Give it a minute and this bottle will reward you. It was big, jammy and unbalanced upon first swirl but evolved into a well balanced, big, bold, complex cabernet the only way Dave Phinney knows how to produce.
Excellent buy if you’re looking for that over the top Napa style cab.
Most of the year I don’t crave Cabernet Sauvignon, but as the temperature drops and winter arrives my craving for these full bodied complex wines grow. Woodside Vineyard’s King’s Mountain is one of a few that I have year after year and in a simple word it tastes like candy.
As far as under the radar Napa/Sonoma wines go Capiaux is high on that list. They produce some amazing Pinot Noirs at exceptional price points. Chimera is their easiest to obtain offering and offers succulent ripe red fruit, some bark and balanced minerality. Pairs well with holiday meals and is a real crowd pleaser.
This was a drier more unrefined version of mead. Think of a really dry mild white wine and add a bunch of honey or agave syrup to it. That is what this more or less tastes like. Very interesting and definitely a post meal sip or just on its own.
Much thanks to Buff and Phil over at Woodside Vineyards for this bottle. This is it, their flagship bottle made with grapes from the oldest vineyard in Woodside, CA.
We decanted the bottle in a simple Riedel Cabernet decanter for 120 minutes and upon our first swirl this still held lots of life. Big black berry and strawberry up front. Follows up with oak, eucuplyptus, and earthy notes. Long, long finish on this one.
It’s a big wine, much bigger than many of the other 2005’s we’ve had this year. Good reason to join Woodside’s La Questa club, because that’s apparently the only way to obtain a bottle typically.
Eric Kent | 2010 Pinot Noir - Stiling Vineyard RRV
Scot at STASH wines is a big fan and I realize that Scot loves big wines. Ironically a bottle came through to me from STASH wines no less by way of a client and I’m happy to say that I love the label that Libby Black painted, and I actually do love this wine.
It’s a big pinot, not huge but in a word robust. Big on cherries, big on oak, not big on complexity or long on finish but is a crowd pleaser amongst wine drinkers that are bored of ‘expected pinot.’ Like the label, it will leave an impression.