Union Wine Co.

Bella Union Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Was worried that this would be fruity and oaky. I should’ve known not to worry. The nickel family is serious about this wine. It’s very dark and I fear too young. Stood up very well with steak and punched back. Hit it with 100% pure oxygen and it’s still tight. Has some nice savory notes hiding the fruit here. Feel like I’m eating the wine. But I like it. — 12 days ago

Neil, Bob and 6 others liked this
Tyler Felous

Tyler Felous

@Joe DAscoli how does one hit it with pure oxygen? Sounds crazy.
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Clos du Val Wine Co.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

Great every single time — 2 months ago

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La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Within a few minutes the opening notes change from what was lighter fruit to dark notes with bitter lace of coffee, fig, and bark. Cranberries sparkle through as an acidic tone then takes over with a tight and elegant finish. — 14 days ago

Andrew liked this

Badet Clément & Co.

Pontificis Grenache Blend 2022

This medium-dark wine offers a nose of black plums, blueberries and blackberries along with aromas of earth, tobacco, cedar, clove and nutmeg. I understand that the three segments - Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre- were vinified in both barrels and tanks, with no more than six months of aging. Given that, it is understandable that oak does not take a more prominent position.

The palate is loaded with dark fruit and savory notes, and it has a firm tannic grip with lively acidity. I had it with some sautéed meatballs and Petit Basque cheese. It paired excellently.
— a month ago

Jonathan, Paul and 2 others liked this
John Bratincevic

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I really need to try this again, it used to be one of my go-tos.
Randy Fuller

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John, it is a very nice wine. And easy on the wallet, too.

La Jota Vineyard Co.

Howell Mountain Merlot 2019

Jeremy Shanker
9.1

A much more serious take on Merlot than most do in Napa. Graphite, blackberry, cacao. — 21 days ago

Eric, Severn and 5 others liked this

Pali Wine Co.

Riviera Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021

Loaded with Fruit, great change up from not so dry — 19 days ago

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Matchbook Wine Co.

The Arsonist California Petit Verdot Blend 2015

2019 vintage. A nice blend. Dry and dark enough for my taste with a complex and interesting palette — 2 months ago

Clos du Val Wine Co.

Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

Delectable Wine
9.6

The 1976 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from Clos du Val is the most interesting of all the wines. The estate was founded by John and Henrietta Goelet in the early Seventies when the couple challenged recently graduated winemaker Bernard Portet to create a Bordeaux-inspired estate in Napa. Clos du Val attained global recognition when its inaugural 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the wines poured blind by Steven Spurrier at the epochal The Judgement of Paris, so this bottle of 1976 was one of their earliest bottlings that, incidentally, came directly from Clos de Val’s apparently meager reserves. It is very elegant and perfumed on the nose, typical old school, classic Napa Cabernet in all its unfettered glory, beautifully defined with wilted rose petals and a light fish scale element. Supple, very pliant tannins define the palate. There remains ample freshness and poise, a fine silver thread of acidity and a clove-tinged, rounded, exquisitely balanced finish that would surpass practically every other Bordeaux from this vintage. Outstanding. (Neal Martin, Vinous, April 2024)
— 2 months ago