Napa Valley Merlot

One of the smoothest bottles we have had in a long time. Great pairing with Chicken and Trout. We have a couple of bottles left in our cellar from a visit to the Vinyard in 2004 can’t wait to open — 7 days ago

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Cade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Savory dry full-bodied spicy — 3 years ago

Bevan Cellars

Dry Stack Vineyard Syrah 2007

This wine is very forgettable. There was some fruit on the nose, but more of a muted presence. Perhaps a little too old? Bottle variation? Whatever it is, this one was in last place in a lineup of 2012 Plumpjack, 2005 Cayuse En Cerise, 2013 Sleight of hand Psychedelic, 2009 Alban Reva, 2001 Dutschke Semmler, and a 2015 Montagu Hyde. Died immediately when paired with braised pork. Did have some velvety black fruit character throughout but it had nothing exciting to contribute. Didn't even wake up with salty kettle chips. I would like to try a newer offering perhaps? — 4 years ago

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Bit of a head scratcher. Based on Russell’s winemaking style, I expected this to still be large and in charge, but this came across as tired (maybe due to the other bottles it was next to?) Ripe red and black fruits, graham cracker, and dark cocoa. Still haven’t had any of Russell’s Syrahs...maybe I can request one to be open during our tasting next week.


Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Top of Howell Mountain
#cade #Odette #plumpjack
— 4 years ago

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Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Long long long finish. Plumpjack is always a consistent top level performer! — 6 months ago

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Force Majeure

Parabellum Coulée Syrah - Mourvèdre Blend 2016

Beautiful Red Mt estate wines made by Todd Alexander, formerly of Bryant Family, and PlumpJack - coincidentally a Texan Native, or "lost soul" to Cali. — 3 years ago

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Oscar Semmler Barossa Valley Shiraz 2001

More fruit than funk. This one was not at the very front or back of a lineup consisting of a 2012 Plumpjack, 2005 Cayuse En Cerise, 2013 Sleight of hand Psychedelic, 2009 Alban Reva, 2007 Bevan Bob's Cuvee Dry Stack Syrah, and a 2015 Montagu Hyde. Would definitely enjoy again if someone else was buying. I was very surprised to find a lot fruit still here. The cellartracker drink by window seems to have expired a couple of years ago, yet I did not really get many tertiary notes out of this wine at all. A lot of dark fruit here. Ripe blackberry, boysenberry, hint of earthy grit to the middle and finish. Still seemed to finish with a little bit of resolving tannin. The finish definitely has rounded off. Enjoyed quite a bit, yet if you have this in your cellar I would start opening! — 4 years ago

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Really cool bottle. Power of persuasion may have been why I picked up some eucalyptus but it was faint. There was an old graham cracker note too. Ripe blackberry, cassis, and vanilla pipe tobacco. Would like to try one of these younger.


Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Shay A

Monthly WTF wine group tasting. This month’s theme was chardonnay from any region or vintage. Nice eclectic bunch!

I am aware of the relationship between Odette and Plumpjack, and while I don’t know the differences in their reserve Chardonnay winemaking, this Odette is (for my taste) incredibly superior to the Plumpjack version. Modern Cali chard with a touch of restraint (I think there is some stainless used here). Aromatically it shows ripe stone fruits, melon and clove, while the palate is quite viscous with melon, lemon cream, Powdered lemon bar, and lemon oil. Lots to like here. Thanks
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— 2 years ago

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Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Shay A

Finally getting around to posting Day 5 in Napa, our final day. 5 years in a row visiting...hope to make it 6 next year!

First stop was Odette. They pour Cade and Plumpjack wines as they are sister wineries.

This Cade SB was a bit underwhelming, honestly. Grassy and lemon aromatics with a quite tart lime dominant note on the palate. These may be better with a year or two to sit as this seemed really young.
— 4 years ago

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I like this one too
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@jesus g : Everything is there for a nice SB...think it was just served too cold for my liking. It improved a bit when I came back to it after tasting through the reds.

Switchback Ridge

Peterson Family Vineyard Merlot 2014

Beat out Pride Merlot and Plumpjack Merlot and nickel and nickel Merlot in s blind taste test. Outstanding! — 4 years ago

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