Featured User: Roy Goble

Roy Goble is a vineyard owner, real estate investor, author, founder of PathLight.org , married to his lifelong love, and a father of two adult children. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Roy Goble: In the mid-80’s my wife and I visited a friend in Bordeaux , who generously taught us about wine and sparked the passion. We were so excited that when we returned home, I built a wine cellar in our basement! We began collecting great wines, and the first California wine we had was a 1979 Caymus I found mismarked at the local Safeway for just $10! D: What wine region are you wild about right now? RG: My favorite wines are coming from Napa ( Realm is probably my favorite overall), but we’ve been enjoying New World wines for decades. D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? RG: On a recent visit to Peru I had a wine made from the Quebranta grape, which is normally only used for making Pisco . It was....interesting? Almost no aroma. I can see why they usually only use it for Pisco! D: What is your golden rule for wine? RG: Wine is history in a bottle, and history amounts to stories, so learn the story to the wine and you’ll appreciate it more. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? RG: Gin and tonic, Hendricks , slice of cucumber. Especially on hot days. D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine RG: My wife and I were in Tuscany staying at the Banfi estate and I read Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron. I will always connect the book with Brunello di Montalcino ! D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? RG: I was in Willamette Valley recently with friends and we played the game of assigning an Enneagram number to the varietals. We laughed as we argued about what personality profile fit each major varietal. I am a three on the Enneagram (Achiever) and the consensus was this is the Cabernet Sauvignon . To give you some idea of the game, Pinot was a four (Individualist), Sauvignon Blanc was a nine (The Peacemaker), etc. It was silly but had us laughing and thinking at the same time.


True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Wow, an amazing wine. Not the 100 points Parker gave it but still excellent. Lots of blueberry on the nose and first sips. I could get use to this! — 5 years ago

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@Roy Goble Roy Nice Delectable feature on you. From British Columbia Cheers 🍷
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@P A Thanks!

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Zinfandel 2017

Zin can be too sweet or too harsh, but typical of Caymus this is a crowd pleaser. For that I’ll push it to a 9 instead of going a touch lower. — 5 years ago

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Schrader Cellars

RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Great wine. Took 30 minutes to open up. — 5 years ago

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Will Bean

Will Bean

Seems like murder to open a wine like this so young. I have some but was thinking 10-15more Years. Thoughts?
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@Will Bean If I only had one bottle I’d wait another 5-years. Life is too short for me to wait longer. Either way, I’ve got more to sample and see how it evolves.
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

I find the Schrader and Colgins fine to open young since such a lush fruit forward style......Abreu and Screaming Eagle wines really need some age to show well. Cheers!

Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Nice surprise - past Hall wines have underwhelmed me but this 2015 is solid — 5 years ago

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Lingua Franca

Sisters Eola Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017

It’s 100 degrees in the shade so I’m ready to drink anything cold. Decent wine. — 5 years ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Took a sip and chuckled, “Napa Valley.” If you love that flavor profile you’ll enjoy this wine. — 5 years ago

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Domaine Divio

Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir

I’m not a fan of Pinot so this is how they are cordoned off in my cellar. — 5 years ago

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@David L When a Pinot lover visits!
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I’m a fan. Can’t get my friends to drink much/any. So I sit on it🤷🏻‍♂️
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You should open that Beaux Frerés, likely in great shape!


Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I had high hopes after hearing the reviews. First sip was understated Napa Cab, fruit but not over the top. All was good but then...the aftertaste was too burnt. At first I thought it was the bottle. So I tried another a few days later with the same result. It’s a good wine, but the reviews I’ve read make it sound great. — 5 years ago

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Needs time.
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@jesus g You are probably right. Still, it was still underwhelming. I’ll cellar my other bottles and try again sometime in the next few years


Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Really glad @Desmond Echavarrie introduced this wine to us. Consistently good. — 5 years ago

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I really enjoy his Heintz Chardonnay.
Joe Davant

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I have a couple bottles of that wine from 2012. Has it started to exhibit the aged nutty quality yet?
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@Joe Davant i don’t think so, not yet

Vine Hill Ranch

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Our late night Fathers Day bottle — 5 years ago

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