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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Winemaker Focus / Cornerstone Cellars / Jeff Keene / Napa Valley, California & Oregon

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I had the privilege of sitting with winemaker Jeff Keene for an extended tasting of Cornerstone wines. The offerings were delicious, impressive, and showed a broad range of styles. The wine also importantly showed restraint in all the right places. Jeff was 100% delightful and explained his winemaking philosophy beautifully. Passion is an over-used word in the […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, USA

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Castello di Amorosa crafts some great wines, as I’ve reviewed in the past.  So when I was planning my most recent Napa and Sonoma tour, Castello was high on my hit list of places to visit. I also had another motivation to see the castle, as I wanted to finally meet, in person, my friend […]

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USA, Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Petite Verdot), Rubicon Estate, Francis Coppola, Napa, 2005

Red Blend of 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.5% Petit Verdot. N/ Huge blackberries and black fruits. Graham crackers, melting caramel, fat vanilla, raw vanilla bean. Deep, black soil. Light coconut. Light granite. WOW. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth, massively full, black fruits laced with giant, but tamed tannins. Slightly spiced melted chocolate. Long, fruit blast into […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Vina Cobos, Mendoza, Luján de Cuyo, 2003

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N/ Light, musty barrel room. Clean, vividly ripe plums. Mature and complex wood work. Slight turf and dark earth wafts. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. A gorgeous cherry reduction sauce. Dark earth and forest floor. Chocolate. Burlap. Only fault is a just a little too dry. The Vina Cobos “Bramare” Malbec is one of my favorite wines, […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Far Niente, Napa Valley, Oakville, California, 1998

Red blend of: Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. N/ Barrel room. Deep rose petals. Elegant cassis and blackcherry. No other way to say it… just plain wonderful soil and earth aromas. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Elegant, restrained puple fruits, with dustings of light
 graphite. Dark soil. Multi-layers and a long, long finish. Bordeaux […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Far Niente, Napa Valley, California, USA

Far Niente – one of my favorite wineries….. From the entrance, the grounds, to the classy first human contact, Far Niente states loud and clear that you’ve arrived somewhere special.The smugness is not negative, it actually rings of genuine, “I’m flat out so happy to be working in this brilliant place you might as well […]

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