Tasting Notes for Cavalry19D

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Red
12/7/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
On seldom occasion, a deep connection to something or someone is both undeniable and dangerously irresistible. An aroma, touch, or taste of a muse can be so compelling that reason gives way to desire. A molten rouge hue radiates like pouty lips parting in passionate fervor. Her perfume tempts a core of raspberries wrapped in vine picked strawberry, dew moistened rose petal, fresh cinnamon, and sweet cola. The sensation of her on my tongue is to melt in the intensity of my own wanton fascination. Caressing black cherry and dark red currents beg at the palate with a promiscuous acidity. Complexity abound, notes of spearmint and fire roasted vanilla bean writhe with a kiss of blueberry and wild iris. Every curve is deliberate, unique, and beautiful… All I want is more…
Red
11/8/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
For a wine that boasts a 15.5% alcohol concentration, this wine is a masterpiece in balance and craftsmanship. Bright ruby unfolds layers of fleshy Pinot Noir that breathes incredible complexity of dried cherries, baking spices, crushed rock and dusty minerals, sulfur and pungent rose petal. The palate gives even more with intense ripened raspberries, white sage and fresh cinnamon. Broad creamy texture lends an impressive tactile experience that finishes with deep toasted mineral and mandarin orange peel. Balance and intensity is truly the highlight of this wine.
Red
10/12/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Like storm clouds gathering strength on a dark horizon or an active volcano rumbling and aching to explode this brooding Syrah oozes intensity. Macerated blackberries, tar, charred meats, and anise permeate from a fleshy creamed black opal liquid. Assertive flavors envelope the palate with a core of tightly wound dark fruits, fried plum skins laced with edge of blueberry. Deeply concentrated wet violet petals, melted Belgian dark chocolate, white pepper, crushed espresso grind, and roasted vanilla bean add to an impressive complexity to this still sleeping giant. Folly finishes with a still palpable complexity and ultra fine tannin.
Red
9/13/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Nestled along steep sloping hillsides and blanketed by the dense maritime fog layer of Anderson Valley lies the personal vineyard site of legendary winemaker Burt Williams of Williams Selyem. Being one of California's most exclusive producers of Pinot Noir, demand for wines crafted by or associated with Williams are staggering. When Chris Whitcraft was offered the opportunity to create a wine from the grapes of Williams' Morning Dew Ranch, the honor and privilege proved too great to decline. A pungent potpourri of cherry cola, sweet vanilla bean, and wet cinnamon quill radiate from an illuminating core reminiscent to that of an uncut ruby. A lustrous velvet textural nuance expresses layers of wild strawberry and pomegranate laced with black pepper and burnt cinnamon. Lively acidity carries subtle, yet distinct expressions of dew moistened earth and blooming roses echoing beneath juicy ripened red fruits. Elegance and complexity balanced by fullness and persistent flavor credits this Pinot as a healthy rival to the great wines of Burgundy.
White - Sparkling
9/9/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Vigorous coiling bubbles muster a delicate foamed mousse atop a brilliant pale gold hue of sparkling chardonnay. The aromatics summon images of limestone, bright peach, lemon peel, melted cheeses smeared over toasted bread, and a hint of muted sulfer. Racing acidity streaks against the edges of the palate carrying flavors of radiant citrus, green apple skins, white flower petal layered over white mushroom. Ruinart finishes off dry with focused minerality and faint honeysuckle.
White - Sparkling
7/16/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
I find that this style of Champagne is rarely understood, but if given a moment of appreciation, an affair with this irresistible platinum blonde is an experience to savor. A perfume of restrained citrus oil and honeysuckle is lifted off the airy mouse by racy mineral kissed acidity. Tiny bubbles ascend from the bottom of the flute like strings of miniature pearl necklaces. Razor sharp intensity streaks over the palate with limestone, white flower petal, muted honeycomb, and a pale fruit quality that radiates elegant fragility. Striking balance and purity echoes a bone dry finish expressing chalk and fresh sea salt.
Red
8/18/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Justin Winery has been at the forefront of Cabernet Sauvignon production in Paso Robles for over two decades. Their extraordinary wines not only highlight the unique volcanic soils and warm climate of Paso Robles, but have proven that Bordeaux Style varieties can strive in the precipitously challenged California Central Coast. Isosceles, Justin’s Bordeaux Style blend is the benchmark for excellence in the region. Brash aromatics of macerated blackberry, blueberry, and overripe raspberry bring forth intensely integrated spiced cedar framed by dampened earth and wet worn leather. Opaque as black ink in the glass, the wine carries its own sense of gravity to the bottom of the stem that unfurls hedonistic dark fruit and concentrated eucalyptus leaf. Sweet black licorice rounds out a bottomless finish of ashen mineral, tobacco, and coffee ground.
Red
8/18/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Nestled against the south-facing hillsides of the Santa Ynez River, winemaker Kris Curran and Sea Smoke Cellars have authored wines whose acclaim is only trumped by its exclusivity. Born of a unique microclimate, the vines savor the intense maritime fog layer that gives the producer its namesake, Sea Smoke. Botella is dark fuchsia lipstick in color and sheds aromas of vine ripened strawberries kissed by smoke with gentle acidity. On the palate, the grip of fine grained black pepper coupled with the powerful expression of black cherry contrive symmetry of dew moistened lavender and violet petal. The silken texture gradually fleshes out as the floral elements and smoked dry minerality bloom into a layered complexity that continues to reward as she evolves.
White
8/18/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established a small vineyard on the west face of Mount Saint Helena in Sonoma County that matured into one of the great boutique and cult wineries of the New World. His vision personifies uncompromising quality produced from mountain vineyard sites, classical winemaking techniques, and extreme limited production. La Carriere, French for ‘the quarry’, is a single vineyard Chardonnay that manifests itself in a paradox: a cloudy, but glowing hue of twenty-four karat gold. A rich bouquet exhales deep breaths of baked apple pie smothered in butterscotch and brown sugar crumble. The palate features whipped orange marmalade, crème brule, and pie crust framed by a distinct smoky toast of vanilla bean, mineral, and oak. Effortless elegance balanced with hedonistic intensity, La Carriere is made with French Tradition in mind, but is decidedly Californian in style.
White
8/18/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
The town of Sancerre, spiritual home to Sauvignon Blanc, rests on an ancient hilltop overlooking the Loire River. For ages, wines produced from this area have been crafted with ethereal purity, grace, and a true sense of terroir. As far back as the 16th century, the Mellot family has reached mastery in Vigneron; vine growers expressing sincerity and a sense of place in the artistry of wine making. Their famed single vineyard site, Le Moussiere, cultivates brilliance through its soil comprised of limestone deposits, chalk, and marl. The marriage of the Vigneron and the perfect vineyard site yields stunning white gold coloration with aromas of perfumed citrus rind accented by sparkling minerality. A silky swallow explodes with grapefruit, lemon meringue, and honeysuckle matched with frenetic acidity. The finish reverberates persistent fruit at the core of a translucent flint quality.
Red
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
7 of 7: This intense Rhone Style red blend is one of the most lusciously pleasure-seeking wines I’ve tasted to date. Landon used the perfect descriptor for this irresistibly opulent red: “Slutty”. The aromatics are nothing short of striking and distinctive with prominent layers of blackberries and black raspberries packaged in inky voluptuous velvet layers of regal purple. Concentrated is an understatement, but this hellion never appeared over extracted nor was any obtrusive heat apparent despite the 16.6% alcohol. The palate is simply massive with inky red and black fruit that begged to excite every taste bud in my mouth. Sultry tannins that appeared so soft they were hardly noticeable coaxed firm structure and vast secondary notes of soy, charred meats, dusted black pepper, and wet violet petals. The focus of impassioned fruit expression penetrates deep into a lengthy finish that made me feel changed: vile and indecent, but unabashedly so…
Red
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
6 of 7: Even with this impressive lineup, this Syrah was my wine of the night. Hugely complex in its aromatics and flavor, I’m having difficulty describing it. The bouquet was wickedly unique and maintained a mystifying balance of sweet blackberry liqueur, milk chocolate coco powder, lavender petals, spicy mineral, cassis, white flower petals, and a deep feral animal quality. The palate held a dense, but wispy mouthfeel that captured the seasoned intensity of mind boggling complexity and almost unnatural balance. Broad agile tannins and acidity held deep flavors of oily violet petals, macerated blackberries and blueberries, baking spices, milk chocolate, rare gamey meets, fresh blood, leather, smoky mineral, and damp forest. On the edges, a distinct sweet coriander and syrupy orange/mandarin rind character akin to a Belgian Witbier will forever haunt me when my mind slips to this arcane beast. The finish is bottomless and resonant… I couldn’t put my glass down.
Red
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
5 of 7: Hugely aromatic with deep authoritative black cherries and burnt cinnamon, this B-C Pinot was a delight to taste against the Burgundy poured earlier in evening. In this new world product, it was obvious the expression of fruit was featured above the more secondary flavors and exploded into enveloping layers of polished ripe black cherry, blackberry, and ripe current. The mouth feel was fully satisfying and luscious with rich wet earth, clove, smoke, black pepper, and a hint of sweet cola. Whispering on the edges was a trace of acidity that seemed laced with a sappy citrus note that poked through the layers of fruit to finish with deep integrated tannins and a dark minerality. Perfect with the lobster risotto served during the tasting menu!
Red
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
4 of 7: Out of the bottle, this wine boasted its maturity with a fleshy shade of dark amber, brick, and wet clay with glowing burnt orange edges. After decanting for some time, there remained a funky dampness that took some time to blow off and clear. Slowly though, complex aromatics of cooked meats, cracked black peppercorn, and mushrooms on a wet forest floor began to emerge. The wine appeared very much alive on the palate in the form of a unique cooked papaya and red fruit quality. The fruit however, took a back seat to the feral earthy characteristics and complex spicy game temperament that was carried by still present tannins and acidity. An extremely contemplative wine, it finishes with mineral, smoke, and a soft peppery dark fruit.
Red
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
3 of 7: Deep ruby garnet in color with slight rosy edges and a lean silky viscosity, this Burgundy impressed with the intensity of fruit impeccably balanced with the symmetry of subtly nuanced secondary characters. A bouquet of powerful black cherry, smoke, and sweet dry rose petals slowly revealed itself in delicate layers. On the palate, powerful blackberry, red currants, and cassis seemed to unfold with elegant length and a quiet, but masculine restraint. Framing the fruit was paralleled acidity, harmonious leather notes, damp forest, black pepper, dry lavender petals, and a soft fine grain tannin that held a powerful, but easy grip. The wine finishes focused and concentrated with a distinct smoky mineral quality. Wow… and yet still in it’s infancy.
White
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
2 of 7: A potent perfume of petrol and gasoline swell in crescendo over the chorus of soft stone fruit and subtle honey notes. The age of the wine creates an intensely rich fruit quality in the form of baked apple, warm citrus and a kiss of rose petal which remains broad and satisfying on the palate. The wine finishes bone dry with persistent rousing minerality and a rounded honey note. Although this Riesling did not disappoint, the name of the wine, "Les Ecaillers" (meaning "The Oyster Shucker"), was probably even more appropriate during the wine’s youth when the fruit remained more bright and racy.
White
6/28/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
1 of 7: The first of seven wines, this lively white kicked off a slew of rare gems and an unforgettable dining experience at the Water Grill in Downtown Los Angeles. Intense and deeply complex aromatics of baking spice, lychee, plum, and white flower petals was framed by a hint of mineral and petrol. Gorgeous buzzing acidity supported distinctive wet rose petal and a richness of fruit in the form of peach, apricot, and plum. Red floral and fruit notes eventually began to evolve on the bouquet and on the palate while the acidity remained fresh and lively deep into the evening.
Red
2004 Stolpman Angeli Santa Ynez Valley Syrah (view label images)
6/7/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Gli Angeli, meaning ‘The Angels’ in Italian, is a purely hedonistic and wildly intense Syrah that I simply couldn’t put down. An opaque regal purple velvet in color and creamy texture to match was just the beginning of the seduction. Smoked aromas of ripe dark berry fruit and coco amazingly hid the heat of the 15.4% alcohol content. Even on the palate, not a trace of alcohol spoiled the libertine fruit expression of rich extracted blackberry and cassis. Hints of spiced oak and fine satin tannins integrate with the purity of fruit to create a full and polished mouthfeel finishing with a mineral and subtle chalk quality. The intense fruit persists well into a lengthy and lush finish that promises you won’t forget this sybaritic experience.

Note: The 2004 vintage was composed of 100% Syrah while the previous vintages had other grapes in a the blend.
White - Sparkling
6/4/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Immediately upon pouring, I knew that this champagne was something special. A bright golden hue filled with delicate strands of bubbles showcased a luxurious heady mousse that seemed brimming with texture and vibrancy. Intoxicating aromatics of baked fruit, yeast, and roasted nuts is nothing short of compelling. A round decadent palate of oven baked apple pie topped with toasted almond seemed to ball, focus, and remain concentrated well into the finish of the wine. The bubbles and firm acidity gave the wine structure and a depth into a lengthy finish of mineral, chalk, and vanilla nut. For an unfinished diamond (only a 2002 vintage and 5 years of age), this has the potential, in a decade, to be fit for a king.
Red
5/18/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
After decanting for some time, aromas of deep black cherry, dark plums and vanilla spiced cedar lend impressive strength of character. Long silky round legs with slight burnt orange edges compliment the deep ruby mahogany hue. Complex prune, over ripe cherry, and enveloping spicy raisin mysteriously remains sweet and bright on the palate amongst the fine and broad tannins. Delicate round and powerful, this Amarone expresses a slight sense of minerality hidden in layered finish of dried coffee grindings, black pepper, and cedar. Impressive now, but possesses the balance, structure, and acidity to age for many more years.
Red
5/16/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
There is a lively charm to this bright and racy Pinot Noir that seems lost amongst the throng of high alcohol fruit bomb wines that are ever so popular these days. Everything about this wine was bright and refreshing. Gorgeous ruby lipstick in color accessorized a charming perfume of wild strawberry and baking spices. Ripe fruit on the palate appears slightly darker in the form of black cherry notes and is rounded with silky tannins and white pepper spice encompassed by a buzzing acidity. The wine finishes deep and dry with a hint of smoke and mineral.
Red
5/3/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Havens marries the old world and the new in this California ode to the great Bordeaux: Chateau Cheval Blanc. This wine displays incredible balance with notes of dried blackberry, black cherry, cigar tobacco, and spiced leather. Beautifully round, the ultra-fine tannins tug at your gums deep into a finish of cassis, bittersweet chocolate and wet earth flavors; power and elegance. Note: “Bourriquot” is slang for a horse with his own mind or not easily controlled… or a person of the same type.
Red
4/27/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Initially upon opening, a perfume of tart raspberry, cigar, and a pungent spicy herbaceousness immediately gave this Pinot Noir a sense of novelty and uniqueness. The color is a cloudy cinnamon and appeared lean and sinewy in body. After some time in a decanter, dramatic changes in character, appearance, and texture seem to flesh out. An evolution into elegant black cherry, rose petal, and cherry wood - kissed with notes of a damp forest floor. Delicate and charming, this Pinot is a wine that inspires contemplation.
Red
4/26/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Immediately upon pouring, Amour Fou appeared deep, intense, and purely hedonistic. Long voluptuous legs and velvety body emit a rich bouquet of sweet cola, ripe cherries, spice and cedar that left nothing to the imagination. On my palate, sensuous black cherry and black plum effortlessly tore away my inhibitions with indulgent depth of fruit evolving into a lengthy caressing finish of spicy blackberry. Despite the sinful weight of Amou Fou, the wine remains elegant and balanced with gorgeous subtle acid structure and juicy tannins peeking through the luxurious layers of Pinot Noir. This is one encounter I could never forget...
Red
3/23/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Helen Turley's masterpiece had a lot to live up to... and it did not disappoint. A perfect balance of concentrated raspberry evolving into layers of black cherry and raspberry is nothing short of compelling. Gorgeous acid structure and soft caressing tannins echo in compliment to the delicious fruit and rich black pepper and cinnamon spice. Hints of damp forest floor act as a foundation in this chorus of this absolutely dynamite Sonoma Coast product. The mouthfeel is simply hypnotizing with perfect viscosity that remained delicate yet satisfying. One of the best, if not THE best, Pinot Noir I've ever had the privilege of experiencing. Wow.
White
3/23/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Beautifully rich perfume of ripe pear, white pepper, and lemon rind shavings. An incredible mouthfeel that displays a rich creamy experience, but without the weight of huge Cali-Chardonnays. Perfect acid structure gives the wine focus and expression. Concentrated pear and subtle white peach are balanced well with vanilla, spice, and buzzing minerality. Very Burgundian in style.
Red
3/9/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Almost overpowering nose of macerated berries and dried kitchen spices. Rich lush violet color is inviting and seduces with long sexy legs. Once it hits the tongue, intensely concentrated raspberry and strawberry jam explodes in deep layers with spice and dried lavender and rose petals. Amidst the barrage of fruit, the wine displays incredible tannic structure. Long lengthy finish is complex and flat out incredible. Even more impressive: it got better as the night wore on.
Red
2/15/2007 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Right out of the bottle bright berry fruit jumps from the beautiful perfume of this impressive Santa Rita Hills Pinot. Unique sandy cinnamon in color and rich and viscous in the glass, it brings a creamy mouthful of raspberry, black cherry, dried rose petal, and spice. Powerful and elegant from start to finish that leaves the palate with lingering earth tones and emerging spice as the fruit fades into memory.
Red
2002 St. Supéry Élu Meritage Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/21/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Packed with supple cherries, blackberries, and plum this meritage delivers big muscle sans the harsh and oppressive tannins. Nice cedar and spice finishes well with a soft toasted oak and vanilla touch lingering on the tongue. Even with all of the upfront fruit, Elu still remains lean and elegant to enjoy with a range of food pairings.
Red
11/16/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
For Shafer's 20th vintage of their famed merlot, muscular and ripe black currant, dark red plums, and hints of juicy cherry seperate the 2003 from pervious vintages with the sheer intensity of its fruit. Even with its strong character, it still remains graceful and refined with toasty oak, dark chcolate, and soft smokey tannins. Although robust and lively, it still remains a perfect food wine.
White
11/8/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
From the exact microclimate, the perfect chalky soil, and just the right exposure, this wine hails from the only and best area in the world to grow Pinot Grigio. Beautiful fruit shines through lively acidity in waves of apple, pear, and hints of mango. Nice lengthy finish of toasted almonds and warm honeysuckle adds to a wonderful experience. Factoring in a surpsingly creamy mouthfeel makes this one of my new favorite everyday wines.
Red
11/6/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Even at such a young age, this syrah is nothing short of massive with no signs of mellowing. Barely palatable when first opened, it bloomed into an aromatic nose of blueberry pie... literally. Hugely complex on the palate, waves of deep opulant fruit, roasted coco beans, flint, and sauteed pancetta. While simply enormous on the palate, I was suprised how well balanced the wine remained - never being too much. An extremely exotic experience.
Red
11/3/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
After giving it a few minutes to open, I was pleasantly suprised by the focus and complexity of this wine! The fruit evolves beautifully from bright cherry, raspberry, and strawberry (Dijon 115 Clone) to deep blackberry and black cherry (Swan Clone cuttings). The juicy black fruit lingers into the finish with soft chocolate notes, spice and a touch of sweet cola. Alot going on and still manages to stay focus with distinct flavors. I really liked this wine. Awesome effort.
White
11/2/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Bright and concentrated acid immediately perks your palate with supple pineapple and citrus flavors. Araujo brilliantly creates balance through it all with ripe honeysuckle, soft minerality, and a floral kiss. A pleasantly creamy mouthfeel extends wonderfully into the finish.
Red
11/1/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
After starting out tight, big & round blackberry and black cherry come roaring over the palate. Dark chocolate, cassis, and black licorice notes add a deep complexity woven with toasted oack and muscular, but softened, tannis. Nicely structured and wonderfully round mouthfeel. This wine finishes very well with excellent concentration and length. Very refined.
White
10/20/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
As soon as the stelvin enclosure is broken, a beautiful nose of banana touched with vanilla, finds its way to your senses. In the glass, it is a pale gold color with a medium body. A nicely balanced chardonnay with soft notes of pear, white peach, and banana - all with a baked quality - jump out at you. Finishes well with nice acid, citrus rind, and a hint of cinnamon.
Red
2004 Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red Paso Robles Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/19/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Powerful raspberry, cherry, and blueberry explode on your palate in this jammy, fruit forward wine. Nice viscosity makes this blend fun and satisfying in your mouth. Smooth and pleasant finish of spice, connamon and cedar makes this wine a great choice for most foods.
White
10/13/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Gorgeous crisp citrus, bright peach, soft dried apricot, and buzzing pineapple bland into a delightful riesling. A delicate floral touch grounds the intensity of the vibrant fruit and minerality. Eroica could definately be had with dessert.

Interesting: Eroica translates to 'Heroic' in Italian. The wine was named after Ludwig Van Beethoven's Third Symphony and celebrates the harmony of old world riesling in Dr. Loosen and the new world riesling in Cht. St. Michelle.
Red
2002 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/12/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
The syrah and petie syrah really come through in the poweful fruit foward blend. Blackberry and blueberry jam appear almost candied and is counter balanced with a soft cedar and musky spice. The finish is suprisingly delicate, especially when compared to how big this wine is on the palate, with dried current and spiced sun dried raisins.
White
9/26/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
This pale and delicate sauvignon blanc, the color of the sunshine at dawn, is the epitome of an oyster wine. Soft citrus notes, honeydew, and summertime flower petals balance nicely with crisp minerality. Good acid throughout the whole experience washes your palate clean with a faint honeysuckle finish. Great summer wine.
Red
9/14/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
When Helen Turley said that old vine Zins are the most soulful of wines, she wasn't kidding. Deep and chewy raspberries, strawberries, and cherries, all on the other side of ripe, hide a 15.5% alcohol content well. Even young, the tannins are not over bearing - a product of the old vines? - but balance the wine well. Not an overly complex Zin, but satisfying on the palate with tons of jammy fruit and soft cinnamon finish kissed with oak.
Red
1999 Ferrari-Carano Trésor Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/13/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
The 1997 vintage of this wine was THE wine that launched my passion for good vino... and this 1999 brought back some memories. Intense dark fruit, dominated by red fleshed plum and black cherry, rounded by warm cassis and toasted cedar make this wine an absolutely fantastic bordeaux blend. Ultra soft on the palate with a long, wonderful finish. I wish I had a nother bottle.
Red
9/12/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Beautiful dark ruby color with slight burnt orange on the edges of the wine. Gorgeous fruit comes through with powerful black cherry, black berry, figs and sundried raisins and is rounded by a long smooth finish of leather and spice. Firm structure and long sexy legs makes this wine an absolute pleasure to enjoy. Great with food, but elegant enough to drink on its own.
Red
9/5/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Wow... an incredible Brunello from an incredible winemaker, from an incredible vintage. This Brunello is drinking perfectly right now with beautiful soft black cherry and blackberry rounded by worn leather, spice, and wild mushrooms growing on a damp forrest floor. Goregous dark ruby in color with good structure and wonderfully soft on the palate. My patience really paid off with this wine.
Red
8/28/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
After starting out a bit tight, this wine really opened up into a very well balanced, big bodied, and beautiful complex pinot noir. Big ripe cherries and wild strawberries are nicely crafted with warm damp earth, black peppar, and velvety oak. Gorgeous light ruby/garnet color belied the creamy body of the wine. Very nice sipping wine on its own, but will stand up to most food.
White
8/23/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
This is a perfect example of an old world chardonnay from the central coast. Absolutely stunning balance in this wine with beautiful notes of pear, limestone, and grass framed with soft acid and buzzing minerality. Beautiful legs with a long lingering finish makes this wine seriously pop... and amazing effort.
White
8/13/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Lush gooseberry dominate this wine with soft notes of dried apricot peeking through. A fantastic example of a classic and distinctive californian sauvignon blanc. Very complex with balanced acid on the mid palate and finishing with a touch of oak. Wondeful body makes for a creamy mouth feel. Awesome summer wine.
Red
8/10/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
I ended up regretting opening this bottle of wine so young. Upon popping the cork, this wine was extremely tight. Color was completely opaque with zero light coming through. After a while, blackberry, black cherry, and powerful cassis framed with spice and smokey oak was revealed. Velvety smooth and fun to drink. Give it another 4-5 years and it should bloom into a very sold wine.
Red
8/3/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Even though the Wagner Family is known for their Cabernet, they really hit it out of the park with this Pinot Noir that bleeds bright cherry from start to finish. A nice full body and deep delicate complexity with notes of cinnamon, cracked black peppar, and a touch of oak. Beautiful balance and acidity - perfect with any food or on it's own. Drank with pizza and it was gorgeous.
Red
2002 Sunstone Vineyard Eros Santa Ynez Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/11/2006 - Cavalry19D wrote:
Ripe black cherry, red plum, and blackberry explode on the palate and fade away into a cracked black peppar finish. Powerful fruit really highlight this wine with a youthful vigor. Eros coats the palate well, but does not have the creamy body of a wine I would consider totally satisfying.
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