St. David

David Arthur

Napa Valley Nebbiolo 2014

Great nose! Very inviting. Red fruit (a smidge on the tart side) but in a good way. Great food wine, like the pig ears here at Goose and Gander. Stellar!! — 20 days ago

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Shay A

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I found this to be really fun and unique when I visited earlier this year. I want to do a side by side of this and Mia’s Cimarossa Foglet!
Tracy Hall

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@Shay A I think the Foglet has a lot more stuffing and backbone, thicker and richer. The David Arthur is lighter, in color and weight. I’d chalk it up to different styles for sure. This was ready to pair with an hour decant. I don’t know that I could just sip on its own. Needs something sweet and fatty like the pig ears.
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@Tracy Hall : Good info. @Mark Flesher , you’ll enjoy reading these thoughts from Tracy.

Unwritten Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, light alcohol, graphite, earth, leather, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums black currants, stewed cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and dark chocolate.

Long finish with fine, yet firm, tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Spicy and elegant.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine.

Still young and needs another 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Needs a couple of hours to open up, so give it some time.

This has a good potential to get to 94+ points, but not right now. However it is already enjoyable even by itself.

If you like a big, yet restraint red, this one is for you.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 99.35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Petit Verdot and 0.15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 25 months in 100% new French Oak barrels. A small production of only 103 cases.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 7 days ago

P, Daniel P. and 14 others liked this

Château Talbot

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1986

Wine still a great example of true Bordeaux finesse, this with some sentimental flashbacks to 1986 made this a great moment. — 7 days ago

Stef, Peter and 3 others liked this

Château Hauteville

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Here is my #MerlotThursday for this week. A nice one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short, cloudy, reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, chocolates, cloves, herbs, graphite, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, spices, licorice, peppercorn, earth, graphite and dark coffee.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice, yet young, Merlot Cabernet blend from Saint Estephe. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Starting to show the tannins after 60 minutes of airtime. Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature, but already drinking very nicely.

Feels like a blend of left and right bank. Nice and engaging.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh fruit.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Kosher.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 8 days ago

David, Daniel P. and 18 others liked this

Château Grand Corbin-Despagne

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Ken Z

Drank 10/9/19

Classic right bank nose opens with plums, earth, some cassis, and just a hint of cedar. Velvety black fruit leather, and a touch of green from the cab franc, with medium, well integrated tannins lend support to the medium+ body. A well made wine from a good producer, in an average vintage.

4/21/8/4/4+50=91 pts.
— 9 days ago

Ken, David and 4 others liked this

Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

Lyle Fass

Stellar nose. Smoke, leather, truffle, bbq, super mineral, mint, forest floor, cassis, mineral, so clean, loads of cedar and pine, palate is even a bit young. So juicy and complex. Mineral and fresh. Big tannic spine. Complex and long. Can still use some age. Gorgeous now. — 6 days ago

Severn, Aravind and 7 others liked this

David Duband

Clos Sorbè Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

Vila. Tast Morey-Saint-Denis. 76,50.
— 4 days ago

Château Lilian Ladouys

Saint Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

This is a nice Saint Estèphe. Still feels young and needs air to come together. Ripe plums and blackberries, vanilla, cloves and some tobacco on the nose. Lots of ripe fruits on the palette. It shows plenty of acidity; at first a bit too much but with air it balances out. Well integrated tannins. Love it. — a day ago

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Château Fleur Cardinale

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Ken Z

Nose of black fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, and purple flowers. Sweet black fruit, tobacco, and medium, well integrated tannins on the palate. Long finish. An earlier drinking style, but could also age for many years.
Decanted 3 hours.

4/22/9/5/4+50=94 pts
— 8 days ago

Ken, Anthony De and 8 others liked this

David Arthur

Three Acre Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Playing a little catch up.... Terrific Cab from David Arthur. Opened for dinner tonight. Served pop and pour. The nose on this wine is nice -- roasted black fruits, sweet youthful blackberries and blueberries, spicy. Entry is youthful, powerful full bodied blackberry cassis, allspice, cinnamon, toasted tannin but is actually rather soft not only on the front but all throughout. There was a dried wildflower and herbal character to this one in the middle. Finished with roasted tannins, still quite youthful, loads of black pepper on the finish and a bit punchy yet the wine maintains this elegance about it all at the same time. Diggin' this wine, and it's right in the wheelhouse right now. I think this wine will do well for the next 5 years or so and will probably start the decline. But I don't think this one is going to get much better in the bottle right now, so bottoms up! — 8 days ago

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