24 April 2014

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Napa

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Waterstone. This is a much more mellow wine than many oak bombs I'm used to from Napa Chardonnay. The nose is fragrant with apple blossoms, oak, and a little bit of a toasted, yeasty undertone. This chardonnay is about as far from buttery as you'll find. Instead, there's a distinct mineral character that connects green apple and pear with an oaky backbone, although not as much oak as I thought there'd be after getting a whiff. The finish is oaky and fruity, with a slight …

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By steve of STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG 6 days ago.
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"Yes, but you live in the Bay Area and easily travel up to Napa and Sonoma," Nick said, which is true; and it's also easy for me to get to the Central Coast. On the other hand, lots of wine writers only visit overseas regions once or twice a year—and then they tend to go to the same old wineries over and over, and this, too, bothered Nick.

I suppose it's true that living in or near the wine country you write about makes the writing somewhat more authoritative. I'm …

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By steve of STEVE HEIMOFF| WINE BLOG 7 days ago.
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…takes dough, and plenty of it, to run a successful regional association, and most of them, aside from Napa, just didn't have it. Wineries didn't want to pony up the dues, and besides, many of them felt they didn't need a regional association—they could do all the marketing and P.R. themselves.

Then there was raw politics. You'd think that all the wineries in a region would be eager to work together to promote that region. But that wasn't always the way it rolled. The …

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By 1WineDude of 1 Wine Dude 7 days ago.
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…fruit, serious structure, and serious quality. You could - and should - stack this up with some of Napa's best reds (and, how about that, there's no Cab Sauv in it).

2011 Kapcsandy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin ( Napa Valley, $ 200)

No Hungarian oak, but a lot ( 89%) of Cab (with some Merlot and Cab Franc thrown in, too). The entrance way is lined with an intense gravel path, and the door is locked up tight right now. Knock hard enough, though, …

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By Simon Woolf of PALATE PRESS 7 days ago.
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This dark ruby colored Zinfandel from Napa opens with a fragrant cranberry and blackberry bouquet with hints of mint and oak. ...

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By Mathy of Vellum Wine Craft - Harvest Notes 16 days ago.
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California is home to some of the greatest wines on earth, mostly because of its varied climate, hundreds of soil variations, and its pioneer spirit. Vellum continues to pave its own path and has been recognized among the wineries in the Napa region on this beautiful map. While there are bountiful choices for wineries in Napa, we hope you'll start your next journey in wine country with us. Credit: Pop Chart Lab (http://popchartlab.com/products/wineries-of-napa-and-sonoma-set)

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St. Helena, located just west of the cusp where Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties meet. In the 1840s, the vast area of what was then Mallacomes Valley formed the hunting grounds of Jose de los Santos Berryessa, whose lodge still stands. When California became part of the United States in 1850, Berryessa returned to Mexico; Thomas B. Knight purchased a large portion of the ranch and eventually the valley was named after him. Beringer and Kendall-Jackson own most of the vineyard …

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This ruby colored Napa Merlot opens with an inviting cherry cola like bouquet with hints of blueberry. ...

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…began making wine in 2009. Initially only available in Texas and in a few places in Napa, Frisson is set to expand its retail footprint.

Their current releases include a pair of Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as a both a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc sourced from Russian River Valley ( Sonoma County) fruit. The good folks at Balzac sent along a pair of bottles for review. As with many boutique winemakers, a bottle of Frisson does not come cheaply. The Chardonnay will retail …

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