Modus Operandi Cellars

Modus Operandi Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is the 2013 “Vanquish” Cabernet from Modus. Operandi. Opening to this day is blossoming and plush with flavors that evolve with each swig. — 23 days ago

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Amor Dalla Gasperina Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Ron R
9.4

Refer to my prior notes. — 2 months ago

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Happy Healthy New Year Ron
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@Jody Scharf, same to you my brother. What’s in your glass???

Ruffino

Ruffino Modus Toscana 2019

Medium-deep ruby color.
Aromas of dark fruit, herbal. Faint.
Dry. Flavors of stewed black plum/cherry, black pepper, spice, cinnamon, licorice, clove

Intensity: 3/5
Complexity: 3/5
Balance: 4/5
Finish: 4/5
— 4 months ago

Modus Operandi Cellars

Antithesis Napa Valley Red Blend 2017

A tad too sweet but still very good — a month ago

Shay, Sharon and 2 others liked this

Ruffino

Modus Toscana Sangiovese Blend 2017

Love it. Mild and flavorful — a month ago

Modus Operandi Cellars

Center of Gravity Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Ron R
9.4

Celebrating Wifey’s birthday. Just like my wife, this wine is stand-out. Love it! — 4 months ago

Ira, Dawn and 35 others liked this
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@Ira Schwartz, thank you, and will pass those well-wishes on. It’s a shame about the app.
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Happy birthday!
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Thanks @Sharon B 👍🏾

Modus Operandi Cellars

Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Medium garnet in color with a nose of plum sauce, dark and red cherries, potpourri, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of gun smoke. Nose is delightful and develops the longer it is in the glass. The age has smoothed this wine out nicely. No sharpness at all. No tannin to speak of. Lingering flavors of a cherry jolly rancher on the finish. I remember tasting this in either ‘16 or ‘17 and thinking it had body closer to a cab. I think that has helped this wine to age gracefully. Drink now. First experience with an aged Pinot. I have another bottle of this. Would seem like it would go well with Chicken Parmesan. I’ll make that for my other bottle. — 9 months ago

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Paul Lato

East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

Shay A
9.4

I’m scoring as is today, but I really think this inches upward a bit over the next 5-7yrs.

This fell victim to curiosity (as well as a ‘21 Modus Operandi UV-Laguna Pinot). I’ve had a few of Lato’s entry and mid-level offerings, but this was my first Pisoni from them. Loved it.

Profile wise, this is similar to Dumol (not as big as Aubert, but not a lean style either). A very pretty down-the-middle style. While the aromatics here were lovely (honeysuckle, faint lemon cream, citrus and sweet baking spices), the texture of this wine was a standout. Sports much more depth than initially expected (yellow fruits, peach, apricot, pink cotton candy, limestone)…not quite a lees-y style, but close, while remaining elegant and light on its feet (good acidity). Oak is there but plays a supporting role. For being so young, this was a supremely balanced wine. I need to consider buying more.
— a month ago

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@Shay A Paul Lato makes great wines. Many of them drink well on the early side. Great notes.

Aston Estate

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

Ron R
9.5

Outstanding example of Cali Pinot. Even more so since this is 2012 vintage. Overripe cherries and coffee notes explode on the nose. The palate displays crunchy black fruits along with syrop de cassis. Superb grainy tannins combine with bright acidity. A reference point in Sonoma/Cali.

Here are my top 2023 tastings by type. Let me know what your favorites are…

2023 Wines of my Year
Sauvignon Blanc - Modus Operandi (2021) - $45
Chablis - Domaine Genot-Boulanger Puligny Montrachet (2020) - $85
Chardonnay - Kongsgaard (2020) - $120
Pinot - Aston Estate (2012) - $70
Cabernet - Sinegal (2019) - $75 &
Cabernet - Lewelling (2019) - $59
— 2 months ago

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@Jody Scharf, let’s connect. Happy Christmas 🎅🏾
WC Fields

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Year isn’t over! Got 2 more days. Detecting low expectations for the next two days? 🤪
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@WC Fields, well, I had lined up wines wines that we had quaffed previously, and because of that, the die was cast. Besides, I rarely tasted a wine once and come to such conclusions. I think a good product must also display consistency. 🥳