Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

The Essence of Galerie

The Essence of Galerie

By Glen Frederiksen For me, one of the saddest stories to tell about Napa Valley is the elimination of many varietals initially planted there in favor of the red Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Of course, winemaking is a… Read more


2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

At first glance, this red is striking – it is a glass-staining, opaque purple/black with violet glints. The nose delivers on the color’s promise, with rich, pleasing scents of roast coffee, black plum, and black cherry. In the mouth, it is… Read more


2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Bright straw color. How do we say this? The initial aromatics demonstrate an herbal, pastural quality. But, once we get past that, this white provides ample grapefruit and note of tangerine, along with varietal trademark grassiness. There is a… Read more


2011 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A half-dozen vineyards from up, down and across the Napa Valley contributed the fruit to this cuvee, which includes small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, the wine shows sweet bell pepper,… Read more


2011 Atalon ‘Pauline’s Cuvee,’ Napa Valley

Translucent light crimson in color, this blend of Merlot (63%), Cabernet Franc (31%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) shows a good deal of bell pepper in the nose. Once that subsides and the wine opens up, impressions of blue fruit, toasty oak, cedar,… Read more


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