose with vibrant citrus, baking spices, and floral impressions. This is what Rosé should be, what it could be. If everyone gave a damn. — 3 days ago

Ira, Stuart and 2 others liked this


Cheers! Another nice post!
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Trixie You’re always the best!

Didier Dagueneau

Pur Sang Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Still think Pur Sang is my favorite in the Dagueneau line up for the precision and complexity that mingle with its touch of pliancy. The depth and intensity this wine has given its modest ripeness and SB structure blow my mind. So singular and full of character. Ripe grapefruit, buddah’s hand, ripe melons, asian pear, chervil, fresh sorrel, fresh peas, sea salt, crushed rocks, spring flowers. — 2 days ago

Keith, David and 1 other liked this

Henri Bourgeois

La Côte des Monts Damnés Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2017

To me a perfect meeting point of ripeness, acidic tension, concentration, and minerality. The depth of fruit shows the vineyards exposition while well-made SS treatment keeps purity and freshness across all fronts. Ripe grapefruit, underripe stone fruit, tropical notes without having an exuberant side to it.
Herbal component is subdued yet integrated, making more of the case for sweet herbs than raw pyrazine. Texturally there’s almost an allusion of oak in its mouthfeel. This is fantastic for the price, great quality.
— 8 days ago

Keith, David and 3 others liked this

Cono Sur

20 Barrels Limited Edition Pirque Viejo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

On a Chile night when the budget won’t stretch to Almaviva or Sena, then this will do nicely. Plenty of rich fruit and complexity, with some tannin structure and a dry but flavoursome finish. 2016 produced a lot of Bordeaux like reds in Chile, I have tasted some very enjoyable stuff from that vintage. — 21 days ago

Neil, E and 11 others liked this