Posts Tagged Napa Valley

2013 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

One is put on notice that this is going to be a special wine when it is first poured. It is an opaque, glass-staining black/crimson, soaked with color to the rim. A quick sniff reveals hedonistic aromas of concentrated cassis, blackberry, and a hint... Read more

2014 Atalon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Light, bright and refreshing, this wine exhibits notes of lemongrass, grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of lime. If you’re a fan of shellfish, this should be your house wine. MSRP: $21 (December 2015) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

No list of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines is complete without the Bosché Vineyard bottling from Freemark Abbey. This wine is a three-vineyard blend from the Napa’s Rutherford district: 53% Bosché, 42% Sycamore, and 5% Red Barn... Read more

2011 Miner Family Winery ‘The Oracle’ Red Wine, Napa Valley

As a broad generalization, Napa Valley wines made from mountain fruit fared better than Napa wines crafted from valley floor fruit for the 2011 vintage. And so it is with “The Oracle,” a single-vineyard blend from the Stagecoach Vineyard in... Read more

2012 The Hess Collection Chardonnay, Mount Veeder/Napa Valley

Little by little, winery by winery, vintage by vintage, the style of “California Chardonnay” is evolving. The big, rich, buttery renditions that defined the “genre” for more than two decades are giving way to lighter, brighter, cleaner and... Read more

2012 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark crimson color. Lush aromas of fleshy black cherry, blackberry, roast coffee, pencil shavings, and vanilla rise from the glass. In the mouth, the fleshy black fruit spreads out, coating the palate and picking up notes of black... Read more

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