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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Antica an Antinori Family Estate / Napa Valley, California

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                                        Antica Napa Valley is an Antinori Family Estate located a lengthy, but beautiful, drive up Soda Canyon road in Napa. If you want incredible, even for Napa, scenery make an appointment and go.  I won’t wax on […]

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USA, Zinfandel, Scott Harvey Wines, UC Davis Research Station, The Heritage Vineyard, Oakville, Napa, California, 2011, Zinfandel Experience

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Contemplating the all new Zinfandel Experience over a glass of 2011 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel… C/ Garnet ruby clear shining clarity. A jewel. N/ Lightly white peppered ripe red berries, cherries, and cranberries. Clean wood lines. Dried forest floor. Crushed leaves. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Oh my, clean, tight lines here. Snapping and integrated acidity, […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Tina Carpenter and Martina Clain, Pink Girl Wines, Napa Valley, California

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Two years ago I helped organize a rosé tasting, and one of the wineries that chose to participate was Pink Girl. Among my impressions back then: “the sparkled jewel on the label, the label colors, etc. all make this an obvious bachelorette party winner. However, don’t let the packaging make you think this is not […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of: 95% cabernet sauvignon and 5% merlot. Rated 4 hours after decanting. C/ Deep and spooky purple black. Gorgeous. N/ Pine needles and conifer scents. Deep barrel room, cassis, and plum notes. Leather and smoked sage. The deliciously layered smells of a pine forest when you wake up in a sleeping bag. I love […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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A blend of Cabernet from multiple AVA’s within Napa Valley. N/ Clean, angular, and acidic…. and deftly packed and balanced with bold flavors of cassis and boysenberry. A reduction sauce of black and red berries.  Seductive wafts of Edgar Allan Poe’s tarn. Forest floor, smoked game, and brick dust. Barrel room. Pine and herbs. Quite complex […]

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Harvest 2012 in Napa Valley, California, Texture Pictures, Photography

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    From midnight to 8am yesterday I was fortunate enough to participate in a Sauvignon Blanc harvest in Napa Valley, California. I’d seen pictures, read articles, and heard tales of midnight / early morning harvests before, but being there “on the ground” was quite an experience, and really a must-do for all wine lovers. […]

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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, Cabernet Sauvignon, Beaulieu Vineyard (BV Wines), Napa Valley, Rutherford Appellation, California, 1998.

C/ Brown brick dust. N/ Deep, amazingly clean plum and cassis for the age of this wine. Signature “Rutherford dust”, but such a deeper note of it than normal. Awesome. Blackcherries and flint steeped in old leather and tobacco leaves.  Surfboard wax. Light wafts of tomato leaf, which normally isn’t a plus, but in this case […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Malk Family Vineyards, Napa Valley, California, 2011

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N/ Admirably, no cat/ammonia. Freshly steeped hay. Crushed granite and river rocks. Multiple citrus and melon notes. Oyster shells and marine wafts. Lemon zest and white flowers on the close. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, velvety yellow fruits, citrus, honeysuckle, and a hint of pear. Thick, complex, minerality. Long, toast and mineral finish. A wonderfully unique and […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castello Di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California, 2007

The 2007 Napa Cabernets have a great reputation going, and I have been lucky enough to have a number of very nice examples of them.  This also is a delicious 2007, with outstanding aromatics… N/ Barrel room, sage, clean cassis, and red berry jam (the latter quite reminiscent of aromatics typically found in a Zinfandel). […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), A wonderful visit to Tulocay!, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley, California, USA // Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah

What a winery visit this was!  Fantastically engaging winemaker / owner (Bill Cadman), lovely, laid-back, completely off any beaten touristy wine path Coombsville vibe, fantastic scenery, cute as all get out wine doggy, a ceremonial plate of (oddly mostly Risky Business style) sunglasses left over from forgetful wine enthusiasts, and, most importantly…..wonderful wines at epic […]

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USA, Red Blend, Zinfandel (with Petite Sirah), Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Red blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah. N/ White pepper, powdered flint, gunpowder, black fruits, granite, and taffy. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly angular, but rich black fruits and red berries. A truly complex minerality, especially for Zinfandel and this price point. Even though she closes fairly fast, she has a lingering light pucker […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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N/ Warm, sage-infused oaks. Barrel room. Thick, clean cassis and black cherries. Pencil shavings and flint. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating, black cherry and a cassis reduction sauce. Light glycerol feel. Vibrant acid, creating a lively amplification for the generous fruits. Delicious tobacco and earth mid palate. Delightfully long, acid-driven finish, with a slight tannic […]

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USA, Merlot, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2009

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Note: upon first opening she had luscious, round and rich oak aromas that were quite captivating. After about 30 minutes, however, the integration of those sweet oaks with the fruit aromas became less harmonious. This is one of those rare red wine’s that I suggest drinking immediately upon opening. N/ As stated, the nice warm, […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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N/ Rich, opulent, butterscotch and oaked nose in the California Chardonnay tradition. However, enough minerality and wafts of crisp acid to please both old and New World style fans. Suntan lotion and surfboard wax aromas that develop with time also delight. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Nicely balanced acid and fruit, with a tad bit of that […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, 2009

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Red blend of: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Note: one of the few Cabernet that you will encounter that are actually better right after opening the bottle, rather than waiting my normal 1 to 2 hours post decant. N/ Barrel room, crisp leather, clean black […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley, Calistoga, California, 2009

C/ Amber and dark yellow, reminiscent of a Chardonnay aged more like 10 years, not 2. N/ Thick tropical fruits, crisp hay, big butterscotch in the California-style but with very crisp toast notes. Tart green apple sprinkled with granite dust. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. An acidic, granite, frontal jolt leading into slightly spiced tropical fruits. Clean, angular lines.  A balanced acidity throughout […]

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USA, Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Castello di Amorosa, (Napa Valley, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County), 2008

N/ Beautiful botrytis signature waftings of thick, ripe, dried apricots and honey. White flower reduction sauce. Gardenias. Hint of citrus. T/ Full mouthfeel. Dripping honey-coated apricots and canned peach juice. White pear syrup. Acid work well integrated, but could use just a bit more. Long, coating, honey finish. Wonderful juice. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com Winemaker = Brooks Painter […]

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USA, Syrah (Rosé), PinkGirl, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2009

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Note: the sparkled jewel on the label, the colors, etc. all make this an obvious bachlorette party winner. However, don’t let the packing make you think this is not a seriosu wine – it is, and it is lovely… N/ A tad flat, but very nice, clean, and lush raspberries. Dry soil. Very pleasant. T/ […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with friends), Franciscan, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Red Blend of: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. N / Stewed cassis. Tobacco. River rocks. Sage. Light, candied oaks, and barrel room aromas. T / Medium mouthfeel. Slightly tight, but nice blackcherry and cranberry. Seems like an even distribution of round/soft vs. rough tannins (assume this will shift […]

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