$ 50/750mL, 13.9% abv.
Gentle cassis and leather aromas. Firm black fruit flavors with a solid tannic finish. Great balance of fruit with earthier undertones, and one that should age gracefully for the next few years. If you're looking for a classic Napa Cab to go with that perfectly aged ribeye, this would be an excellent choice.
Note: This wine was provided as a sample for review.
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Soon it will be Spring. And then Summer. And we will want rosé. I had one recently in Napa Valley, from the Masseria Li Veli winery in Apulia. Technically a Salento IGT , this is a rosato from the See ). 's latest treatise on Negroamaro 's 2013 was brand new, still wet behind the ears, but so cute and energetic. We were having an outdoor meeting, and drinking Negroamaro rosé in Napa Valley seemed so natural. I …grape (
…wine list or my notes from the Bonne & Asimov "Unexpected Napa Valley" tasting at the Wine Writers Symposium, but here are the wines as I recall them off the top of my head (forgive me if I get some of the wine details wrong): Chappellet 2012 Chenin Blanc (dilute, lacking perfume, simple, thin and abrubt); Abrente 2012 Carneros Albariño (neutral aroma, flavorless without vibrancy and texture...I wondered if they had actually planted Albariño); Massican 2012 White Wine Blend…
This very dark ruby and opaque colored Napa Valley Cabernet opens with an inviting blueberry bouquet with hints of black cherry. ...
N/ Right after decanting she started off a bit rough with a couple off aromatics reminiscent of tomato leaf and green bell pepper. However, after about 30 minutes all those vapors vanished and out blossomed a lovely. Lightly smoked cassis and black cherry. Canvas, slate, and light gunnysack. Suggest decanting and waiting at [...]
…unspecified blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes, 10 percent from Napa Valley. The wine aged in used French and American oak barrels. The color is dark ruby-purple. The wine begins with attractive scents of spiced and macerated red and black currants and plums highlighted by orange zest and black tea, lavender and potpourri. There's lovely delicately velvet-like weight and texture (moderately dense and dusty) balanced by lip-smacking acidity and slightly tarry, leathery …
…moved from an assistant winemaking job at Sinskey Vineyards, a famous Napa Valley winery, to the head position at Unionville Vineyards in 2003, a California-based head hunter told Mr. Stark that it was "pretty much the worst career move that he'd ever heard of in his life," recounted Mr. Stark with a laugh.
Eleven years later, Mr. Stark (still) thinks he made the right move.
…austere, densely packed with wood and graphite elements; doubtless a well-made wine but so typically Napa Valley that you want to give it shake. Try from 2016 through 2025. Very Good+. About $ 75.
The label image is one vintage behind.