William & Mary Wine Company

Shifflett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Another wine I was introduced to by Monica Stevens of 750 wines. The Shifflett Ranch and Vineyards is situated at the end of Darms Lane in the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa Valley.

William & Mary Wine Co. is the creation of Will Segui and his wife Mary. The fruit is sourced from the Shifflett Vineyard, where Will’s mother-in-law is a Shifflett and the family has owned the property since the late 1940s. It’s worth noting that Will has been the only employee of @riversmariewines for many years. He has long run the operations there along with being an understudy of Thomas Rivers Brown. Needless to say, I was excited to finally taste the wine.

The 2016 William & Mary Wine Co Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Vineyard displays enveloping aromatics of cassis, blueberry, tobacco, earth, pen ink, and meat. There’s a beautiful interplay between its juxtaposition of vibrant flavor intensity and mellow demeanor, which exemplifies just how balanced the wine is. After several hours decanted the darker, secondary notions of graphite, cocoa powder, creosote, and espresso continue encroachment on the palate in an almost infectious manner. There’s a tightness to the wine that almost surprises because of how immediately approachable it is. Have no doubt it will benefit from years in the cellar, but damn, if it’s not delicious now.
— 15 hours ago

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@Isaac Pirolo Isaac interesting post Cheers 🍷
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Very nice @Isaac Pirolo . I was able to try the ‘14 and ‘15 a few months ago courtesy of a friend and quite liked them. I’d like to get the proprietary red soon (Cab Franc/Merlot Blend).

Yao Ming

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The 2015 Yao Ming ‘Napa Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a silky blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, all aged in 100% French oak (65% new) for 18 months. Once in the glass the wine begins to slowly unveil creme de cassis, Turkish coffee, tar and spicebox aromatics that impress. The palate is silky smooth, delivering a really good combination of tension and mouthfeel. Black fruits dance with licorice and allspice flavors on the palate. Seductive, yet mineral driven, this will cellar marvelously over the next two decades. Drink 2018-2035- 93 — a day ago

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Breckenridge Winery

Jen Mar Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Revisiting this burly beast almost a year later and it’s still as it was before: terrific. Impenetrable dark crimson with a little more bricking going on. Vanilla, lavender, a good bit of oak, and blueberries on the nose. At almost eleven years old, this doesn’t remind me so much of a standard Napa Can but rather a nice Bordeaux. The heat from the alcohol has definitely settled down and is presenting some wonderful balance. There’s still some fruit here with layers of blueberries, cherries, and cranberries. Tobacco, coffee, and leather on the palate. This is a wine that’s absolutely singing right now. All hail to Last Bottle. Just like I said a year ago, powerful, ripe fruit, and great structure. — 7 days ago

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Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 'Bin 707' Cabernet Sauvignon is an utterly captivating wine from Penfolds. In 2016 it saw considerable time (20 months) in new American oak prior to bottling. The result is a monumental wine, which slowly begins to open after extended air contact, revealing a complex aromatic profile of toasty oak, black tea, anise, crème de cassis and cigar box, which all come together in the glass. This full-bodied, moderately tannic red, takes on a gorgeous seamless quality as it glides beautifully across the palate, leaving behind layers of creosote, mocha, cigar ash and creme de cassis flavors. Rich and decadent, this continues to impress with its fantastic overall structure, depth and concentration that persists through the long finish. The 2016 is an absolutely majestic wine that will require significant time to develop and readers should plan on allowing this at least least another two years of bottle age before even considering approaching it. Nonetheless, this is a magnificent Cabernet which should go on to age gracefully for many years to come. Drink 2019-2045-97 — a day ago

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Nice review. Great wine 🍷


Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Easily the best wine I've ever consumed. Popped the cork, poured a sip and let sit on the counter for three hours when I poured another small sip. Drank over the course of the next 8 or so hours. Never fully decanted.

With the first pour, this showed a beautiful nose and a bevy of flavors right out the gate; already layers of soft, fresh red fruit and liqueur, lavender, with graphite/pencil shavings; such balance.

As the wine evolved, the red fruit became a bit darker and the depth of the wine increased, but I never got to a black or blue fruit profile. The fruit was of an extracted (in a good way) nature, not syrupy, just gorgeous, rich, pure, fresh and vibrant. Dark cherry and kirsch liqueur continued to play off one another through the entirety of the bottle with creme de cassis, a hint of dark chocolate on the back end and sweet, silky tannins all surrounding a strong dark mineral core.

What got me all night was the power in every aspect of this bottle and how they were wound together with such perfection. 99+, possibly 100...just a joy to drink.
— 3 days ago

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Jealous! The ‘13 I had a year ago and the ‘16 I had with Alex in Napa were both some of the best Napa cabs I’ve ever tasted.
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@Shay A Just read your review over the 16...just what I got from the 14. Such a great wine and a wonderful recent experience for you!


Oliane Suavignon Blanc 2016

The 2016 'Oliane' is a fantstic Sauvignon Blanc made by Avennia and winemaker, Chris Peterson. This stunning wine is drinking marvelously, as it begins with aromas of bright pear and green papaya aromatics with a touch of lemongrass. The palate shows a wonderful texture and a good sense of place. Bright Gravenstein apple, lemon zest and kumquat with Pink Lady apple flavors come to mind. Rich and satisfying, yet refreshing this is one of the best of its kind in the state. Drink 2019-2025- 92 — a day ago

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Venge Vineyards

Family Reserve Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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Happy Valentine’s Day! A little Napa Cabernet to go with our beef tenderloin and red wine reduction sauce.

The nose reveals, floral creme de cassis, ripe and ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blue fruits, baked strawberries and hints of black raspberries, limestone minerals, black licorice notes, lighter intensity dark spices, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, volcanic minerals, rich dark soils, a touch of dry crushed rocks, steeped dark berry tea with red florals, violets and lavender.

The body is full with well rounded velvety dark, dusty tannins. The structure, tension, length and balance have just past its high point by a smidge. The acidity’s like a fresh water stream. Floral creme de cassis, ripe and ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, blue fruits, cherries, pomegranate extract, dry cranberries, raspberries, baked strawberries and hints of black raspberries, limestone minerals, black licorice notes, notes of dark berry bubble gum, lighter intensity dark spices, black pepper dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, Provence herbs, volcanic minerals, rich dark soils, a touch of dry crushed rocks, steeped dark berry tea with red florals, violets and lavender. The finish has great balance with fruit and earth. It’s; soft, elegant, rich, lush and persistent for minutes.
— 6 days ago

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@David T Good review, it sounds great Cheers 🍷

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Decanting now, can you believe this is the only 2013 CA wine in our cellar?! All the rest is hiding, appropriately out of reach, in off-site storage. 👍

We tasted this at a walk-around in November of 2018, and I was impressed then...

Nose has chalkboard dust, milk chocolate, ripe plum, ripe raspberry, black cherry and cut green pepper (light).
Palate has chalky plum, ripe cherry, medium tannins, light green herbal notes, light toasted oak (few year old barrels?) and milk chocolate.

Very impressed at how approachable this wine is tonight after only about 2hrs of decant. Showing quite nicely at about 5 years past vintage. 2013 was very strong for CA, going to be legendary in my opinion; likely my favorite vintage in the prior 10 years.

Happy Valentine's Day 2019 to all.
— 6 days ago

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Charles Krug

Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Has been 14 months since opening up one of these. This wine has slightly developed, but still youthful and tannic as hell. Nose alone is worthy of a 92. Even still, the wine is full bodied blackberry and blueberry pie monster on the nose and front palate. Thick. Goes to a coffee bean and even a hint of truffle chocolate to the finish. Lots of tannin here, but still able to appreciate the ample dense and dark fruit. A touch more blue fruited than last time, this wine has substantial structure that has me confident that this could go another decade or 2. Only 1 left, so..... — 2 days ago

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Cape Mentelle

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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The winemaker from Cape Mentelle was touring through TX and stopped by Classic Wine Storage for a quick tasting.

Cool climate Cabernet from Australia. Coastal influence. This felt like a balance between left bank Bordeaux (leather, herbal) and Napa (ripe fruit). It was pretty tannic and one dimensional up front but after an hour it mellowed out and settled in to a nice Cabernet. “Only” 14ABV, which feels like a win from Australia. Plum, dark cocoa, ripe blackberry, cassis and a very “soft”/fuzzy finish that I was struggling to identify. Unique.
— 5 days ago

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@Shay A @Bill Bender Certainly one of Margaret Rivers leading wineries for many years making great Cabernet and a couple of good whites. Now owned by French Luxury conglomerate LVMH. Every year they have an International Cabernet Tasting which involves around 24 Cabernets from around the world. Always includes Bordeaux First and Second Growths, some Super Tuscans and Californians like Shafer and Far Niente. The hosts Cab always shows well even in this company.
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Also probably the best Zinfandel in Australia.
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@Bob McDonald LVMH have slowly become a wine monster.