Velvet & Willow

Rivers-Marie

Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Greg Ballington
8.9

Recently picked up at Renegade Wine in Santa Barbara. A touch cloudy with a dark garnet red. A bit of stewed fruit on the nose, followed up by earthiness and a hint of baking spices. Medium body with medium minus tannins (4/10). Similar notes on the palate and smooth rounded finish. Drink now. — 18 days ago

India Okoh
with India
Daniel, Bill and 9 others liked this

90 Ninety + Cellars

Lot 202 Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2019

Walking in velvet slippers through a mossy streamside dwelling, dappled sunlight and stonefruit picnic, kisses and linen flower print clothes — 13 days ago

Fasoli Gino

La Corte del Pozzo Valpolicella Ripasso Corvina Blend

Very full in body, with fruit forward flavor. You can taste the layers evolve from spices and plums with a velvet mouth feel to a slightly cherry finish. Absolutely phenomenal! — 5 days ago

Le Triolet (Marco Martin)

Vallèe d'Aoste Fumin

My favorite style of wine. Dark, smooth velvet, deep and dry. Had it at Maison de Fromages in Cogne, Italy. — 23 days ago

Mollydooker

Velvet Glove McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009

Pure velvet, no glove detected. Good, high extraction of pure fruit and layers of jam, berry, beef blood. Powerful meaty nose. Paradoxically this fell off a bit after 1st hr of decant. — a month ago

Paul, Shay and 12 others liked this

Memento Mori

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Had a chance to taste this 100% Cab from 2 Beckstoffer vineyards and 2 vineyards in Oakville, aged for 22 months in new French oak. Deep Ruby with aromas of complex berry fruit aromas wrapped in toasty herb spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and sweet plum with licorice and cacao, adding cedar, herbs and tobacco notes. Soft velvet tannins, still young, long earthy finish, well integrated and nicely balanced, a joy to drink. Will age a long time. A Wow factor wine!! — 11 days ago

Andrew, Brent and 7 others liked this

Danilo Thomain

Enfer D'Arvier Petit Rouge 2020

Whew came swimmin’ out this bouquet cause it is rich and enriching, cedar, clove, baking spices, forest floor, the spice of fresh velvet.

Only 16 cases were made and the little wine shop on Jones Street, Jones Street Wine, was nice enough to let me get my hands on one of their last bottles (1 of 5).

Crunchy — ✔️
Brambly — ✔️
Luscious — ✔️

Mouthwateringly good. Nice balance of spice and acid to wake up the buds. Little to no bitterness. Punchy fruit punches through. And that wonderful clove essence throughout.

Few wines make me write longer notes, but when I find one that does, I can’t seem to stop talking about them.

Aight time to drink it though…
— 8 days ago

Severn, Adam and 10 others liked this

Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon & 6% Petit Verdot, BV grapes were first planted back in 1900, by founder Georges de Latour. Outstanding! Deep dense Ruby with complex berry fruit aromas wrapped in toasty spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and sweet plum with licorice and cacao, adding cedar and tobacco notes. Soft velvet tannins, still young, long finish, well integrated and nicely balanced, a joy to drink. Will age a long time. A Wow factor wine!! — 11 days ago

Jason, ESF and 5 others liked this

Michel Rebourgeon

Cuvee William Pommard Pinot Noir 2020

Lyle Fass
9.4

My man killed 2020. Slayed it like it was a dragon. Super nose of stone, dark red cherries, lovely earth character, some tweed jacket and all of this is presented like refined silk or velvet. Man what strides William has taken. Wow that is just the sexiest, velvet, sweet fruited Pommard one can imagine! This is so fresh, yet also lush and succulent. Wow. What texture and refinement. Williams’s tannin quality has improved so much from 19 to 20. They are so silky, sweet and finely knit. Nose starting to get more red cherries and some nice florals. He nailed this vintage. So energetic and juicy. Just so good. As it airs I’ll be back. Such freshness with air and it gets tangy. Terrific, invigorating Pommard. After 3 hours nose has dark florals. Palate is now elegant and has such deep echoing fruit. So rich yet so ethereal. Masterful. — 14 days ago

Ely, Ron and 5 others liked this