Maison Agricola Joy Hill

Rutherford Hill

Napa Valley Merlot 2019

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim. Pretty color, but looks much older than it is.

Muted on the nose with black fruits, light wood and chocolate notes.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, licorice, light earth, herbs, spices, pencil lead, chocolates, light tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium minus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice entry level Merlot from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with nice complexity.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now and will not continue to improve.

Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. A good pop and pour kind of wine, but better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Wine Spectator 91 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. A good party wine.

A blend of 77% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 14 days ago

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Rex Hill Vineyards

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Black currant, black raspberry, gentle earthiness, black pepper, and slight star anise at the end. Lovely example of a Willamette Pinot. Medium to full body with medium tannins. Performed even better after decanting. — 21 days ago

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Jasper Hill

Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 1999

A exploration of nine 1999 Cote Rotie - Syrahs and Shiraz on their 25th anniversary. Another Aussie ended up being my #2 — 2 months ago

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Dude, you kidding, Jasper Hill has always been near the top of the totem pole!
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@Ron R well I’m a believer now! Surprised my top two were Aussie vs Cote Roties and US syrahs…

Vine Hill Ranch

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

David T

Bruce Phillips and his wife were pouring their 2021. Talked w/ him at length. Very nice couple.

The 2021 showed well young with room for improving with 10-25 years in bottle and beyond. It showed some evolution, wasn’t all primary. Elegant, very well balanced with excellent structure and finish. Drink 2033-45 properly stored.

The general Napa consensus on 2022 vintage will be a story of did you pick before or after the 6 days of extreme heat during the harvest window. One producer told me his would add 5% of 2023 to some of his 2022’s, which is allowed. He mentioned that he was going to add 15%. But, I think he just misspoke? Get ready for an amazing 2023 vintage from Napa. It was a cooler, not hot-hot, which was a near perfect growing season for long slow even ripening. Some say a vintage of a lifetime and others would only say exceptional.

The Saturday-Sunday Pavilion tasting at Pebble Beach Food & Wine is an excellent four hours to taste a lot wine, taste curated dishes from chefs from all over the country and meet the people behind the bottle. These short ribs were one of the top two or three things I tasted at the Pavilion Saturday.
— 11 days ago

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Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 1995

Absolutely exceptional and outstanding  — 23 days ago

Gregory Tilley
with Gregory


Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2023

Infanticide. This changed a lot in the glass. A lot going on here, but we didn’t do it justice by drinking it so young. Green apple, coconut, lychee. — 2 months ago

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Chalk Hill

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Rich US Chardonnay, but balanced one.lot’s of fruits. 2021 @110, SD, 240325 — 23 days ago

Chalk Hill

Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2009

[Tasted on March 15, 2024 at Richland Country Club in Nashville]

49% Cabernet Sauvignon; 21% Malbec; 17% Merlot; 8% Petit Verdot; 4% Syrah; 1% Carmenere. Chalk Hill AVA is a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA and is known for its chalky white ash soils. Restrained red currant fruit with mineral and graphite notes. Balanced and Bordeaux-like.
— a month ago

Lynmar Estate

Quail Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019


One of the best. Very balanced. Red fruit but earthy. — a month ago

Matt Dill
with Matt

Chalk Hill

Estate Bottled Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2022


A new favorite of mine. Limes and peaches. — 2 months ago

with Jeni
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