Smoking Gun

Smoking Gun

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Solid California Cabernet. Deep fruit but not jammy, 14.4% but burn less. — a month ago

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Viña Real (CVNE)

Riserva Rioja Tempranillo 1985

Casey Curbow
9.3

Once the gun smoke cleared, this thing had remarkably present dried fruit and herb with fully integrated oak. A birthday pull that said reinforced that I’m not dead yet. — a month ago

Arkenstone

Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Just as good as the past three vintages. Edit- Just needed a bit of time in the glass. It’s smoking now. Easily a 94 point SB! — a month ago

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Ron R

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Very nice, @David L 🙂
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@Ron R Crazy as it sounds. I think it will get even better in the next 3 to 6 months. Crazy right?!?
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I know this producer is close to your heart, @David L

Guardian Cellars

Gun Metal Conner Lee Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

A Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdot Boudreaux blend. Raisin in color, sturdily built, black currant on the nose, stony mineral full bodied mouth, and spice lead into refined tannins on the finish. — 7 days ago

Domaine des Rabichattes

Les Pavillon Côtes de La Charité Pinot Noir 2017

Dan R
9.3

Smoking good. From a PN / Chard IGP just south of Pouilly-Fumé, about 175 km west of Beaune, on a limestone / clay plateau above the Loire. Super sappy, layered and textured. Intense, red fruited, silky and detailed. Finishes long. Amazing, really, for what it is. — a day ago

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François Raquillet

La Brigadière Mercurey Chardonnay 2017

Wow! Very mineral and secondary nose with hay, gun powder, a bit of toasted bread too and some vanilla along with butter and lemon. This could be Meursault right there! Very nice palate with strong acids, a very wide palate with a very soft touch followed by some good grip. Lemony and buttery notes play their part too in this little joyful tune. The finish is all lemon and butter for a very long while. This is very good! — a month ago

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Réva Vino

Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Fairly new Barolo producer I’ve never seen. Beautiful nose, very approachable for a young gun — 2 months ago

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Smoking Loon

The Original California Pinot Noir 2017

It was more fruity than I thought it was going to be. But really good!! Will buy again!! — 20 days ago

Winzerhof Thörle

Saulheimer Kalkstein Spätburgunder 2015

Lyle Fass
9.4

This is smoking as soon as it’s poured. A few years of age on the great Pinot Ortsweine can do wonders. Bright and deep raspberry and black raspberry along with a complex citrusy note. Loads of woodsy aromas, woodland berry, spice and a big mineral element but is in the background as the fruit is popping on the nose. Palate is hauntingly great. Amazing supple and elegant mouthfeel but with a brilliant red cherry, cranberry, pure and grippy fruitset. Also a hit of citrus. You don’t get that in Burgundy. And it’s really distinctive but adds so much. Smaller 2015’s are so good right. Velvety and ripe tannins that are so pure and fresh and pump the fruit and taper off. Hit of spice as well on the finish is truly great and present 2015 acidity. What a great showing. — a day ago

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Poderi Dal Nespoli

Vigneto di Prugneto Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore 2017

This is a present from a friend from Emilia Romagna. First encounter with this appellation so I'll give a note against what I've already tasted with sangiovese.
The nose is very mineral with gun powder and pencil lead at first. The usual markers of sangiovese I know are lurking in the background, i.e. Almond and cherry. There is a bit of a toasty note that suggests some oak barrel aging too. The palate is very intense with a strong acid backbone, cherry and almond all along for a more usual sangiovese little tune, some grip and a cool and fluid matter, a bit of tannins and a long fruity finish with a bitter component on the sides in the end.
This is rather well crafted and calls for a more thorough inspection of what Emilia Romagna has to offer. Off we go!

Edit: this was a perfect way of celebrating my 100th Italian wine in here!
— a month ago

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