Rutherford Hill

Sloan

Rutherford Red Bordeaux Blend 2002

Nose of camphor and graphite ahead of an insanely structured and primary Sloan. Espresso and blackcurrant, blackberry and fresh earth. Took 2 hours to come out from cellar temp, but boy what a show. This has 20+ years ahead. Phenomenal. — 11 days ago

Jay, Jan and 16 others liked this

Chalk Hill

Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Really enjoying this unusual combo of varietals: 49% cab, 30% Malbec, 12% petite Verdot , 5% carmenere , 4% Syrah and 4% Merlot. 11 years of age and is well integrated . CT 92.5 with 170+ reviews. — 13 days ago

Severn, Douglas and 12 others liked this

Scarecrow

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Too young…will show better in 5 years. — 19 days ago

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Stony Hill

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006

Low key, but spectacular. More reminiscent of old Chablis than Cotes d’Or — 20 days ago

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Freemark Abbey

Bosché Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1994

1994 | Cabernet Sauvignon
Freemark Abbey; Bosché Vineyard
25th Anniversary Bottling
Napa Valley; Rutherford, California, USA
(93-95; Drink 2019-34)

2.5H Decant, more time appreciated. WOW.
Storage is everything...
— 13 days ago

Pooneet, Diane and 25 others liked this

Kumeu River

Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2014

Exceptional wine and so classically elegant (not using the B word) except that its hiding an extra point of alcohol (14%) behind an unassuming pale hay glow that looks light and lean. I love the bait and switch.

The delicate sprinkled spices of lemon curd and vanilla and toasted coconut shaving juxtapose the power in the palette - weight and viscosity and length to go the distance.

10 years in, in a perfect spot.
— 19 days ago

Severn, Tom and 8 others liked this

Beaulieu Vineyard

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

wonderful wine. thx. Steve!!! — 11 days ago

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Staglin Family Vineyard

Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Opened and needed zero airtime. This wine was elegant and smooth right out of the bottle. Excellent — 8 days ago

Brandon, Tom and 4 others liked this

Henschke

Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 2002

This is Stephen Henschke’s favourite vintage of H of G he said. This was the first vintage he bottled under screw cap and all subsequent vintages have been bottled that way. They have also experimented with the Vinolok glass stopper. As Stephen said “I love tradition and it is very important as a 6th generation family owned winery. However when tradition lets you down as it has with cork, there is time to evaluate better closures. “ He went on to say the 2002 has that distinctive Hill of Grace nose which you can’t define but it does have the trademark mint, spice and sage. The palate is profoundly intense and could go on for another 10 years but flirting with perfection right now. — 13 days ago

Jeroen, Scott@Mister and 17 others liked this
Bob McDonald

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Corks are finished at Henschke.
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Why not use the glass closure? I’m a big fan of those. I’ve never had a decayed bottle when sealed with glass. I’ve never tasted this wine due to its cost… sniff
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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Volcanic Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Always great. Plenty of life but I probably would not hold them. — 19 days ago

Severn, Bob and 6 others liked this