Posts Tagged Napa Valley

Star-Crossed Paths: Mike Trujillo and Sequoia Grove Winery… Plus Words of Wisdom from Andre Tchelistcheff

Michael Trujillo, President and director of Winemaking at Sequoia Grove winery By Glen Frederiksen Our journey through the world of wine, from our first eye-opening sip and epiphany over three decades ago, has taken us to many wine regions... Read more

2010 Sequoia Grove ‘Cambium’ Red Table Wine, Napa Valley

Cambium is an interesting word to name this wine. It refers to the actively growing layer of a plant or tree between the inner wood and the outer bark. Essentially, these are stem cells in plants — cells from which all other, more differentiated... Read more

2011 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

In the glass, it shows an opaque, deep crimson color. The nose is already integrating the fruit and wood components, with a nice interplay between the polished leather, mocha, clove and cedar from the oak and the boisterous red cassis and raspberry... Read more

2013 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Ah! Our noses and palates took a trip down memory lane with each sniff and sip of this wine. It is delightfully perfumed and aromatic, mixing together sweet, almost honeyed, impressions of tropical fruit and pear with notes of butter, brioche, and... Read more

2012 Hess Collection ‘Allomi’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Opaque deep crimson color. In the nose, there is a sharp blueberry tang that mixes with raspberry and blackberry fruit. All of this is shaded by notes of lavender, cedar, and spicy oak, followed by a kiss of milk chocolate. Prominent, fine-grained... Read more

2011 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Block Reserve, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black color. Who says you couldn’t make great Cabernet in the Napa Valley in the challenging 2011 vintage? This is an impressive effort. Aromas of roast coffee, polished leather, fresh cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, and licorice... Read more

2011 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Mountain Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby color. Savory scents of dried herbs, celery stalk, and spiced berry fruit lead to an initial juiciness on the palate that then dries out towards the finish. This red is well-suited to pair with grilled lamb, duck, or other... Read more

2013 Hess Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Brilliant straw color. The nose is unmistakably Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, delivering scents of field herbs with lemon, green apple, and grapefruit, and a final note of fig from a dollop of Semillon added to the final blend. It is refreshing and... Read more

2011 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the most difficult ones in decades. Those that sourced from vineyards higher up seemed to fare better than others. That is good news for Mt. Brave, located on Mount Veeder over 1000 feet above the valley... Read more

2011 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

The Hess Collection reputation was initially built on the refined quality of its estate Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings in the 1980s. So, how did they do in the quite challenging 2011 vintage? Just fine, thank you. Opaque black in the glass, this red... Read more