The Calling Wines

The Calling Wines

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Great with red meats Sunday dinner. Full bodied- buy again for sure. — 3 days ago

Shafer Vineyards

Hillside Select Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Shay A

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

Out of all the wines from the night, this one changed the most. At first, it was very reminiscent of South African blends with a smoky rubbery like note. Odd. After about two hours, it shed that and was showing a lot of sweet cassis, baking spices, ripe red and black fruits. Balanced and smooth on the palate with graham cracker, dates, dark cocoa and mixed berries. I called this Napa cab but couldn’t pin point a producer. Props to Weston for calling this Shafer HSS!
— 23 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

This is my go to wine, but needs 3-4 hour decant
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach : For me, this was slightly off for most of the evening until the last hour and it really blossomed. Definitely needs time.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Decant of 4 hours at home then in the glass for hour 5-6 at the restaurant was the best for me,

The Calling Wines

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Recently went to tasting featuring bunch of “TheCalling” Wines. Tasted this ‘14 Pinot 2yrs ago-developed nicely. Sports commentator Jim Nantz & wine guru Peter Deutsch met by chance at CT restaurant, each having dinner w/friends. Jim had a passion for wine and was exploring the next step when Peter stopped by the table, that meeting started a collaboration. Ruby with berry fruit aromas and complex spice. On the palate cherry with vanilla oak and pepper spice. Lingering finish ending with cacao & oak notes. — 2 months ago

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Hahn Winery

SLH Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2016

This I was equally excited to stumble across. It’s surprisingly hard to find. I got lucky with the 2014 but never found the 2015. Unlike The Calling, this was amazing. Generous cherry fruit and earl grey tea flavors, with a long, lovely herbaceous finish. One of the best, if not the best, sub-$20 Pinots I’ve had. Stock up. — 17 days ago

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Van Westen Vineyards

Viscous Riesling 2018

Not sure of the wisdom calling this one Viscous. Is high viscosity really a goal here? Are they running out of 'v' words? Is it meant to evoke thoughts of petroleum that could be a tasting note in riesling? Anyway, I didn't pick up petroleum notes in this one, but it's a pleasant riesling nonetheless. Limey to be sure, and as it says on the bottle, a "zippy finish". This is a thirst quencher that's all about balance. The style may be a touch off-dry, but only a touch. Well made! A Naramata riesling! — 20 days ago

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Domaine Dupont

Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie 2016

I drink so much local cider in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s good to benchmark occasionally versus the Old World standards. More head on the initial pour than cider in the glass; the head looks more like a malt syrup ale than a clean cider. After dampening down, the cider shows moderate carbonation with steady flow of pinpoint bubbles through ultra clear golden brown. Funk and maybe butter, but a dense apple profile on the nose. Frothy but lightly flavored in the mouth, rich, tending semi dry with a frothy finish. Buttery, malic and slightly perfumed aftertaste. Mild pulp astringency and flavor emerges with repeated tasting. Product is 5.5% alc/vol, unfiltered, unpasteurized. Subtly textured mouthfeel overall and lightly flavored, nuanced and totally delightful, unexpected excellence as it tastes so good in characteristics I did not anticipate it would display. It’s just not crafted as most New World ciders are, in all the best ways. Calling it rustic misses most of the positives, at least of this vintage; there’s much more complexity going on here. Great value and a delightful companion on a chilly early fall evening. — a month ago

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Lovely post!

Peter Michael Winery

Les Pavots Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005

Shay A

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

En mag. Probably the most difficult wine of the night to identify. Hardly anyone even got close to calling this cab. I was leaning Grenache or ripe vintage burgundy as I thought I was detecting a bit of whole cluster usage due to the lifted profile and stemmy/spice red fruit notes. Yet by the end of the night, the structure beefed up and the spice turned more sweet. Lovely cherry liqueur, sandalwood, baking spices and baked red fruited pie notes.
— 23 days ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Côtes de Tablas Blanc White Rhone Blend 2008

A funky white blend with some age. It’s calling my name. YUMMY — a month ago

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Boulevard Brewing Company

The Calling IPA

Sweet grapefruit citrus, yellow tomato, tangerine, overripe lemon, lime zest, jackfruit and orange blossom aromas. Double doses pull down the cloud curtain on this cider colored, golden creature. Mimosa-greyhound combo leaning heavier on the ruby-grapefruit. Lemon cake with a light glaze, lime pith, lemon zest, and round with its muscles flexed to a lemon pudding. Nice sage and thyme on the finish. With just a fresh snap pea bitterness to keep it honest. — 2 months ago

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The Boxer Shiraz 2013

Very dense ruby in colour- almost black. Aromas of burnt black currant. Very full bodied with profound intensity - chocolate and ripe black fruits finishing with supple silky Tannins ie the Mollydooker calling card. Great marketing and making rich full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz allowed Sparky and Sarah Marquis ( just Sarah these days) great penetration of the US market along with excellent reviews from Harvey Steiman and Wine Spectator. I believe Mollydooker would probably be better known in the US than in Australia. A great Australian export story. — 2 months ago

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