Mending Wall

Mending Wall

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Officially winter here and I immediately wanted to enjoy a bigger wine. It’s funny how the temperature outside can easily influence my wine choices. First time trying this one.

Mending Wall is a collaborative effort between three families that includes winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, Outpost Winery (Frank Dotzler) and Pulido-Walker (Mark Pulido & Donna Walker). It is located on the edge of St. Helena, at the foothills of Howell Mountain. The name comes from a Robert Frost poem. There is a line in the poem ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’

The 2017 is approachable now. Big, yet soft Cab. No need in waiting years, enjoy now with a short decant. Worth mentioning that it had a lot of sediment for a relatively young wine.

Shorter days, colder nights, bigger wines. Happy weekend.
— 3 months ago

Tom, Shay and 7 others liked this

Boich Family Cellar

Wall Road Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

8/2022. What a wine!! A big bold cab. Mount Veeder does not disappoint.

Hall’s Chophouse
— 6 months ago

Eddie, Rob and 1 other liked this

Rock Wall Wine Co.

Harris-Kratka Zinfandel 2017

Dark purple. Tastes wonderful. Complex and dynamic. Zinfully delicious, — 2 years ago

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Rhonely Boy

Rhonely Boy

Recommend a visit to the tasting room, should you find yourself in Alameda

Weltner

Hoheleite GG Sylvaner 2015

Lyle Fass
9.6

Stunning nose of green veggies like bok choy and fresh herbs. Wild mint and lovely wet stone notes. Insanely mineral and super precise with that wall of flavor and a superbly saline and delineated finish. Out of this world. Wow is this mineral. Stunning concentration. My score might go up. Let’s see. — 2 months ago

Vanessa, Ely and 10 others liked this

Pasqua

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v17. Enjoyable. Smoked meat nose. Rich, juicy, raspberry and blackberry fruit. Clean, smooth, zippy, mineral finish. — 6 months ago

Rock Wall Wine Co.

Papa's Syrah 2016

Very nice syrah. Well balanced, nice lingering finish. Lots of fruit on the nose. Fruit forward in the pallet. Although high in alcohol it doesn't drink that way. It isn't hot in the least. — a year ago

Lost River Winery

Côte-Wall Columbia Valley Syrah Blend 2016

Dense dark smooth Fruit and minerality. If you’re looking for funk, look elsewhere. — 2 years ago

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Rock Wall Wine Co.

Obsidian Red Blend 2014

v14. Delicious! Dried herb nose. Rich, deep, black cherry and plum fruit. Velvety smooth, long, slightly tight, mocha and leather finish. — 3 months ago

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Rock Wall Wine Co.

Rigg Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Big fan. Best aired and even good a day or two later providing u recork it — 4 months ago

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2005 Ducru-Beaucaillou, tasted a dozen times since en primeur, was picked 21 September to 6 October, matured in 90% new oak for 18 months. It delivers a wall of black fruit on the nose that gradually opens up with aeration, touches of incense and wild mint, cedar coming through with time. But these aromatics remain very backward. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grippy tannins, fine acidity, solid and focused. Tremendously and uncompromisingly backward, this is a seriously fine Ducru-Beaucaillou that is just not yet ready, so go back to the cellar and leave it there for another five years. Tasted at the Ducru Beaucaillou vertical at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, July 2022)
— 6 months ago