Burst flavor up front dark plum and leather. Velvet finish with mineral finish — 2 months ago
Cayuse was called for after a long week at the office which consisted of tastings at Larkmead and Skipstone (not to mention tasting each barrel of 2016 Theorem) and visits to our two new vineyard sites (Moon Mountain and Dry Creek). The highlight of the week, though, was my first working lunch at Diavola in Geyserville. I get it now... anytime close and it’s mandatory.
As for this Cayuse... the 2011 God Only Knows Grenache comes from a 7 acre parcel of the Armada Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. The other 25 acres or so are planted to Syrah. While close to being ready immediately, an hour open really helps it work out the kinks, which should almost be expected for a wine this exotic. At its core it is kirsch infused with fresh cracked pepper, forest floor, and Herbes de Provence, with a pure minerality that adds just enough acid, but not too much that it keeps the Strawberry from shaking its ass. Stunning. — a year ago
STK at W LA — 5 months ago
Faint nose of mineral & white peach, body full, elegant and round with balance of fruit & oak in a California style with long clean finish that yields cravings for more. — 8 months ago
Nose of pear, mineral & oak , full rich complex body with long finish. The best of the domestic Viognier’s. — 2 years ago
Birthday celebration for @Cody Uzzel at Lucio’s with a bunch of friends. All wines (except sparklers) tasted blind.
A Melka beauty that served as a nice follow-up to Bénetière’s gem. This had a green streak piercing the palate that dominated at first and was slightly off-putting, but it balanced itself out as the night wore on and proved to be quite harmonious with the other essences of the wine: exotic spices, mud/clay, plums, and créme de cassis. This was an awesome wine. — 6 months ago
Pulled this after visiting Alexander Valley today and tasting at Skipstone (Highly recommended!) Stonestreet’s 1996 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows damp earth, tomato leaf, cedar, graphite, tobacco, and charcoal, with a faded edge of black cherry and dried currant. While it’s certainly on its last leg, it’s a sturdy leg that’s not giving in anytime soon. — a year ago
Ripe peach, ripe rich pineapple, not as much flower, honey... Little acidity — 6 years ago