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2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

From a 375ml bottle.  Rhys makes some of the best Chards in California, but this is from purchased fruit and so carries the Alesia name.  It does seem like the oak treatment is different as well.  This is a sold Chardonnay but not nearly in the class of the Rhys Chards.  Light gold/green in color.  The nose is nice with minerals, spice, slight lemons and slight lumber.  On the palate, the minerals and lumber carry thru.  Some lemon.  Lean in body with good acidity.  This will work with a lots of foods.  

2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
100
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$160.00USD

Wow.  Dark purple in color, to the rim.  What a great nose.  The kind of nose one could just sniff all evening.  Cassis, graphite, slight chocolate, slight cedar and slight spice.  The nose itself it big but not overblown.  On the palate, the texture is gorgeous.  Seamless, velvety and round yet muscular enough.  Layers of fruit tightly layered with chocolate and slight dry earth.  Complex and deep.  Dee-licious.  Gulpable but then it demands attention.  Medium tannins.  Long finish.  This will require bigger foods and meat but this is a classic Napa Cab to just drink by itself.  It is that

2014 Chalone Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Grown Heritage Vines, USA, California, Monterey, Chalone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with an earthy cherry quality to it.  Perhaps some woodsy tree bark as well.  On the palate, this has a soft, creamy texture.  Cherries, slightly sour with depth.  Tight layers that open in the glass.  Nice finish.  This seems like it would age nicely over the next ten to fifteen years.  Drinking well right now.  This will match with a wide variety of foods from Salmon to Turkey and more.  Upside overtime is likely.  

2015 Heitz Cellar Chardonnay, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Light golden in color.  The nose has some oak/spice on it but not a ton.  Also some baked apples.  On the palate, the apples are fresh with a slight bit of ripeness.  The oak is a bit more persistent but again, not over the top.  Good bite of refreshing acidity.  Nice finish.  This works on its own as a cocktail wine but will work just fine with lighter fare.  It should make good drinking over the next few years.  It may not be worth long term cellaring, but it might surprise.  

2013 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$199.95USD

Wow.  This is drinking great but may yet hit that 100 point mark.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, blueberries, smoke, gravel and graphite.  All of those come thru to the palate along with some roasted meats.  Firm tannins.  Drunk over two nights, it was fresher on Night one and deeper on night two.  Fantastic both nights.  This will probably follow that path as it matures.  Will work with meats and heartier foods.  

2016 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$124.97USD

Wow.  Rhys hits another home run with this Chardonnay.  Light golden in color.  The nose is great with lemon cream and vanilla.  The palate matches.  Smooth and almost seamless.  Depth and complexity.  So good right now that it would be a shame not to drink one this young.  Based on past history, this is likely to shut down for a bit and not emerge for 7 or so years.  So, if you don't like older Chards or can't wait, then just enjoy now!  Will work with medium or lighter weight foods.  

2014 Jaffurs Syrah Thompson Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

These usually take at least five years and really ten to open up, but this is drinking very well right now, if a bit tight and young.  It is delicious.  Purple inc olor.  The nose has boysenberries, slight black olive, black pepper and slightly roasted herbs.  On the palate, this has medium tannins.  Juicy black raspberry fruit with underlying char and slight leathery notes.  Deep and tightly layered.  It takes some coaxing but unwinds in the glass.  Long finish.  Needs spicy or meat dishes or even roasted veggies.  Some upside, this needs about five years to peak and should have a decade m

2013 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
100
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$415.00USD

This is the third review on Intowine for this wine and all three score 100 points.  This is a great wine!  It is debatable how long this will last but betting the over seems like a safe bet.  Time will tell of course,  This bottle was from Magnum that got a lot of air prior to serving.  Purple in color.  The nose has cedar, cassis, blueberries, spice leather and graphite.  Clean and deep.  On the palate, this is big but has wonderful structure to hang all of that fruit on.  Cassis and blueberries with spice and slight damp earth.  Deep and wide with layers that unwind in the glass.  It's de

2015 Quintessa Napa Valley Red Wine, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$160.00USD

One of the stalwarts of Napa cabs since the early 90's.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with cassis, some graphite, spice and char.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet jammy fruit but also has depth and tight complexity.  Firm tannins.  It is delicious but not giving up a lot of the complexity that it will have.  Cassis and black cherry fruit along with fresh cut lumber and char.  No doubt this is all to be expected and needs at least five years to calm down and sort itslef out and should be a gorgeous wine.  As it is today, it is fantastic for those who want big deep Cal Cabs and i

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