Wall Of Sound

Mahua Sound

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

This was surprisingly excellent. Pleasing, robust nose of melon, citrus, and tropics. Hint of lychee. Medium body with crisp, linear acidity. Refreshing finish. A gift, but I’d buy more in a second. — 7 days ago

Paul, Ron and 1 other liked this

Falesco

Marciliano Rosso Umbria Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2013

How do you say Bordeaux in Italian? A brooding dark purple with thin edges and a bright, fresh nose. The Franc shows it’s hand prominently here with some green bell pepper, moist earth, and smoke. Fresh red berries and dried herbs come to play, as well. This is an outrageously fun wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Umbria? It may sound odd but it certainly works. This Superumbrian is full bodied and rich on the tongue with just the right amount of acidity. Plenty of oak on the palate but it’s well integrated because Italians know what they’re doing. Vanilla, chocolate, and red cherries are predominant, along with tobacco, mint, leather and lace. Go find this immediately and don’t worry too much about age, it’s brilliant. — 2 months ago

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Rivers-Marie

Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

Such a treat to try this side by side with the Summa. Very different. Quite a bit more sweet and ripe fruit here framed by good acidity and herbal crunch. Some blood orange and tangy red fruits mixed with blackberries and a great finish. Will get better, but hard to wait!
— 2 months ago

Tom, Ryan and 27 others liked this

Ravenswood Winery

Rancho Salina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Ravenswood single vineyard efforts always deliver beyond expectations. and it’s a great value drinking at half the price of something comparable. I think the Ravenswood mass produced stuff subsidizes their good stuff. $19 at K&L SF on their old and interesting wall to the far left when you go in. — 2 months ago

Shay, Ira and 10 others liked this

Band of Roses

Washington State Rosé Blend 2018

The minerality of this wine oddly matches the minerality of the island tap water, and has a volcanic odor like the sediment around Chalk Sound. Strange but delightful melding of two completely different places. — 23 days ago

Anthony De, P and 1 other liked this
Kelli Hogan

Kelli Hogan

I want this. I hope you're well and safe!
Steve Rura

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Safe so far. But we have to head back home to what looks like a full lock down. We do have masks, which are, you know... at least something🤞

Rivers-Marie

Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

I’m scoring this the same as the Occidental it was next to, but for different reasons. This, for my tastes, is a hold for the next few years. Herbal and floral, with a refreshingly low ABV yet still powerful. Spice box, herbs de Provence, cedar, and kirsch like. Lots in reserve here.
— 2 months ago

Tom, Ryan and 29 others liked this
Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : you are absolutely right about the Summa and Occidental. Very different in style but yet both delicious. The best of these 18’s is to come!

William & Mary Wine Company

Shifflett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

A side by side with this and the proprietary red. Very red fruit dominant accompanied by underripe black fruits...black cherries, dark cocoa and floral aromatics like potpourri. Very smooth and tightly coiled on the palate. No hard edges. This can be enjoyed with a lengthy decant, but the best is yet to come.
— 2 months ago

David, Tom and 31 others liked this

Rivers-Marie

B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

A baby, but lots of great things ahead. The fruit is very pure and concentrated without being overly rich. Hardly any trace of oak. Bright lemon zest, crushed limestone, honeysuckle with fresh and zippy acidity. Lots to like here. Thanks for a wonderful hosting
@William J. Segui .
— 2 months ago

Tom, Ryan and 31 others liked this

Rivers-Marie

Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

Not quite pop and pour, but close! Will poured this as we walked around the facility and it rapidly evolved, showing baking spices (lots of cinnamon), sweet mixed berry pie, with a touch of graphite...profile had very fine grained tannins, lush and balanced, finishing more to the red fruit dominated side of the spectrum. Nice.
— 2 months ago

Tom, David and 31 others liked this

William & Mary Wine Company

Shifflett Vineyards Proprietary Red Merlot Cabernet Franc 2017

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Really enjoyed my visiting with Will at Mending Wall where he poured Rivers-Marie as well as his personal label William & Mary.

My favorite of the tasting. Co-fermented cab franc and merlot. I’m partial to cab franc, so no surprise this was up my alley. Gorgeous display of violets, herbs de Provence, red and black currant and sandalwood. Great weight on the palate channeling herbal/savory notes next to underripe rhubarb and blackberries. Delicious.
— 2 months ago

David, Brandon and 33 others liked this
Clare Gillette

Clare Gillette

Tasting notes look great and only verify that I won’t be popping open any this anytime soon. Sounds like the merlot is still in the drivers seat!