Classic Napa

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Leonidas Napa Balley Proprietary Red 2016

Aerated. Dark red purple. Nose of blackberry cobbler. Palate of blackberry-currant cobbler in a new wooden bowl. Firm tannins surrounding dark, voluptuous fruit. Medium acidity. Classic California blend that’s made for prime rib. Enjoy now through 2031 or beyond. — 5 days ago

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Marcelina Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Classic and elegant. Held up well. — 2 days ago

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Good to know, as most 97 Napa had been very nice until they went off a cliff about five years ago. Maybe coming back now.
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@romo That’a interesting. This was in prime form - I don’t think it would have improved much from here, but seemed like it could still go strong for another 3-5 years

Grgich Hills Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Classic, clear cab. Great w pizza. — 10 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Hitting perfection! This wine is is such a wonderful place, classic Napa cab. @Cathy Corison well done! — 10 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Strange wine label. Pun sorta and they choose this metaphor about the country mouse vs town mouse contradiction of wine to run with on the label. Seems like it this company went under 😔. Dark color. Thick boy. Smells like pretty classic Cab. Cassis, leather and berries. Tastes pretty classic too. Deep, rich and hearty. Too bad it’s done. This was great wine. Could of been fun to see how it evolved instead of just enjoying a one off from Grocery Outlet. — 6 days ago

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Behrens & Hitchcock

Chien Lunatique Syrah 2001

In the day these guys were Epic! I traded for this wine (Covid inspired) and on a particularly cold, blustery Chicago Saturday... we did big-ass burgers and left over Greek potatoes and green beans. Match made in Heaven! Haven’t seen a plastic cork in years... 16.1... Holy Shit! No sign of alcohol on the palate... did you get that? 16.1... no alcohol on the palate? Dark, rich, cloudy, chewy—classic black fruit, pencil lead, saddle-leather notes. Still alive and balanced. What a fun wine with food on a cold winter night. — 24 days ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Benchland Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Classic Napa Cab. Wildly expressive nose. Boysenberry with some earth notes. Medium tannins. A bit shorter finish than expected. This screams give me a bit more time. I bet this will be even better tomorrow. — 25 days ago

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Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Can’t afford to buy Realm anymore - their prices went through the roof right after their scores did the same a number of years ago - but as one of their original customers from the 2002 vintage I still have quite a few of the earlier vintages in my cellar. This 2009 Beckstoffer is absolutely fantastic. Classic Napa cabernet with great aromatics, great fruit along with some secondary flavors, and impeccable balance leading to a long, lingering finish. Just brilliant. — 17 days ago

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Loving Napa 09’s the last few years. Cheers

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa Valley Reserve Claret 2017

Christmas gift wine... not my favorite producer. But on this occasion I’m wrong. 20 oz dry aged ribeye... at least 3 inches think with brown butter and bordelaise sauce. And this wine is singing! Round, young, smooth and entirely appropriate. Once again It’s hammered home NOT to rely on pre-suppositions with wine. Classic cassis, tobacco, leather, and round black fruit. I don’t buy these New World reds, but with the big bloody steak they work perfectly. — 16 days ago

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Lail Vineyards

Mole Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

10’Lail Mole Hill. Nose of spring flowers. Blackberry, black currant, white chocolate. Classic Howell with age. BIG middle palate, runs right through the back. Just starting to show its age. Touch of sweet tannins, low acidity. Won’t get any better. Enjoy over the next 5/8 years. — 24 days ago

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I’ve had the 2007 & 2010 for 5-8 years. Purchase them originally from the winery and then from an auction house. Down to my 1 bottle of 2010. @Buddy G
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@Buddy G If you happen to fine some skip the 09. Cheers
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Love it