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  • Bella Oaks Vineyard Tour and then Tasting at Wheeler Farms (Rutherford, CA): Bella Oaks tasting @ Wheeler Farms. Coravin pour with only some swirls in the glass before tasting. Primary and very tannic (to be expected with such little air). Very nice but score would probably be higher with more air. Good pairing with the meat on the charcuterie board. Brad -

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  • Into the decanter at 1100 in order to be ready for dinner this evening, and I couldn’t help but pour off a half ounce to taste right away. Deep purplish garnet color with aromas of rose petal, kirsch, boysenberry, licorice and blueberry. Full-bodied with firm yet fine tannin and flavors of nicely ripened fruit- plum, boysenberry and blueberry- along with chocolate and kirsch.

    Eight hours after the cork was pulled- decanted six hours total- abundant black fruit, picking up mocha, rose petal and blue fruit notes. Fine tannin with flavors of black fruit, chocolate, violet liqueur, kirsch and red plum. Long finish. Gorgeous. Hold until 2029+ as this needs plenty of air to unfurl…its best days are a good bit ahead.

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  • Sweet blue and purple fruit with some floral notes and bitterness from the oak Still fairly tannic. Powerful and concentrated. Needs another 5-7 years and should last another 15.

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  • A blend of 88% cabernet sauvignon, 11% cabernet franc and 1% petite verdot, again co-fermented. Deep inky opaque color. A captivating bouquet with black currant, graphite, bay leaf and plum, developing floral elements as it breathes in the glass. Full-bodied and plush, with medium tannins and flavors of cassis, mocha, blue fruit and sage. Long finish. Mineral, lavender and mocha elements with more air. Just a lovely wine, and among the three, the one I kept going back to. 94-95 pts.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    The 2021 Napa Valley Cabernets, Part One (Dec 2023), 12/1/2023, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Napa Valley’s Extraordinary 2016 Cabernets (Dec 2018), 12/1/2018, (See more on Vinous...)

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