Sauvignon

Azienda Agricola Gradis'Ciutta

Robert Princic Collio Sauvignon

A lovely, gentle SB. No grass and little minerality. Stone fruit happiness. — 9 days ago

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Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Shay A
9.5

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

One of my contributions. I think I surprised myself at claiming it needed 30-45mins of air as well as needing to be brought down from room temp to closer to cellar temp. This is a gorgeous wine, and a wonderful creation from the Heitz team. Underripe black fruit and plum on the nose, giving way to an herbal/earthy blackberry pie note. Seamless and well balanced on the palate showing red and black fruit, dark cocoa dusted bay leaf and older fig. A touch of their signature eucalyptus on the finish. Many years to go.
— 6 days ago

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@Shay A Look at you rocking the old Martha’s. Special bottle of wine. Thanks for bringing it. Welcome to the WNH group.
9.4
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@David L : Happy to share any special bottles with incredible people like you and the rest of the WNH!
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Just outstanding. This was almost as good as season 4 of Dexter.

Castoro Cellars

Estate Grown Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I like their big tannic Reserve reds to lay down for five years plus. But what about their regular reds? Heavily pigmented purple-red in color. Briar, leather, cherry notes in nose. Touch of barnyard, mint-eucalyptus in nose as well. Black currant and cherry flavors, mild tannins initially, dry finish on palate. Plum flavor emerges with time. Skin astringency moderate; sharp chewy tannins emerge after 30 minutes, but soften two hours later. Red fruit finish and aftertaste. Well made for a basic-entry Cabernet; certainly there are more complex and costly Central Coast Cabernets but this is a solid choice in the mid price points. Better than I expected, tastes even better with time or decanting — 8 days ago

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Purlieu

Teucer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.5

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

Undoubtedly Coombsville. Crunchy/underripe blackberries, cassis, licorice, herbal spice on the nose with a streak of black cherry on the mid palate. Dark. Finish has some liqueur like notes that are fresh squeezed fruit dominant. I enjoy Julien’s wines and was glad to finally try this label. Thanks for opening
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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Bought a couple of these 12’s on Winebid, 14’s were great, curious how the 12 matches up. Need to pick up my wine at FedEx today,

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

David T
9.3

The nose reveals, floral, ripe; blueberries blackberries, dark cherries, plum, boysenberries, strawberries and black raspberries. Limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, sweet tarry notes, steeped tea, vanilla, some clove, a whiff of nutmeg, dark chocolate, saddle-wood to cedar, some black licorice, garrigue with blue flowers, violets and withering dark florals.

The body is medium full, round and lush. The tannins are around 80% resolved and still have some sticky tar. The structure, tension, length & balance have nearly come about to full evolution. Ripe; blueberries blackberries, dark cherries, baked plum, boysenberries, strawberries and black raspberries. Limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, sweet tarry notes, steeped tea, vanilla, some clove, a whiff of nutmeg, dark chocolate, a little mushroom on the last glass, saddle-wood to cedar, some black licorice, garrigue, dry clay & top soil with blue flowers, violets and withering dark florals. The acidy is like a waterfall. The finish is ripe, elegant, well balanced, polished with powdery dry tannins on the long set. It’s finish is persistent for minutes.

Photos of; the Joseph Phelps tasting terrace, inside lounge area with original old vats and the spectacular view off the terrace.

@Dawn Emory Sampling wines along their evolutionary path is amazing. My thoughts still haven’t changed great wine for less $ with patience.
— 3 days ago

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Schrader Cellars

LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Compared to the Anthem winery LPV wine, this one has just about an identical nose. The nose of this vineyard just seems to be a "purple" kind of note. But, the wine seemed to be very different. This wine was a little on the lean side. Entered with black cherry and a hint of fig and dark chocolate in the middle. Finished with a moderate youthful tannic bite. The sweeter side of this which it probably displayed 2 or so years ago has started to soften, and is starting to allow some more interesting notes in the future. Probably one of the more balanced LPV wines I've had to date without a doubt, but it failed to hit the upper rung of wines today. The Rudd Samantha's and 2005 Spoto Private Reserve stole the show. Regarding this wine, I think it's probably a good idea to lock it up for 5 years to see what it has in 2023. Considering what people pay for these bottles, you've got nothing to lose by aging it in this case. — 10 days ago

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Turley

The Label Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

A Cab from Turley, what in the world? Ruby red color in the glass. Subtle nose of violets, cloves, and blackberry. This is so old school. The antithesis of a modern Napa Cab. Very simply structured and such low heat. Ready to drink now, the alcohol is so mild mannered compared to other bottles out there. Mint, menthol, dark chocolate, and blueberry on the palate, with plenty of herbs throughout. So much fun to be had with this one. — 3 days ago

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Vasse Felix

Filius Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ron R
8.9

In general, I’ve always felt while the Aussie cabs are good, they don’t truly represent the varietal that I love. This is no exception. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, with very interesting notes of lavender, violets and red cherries, which transition to the palate. Just that it’s not typical, and I regret, but in some things, I loathe change. It has a delicate weight, but lack that fleshy mouthfeel I have come to expect. The wood treatment also imparts a new angle as it tastes like cedar - not bad, just unfamiliar. After mildly spitting my pacifier out, it’s now firmly back in place, since I paid $25 per. It’s an interesting departure, but maybe not for “true” cab lovers. — 21 hours ago

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Good comment, I agree, Aussie cabs can be tough to love, for me often sour and disjointed even at the top end.

Schrader Cellars

T6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Shay A
9.7

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

This was in the running for WOTN with a few others (in my opinion). My first Schrader, actually. I haven’t had many of TRB’s wines with 10yrs of age, so I was surprised at the flavor profile including equal amounts of red, blue and black fruit. Absolutely gorgeous bouquet of sandalwood too. Almost at a perfectly integrated drinking window. Fig, roasted plum, and some dark mocha. I’ll let
@Bill Bender provide better commentary as he brought this at our begging! Thanks a ton, Bill.
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Loved this one!
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@Bill Bender Everybody enjoyed a bit of this. Thanks for throwing one in your suitcase, with some age on it. Thanks again buddy!
9.6
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Holy mostaccioli this was in a good f’n spot!!

Bryter Estates

Inspired Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.5

Part 1 of the final and main event for the Fall WNH. The most spectacular lineup of wines I’ve ever seen, and an overall wonderful ending to an amazing trip with fantastic people.

Not familiar with this producer. Beckstoffer GIII fruit and it shows. Took some coaxing to come around and when it did, I got blackberry, tons of red spiced fruit and typical dustiness like qualities on the nose. Still tastes fairly young. Great tannic structure with plum, dark cocoa and black cherry finish. Thanks for the intro here,
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@Carl Fischer A bit tight when I first had it. Love to revisit this in a few years. Thanks again buddy!
9.3