Monthly Archives: October 2009

Napa Valley superstar wines

Shelter, Napa Valley, The Butcher, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 The nose features vibrant black currants with notes of tobacco and the cigar box. In the mouth there is nice density, the acidity shines and the tannins are very ripe. This is … Continue reading

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Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Oro 2007

Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Moscato d’Oro 2007 In the nose you’ll find a light waft of the orange blossoms we associate with Muscat. In the mouth the wine is clean and fruity, a light expression of Muscat as dessert, fresh … Continue reading

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Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Stonegate, Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley, Spaulding Vineyard, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 This wine delivers chocolate wrapped in black fruits with a healthy dusting of oak on a big structure. The acidity carries the flavors a long way and while … Continue reading

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Howell Mountain Bear & Lion Zinfandel 2006

Howell Mountain Vineyards, Napa Valley, Bear & Lion, Old Vine, Zinfandel 2006 The fruit in the nose has a very fresh grape juice quality with a note of blackberry liqueur. In the mouth the wine is jammy, soft and light … Continue reading

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Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

McKenzie-Mueller, Napa Valley, Estate Bottled, Cabernet Franc 2005 The black fruit in the nose is very sweet smelling, with notes of pencil shavings and cedar. In the mouth it is light to medium-bodied with a sense of vanilla and chalky … Continue reading

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V. Sattui Los Carneros Chardonnay 2007

V. Sattui Winery, Napa Valley, Los Carneros, Chardonnay 2007 The oak is quite prominent in the nose, freshly split, with notes of tropical fruit, bananas and coconut. In the mouth the oak continues, with a healthy dash of butter on … Continue reading

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75 Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc 2007

The Seventy-Five Wine Company, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc 2007 The nose on this wine packs some punch. Give it a bit of air to blow off the reductive character and then you can focus on the gooseberries, freshly mown grass … Continue reading

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Mill Creek Sauvingnon Blanc 2008

Mill Creek, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, Estate Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 The nose shows off notes of citrus and tropical fruits like banana. In the mouth it is full of orange and grapefuit,with plenty of acidity and a little … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim Vin de Glaciere 2007

Pacific Rim, Columbia Valley, Selenium Vineyard, Vin de Glaciere, Riesling 2007 This wine features lots of dried apricot, with acidity to match the great sweetness, a wine that is very dense and very long. The grapes were grown at an … Continue reading

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Berger Gruner Veltliner 2008

Berger, Niederosterreich, Gruner Veltliner 2008 In the nose there is a little sense of bread dough while the mouth displays lots of fresh lime, light-bodied and long. This wine has been a value and notice that you still get a … Continue reading

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