Archive for the ‘Domestic’ Category

2005 Santa Barbara Nebbiolo Stolpman Vineyard

The nose came across on the sweeter side and showed red fruit and vanilla.  The palate was a little lighter, and showed sour cherry red fruits.  The texture and weight of the wine was a little more on the glycerine end of the spectrum.  The wine came across with a peaty-heady character on the nose […]

2003 Palmina Nebbiolo Sisquoc Vineyard

The nose shows darker, bluer fruits and chalky tannins.  The wine has a deep palate showing firm oak and bright acidity.  It is a true to form Nebbiolo and displays some violet characteristics that are laced through a massive palate that brings up some nice savory and herbal character after the wine has had a […]

1979 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

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Have you ever been to The Wine Cask in Santa Barbara?  Do you remember how there was a doorway that connected the main dining room to the adjacent restaurant (el Paseo)?  Well, that doorway used to be completely filled with bottles that I assumed were empty.  They weren’t.  They were full of 1979 Sanford and […]

1977 Inglenook Pinot Noir

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Every couple years, if you are lucky and sometimes goad your friends and family a little bit, you get to try something that has historical significance.  This is one of those wines and was a great way to make special dinner with close family and friends a little more memorable. For a wine that is […]

Palmina Barbera 2006

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The 2006 Palmina Barbera started out strong and has showy aromatics right out of the bottle. The color is a nice purple shade of brickish-orange. The palate is rich and full and very well balanced with puckering acidity. The wine is well built, has nice depth to it and upon closer inspection the nose reveals strong cola and coco notes with sweet red fruit characteristics. The palate is full and like the nose has sweet red and blue fruits that are supported by racy acidity. There are some dark fruits in there too; blueberry pie, or plum jam? It is a little on the sweet side to fit into the uber-classic category, but doesn’t miss the point by any means. There is a nice openness on the palate that begs for a food pairing

Thread 2007 Syrah/Grenache

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Let’s first address the white elephant in the room; this wine is not a Cabernet.  We can’t pretend that there is only one wine worth drinking and writing about, so with that in mind, check out this big guy. The nose is big and open up front with prominently displayed lavender aromatics overlaying dark and […]

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

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The nose starts out a little shy or subdued, but has pretty classic Napa Cab virtues.  Right after opening it shows crushed raspberry fruits and strong minerality, but starts to open up and show a deeper, richer nose with hints of candied cherries, rhubarb, french bread and herbaciousness. Side note:  It is no surprise that […]

Karl Lawrence 2005 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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This wine was a treat.  It had beautifully polished blue fruits.  Tremendous texture and depth.  This wine was exceptional and made an impression on everybody that we shared it with.  We were lucky enough to have it out of magnum at a post Thanksgiving dinner party.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to step aside […]

1978 Clos Du Val Cabernet Reserve

I love getting to try old Napa Cabernet, and always appreciate getting to drink 78’s.  The 78 vintage was a good year and from my experience shows much better than the younger 79’s which have tended to be leaner, tougher and less interesting. Clos du Val is a house that is very much in the […]

Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet 2003

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This wine is rich, full, and long on the palate. The nose has raspberry compote and shows a nice structure up front. The palate has great acidity and depth, showing deep juicy fruits, with raspberry as the predominant flavor. There is a great minerality to this wine… chalky, calcareous soil character to it.

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