2018 Alta Colina Grenache Blanc Lynn's Cuvee
2018 Waters Prelude - Roussanne Viognier blend. Excellent
2015 Piollot Champagne Les Protelles
2016 Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel. I’d never heard of this wine before; Binny’s had a few closed out for $14.99, allegedly from $30+. Pomegranate with ripe berries and good balance from acid - not jammy. Nice enough at the discounted price but I still prefer the base Sonoma bottling from Seghesio
At virtual offline -
2017 Pali White Cap
2014 Domenco Clerico Barolo
2013 Force Majeure Collaboration Serice Vi Ciel du Cheval - GSM blend
2017 Moreau - Naudet Chablis. Good entry level chablis that really opened up on the second day. need to try more from this producer.
2017 Domaine du Chene Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah - ok. nothing special, better options at the price point.
2017 Burlotto Pelaverga - Love this.
2014 Brick House, Pinot Noir, Les Dijonnais
Drinking well with some air but I'll hold my other bottle for a few more years.
2017 Thorne & Daughters, Wanderer's Heart (Grenache blend)
2015 SIXTO Chardonnay Uncovered
2013 Tenet Syrah The Pundit, Columbia Valley. A little shortage of acid is keeping this from being outstanding. Fantastic, complex nose - crushed berries, fig, baking spice, pepper, Turkish coffee.
For Rosh Hashanah
2017 Palmayer Jayson Red
2014 Den Hoed Cab
2014 Stefania Crimson Clover Cab
2014 Agharta Red Label Cab
2015 Eyrie Pinot Noir
2007 La Motte Pierneef Collection Shiraz-Grenache
Went to visit some family in Napa, swung by the downtown tasting room for Mayacamas on Friday. Great little tasting:
2018 Chard was really nice. Refreshing and tons of mineral character.
2016 Merlot was pretty good, though not sure it was worth the price of admission
2003/2005/2014 Cabernet. Really fun to taste these three side-by-side. The 14 was great, but so young. The 03 ended up being my favorite, and surprisingly had a little bit more fruit character than the 05, which had a bit more of the tobacco/leather thing going on.
I have been pleasantly surprised by some 2003's lately. Had a 03 Beringer Private Reserve last night, and I thought it was delicious. For what I thought was supposed to be a down vintage, these two bottles were out of the park.
The best I had in the last week so :
2003 Araujo Eisele Cab
2015 Peter Michael Belle Cote Chard
2017 Arista-Banfield Chard
2018 Ken Forrester, Roussanne
2016 Whitehaven, Pinot Noir
2010 Nicolas Perrin, Cote Rotie
2014 Francis Boulard, Champagne, Les Murgiers
2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova
1998 Château La Gaffelière Saint Emilion
DifferentDave popped a 1970 Dows and a 1970 Warres.
Both decanted for 4-5 hours before tasting.
The Dows was slightly greenish, with hints of that condensed milk. This was surprising to me since my bottles of Dow have been much lighter.
The warres are mature and excellent, I acutally had called this btl the dow 1970. Lovely delicate mouthfeel that lingers with just that touch of berry sweetness. The main taste offers red berries cooked with all spice and cinnamon but in a lovely medium light bodied liqour. The finish is a lovely minute long sweet root beer note. Pretty close to a perfect port.
2015 Domaine Chignard, Fleurie, Les Moriers
Quite big for a bojo. Maybe needed some more time, but very enjoyable now.