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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Ron R
9.4

Nose of blueberry jam. Palate present maple syrup, blueberry complete with hints of espresso. Regal tannins play off bright acidity. Superb length on the finish, with a textbook sense of place. Another example that needs short-term cellaring. We may have under clubbed the score. — 8 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Had it off the truck, pretty good. 2nd day it shut down completely. So drink it fast or hold for awhile
Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Have a good week @Ron R !
Ron R

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Thank you, @Neil Valenzuela, and the same to you and yours.

Rivers-Marie

Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Really nice. The Bearwallow is right behind the Summa Old Vines for me in the RM Pinot lineup. — 14 days ago

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Brandon Thurber

Brandon Thurber

@John Howard have heard good things about Rhys, but can’t say I’ve had anything from that producer. Will see if I can run some down - thanks for the heads-up!
Brandon Thurber

Brandon Thurber

Have heard good things about Rhys, @John Howard, but haven’t had anything from them. Will see if I can run some down. Thanks!
Brandon Thurber

Brandon Thurber

Thanks for the recommendation, @John Howard. Have heard good things about Rhys, but can’t say I’ve had anything from them.

Rivers-Marie

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Raspberry, cherry, citrus, pomegranate, damp earth. — a month ago

Rivers-Marie

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Tried the 2018 Cabernet yesterday, nice on opening but closed down quite quickly. But I popped it off the truck so thats to be expected. I’ll rate the 2nd bottle after a long hold.
This one is a different story at only $20.00 more. Great for having only a 1 day hold,
Winery notes,

Keeping with the theme of expansion, we added another block of older vines from Larkmead in 2018. Neighboring our original block of Olmo clone is a tiny block of Jenkins clone Cabernet resting in the same Cortina soil. We have always loved this clone of Cabernet having worked with it at Outpost’s True Vineyard and Gemstone Estate. There’s nothing else quite like it in the world of Cabernet. It manages to be both exotic and wildly singular while still coming across as very complete. It has proven to be a very nice complement to what we’ve been working with from Larkmead since 2012. The color here is a bit darker than normal with mostly fruit tones first present on the nose. That familiar muscular walnut husk, roasted nut quality of Larkmead pokes through quickly though placing this wine stylistically in more of a classic era of California wine. Where in the past this wine could be considered the “lightest” of the lineup, the 2018 shows the power of the vintage and a marked improvement from the addition of the new block. The fruit is still purple leaning and the ethereal notes of the past still pop out on palate entry but a weightier middle kicks in almost immediately with notes of sage, graphite, cassis, lavender and a brambly spice note. The tannin starts earlier too adding texture and a dusty, baker’s chocolate note. In the past, I felt this bottling would always need a few years in the cellar to present a complete palate expression. Not so here with the addition of our little Jenkins block. All these additional blending options from all these great sites prove in 2018 that sometimes more is more.
— 18 days ago

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Brandon Thurber

Brandon Thurber

Can always count on you to take one for the team right off the truck, @Paul T- Huntington Beach! Solid score on this, but disappointing to hear about the Napa.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Napa just needs time, it was experimental with both of these. Not opening the Lore or Herb Lamb anytime soon either.
Ron R

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I received mine today. I’m gonna wait a while, too.

Nugan Estate

Scruffy's Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017

Manuka honey Camille. You can taste some wood, oak wood. Super elegant, semi complex, beautiful, a touch of red pepper. Blue currants. Christmas time (anis). Starting with a Johannisbeerschorle and an end marzipani feeling. — 24 days ago

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Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wow! Love this wine. Lots of fruit - dark cherries? Having with baked chicken — a month ago

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Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Fantastic wine!! Gained more momentum with air in the decanter but loved every sip of this!! — 2 days ago

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De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis Sémillon

Poached pear, apricot and dare I say, petroleum? A complex treat from down under. — 2 days ago

Thomas W.
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Three Rivers Winery

Boushey Vineyards Syrah 2000

Holding up remarkably well. Blackberries, plums, prunes, black cherry, raisin, coffee, mushrooms, soy, pepper, hints of dried herbs. .

Had with rib eye cooked in a coffee-soy marinade with mushrooms and the wine seemingly became younger and fresher in the combo.

#sample
— 18 days ago

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B. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

This was an awesome bottle of New World Chardonnay. Orchard fruit, toast, vanilla in bouquet. Thick full bodied flavors of the same with good structure. Finish lingered for a minute. Look forward to drinking my last bottle in a few yrs but it’s in a great place now — a month ago