Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

2010 Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The color is a nearly opaque dark crimson. At first whiff, youthful, varietal fruit jumps from the glass, full of cassis, black cherry, and blackberry, followed by a high-toned herbal note and wood shadings of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. High end… Read more


2012 Hess Collection Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Brilliant bright straw color. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, mandarin orange, and a whiff of papaya are joined by scents of vanilla and warm bread. These continue in the mouth, picking up some pear notes. The Hess Su’Skol Vineyard is… Read more


2010 Hess Collection Malbec, Small Block Series, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley

The glass-staining, opaque, purple/black color serves as fair warning that this is serious juice. Pretty spice aromas, polished leather notes, and high-toned dillweed lead to concentrated, black, fleshy fruits (black cherry, black currant, and… Read more


2008 Hess Collection ‘The Lion’ Red Wine Blend, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

It’s called a “Red Wine Blend,” but this mountain wine is almost all Cabernet Sauvignon, joined by a dollop of Malbec. Everything about the wine is big, from its concentrated opaque purple/black hue through its silky, earthy tannins and herbal… Read more


2009 Duckhorn ‘Howell Mountain’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Duckhorn ages its Howell Mountain-designated Cabernet a year longer than its Napa Valley bottling prior to release, and the 2009 vintage is a superb wine. Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine has a rich nose of vanilla,… Read more


2010 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Barely a Cabernet Sauvignon by definition (with 21% other varieties, namely Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in the blend), this wine is opaque dark ruby in hue, with a nose that’s more earthy than fruitful. The upfront tobacco and light menthol notes… Read more


2012 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

This is Old School Sauvignon Blanc, done right. As in Bordeaux, a good dollop of Semillon is blended in, adding weight and fleshy fruit. A portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented in French oak. The color is a brilliant pale yellow with… Read more


2009 Hess Collection ‘19 Block Cuvee,’ Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Grapes grown in 19 blocks within The Hess Collection’s highest-altitude vineyard on Mount Veeder provided the “raw materials” for this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, which also includes Malbec (20% of the cuvee), Syrah (9%), Merlot (7%) and… Read more


2011 Artezin ‘Heitz Ranch’ Charbono, Napa Valley

Charbono is one of those under-the-radar and under-appreciated varieties that deserves a higher profile. Inglenook’s bottling had a cult following for decades, but only a handful of California wineries make Charbono today, as fewer than 100 acres… Read more


NV Mumm Napa ‘Brut Prestige,’ Napa Valley

Brilliant light straw in hue with persistent bubbles, this sparkler shows off its fruit in a “California style.” Impressions of sweet apple, peach, light lees and toast lead to a fat mouthfeel, where the sweet fruit is joined by a note of… Read more