A great chillable red. Light berries a bit of minerality. It’s just good! — 5 days ago
Pretty rye with elegance and s finesse finish. Medium bodied and very floral overall, with a range of blooms from lily to rose to orchid to violet and cherry blossom. Very lean and racy, with a dancer’s spirit, flowing effortlessly for a rye of this age. Lacks the signature spice expected, but has a fine tobacco sweetness throughout and a dark raisin streak. — a month ago
Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.
This won the most unique aromatics of the night! Ben was spot on when he mentioned he smelled sweet potato! Traditional WA/OR Syrah notes of funk, olive and bacon with black pepper spice. Mainly juicy black cherries and older baked rhubarb were the fruits I was picking up. Fun wine. Thanks @Jack Thompson — 5 days ago
For me, there is one Napa winery that was great in the pioneer days and lost their edge for a time but, has seriously reclaimed it. That winery is Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. It is largely overlooked with so many modern quality producers rising in the Napa Valley.
This 09 Fay is outstanding in a way that is truly unique to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
The nose reveals, dark currants/cassis, deeply extracted; blackberries, black raspberries, black raspberries, black plum, black cherries with faint, creamy raspberries on the high nose & glass edges. Dark expresso roast, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, black licorice to anise, medium intensity dark spice, limestone minerals, dark, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals, steeped tea, fresh tobacco, graphite, dark liqueur notes, Provence herbs with dark, florals, fresh & withering, candied florals with bright violets.
The body is full, silky and velvety. The tannins are rounded, soft yet tarry and teethe, 40% resolved. There are 10-20 years of life ahead depending on how you enjoy & store wine. The tension, structure, length and balance are just starting to climb to its peak. Dark currants/cassis, deeply extracted; blackberries, black raspberries, black raspberries, black plum with skin, black cherries with faint, poached strawberries & creamy raspberries. Dark, well pressed, expresso roast, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, dark, Asian & India spices with heat, black licorice to anise, medium intensity dark spice, limestone minerals, dark, rich earth, moist clay, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals, steeped tea, fresh tobacco, touch of black pepper, graphite, dark liqueur notes, Provence herbs with dark, florals, fresh & withering, candied florals with bright violets and lavender. The acidity is phat, round and fountain drippy. The long finish is; big, round, elegant, ripe, ruby, well balanced and persists deeply for minutes.
Photos of, their tasting room & Estate vines, barrel room, non-stop swinging pendulum ball and aerial view of their Estate. — 2 days ago
Really delicious & interesting wine! My spouse got this as a present for me. I tasted peach, light acid, and well balanced sour notes on the finish. — 14 days ago
Pale, golden, chunk-chummed fluid topped with white merengue that shows no sign of losing its structure. Prehistorically amorphous beasts are left in it’s eventual wake. Ripe pear and peach purées with Meyer lemon oils, light tropical notes of fresh pineapple and banana bread as well as grapefruit nuances to the nose. Warm climate chardonnay vanilla sweetness and dried pineapple entry lend this a further tropical touch, but a baked apple and a Bosc-skinned taste and texture make it arboreal in some strange way. This is an ossified fossil, and definitely caveman fare. Lemon-lime candies and tangerines complete the curve that ultimately returns to beer beer beer. At 8.5 abv, it brings the cudgel down and drags you on home. — 4 days ago
Sunday night and I have opened the 2014 Saarloos & Sons Matriach Grenache Blanc.
On the nose ther is lemon zest, lime peel, honeydew melon, pear dried herbs and minerality.
On the palate there is lemon, citrus zest, green apple, pear, lime peel, green plum saline and minerality.
This wine is medium bodied with medium + to high acidity that leads into a long clean citrus finish. I hope everyone's weekend went well and we all had a great time. Going into the new week please be safe. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂 — 11 hours ago
This was great. Tannins have subdued into their most elegant form without losing their rustic profile, integrated. Acidity is spot on, this is alive and well right now for its age. Dried shiitake, beef broth, leather, wet tobacco, muddled red and black fruits, blck pepper. Theres some wet earth too. Assuming its at least half Petite Syrah and all from Monte Rosso?? Great bottle. — 8 days ago