Just what you want from an aged Northern California Cabernet. The aroma is a delicate perfume of perfectly grown, perfectly made into wine with no aim at overachieving, total purity. All the tannin has completely softened and the aroma of graceful aging is present. The granite can be felt in the mouth and dense rough texture that has been worked almost smooth over the last 25 years. The terroir signature is not super loud in this, but I’ll take the overt and delicate pleasures that this offered and forget about that. Good to the last drop. Lots of sediment in this which I really don’t mind, but good to note for anybody digging into a bottle. Extra point for being completely natural and achieving such a clean and pure pleasurable result at 25 years of age and having only arrived in the mail one week ago. Remarkable. — 22 days ago
A lighter vintage, but that just means it’s drinking well now. Alan has taken all he learned working with Sandrone and MT Mascarello and is crafting beautiful wines. Not the same level as Cantina Mascarello’s wines, but very much in that mold: velvety savory/sweet fruit accented with spice and herbs.
A beguiling nose and graceful palate. Fantastic value, especially bought directly from the Cantina. — 22 days ago
From Trinchero Family Estates, a blend of 60% Cab Sauv and 40% Merlot, dark Ruby with bold dark fruit and floral spice aromas. On the palate, ripe fruits, blackberry and cherry with espresso, cinnamon and tar notes. Dusty tannins, some oak with earthy tones on a medium plus finish. Nice offering, but I think ‘12 was a bit better! The Merlot makes it good to drink now. Tasting Sample. — a month ago
WNH Italian Night.
This is without a doubt one of the most unique wines I’ve had in some time. Coming from an area of Italy that isn’t far from Austria, had I tasted this blind, not only would I have guessed northern Rhône (just a step above crozes-hermitage), but there is no way I would have taken this to Italy.
A mix of ruby and purple in the glass, you get the sense this will be heavier than the average Italian wine, and it is. But when you smell it, I was immediately taken to northern Rhône. A beautiful array of potpourri, dried black cherries, bacon fat, cracked black pepper, iron, and juniper berries (added notes of charcoal and dried plums on day two). Vibrant acidity on the palate. I followed this for two days, the first with about 90mins of a decant and it bulked up throughout the night. Heftier on day two. Underripe black cherries, grilled red and black fruits, tar, forest floor, and some funk trying to channel its way in. I don’t have a lot of experience with the lagrein grape, but this is a syrah imitator. Really enjoyed this. — 10 days ago
Very good. No notes taken. Got softer with time. Prefer when it was just open. — a month ago
Erica Orr has quietly been making one of the great stainless steel Chardonnays in Washington State. Showing unripe pear and melon tones on the nose with shades of baking spice, the palate has great freshness and texture with a silky mouthfeel that entices. With excellent length, I would not have taken this for an unoaked Chardonnay. Enjoy this in the short-term while the wonderful brightness remains. Drink 2020-2025 — a month ago
Rose petals, cherry, a bit of oak and some hay. It's been opened yesterday night, 2 glasses were taken from it and stored at room temperature with the cork screwd back on. The palate is showing gloriously right now : a radiant ripe, sweet cherry note, a strong acid backbone, some width, a silky mouthfeel, some oak notes. Some tannins kick things up in the rear before a very nice and fresh finish with cherry, again some oaky notes and that hay thing. So all three prior tasting were missing the point. This needs air (and to be served below room temperature but it's 30°C outside right now here) — 11 days ago
Good backbone of fruit with some heft. Floral on the nose. Good balance of tannin but with some bite & harshness. Lingering finish. Very nice but not to be taken lightly. — 7 days ago
Photos of the D&S Lounge taken at night with all the candles on my friends iPhone 11. Not there yet...waiting for a 5G phone. Our weekend oasis!
Ruinart one of our favorite n/v Rosé Champange’s. A great way to start any night.
The fruits are always ruby & rich. Black cherries, strawberries, Rainer cherries, tangerine, grapefruit with pith, watermelon, dry yeast, baguette crust, grey volcanics, granular chalk, saline with red flowers, red & pink roses. Lively acidity. Excellent balance and a smartly polished long finish. — a month ago
medium yellow, pale watery rim; lemon, Golden Delicious apple, pear, vanilla extract, honeysuckle, lees; orchard fruit, citrus, creamy texture; medium body, good acidity, 14.2% ABV; whole cluster of Pinot Noir were gently pressed, taken off the skins, barrel fermented, and aged 14 months in 25% new French oak; easy to mistake for Chardonnay; $95 — a month ago