Sam Plunkett

Memento Mori

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Memento Mori is an absolutely fabulous wine from Sam Kaplan in this vintage. Sourced from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, along with two Oakville vineyards, Weitz Vineyard and for the first time Oakville Ranch. This fantastic Cabernet opens to stunning aromas of ripe blackberries, crème de cassis, violets, graphite, sweet spices and hints of sage all emerging from the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous full body with beautifully polished tannins and outstanding overall balance. Structured and concentrated with layers of ripe dark and blue fruits that are framed by a lovely touch of underlying acidity that provides wonderful lift and a sense of freshness as it heads into the the long polished finish. Overall, the 2016 is an absolutely sensational wine that captures the wonderful elements of the vintage and will go on to evolve gracefully for many years to come. — a month ago

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This is always a knockout wine!
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@Shay A Absolutely... can’t agree more!

Maxem Wines

UV Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Definitely glad I got in early for Sam and Nancy’s latest project. This stands up to Aubert/Morlet and has become a top-3 CA chard for me. Very pale yellow in the glass. Toast, saline, and light lemon zest on the nose. A little bite on the front end, but super clean and full of tropical fruit and bright acidity with a long finish. All indications are that 2017 is even better, and I’m very much looking forward to receiving that shipment. — 2 months ago

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I’ve wondered about this and their Pinot. Thanks for the detailed review. Sounds good.
Aaron Hamrock

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Baru...what fond memories. Can’t wait until he opens back up.


Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

First time with this wine. Purchased a while back because...well Sam Kaplan (winemaker) highly suggested it. Wow! We gave it a good 1.5 hours in the decanter and it was worth the wait! Dark, deep purple in color and in taste. You can tell it has the Oakville area pedigree. Rich mouth feel, dark ripe fruit and a little dry cocoa on the end. Will be with owners Ron and Karen Davidowski on the Rhône next week, and want to shake their hands! Well done! — 2 months ago

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Affordable white, liter, sam says funky, mimi thinks it wasn’t as fruity as she feared — 16 days ago

Fratelli Martini

Collezione Marchesini Orvieto Classico White Blend

Sam introduced me to this wine. I've never heard of orvieto before. — 2 months ago


Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

@Mike R Never comes empty-handed. This is one of six different bottles he brought with him for the night. What away to start an evening. Can’t thank you enough driving down to Greensboro, NC. for the night. Enjoyed this beauty- at Sam Snead’s cabin where he & his Beautiful bride stayed at. — 2 months ago

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@David L - this was truly fantastic but especially good knowing I purchased from @Martin G Rivard and we got to enjoy together
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@Mike R This is true!

Sam Plunkett

The Victorian Pinot Noir

Really good drop — 3 months ago