2022 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Oberon is a project by the Michael Mondavi family making quality wines from California. The winemaker is long time industry veteran Tony Coltrin. This is a reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc that tries to forge its own identity from a grape that can be very distinctive depending on where it was grown and made. It is light green in color with a bit of silvery/gold hues. Clear and bright. The nose has a nice minerality, slight tropical fruit and even slighter grassiness. Slightly oily texture. Good balance. On the palate, the minerality dominates.

Cuvaison 2021 Chardonnay, Hedon

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

The Small Lot expressions of Cuvaison (wine typically under 200 cases and a focused identity) have become some of the most exciting and anticipated wines coming out of California. This latest Chardonnay expresses both traditional and non-traditional Chardonnay notes. Typical would be citrus, lemon lime, white peach and guava. Untypical shows kumquat, amber resin, a slight sour green apple and an even slighter butter rum hard candy.

Cuvaison 2021 Pinot Noir, Spire

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

What begins as a soft and velvety Pinot Noir, light and delicate, turns to a beautifully structured wine that offers excellent fruit, acidity, light tannins and layers of flavor. Typical of many Pinots, this begins with noticeable strawberry, red raspberry and black cherry notes, but then delves into more complex, green tea leaf, cedar plank, wild grass, light earthiness, cola, rhubarb and a hint of resin. At first blush this seems like a lovely Pinot Noir to have with dinner, but upon spending time with it, you realize the various facets.

2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Oakville Farmhouse Heritage, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is a field blend of Negrette, Zinfandel, Mondeuse, Petite Sirah and Carignane.  An interesting red.  Lots of cherries with some milk chocolate and a bit of cedar.  Still some tannins showing although mostly integrated.  Tasty wine that drinks well on its own and will work with with roasted chicken or Turkey.  A nice choice for Thanksgiving.  Drink over the next five years.  

2005 Girard Petite Sirah, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2023
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a blend of 93% Syrah and 7% other Rhone varietals.  It is in a great place right now and seems to be at peak.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The  nose has black raspberries, bramble, gravel and smoke.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, great texture.  Plenty of ripe black raspberry fruit with some underlying char.  Nice finish.  Nice on its own, this will work well with grilled or roasted foods.  Drink over the next five years.

The Mill Keeper Cabernet Sauvignon MV

Vintage: 
2023
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

Clearly made as nothing but an enjoyable glass of wine, which wine always should be, The Mill Keeper offers an incredibly viscous, smooth and velvety texture, leading to soft notes of blueberry, blackberry, and light mocha notes. In the background, vanilla, red raspberry, and Rainier cherries fill out the profile. What’s unusual about this wine is that it is pulled from multiple vintages and vineyard sites. The fruit is sourced mainly from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma that utilize sustainable management programs.

2013 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$297.00USD

Shafer Hillside Select is truly an American First growth.  It has the production levels, the long history and the quality.  A great bottle of wine.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, slight blueberries, char, graphite and spice.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the  palate, great texture.  Notes of cassis with graphite and char.  Deep and complex.  Long finish.  This is not yet at peak but getting there.  Delicious.  Drink over the next twenty years.  Great on its own, but this will work with hearty foods as well.  This would be perfect with brisket.  

2016 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$265.00USD

It was great to try this wine again.  The last bottle about a year ago was stunning and so was this one.  The wine is opening up nicely if still young.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is excellent with cassis, blueberries, coffee grounds, spice and graphite.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  Wonderful texture.  Lots of energy and great balance.  On the palate, cassis, coffee, blueberries and spice.  Long finish.

2006 Opus One, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$450.00USD

Inky purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, graphite, dark chocolate and cigar box.  Full bodied.  Tannins mostly resolved but a few hanging around.  This is complex and layered and unwinds beautifully in the glass.  Notes of cassis, black cherries, and underlying earthiness.  Good acidity.  Good finish.  This seems at or just past peak, but drinking well.  The vintage was a bit difficult but there is no lack of ripeness.  Drink up.  This will be better with food.  It would work well with beef stroganoff.  

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