Penultimate bottle from a case of 12, bottle variation is crazy. Where the last was quite mature, this seemed just bottled, almost parallel to the ‘07 open beside it. Dry and laden with dark chocolate, black currant and baking spice. Had a Bordeaux vibe the ‘07 didn’t. Beautiful. — 11 days ago
Dang still living juice — 2 months ago
Powerful yet reserved, deep, and harmonious. Pronounced notes of black fruits such as blackberry, blackcurrant and plum, followed by complex mix of black tea, cocoa, anise, cedar, worn leather, vanilla, herbs, and dry soil. Palate, though still a bit tight, is warm and finely textured, underpinned by sleek acidity and fine grained tannins. Gorgeous!
Salus was specially created for the charitable cause of metal health research. From the younger vines of the estate. Aged 19 month French oak barrel, 90% new. — 3 months ago
The MoM group had a rather large line-up of bottles this week, nearly a dozen strong, and not a dud in the lineup. That being said, this was one of three bottles that rose to the top. This arguably had the most interesting and enjoyable nose. A serious wine that would compliment a variety of meals. Impressive. — 11 days ago
1995 still drinking in its prime! — 4 months ago
Finished up a Coravin-ed Magnum of 03 Bella Oaks. Absolute blue fruit heaven! Disappointing they no longer have the Vineyard. Staglin bought this vineyard and now makes a Bella Oaks at 2 1/2 times the price Heitz sold it when they still had Vineyard four or five years ago. Even more disappointing is the family just sold the Winery. The Heitz family are in that Napa Pioneer conversation. Hard to believe they decided to give that up. They sold it to Gaylon Lawrence Jr.. The family made their money in agriculture, banking and own a national air-conditioning distributor but, have no winery experience. David Heitz is also stepping aside as Winemaker. We’ll see if and how their style changes over the coming years. @PlateAndBottle — 9 months ago