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Domaine du Castel

Petit Castel Kosher Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

Passover wine no. 1. Bordeaux blend from the Judean Hills near Jerusalem. — a day ago

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Domaine Serene

Two Barns Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

The 2016 ‘Two Barns’ is another gorgeous wine by the superstar winemaking team of Domaine Serene. On the nose there is really good range from deep dark fruits to forest floor and shades of dark truffle that all connect in the glass. The palate shows excellent weight with a sumptuous mouthfeel. Black tea, blackberry cobbler and earthy tones with light citrus rind accents all collide on the palate. A long-ager, this beautiful wine will cellar well over the next fifteen to twenty years. Drink 2020-2040- 94 — 4 days ago

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@Jason Brater This one certainly doesn’t disappoint 🍷👌
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Cheers! I've found a bit more depth in some of the single vineyard stuff from Archery Summit lately (Arcus, Red Hills, etc.), but the people at Domaine Serene are so cool it's hard to not love their stuff too!
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@Jason Brater I love those Archery S wines as well. They’ve been producing some beautiful wines 🍷👌

Whitcraft Winery

Cuvée Viticole Sta Rita Hills La Lie Fine Pinot Noir 2017

Crunchy, vibrant Pinot. 12.55% ABV (woot!) Unfined, unfiltered. This is Brian’s style of wine, a style I’m happy to drink. But, my resident non-credentialed wine drinker said: “It looks like a Pinot, but it doesn’t taste like a Pinot....”
There’s some candied cherry fruit for sure, but grippy minerals and green veggies make this a different animal. Could easily be confused with cru Beaujolais.
— 12 days ago

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Reserve Judean Hills Dry Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and bell pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and remove some of the vegetable notes.

I had it a couple of years ago and it was very austere, now it is very drinkable although still young.

Aged for 24 months in New French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 21 days ago

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Evening Land Vineyards

La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

2011 Vintage. 12.9% Alcohol. Thin and weedy in past times opening and not worthy of a TN, now finally getting better although still thin. Taking on a brick rim so I would say now is the drinking window. A Garagiste special deal that was not so special. Bought 6 and this is the third one opened with dismal results on the prior two. Better after airing for an hour. @jason carey DipWSET time to try one again from your case if you still have them. — 2 days ago

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Evening Land Vineyards

La Source Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay

Takes a few hours to open. Amazing complexity. We missed some of the action because of our general excitement but last sips were incredible. Can’t wait for the next tasting ! — 8 days ago

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Santo Winery

Volcanic Terroir Santorini Assyrtiko 2017

John Howard

Beautiful. Lemon, pear, olive, sea brine, Mediterranean herbs, volcanic ash, paraffin, dried apricot. Super complex and delicious. — 17 days ago

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Antica Terra

Antikythera Pinot Noir 2015

Wow. This is whole cluster fermentation at its finest. Crazy wine. Deep crimson pour, really really young. Grape stem shows up on the nose along with an herbal influenced, sweet black cherry and cola that also transitioned to the open and middle. Herbal. This wine is substantial. Medium to full bodied pinot, and will go for ages. Raspberry and black cherry to the finish. I'm really impressed by this pinot, but I wonder if the QPR isn't a bit high for what this is. — 7 hours ago

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@Mark Flesher Mark Good post Cheers 🍷
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Wish I had been there for this!


Zenith Pinot Noir 2008

Happy coincidence to have the 08 and 10 separately on the same day. So different. 08 has more weight, fruit is riper, darker. The 10 is lighter, more red fruited, spice box driven. Wines are both great, 08 has a longer life ahead of it probably. — 7 days ago

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Antica Terra

Angelicall Pinot Noir Rosé 2013

After drinking the 2014 last weekend (thanks Shay) I had to break open my 2013. This is so good. I don’t know if I have had a better Rose. Very Pinot like. Loved it! — 7 hours ago

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I think we are doing a similar thing ha.
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@Bryan Kesting : That’s a heck of a tasting! Geez. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! I haven’t been able to find any Angelicall locally or online.

@Matt Trader : Let me know if there is a tasting she is doing!
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@Shay A: Shay, take the Amtrack to Dallas. It just opened from Fort Worth to Dallas for $5 round trip. This is what I hear, anyway from TCU parents.