Tasting Notes for RyanWu

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Red
10/14/2019 - RyanWu wrote:
90 points
Pretty disappointed. This is a bland wine. There is no wow factor inside. As a prestigious wine, this is quite a bummer.
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White
9/12/2019 - RyanWu wrote:
85 points
Nothing surprising………
Is it a solid wine? Yes.
Is it a textbook Chardonnay? Yes.
Is it a memorable wine? No. Hell no!
At this price range, you can easily find more distinct wines from russian river or Oregon. If I can not have a punch in my face, I will just go domestic for sure. By the way, the floral and mineral are really weak. Then, the palate is saturated with acid and the sense of alcohol................ Gosh! What a disappointing wine.
Red
7/29/2019 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for two hours. It's too early to drink now. The nose is more earthy side with a bit red fruit. On the palate, the chewy tannin elongates the medium lasting. Residue sugar really increases the depth and attractiveness of the wine. Overall, this is a chimera between old world and new world but in a good way. I am not fully convinced by it, but people with French preference will like this more than Napa Cab.
Red
3/2/2019 - RyanWu Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for one hour and started from there. It's a great bottle. The nose is pretty complex with Asian spice, red fruit, and a hint of cedar. The medium body offered an elegant opening. Then, there were more and more scripts coming into the play with time. The growing body showed that this wine should have more years to expect. On the palate, well integrated sweetness and tartness reminds me raspberry, mulberry, and a bit licorice from sweet tannin. The lasting is not really long but solid enough. Nice wine clean and well-balanced. The only complain will be the alcohol level, which will be better below 14%.
Red
9/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
95 points
What a wine! We enjoyed it on Mid-Autum festival, which enlightened the nigh. The aroma jumping out from the grip with floral, lead pencil, dark berry, and definitely pepper. On the palate, the wine is so ready. Glycerol texture smoothen the complex components. Dark berry, honey, licorice, and mature tannin team up a splendid drama. Amazingly, the lasting turns into a perfum-like style. This is pretty hard to link this elegant work to the enthusiastic proprietor, who is a Hard-core rocker.
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Red
8/19/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
93 points
Kobalt is always my favorite! I am so happy that Coombsville finally got their recognition to be an official AVA. 2008 Kobalt is already at its prime. The nose is stuffed with lead pencil, dark berry, and candied fruits. On the palate, the tannin is quite mature, which provides a long lasting licorice. Other than that, the juicy wine and solid backbone make the whole wine in a total package. Love it. It should be drank in these five years.
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Red
8/6/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
92 points
Pnp. This wine reminds me my vacation in Russian River. Clarity is always the most impressive part of Williams Selyem. With a 13.7% alcohol level, this is well-balanced for summer times. Nose is floral, vibrant red bright fruit, and a hit of oak. On the palate, it's amazing that the body is full from this ruby color liquid. Rasberry, espresso, licorice, and fine grain tannin composing a fairly long lasting. This is a very humble wine, but really profund. It should age beautifully for at least 10 years, but now is also very enjoyable.
Red
7/21/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
94 points
Still amazing or I should say it's just at the prime stage. The nose is very vibrant with lots of dark fruit (cassis, plum, and blueberry), and just right amount of oak. On the palate, I really enjoy the layout. Fruit is the first followed by solid tannin bringing up a fairly long lasting. Besides the main back bone, the flesh is built up by sweet licorice and dark berries. This is the wine you know will show great characters and light up the night. It's a great loss for wine lovers without any more gems from Karl lawrence. Luckily, I still have several bottles, but it will be realy hard not to touch them.
Red
2014 Château Labrousse Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
If you like backward wines, this is a very conserved wine. The nose is dominated by animal fur and leather with just a trace of fruit. Interestingly, the nose provides a hint of serious wine, but the body is only medium and a bit of melted tannin. It's enjoyable now, and might be improved within this five years. Considering the logic and design of this wine, this is a great choice for lunch pairing with a rotisserie chicken.
Red
2015 G7 Merlot Loncomilla Valley
6/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
82 points
Lean and smooth. The quality matches the price, but nothing more.
Red
6/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
Another great bargain wine. This is much more focused than Chateau Laville Bertrou La Reserve Red. The core of this wine is more juicier and lighter. However, the backbone still reminds you that they have a probably 5 to 10 years potential, and also give you a fairly long lasting. The whole wine is pretty modern style, but the lasting puts more characters to stand out from other Rhone blend at this price range.
White
6/11/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
Summer wine. The most impressive parts are zesty nose and bright acidity. This is the wine bagging for cooling down to low temp. The return will surprise you a lot.
White
6/11/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
89 points
What a great value. This really reminds me the unbaked Chardonnay from Wiliams selyem. The mineral character makes the wine suitable for summer days in Southeast Asia. At this price range, I am speechless with the complexity and vivid characters. This is definitely a no brainer. I will buy a case for sure.
Red
2013 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
6/3/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
96 points
Saxum James berry vineyard is always an amazing trip. When I visited 2012, the wine is more elegant than 2013. it is so complex like a Pinot. However, the 2013 shows more ripen and potential. This purple inky color monster doesn't shy on the nose becasue of the high alcohol level, so the aroma of cedar, cassis, banana oil, and so much blue fruit are jumping out promptly after decanting. On the palate, chocolate, cassis, mulberry, licorice, and a hit of sourness are found right after sipping. The backbone is still very tight. I think it will be able to last for two to three decades.
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Red
5/9/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
85 points
This is just a mediocre work. Although Chateau Poitevin had done a solid work in 10', their second label definitely didn't reach the margin of their first label. I was almost fooled by the nose, but the body is much thinner than first label. However, the second label still showed excellent skills on wine making. The structure and the design of the wine remains solid, but it's easier to enjoy than the first label. If you are going to have a business lunch, this will be a good one. The topics won't be distracted too much by wine. I didn't mean this is not a good wine but just lacking sparkles. Drink now to 2018.
Red
5/7/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Simply nice to drink now. this wine is pure pleasure. The sugar residue puts some more depth. As a wine lover, it's no brainer to buy a case for BBQ parties.
Red
4/25/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
This is a simple over 95 miles fastball. Sweet, pungent dark fruits, cocoa powder, and espresso loads in the nose. Then, syrup like body flows through mouth and throat. The jammy body covers the heat from alcohol. This is very easy to drink wine. It should be a great treat at a barbecue party. Drink now.
Red
4/25/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
85 points
Granache, Syrah, and Carignan. This wine is a mystery for me, because the bottle variation is significant. One bottle brings you to heaven, but the other one suddenly kicks you back to earth. However, the heaven one is really beautiful gem at 10 bucks range. The nose loads with dark berries, which is quite similar to the nose of late bottle vintage port. On the palate, a bit of complexity was added into this wine, so it is full of pleasure to enjoy with food or drink alone. Interestingly, I had tried to use clef du vin in this wine. After 10 seconds, amazingly, peppery flavor jumps out dramatically with more polished texture. Although this is a cheap around 10 wine, I guess the wine will be even better in five years later.
Red
2014 Château Picon Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/16/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
85 points
Great qpr. At this price range this wine is great from this good vintage. The nose is very vivid, which is pretty hard to find in 10 dollars wine. On the palate, it has everything, but it just has been tuned down to a medium level. Then, the body is a little bit thin. However, this is a 10 bucks wine, so we really don't have to be this serious. It's a great everyday wine. Cheers! (If you need to through a party, please chill this wine to around 12-14 degree Celsius. Cold temp will make people forget about the thin body, but still enjoy the beautiful nose. I believe non-wine-lover will love it too.)
Red
4/3/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
95 points
Pnp. It is still young and energetic. I will strongly recommend to drink it at least 5 years more. Excellent work.
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Red
3/25/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
flawed
The wine is not in a good condition.
Red
3/1/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
84 points
Pnp. This wine is like the other Russian River siblings in a style of non-overpowering. Although this wine is an under 10, the quality is way beyond that. Nose is focused and a bit Asian spice. On the palate, almost elegant with mild acidity and sweetness. The only critic is very one dimension. However, it's an everyday wine. We really can't ask too much.
Red
3/1/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
87 points
Pnp, it's not a sophisticated wine, but expresses signature characters of NAPA Cab. At this price range, I definitely will go for this one instead of Robert Mondavi Napa Valley or BV Rutherford. The nose is clean Cali Plum and Chocolate. On the palate, the dark fruit- cassis/Blue berry/Plum, chocolate, and licorice explode in my mouth. The only drawback is tannin. The extraction of tannin is not enough, so the lasting is a little bit too short (especially in 13', it should be easy to get a fairly long lasting ). Overall, it's a good entry level Cali Cab, and easy to enjoy now.
Red
2/25/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
85 points
Pnp, spicy and juicy. This is the light body style. It's very easy to drink now, and very straight forward with spice and red fruit loaded. Good everyday wine.
Red
2/24/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
84 points
Juicy rasberry with mouth watering acidity. Interesting experience.
Red
2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/23/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
Still too young. Decanted for 9 hours. The wine started to become more approachable. The nose is very focus and concentrated blue fruits rounded with a bit of creamy vanilla. On the palate, it is so elegant and balanced. This is a huge mistake for me to open it now. The lesson learned is that patience is definitely required for seeing the full power of Pontet-Canet. However, although it is still too early to drink, the wine really lacks excitement factor. In this epic vintage, you really want more from this highly recommended winery. (At prime, probably can reach 93)
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Red
2/18/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
86 points
The nose is changing during the night. First, cask and vanila comes out. Then, the leather smell dominants the second stage. Finally, after 4-5 hours, the nose becomes dark fruits with a little leather and earthy. This Merlot based wine amazingly expresses a solid structure. However, lacking of acid leaves the sweetness a little bit imbalance. Overall, the 2011 wines from brodeaux can reveal more winemaker's efforts than the power of grapes. It will be interesting to see 2009, 2010, and 2011 developing in 10 years later.
Red
2011 Château Cap Léon Veyrin Listrac-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Pnp. No good. However, after one hour areation, the wine is turning into a French beauty. When I open the wine, the cask flavor dominant with a hint of blue fruits. Just a short 30 mins areation, the nose is filled with cassis, cranberry, metal edge, and appropriate portion of vanilla. On the palate, you still can feel that 2011 is not great year, so the tannin is a little bit green. Other than this, the medium body wine is composed with chocolate, rasberry, licorice, and a vivid tannin. The acid is balanced by a touch of sweetness. Overall, this is a serious bargin wine. This should be able to drink in five years, but now is already at its peak.
Red
2/16/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
84 points
The wine is very lean and rough. However, the sense of red fruit gives this wine a good character for food pairing. At this price range, this is a good wine for red meat entree. Drink now.
White
2/14/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
92 points
Wow. This is the third time having this wine, and it is simply awesome. On the nose, there are green apple, flower, mineral, and Asian pears. The aroma is clean and alluring. On the palate, the concrete storage strategy boosts the mineral flavor with a 20 seconds finish. This is so much like burgundy Chardonnay, and the signature clarity and purity from Williams Seylem reminds you that Russian River is already a rival of Burgundy. Great spring and summer wine.
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Red - Fortified
2/8/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
93 points
Pnp, the aroma bursts out immediately. The nose is composed with dark fruits, raisins, flower, espresso, and blue berry. This full body wine is surprisingly elegant. The sweetness is really well-balanced with licorice, cassis, and chocolate. The lasting is fairly long. Great wine with sweet treats.
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Red
2009 Château Soleil Puisseguin-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/7/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Decanted for 5 hours. This is surprisingly a new world style wine. The level of alcohol is high and the oak flavor is dominant. This Puisseguin Saint-Emilion wine really follows the rule of new world, and targeting for the biggest market in the world. I have to say that Stephen Von Neipperg really knows the preference of the market. Probably, this is the reason why he can hit the No. 2 position of WS Top100. The nose is composed with dark fruits and chocolate, but a little bit too much sense of alcohol. On the palate, although the structure of tannin is not big enough to have a fair lasting, smooth tannin still works for most of the consumers. Then, a hit of sweetness increases the depth of this medium to full body wine. It's ready to drink now, which just like other new world wines. The only concern for me might be the mainstream palate finally will turn all of the wines into new world style. I really wish the diversity can be preserved in different regions.
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Red
2/1/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
87 points
Just solid but no X factor. I expect a tighter tannin and bigger structure of 13',but this one is still as smooth as 12'.
Red
2/1/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
Still an excellent work. However, the only question for me is the style of Zinfandel. My personal preference is more toward the style of their Sonoma county one. In that line of wine, I can taste more power and zeal from Zin, but the home ranch is too well-polished for me. Although it's more classic and expensive style, the power of Zin is missing.
Red
1/24/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 6 hours. This wine is amazingly ready to drink. The tannin is mellowed out after areation. The nose is meaty and floral. However, on the palate, the medium to full body texture is seamless with red cherry, ripen pineapple, and licorice. Although I didn't find my giggling points in this wine, this is definitely a solid work.
Red
1/23/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
92 points
Decanted for 6 hours. This is definitely a feminine wine, and solid as an Iron Lady. When I sip, it is very easily approach now. However, the structure is still amazingly solid and balanced. On the nose, earthy, spice, smoke, and red fruit are found. Then, on the palate, candied rasberry, coffee, and licorice are balanced with mild acidity and sweetness. This wine is drinking well now, and seamless tannin reveals at least one decade of longevity. Comparing to the rival in Napa Valley, 09's Conn Valley Right Bank, this is more focused, thicker body, and much more elegant.
Red
1/21/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
95 points
Decanted for 6 hours. This is my third bottle of 2008 Kathryn Hall. The wine evolves beautifully. The nose is very aromatic and bursting out of the glass. Lead pencil, cedar, smoke, a hit of mint, and blue berry composed a complex nose. On the palate, a little bit of sweetness increases the depth of the wine. It balances with mild acidity, mature tannin, licorice, and blue berry to form a really profound taste. The structure is still very solid, and it should be able to drink well for 15 more years. Amazingly, the purity is so impressive, and this will be a strong candidate to be the representative wine of 2008 Napa Cab. We will try a least 5 years later. Hope the wine can continue evolve nicely.
Red
1/18/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 6 hours. The nose gradually open after aeration. The nose shows flower, blue berry, cassis, espresso, cedar, and earthy. On the palate, the wine is solid and elegant, which reminds me the wines from St. Estephe. The mouth is filled with licorice, smoky, tart cherry, raspberry, and blue berry. Although the wine is dry, the chewy tannin triggers mouth watering and brings up a hint of sweetness to add the depth of the finish. This is the first time for me to try Howell mountain wines. The altitude is higher but the wine is not too red. It is still dark and ripen at the balance level. By the way, the beautiful structure from mountain grapes is also ther. Overall, this is a well done wine, and the potential of aging is at least 15 more years.
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Red
1/17/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
90 points
Not yet ready! The wine is close and resisting to open. After 6 hours decanting, I barely can detect fruit but cedar and only a hint of blue berry. However, on the palate, it is so complex. Dark berry, licorice, and cocoa powder are found. The ripen tannin makes a good and long lasting. The wine is still too young now, but it will hit a higher score in five or more years (probably to 92~93). This wine should be able to survive for 2 decades.
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White
1/15/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Pnp, well balanced. The nose is floral, minerality, and Yuzu skin. On the palate, the sweetness and acidity are well balanced. A bit of bubbles puts more refreshing taste, and makes it to become more approachable. At this price range (10~15), this is a great choice from Mosel. The character of Mosel, purity and clarity, are shining in this one.
Red
1/2/2016 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
Decanted for 2 hours. The wine is really aromatic. I really can't stop sniffing. This is so complex with dark berry, cassis, ripen pineapple, sweet vanila, cedar, earthy, leather, and lead pencil. On the palate, the sweetness and sourness forms the flavor of ripen pineapple, and creamy cassis. Interestingly, drinking is not as good as smelling now. This is way too young to enjoy. The tannin is rough and tingling now. Probably, the reason to feel this is because of the medium light body, which can not temper the rough edge of tannin. However, Overall, this is more elegant than their 2010 gigondas with a lighter body, but it is purer and more focused. I can feel that it takes longer bottle aging for Valbelle, and definitely will get a much more surprising return. When taste this one, it reminds me the wines from Epoch at Paso Robles. Although this is more profound and longer lasting, the enticing smell really hits my sweet spot to blow me away. On the other hand, it is also a great rival of Clos des papes. I am getting more and more familiar the logic of winemaking from them. Showing the power of wine doesn't necessary to smash people with jammy fruits and massive body. Silky and seamless texture also will be able to tell a great story. (I gave the wine 91 now, but it should hit higher about 5 more years to 93.)
Red
12/31/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
93 points
This is the second time to try the grapes from Tench Vineyard, but this is the first time to try pure Tench. The style of this wine is really a balanced style without making a typical overpowering Napa Cab. On the nose, tart cherry, cedar, vanila, and plum were mild but vivid at the edge of the glass. After sipping in, well-integrated sweetness and sourness makes the wine really fresh and vivid. Then, licorice and ripen tannin support a long lasting about 20 seconds. In this classic vintage, jammy and imbalance are easily found dominant characters in the most of the Napa wines. However, this one is one of the kind. I almost am deceived that this is a right bank wine, because the wine is redder and more like Merlot based wines. It reminds me the Merlot from Pahlmeyer but more profound. Excellent work! People now probably all agree that Thomas Rivers Brown is the top three winemaker in Napa valley. Hope I can try some more from him in the future. For me, he is another magician in Napa valley, who is also good in multiple varieties with creative ideas.
Red
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
90 points
Pnp, probably, you really can not ask too much from 2011 Napa wines. Supple but lean is the common feature of 2011. Structure and flesh are missing in most of the wines. In this Merlot based Estate cuvée, the nose is almost masked by creamy and cedary aroma with a bit smoke. This is not too surprising for me after tasting lots of 2011 Napa wines. Most of the wineries have this dominant cask flavor but not the power of their grapes. On the palate, I am really surprised the body fading away so fast! I found the wine reach the peak in glass so fast around 30 mins but fading away around 1 hour. This is hard for me to give points. It can hit 92 at peak. On the other hand, it is only 88 at low part. To sum up, I give it 90 as average. In this struggle year, I won't blame them too much, because they did a pretty great job (I am sorry that I am too harsh on 2011 Blamkiet prince of hear, but they deserve it.) At this price range, there are more great 2012 or 2013 Napa wines out there. Nevertheless, if I have the other chance to find the deal, I will try better vintages from the vineyard. Based on my memory of the trip in Napa, they really have prestige vineyard and great grape vines, which impressed me so much. Having this kind of property definitely will give you top 10% wines in the world. I am looking forward to taste their epic vintages.
Red
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
I still remember the day at Bassin's annual tasting. Russell poured this to my wife, and won over her taste bud. Just like previous notes, this is a Cab like Pinot. The whole package is a little bit imbalance, but it's very easy approaching. For new wine lovers, this is a good choice because of the overt sweetness. However, the bones and flesh of Pinot are still there. If you have chance to try other Pinot from Bevan. This one is more like a teenage girl. The other one, Petaluma Gap, is more like teenage boy. I always can find lots of fun from Bevan's wine.
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Red
2009 Continuum Proprietary Red Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
94 points
Like father, like son. Tim has the greatest chance to stand on giant's shoulder, but he didn't stop improving himself on winemaking. When I tasted 2008, the wine is really big and stone-cold to me. It begged me for cellaring more. Interestingly, 2009 is much more approachable. After one hour decanting, fruit bomb explodes combining with creamy and vanilla aroma. On the nose, California Plum, currant, smoke, and cedar jumps out of the grip. On the palate, dark fruits, cacao powder, espresso, and licorice compose a huge wine. The tannin is pretty mature and pure to strengthen the bone structure, so there is a literally 40 seconds lasting. In 2009 Continuum, I didn't see the typical cold face from Pritchard Hill because of the elevation. However, the wine is much more approachable, but still holds a promising future. The drinking window should be long about 15~20 years. There is more magic dust in Continuum's wine than in previous Robert Mondavi Reserve. Monitoring the evolution of Continuum Estate will be so much fun for next 10 years, especially after 2012, when they starts to use 100% estate fruits. There will be more and more excellent works from Tim's hands.
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Red
2009 Dominus Estate Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
94 points
This is why I love the wines from Yountville so much. Probably, this is why Black widow can win over Hulk. Muscle sometimes just can not do everything. At this low temperature area in Napa Valley, Dominus estate always can show you the missing factor in Napa, which is "elegance." Restrained nose is filled with appropriate amount of vanilla, cedar, cassis, currant, and earthy. On the palate, silky and well-polished body makes me feel like talking to an elegant lady. The complex wine is full of currant, blue berry, licorice, and young ripen tannin. More surprisingly, the muscle and structure are growing and showing after 2 hours decanting. Then, I started to realize how big is Dominus. To sum up, the best description should be Iron Lady, who is so admirable with an undefeatable spirit.
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Red
1996 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
flawed
Undrinkable. Everything fading away. Pure disappointment.
Red
1996 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/28/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
flawed
It's undrinkable already. Nothing there........... It's always kept in temp controlled cellar. I am so surprised that this type of Bordeaux should have long life, but I only see a undrinkable wine here. So disappointed!!!
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Rosé Napa Valley Champagne Blend (view label images)
12/26/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
88 points
Seamless bubble. Very elegant style. Great sparkling wine for the memoriable event with my best friends.
Red
12/26/2015 - RyanWu wrote:
91 points
This is so called NAPA Cab! Vineyard 29 makes a great success in 2013. Although cru is the second label of the winery, the purity and concentration show classic characters from Napa. A hint of vanila, California plum, cassis, and cedar jump out of the edge of the glass. On the palate, mature tannin set the theme of the wine, which is big and expensive. Cassis, caoco powder, plum and licorice are found with an about 15 seconds lasting. This is definitely a great qpr. At this price range, the amazing part is the purity, which is also one of my favorite parts in Napa Cab.
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