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Napa Marriott

Tasted June 18, 2019 by Woodbridge Brad with 99 views

Flight 1 (9 notes)

Wine service was slow but we did get to see most of the wines. The two hits were the RM Fume Blanc and the Silverado Merlot

White - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 USA, California, Sonoma County
87 points
Enjoyable but not particularly distinct. Nice weight and good acid balance, moderate character and fruit. Better than most Prosecco's or Cava's, because of the balance and weight, not sure I would spend the $25 but maybe.
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White
2017 Archery Summit Chardonnay USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
87 points
Light citrus and lightly oaked this had the lean muscle of an Oregon Chardonnay but there was a mild tannic note that I found slightly distracting. It could use some bottle time to smoothest and complex.
White
2017 Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
90 points
Lovely and complex without being sweet. Very herbal but more lemon grass than green pepper. Well balanced and supple, really delightful.
Red
2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
89 points
Moderately dark, the nose was interesting but only indirectly spoke of pinot. Good weight and structure in the mouth but still the varietal notes were subdued. That said it was a very full and balanced red wine. I think it needs more time.
Red
2015 Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creeks Vineyard USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
90 points
Quite nice but almost too ripe. Good weight and balance but ripe cherry note was only vaguely Pinot. Lovely wine and I might be too critical but I hoped for more personality.
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Red
2015 Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mount George Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
93 points
One of the better Merlots I have had in a long time, Great cherry note, well balanced, soft yet full bodied and very intense. Excellent
Red
2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
88 points
Way too oaky without any touch of finesse. My least favorite red of the night. No elegance just ham fisted winemaking using very nice grapes and new barrels.
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Red
2016 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Hilltop USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
90 points
Powerful, yet developed a really nice Cab. Ripe berry, good expression of the barrel, bit hot on the finish. Big wine from Paso, needs some time.
Red
2016 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
90 points
Definitely needs more aging time but all the right elements are there. Big wine that will be more elegant in a few years.
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