Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2013

Shay A

I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.

I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)!
— 8 days ago

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Had the 2008 last year, kept evolving and needed several hours. My last glass was the best
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@Shay A : nice notes Shay. How much life do you feel this wine has?
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@Jason and Jennie : Would love to go there!

@Jan A : Haven’t had the 2008, but both the 2010 and 2013 certainly benefitted from extended decants, even though their profiles are a bit different.

@Bryan Kesting : Plenty! I’d say it’s likely hanging in this drinking window another 5+ years before the fruit starts fading more to the background and the required decant time drops closer to pop and pour.

Caymus Vineyards

1858 California Red Blend

Seemed a little sweet at first but then opened up with nice tannins. Blackberry and plum on the palate. A very nice wine that paired really good with my steak. — 13 hours ago

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Pellet Estate

Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a beautiful Cabernet.

Inky in color with a purplish/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black currants, black cherries, cedar, light vanilla, tobacco, potpourri notes, chocolates, spices, light earth, wild flowers, licorice and black pepper.

Full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, oak, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, light vanilla, earth, light herbs, spices, coffee, light cola, graphite and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. A very nice sipping wine.

Still young, but already drinking very elegantly, with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it two and a half hours, but that might not have been enough. Nevertheless, it is delicious now and good by itself or with food. As it opens up, it shows a gorgeous nose.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had the 2014 last year, and it is showing nice consistency. A good quality wine with good potential to become even better.

This Single Vineyard from this great vintage is rich, elegant, soft and spicy. Just Delicious.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (75% new). A small production of 375 cases.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 8 days ago

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Sine Qua Non

Poker Face Syrah 2004

2004 Vintage. 15.5% Alcohol. Magnum shared with Stanley, Elena, and Chris at Top Winery in Paso Robles. Amazingly fresh, love mags. At peak now and just mind blowing. Loved the Top and Hood wines as well. Our thanks to Elena and Stanley for sharing a Crossed Fingers to compare and contrast. I didn’t get my request in before that sold out. Finished the mag with a great Mediterranean takeout dinner from Oasis in our room at the Seacrest hotel in Pismo Beach. — 5 days ago

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One of my all-time favorites. In a magnum with great people like that👏
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Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello California Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1977

This looks immaculate and has a really high fill. On the front there’s loads of iron, a salinity, a liverish quality, a pure dark plum and black cherry. This is very lovely still and quite primary. Delicious. — 21 hours ago

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Four Peaks Brewing Company

Kilt Lifter Scotch-Style Amber Ale

Maybe the number one craft beer sold in Arizona; it seems to be sold everywhere. Slight head on pour, tiny bubbles. Amber with caramel brown tint (picture doesn’t do justice to the color or clarity). Toffee and yeasty notes on nose. Mild hoppy flavor up front, toasty malt, then a pine-hop finish with tactile fizz on palate. Slight bitterness too, but welll rounded flavors, a touch of sweetness at most. Toasty, slightly hopped fun. The cheeky name is another conversation in its own right. Four Peaks built their fortune on this Scottish-style ale, refreshing and quaffable without being boring — 15 days ago

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Arrington Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Say hello to my first Tennessee wine!

This Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now. Showing black fruits with oak, vanilla milk chocolate coffee, tobacco spices peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Short finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time.

Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
— 6 days ago

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Foyt Family Wines

No. 93 The Final Lap California Red Blend

This is a great sweet wine from California. Very tasty and elegant with lots of black fruits and nice acidity.

Showing blackberries, stewed figs, chocolates, cherry pie, raisins, spices, oak, peppercorn, vanilla extract, Indian spices, coffee, tobacco, licorice and honey.

Sweet on the palate with enough acidity to balance the sugars.

Still young and it would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Delicious by itself as a dessert.

18.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45 (375ml)
— 9 days ago

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18.5?!?! Wowza

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California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Deep ruby color. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, spearmint and cocoa. Bright blue and dark fruit on the palate, nice black tea tannin finish.

🥇 90 points - Wilfred Wong
— 2 days ago

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Lillá in Fiore Napa Valley Rosé Blend 2019

Very light red/ pinkish in color with light intensity and a neon hue.

Strong nose of raspberries, light cherries, citrus, light barnyard, lemons, spices, light herbs and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light earth, lemons, pears, ginger and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy lemons.

This is a delicious Rosé from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with such a pretty color. Interesting and engaging.

Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Rich with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and tastes like a very light red. Interesting stuff.

A nice sipping wine. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. Paired beautifully with the prosciutto.

A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 6 months. A small production of only 2,892 bottles. This is bottle number 2,469.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 5 days ago

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