Dusted Valley Vintners

Dusted Valley Vintners

Boomtown Merlot

So good - rich and fruity, but not sweet. Vino Volos notes say cherry pie and malted chocolate. Leathery, dry, peppery, this wine has everything. — 5 days ago

Hermann J. Wiemer

Magdalena Vineyard Riesling 2016

Shay A

Deep gold color in the glass. The aromatics were a bit of a rollercoaster…when still, it was filled with ripe honeycrisp apple and cinnamon dusted pear, but when you agitated it and tried to open it up, it yielded more unique notes like a touch of petrol and honeysuckle. The acidity on the palate was faint but enough to snap to prevent it from being too rounded. Rich in profile without being sweet, and plenty of tart spiced apple crisp on the finish. This expression is likely one best enjoyed younger due to the already somewhat round palate, but it sure is solid now with plenty of time to enjoy. — a month ago

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One of the great FLX producers, I also love their Rieslings, esp the single-vinyard sites.

Dusted Valley Vintners

Boomtown Washington State Red Blend 2016

Dark plum/prune, blackberry, black cherry. A dash of white pepper and some nice tannins. A little one note but enjoyable. — 2 months ago

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Dusted Valley Vintners

Boomtown Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Excellent for the price. 15-20. Great balance medium body good finish. Great everyday wine. — 3 months ago

Robert Mondavi Winery

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Shay A

I had a glass at pop and pour to see where this was…the aromatics (roasted/muddled ripe raspberries and black cherries, currant, graphite, herbal spice), front and mid palate (fig, dark cocoa dusted dates, soft ripe red and black fruits) were excellent but the finish really showed it’s 15.5ABV…like a heat seeking missle. After re-corking and coming back to it 5-6hrs later, it had softened and integrated a bit as the finish seemed to dial in the flavors. The acidity was still very nice and while the tannins are softening, it’s got good grip. The alcohol has me wondering how this will hold up in the long term, but it’s drinking now if you can give it a few hours of air. — 19 days ago

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Deborah M

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Wow! 15.5 in a 2006?! A bit surprised to see that, but maybe it’s not unusual.
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Definitely a bit unusual back in 2006!

Château Ferran

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

2017 vintage. Dark and brooding, with cedar, graphite, blackberry, cocoa-dusted black cherry, dried sage. Medium-plus tannins, which are fine-grained and powdery feeling. Supposed to be a lot of Petit Verdot in this one, and it shows. — a month ago

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Stars & Dust

Tierra Alta Vineyard Rosé of Grenache 2020

Shay A

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!
— 3 months ago

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@Shay A can you share the website?
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@Norman Gennaro : starsanddustwines.com
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Fantastic write up @Shay A I’m really digging her rose’ this Summer. I think I may have to put on Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” album and drain a bottle on the back deck before Labor Day comes around.

La Garagista

Cybele Sparkling Blend 2017

Marigold, mustardy color. Lightly sweet pear flavor. A little musty like an antique bookcase filled with dormant tales waiting to be dusted off and revisited. — a month ago

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Quilceda Creek

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Shay A

I believe this is the oldest QC I’ve ever had. While I don’t drink them extremely often, I normally really enjoy the profile, albeit knowing they need quite a bit of time to come around. All that to say, I was really excited to see how this would show.

Cork looked almost brand new! Hardly any seepage. Amazingly dark in the glass with some fading around the rim. Aromatics of chocolate bitters dusted blackberries, espresso, baking spices and some savory graphite. Wonderfully balanced and integrated on the palate with a profile that could resemble a warm vintage early ‘00s left bank Bordeaux. Just a small amount of leather to accompany the muddled black and dark red fruits with nice acidity, and the finish is clean and pretty sporting soft tannins. This held up easily over a few hours open in the bottle. Not getting any better, but this is in a nice window where I suspect it will live for a few years.
— a month ago

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Stars & Dust

Kaerskov Vineyard Rosé of Mourvèdre 2020

Shay A

Fun and delicious new label from Nikki Pallesen, formerly of Liquid Farm. Now that she is off on her own, this and her Grenache rosé are the first two wines from the new label (Joni Mitchell inspired label art).

I drank the Grenache version of this last weekend and similarities abound between the two in color (watermelon colored with an orange tinge), and aromatics (watermelon, underripe peach, strawberry and kiwi). While the palate is also somewhat in the same vein (especially the pink sea salt dusted cranberry scone finish) this Mourvèdre version is a bit fleshier in profile. Both are best enjoyed a little bit warmer than cellar temp and this one seemed to sport a touch less acidity but a more rounded and structured mid palate. Ultimately, somewhat splitting hairs as both rosés are pretty great at the price. Followed over two days and stayed strong.
— 2 months ago

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Good notes, Shay. We rated this 90 pts, and we’re influenced by the source.