Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

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

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