Posts Tagged ‘Napa Valley’

2012 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark purple-crimson in hue, this is a big, intense, perfumed, full-flavored wine that needs time to reveal itself. Lavishly oaked, it initially shows off baking spice and roast coffee aromas, while the fruit component… Read more


2013 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Lightly perfumed, with subtle green apple and sweet honey aromas. The wine is more expansive in the mouth, with a note of sponge cake emerging. A nicely balanced wine, and while it doesn’t seem that big in the nose and mouth, the finish lingers… Read more


2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this Napa Cab exudes warm earth tones and high-toned spice, along with a varietal note of bell pepper — a classic red Bordeaux profile. Mix in some Rutherford dust, cedar, clove, red currant and a hint of polished… Read more


2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley

Opaque dark purple in color, lightening at the rim, this wine represents the older style of winemaking — rustic and pure. Notes of lavender soap and vanilla cream mix nicely with ample black currant fruit, zippy blackberry, nice spice notes and… Read more


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