Clos Du Val

Falkenstein (Franz Pratzner)

Val Venosta Riesling 2018

No notes, but Alpine wine is a cat nip for me, so I went in biased & (predictably) came out happy. Valle D’Aoste Riesling with some bottle age. Rounded, golden, & goddamn good. White flowers in sunshine + de-sweetened lemon curd. Has some texture too. At 15$ another crazy Eddie (For anyone who grew up in NYC in the 70’s, that’s for you) value. — a month ago

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Patrick Piuze

Val de Mer Chablis Chardonnay 2021

A challenging vintage as shown by how uncharacteristic this wine is. While the purity and acidic tension are all there, the 2021 lacks the weight of past vintages and displays a noticeable green pyrazine character. There are elements of this wine that read more Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay. Great minerality, but it will be interesting to see if this has enough fruit to hold up in the cellar. — 3 months ago

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Clos du Val

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

Haven’t posted in years, but was doing some cellar work with Freund and this was supposed to an open to get rid of it bottle. Nope. It’s just that hammer. It’s going to keep on getting better and better as the night goes on, and I don’t think that is the dessert talking. Surprise, you didn’t know I was awesome until I hit the glass. — 19 days ago

Mark Freund
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Ned Gray Creed

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Wasn’t I right? It did just keep getting better! Wow.

Val di Suga (Angelini)

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2013

Medium bodied, cassis, tart cherry, cranberry, red licorice, green pepper , tobacco. Still has some tannins and could sit for a while. — 3 months ago

Amelia Mowry, CSWPaul TuffOlivia Mowry
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Bodegas Rafael Palacios

As Sortes Val do Bibei Valdeorras Godello 2020

Great Godello however still young.
In the nose minerals (flint) and smokey. Mouth like a rollercoaster.
— 20 days ago

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Eulogio Pomares Zárate

Val do Salnes Rías Baixas Albariño 2021

Good texture great vines — 23 days ago

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Clos du Val

Carneros Pinot Noir 1986

Just about to turn, but still a wonderful leathery nose with strong tannin. Probably wouldn’t last much longer. — 2 months ago

Pierre Morlet

Grande Réserve Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend

Shay A

Easy enjoyment factor with this champagne. When we visited Morlet in Napa last year, they like to pour their vintage offering of Pierre Morlet as a welcome upon arrival. I enjoy their family label, but wish it was more readily available.

Grand cru fruit. 76/24 Pinot/chard and it shows. This is rich, yeasty and powerful. Borders on creamy with the mousse. Limestone grit, lemon and white chocolate scone, with hints of nougat. This NV offering is very enjoyable for the price, and reminds me of a less layered/complex Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (which is a favorite of mine).
— 4 months ago

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