Arkenstone

Arkenstone

Coliseum Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I noticed this wine because of its depth of flavor. Imagine a Richter scale — this had that largest magnitude of the night. This has the depth and finish you would expect. — 3 months ago

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Sinegal Estate

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.5

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Special wine. They are pulling fruit from below Arkenstone off Howell. Has everything Howell like in spades. It is dusty with chocolate, full of flavor from red, blue & black fruits, but has a special “mint” like Andes candy mint finish.
— 4 years ago

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Ron R

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I was not aware that they had a Howell Mtn cab, too. What's the retail, Shay?
Shay A

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@Ron R : It was wonderful. $175/bottle. Not cheap, but undoubtedly well made!

Le Ragose

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Corvina Blend 2007

Caitlin's graduation - wine #3 of the night. My first Amarone--why haven't I tried these yet? Holy cow I'm a fan. This was a close second for me. Vibrant fruits, silky tannins, just full bodied enough, nice long finish. Will buy this again. Stood up extremely well next to the reigning champ, the #Arkenstone — 4 years ago

Siro Pacenti

Vecchie Vigne Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2011

2 of 3 wines we tried tonight. Extremely smooth Brunello. Lighter bodied than the Shane and Arkenstone but held its own. Nice finish and smooth fruits. — 5 years ago

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Arkenstone

NVD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

2018 vintage. Beguiling nose. Medium-heavy bod. Mix of mountain and valley fruit. Explosive out of the blocks and continues that punch with a heady balance. The palate attack tapers down pleasantly on the sustained finish. Absolutely delicious. — 8 months ago

Shay, Peter and 7 others liked this

Sinegal Estate

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Shay A
9.2

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Loved our visit here. Gorgeous property & wines. Bigger style SB with explosive stone fruit & tropical fruit aromatics. Not quite as round and rich as Aesthete or Arkenstone, but very similar. Nice acidity with pronounced notes of honeyed passion fruit & white peach.
— 4 years ago

P, Rob and 24 others liked this
Joshua Fisher

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Hope your trip was great. Sorry we didn’t cross paths

Modus Operandi Cellars

Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Shay A
9.3

Day 2 of Napa in the books!

Quick lunch with my friend Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Cellars. He was Weston’s (of Montagu Wines) mentor and is a fellow Texan! He submitted his wines for review for the very first time last year after 10+yrs, and received multiple 92-97pt wines. This SB is so much better than expected...tropical and explosive. Not quite on Arkenstone or Aesthete SB level, but the richness and round texture are very similar. Kiwi, stone fruit, nectarine and a melon/cantaloupe finish. If you enjoy big style SB, not sure there is a better Napa Valley one at $40.
— 4 years ago

Joshua, David and 28 others liked this

Arkenstone

Howell Mountain Sémillon 2014

2014. Christmas dinner 2021 with roast beef. — 9 months ago

Amici Cellars

Spring Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Shay A
9.3

My understanding is the ‘16 vintage of this is their last one as the SauvBlanc grapes have been ripped out as more Cab is being planted. Such a shame. This is a superb SB, one of the better ones I’ve had and reminiscent of another Mountain SB I’m fond of, Arkenstone. Everything about this is just rich and round. Guava, white peach skin and lemon tart bar aromatics. More viscous than most SBs on the palate showing limestone, pineapple and a Creamsicle like finish. Very white Bordeaux like and could hold for a few years. — 4 years ago

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Paul K

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Amici also does a Spring Mountain cab that’s amazing. Try that as a consolation.

Aesthete

Dry Stack Vineyard White Blend 2016

Shay A
9.5

Well dang. I got this on recommendation of @David L , @Carl Fischer , @Mike R , @Ron R and a few others. I am SO glad I did, especially after hearing that my favorite SB, Arkenstone, is moving to $95/bottle! To me, this tastes like Arkenstone on day 2. It is chock full of pineapple juice, cantaloupe, kiwi and stone fruits. Reminds me of the ice cream bar Creamsicle in how creamy it is. There is a tartness with the fruit but also balanced acidity. It is powerful and bold. Truly fantastic for those who enjoy bigger style SB. As you can see in the background, @Mark Flesher enjoyed it! — 4 years ago

Mark Flesher
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Jake Rubash

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@Ron R that would be awesome but probably not in the cards as we live in the Bay Area in CA