Santa Helena

Abreu Vineyards

Rothwell Hyde Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Had this a few nights ago. Second label from David Abreu at Abreu Vineyards. His Madrona Ranch and Thorevelos cabs are off the charts, and while this one was very good, it was definitely a couple of steps down in terms of depth and complexity (of course, it’s more than a couple of steps down in price!). It is, however, a good introduction to the kinds of wine that Abreau makes. — 7 days ago

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Jonata Winery

Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Drank the ‘14 and ‘15 side by side last night. 2 very different blends and as such 2 very different wines. Both good! The ‘15 nose fragrant and pleasing. The higher blend of Sangiovese softens the edges of the ‘15 vs. the ‘14. The ‘14 has very little Sangiovese and more Cab sauv. The ‘14 nose is a bit chemical. The ‘14 has more depth and nuance. The Syrah base sings through on both. — 8 days ago

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Herman Story

Casual Encounters Syrah Blend 2016

2014 Vintage. 15.6% Alcohol. 39% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 3% Tannat. Best the next day after wine preserved in Argon so decant or give more time in the cellar but this is really good. Licorice, tobacco and boysenberry nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Great job Russell From. — 4 days ago

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Hope & Grace

St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Hope & Grace had a Cellar release, 48 bottles. I grabbed 6
Rare to get such a great vintage direct from the winery👍🏼
Well worth $95.00
Decant 5-6 hours
— 12 days ago

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David T

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@Eric I’ll be opening my when they settle for at least 3 weeks. @Paul T- Huntington Beach You hit 9.7 on the decant?
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Don’t you live 30 minutes away @David T ? Settle 🤷🏼‍♂️ they weren’t imported from France
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Farther than that. I would use my transporter but, then they would have settle at least six weeks. 🖖🏼

Elyse

Korte Ranch Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

Elyse is a benchmark Zin producer IMHO and this is a solid effort. Needs some air because it’s a little locked up initially. Then it gives off classic Napa Zin scents of restrained and pure black raspberry and warm gravel. It’s also got a thing that reminds me of an old rich guy’s mahogany and Corinthian leather appointed library. It’s low-toned in the mouth, with a peppery scorched earth thing initially, with fruit coming on later. For me, the scorched earth thing brings the composite down a bit. — 12 days ago

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Agreed. It will be interesting to see how new ownership treats the wines.
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Certainly a benchmark for me.

Ehlers Estate

St. Helena Merlot 2013

Last one. Eight years out, this wine is balanced, lush, and subtly complex. A lovely wine. — 6 days ago

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Au Bon Climat

Santa Barbera Pinot Noir 2018

A real bargain for $25. Light Ruby with aromas of red fruit and gentle perfume spice. On the palate strawberry and cranberry with tea and baking spices on a smooth tannin structure. Fresh finish with a medium length ending. Solid value, the fruit should calm down a bit in a year or so. — 5 days ago

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Sinegal Estate

St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

After many years of using Delectable, building my archives of tasting notes and, most importantly, meeting some awesome folks, I’ve decided to call it quits 🥂 I thought this 2016 magnum was a fitting bottle to pop for such a parting. I also thought Bilbo Baggins’ words were fitting, as well:

“I regret to announce this is the end. I'm going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye."
— 13 days ago

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Sorry to see you go.
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Cheers & best wishes.
Krystal Vento

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I’ll still be here!🍷😊🥂

Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Remarkable wine, 30 years old and still singing. This wine is at the first snif and sip al little tertiair, but is this strange 🤷‍♂️ after 2 hours the wine is smooth and great to drink. Delicious💪 — 12 days ago

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Paul Lato

Boogie Nights Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2019

I’ve posted this before, but this is just a terrific wine from Paul Lato. Highly recommended if you’d like an incredibly well-made, crisp, bright malvasia with a Central Coast fare to it. Awesome. — 5 days ago

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