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Lillian Winery

California Syrah 2012

Have not had this producer since the 2005 vintage so I was happy to see it on the list . TBH one of the reasons I selected this was I knew the other diners at my table would likely enjoy it more than I would , once again I assumed and you know the rest. Right from the first sniff I was very happy. A nose of violets, mushrooms and earth. In the mouth a word I do not often use , savory. What pleased me the most was the lack of “heat” and the wonderful balance of fruit and acid. Tannins were close to resolved. The greatest feature of the wine was the complexity that developed on the nose and palate. . A characteristic I find lacking in many wines. — 5 days ago

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Gregory Fulchiero

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Will seek these out - haven’t seen in PA
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@Gregory Fulchiero Not the easiest place to find wine but have found a few gems .
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Winemaker is Maggie Harrison- SQN alumnus. No surprise here.

Alpha Omega

Michel Rolland Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, chocolates, black currants, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, cedar, spices, light alcohol, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

A delicious Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux blend from the great 2014 vintage. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward, elegant and rich. Opulent and tasty. Shows great complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

I've had many wines from Michel Rolland, from all over the world, and I always enjoyed them. Never disappoints and always a pleasure.

Thank you Scott for sharing this beautiful wine with me.

Wine Enthusiasts 95 points. Robert Parker 96 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime, and good by itself as a sipping wine. No need for food at all, but will pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (80% New). Only 370 cases produced. Some of the fruit come from To Kalon and Stagecoach Vineyards.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

— 6 days ago

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Rolland sure gets around!
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Those Rolland finishes hit the spot. Distinctively and deliciously different.
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Juvenile California Zinfandel 2019

Deep ruby; medium intensity aromas of very ripe black cherry, pomegranate, potpourri, intense vanilla, sweet baking spices; dry, medium acid, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity flavors consistent with aromas; long finish, very floral and perfumed on palate, decadent — 5 days ago

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Mark Herold Wines

Collide California Red Blend 2018

Last bottle bought collide and Mike Smith made this 2018 cab. Solid weekday cab. Also found out recently that Mike left Carter and will be replaced by Bevan. — a day ago

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I heard that as well. Stopping by Carter on our upcoming trip, so hoping to hear more about that. BCellars fell threw, so hopefully next time! Going during harvest makes it tough for sure.
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@Shay A jealous. Always enjoyed doing the carter tastings. Bevan finished up the 19s. We have plenty of B cellars to share if you or the WNH group make it up here.

Beringer Vineyards

California Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

2017 vintage opened July 2021. I’m not sure why peeps are giving this wine the sub-9.0 ratings that they are. This is a very drinkable wine with an excellent balance and a nice complexity. Mild scent of leather and dry clay on the nose. Strawberries and red raspberries on the front. A mid-level tannic structure — smooth but not smothering — which I’ve found to be a characteristic of Sonoma Cabs. Soft finish. Maybe a few afternotes, enough to consider it a “long finish”. Subtle but thoroughly enjoyable. Drinkable now, drinkable for at least another decade. — 13 days ago

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Kamen Estate Wines

Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A

I’m between a 94-95 here. Not sure why I don’t buy more of these, especially at the price. Wow.

I poured this in a decanter upon opening, but it actually was quite nice at pop…then changed an hour later, and after corking to finish the remaining third later in the evening, it was even more of a beast. Bit of a chameleon, this one, in regards to its approachability. 100% cab. Dark royal purple in the glass. Aromatically it sports a lot of graphite, blackberries, black currant, mulberries, and espresso. Structure here is compact and big in style, but it’s so beautifully integrated. Palate shows the same type of dusty/graphite influence alongside the darker berry profile, with dark cocoa, and a streak of black cherry and mineral at the core that gives it some spice and lift. Good to open today if you can give it a 1-2hr decant, but easily cruises for the next few years.

This was poured alongside a 2013 Hidden Ridge 55degree slope and the 2014 Immortal (formerly Hidden Ridge). Since all three sported a good bit of Sonoma fruit, it was a cool experiment. The Kamen seemed the most balanced and structured, whereas the 2014 Immortal was the most extracted and over the top. The 2013 HR was in the middle.
— 5 days ago

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@Shay A, are you on Kamen’s list?
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@Ron R : I’m not, but a local buddy is. I need to get on it myself!

V. Sattui Winery

Sattui Family Pinot Noir 2016

Medium Ruby with ripe red fruit, floral, spice and sweet herb notes. On the palate flavors of cherry and raspberry with notes of oak, cacao, tea and forest floor. Fine soft savory tannins, good structure, medium+ finish ending with oak, fruit and earthy character. Tasting Sample. Drink now. — 3 days ago

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Hermann York Wine

Chavez Vineyard Alicante Bouschet Rosé 2020

Happy to be the first to post this. Delectable classified as a Rosé, but the HY boys say it was made as a white wine and presents as a Rosé.” Pic doesn’t capture the color. Beautiful nose, but finish a bit rough on opening. A few hours of air smoothed this out nicely. Wonderful on days 2 and 4. Part of the burgeoning SoCal wine scene. Keep an eye on these guys. Beautiful labels, better wines, terrific folks. 12.49% ABV. The NEW new California. Great things ahead! — 11 days ago

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Joel Gott Wines

815 California Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

very good, the type of flavor i really enjoy! tastes exactly what childhood me expected a good wine to taste like. appreciated with family after a long and difficult day — 4 days ago

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Stars & Dust

Tierra Alta Vineyard Rosé of Grenache 2020

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Fun and delicious new label from Nikki Pallesen, formerly of Liquid Farm. Now that she is off on her own, this and a Mourvèdre rosé are the first wines from the new label (Joni Mitchell inspired label art). My thanks to my good buddy @Bill Bender for this!

If I was to classify rosé in to three categories of style, it would be crushable, classic, and commanding. This falls in between crushable and classic. It disappeared incredibly quick from the bottle…so easy to drink yet also sports some fun nuances. At 11.8ABV, the refreshing profile is evident from first sip. Watermelon colored with an orange tinge in the glass. It’s really juicy and tropical up front with watermelon, melon, red berry gummy fruit snacks (I know this well thanks to my 2yo) and strawberry, but the finish is quite unique…goes from an herbal, rhubarb type spice to a pink sea salt dusted cranberry scone. Best enjoyed over the next 6-12 months. No brainer at the price!
— 5 days ago

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Love the Joni-inspired art!
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@Shay A can you share the website?
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@Norman Gennaro :