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Location: Napa, CA

About Me: Ward Kadel – @drXeNo is the West Coast Ambassador & Staff Blogger for WineLog.net and Le Wine Buff for Bordeaux.com (CIVB), as featured in their documentary short film. He was named a “key influencer” and a “strong community manager” in the seminal white paper on wine + tech, VinTank’s “WE ARE HERE: The State of Wine Industry Social Media.” Raised in and residing in Napa, he is a proud Vintage High Crusher and has been around wine virtually all of his life.

He has published the long-running wine blog Vinopanion since May 2007. Ward has also composed content and media as Influencer for Crushpad and Brixr.com’s TinyBottles, as Community Manager for Northern California Wine on Lunch.com and has consulted for wineries, PR firms and wine organizations for web content and social channel strategy and monitoring.

His freelance articles have appeared in Palate Press and Mutineer Magazine and his content is syndicated on the mobile apps Wine By the Bar and Hello Vino, rated #1 by Mashable on “Apps for Wine Lovers.” Ward is also one of the founders of the “Wine Badge” movement with his WKBadges and is a member of the VinTank Tasting Panel. In 2011 he worked harvest at the iconic Stags Leap District estate Chimney Rock Winery, during which he posted in real-time for his Man Falls in the Vines - #MFITV media campaign.

In his varied, hectic past and present he has hosted and produced the long running radio show TeK-IndUced EuPHoriA, worked as an assistant for the internationally renown progressive house label Loöq Records and its decade+ long DJ weekly Qoöl, in San Francisco. Ever the avid investment addict, he was also a featured social investor for Covester.com and interviewed about the biotech business sector by The Wall Street Transcript.

Ward lives in the Napa Valley, very lucky in love with his wife, food and travel blogger Beth Fontaine of Rollerskating With Scissors. When not imbibing and/or tweeting, posting, filming, consulting or writing about wine, Ward can be found researching cancer, DJing at his monthly The Winchester, training for his next triathlon…or, just relaxing with friends and family with a tasty bottle of vino.

View Ward’s WineLog, follow him on Twitter or Like Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: “Ward at WineLog.net”.

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May. 12, 2015 Lavia Bullas Monastrell Lavia+ Finca Paso Malo

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Personal Notes

Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: "1000-2000 btls, unreleased until Sept. Single vineyard only in best years last was 2009, barrels are M to med plus, and ferment in barrel."

  x $60
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker garnet core with violet highlights, violet edges.

Nose: Big red and black plum in the nose with nice violet and rose petal florals. Lurking oak underneath.

Palate: Bigger mouthfeel here and integrating but already nicely smooth and round with very fine tannin, almost feathery. Medium sweet chocolate marzipan as well, with juicy acidity to brighten things up. Still integrating, but will be good in a few years: KeeperWK. - 05/13/2015


May. 12, 2015 Lavia Bullas Monastrell Lavia+

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: ""

  x $20
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium dark brick and rust in core, light rust edges.

Nose: More cherry compote here, with underlay of earth and toast. Stab of bright raspberry near the rim.

Palate: Cherry Ludens here in the core, medium weight, smooth feel with fine tannin. Medium sweet cherry chocolate with some chalk in finish. Nice texture. - 05/13/2015


May. 12, 2015 Lavia Bullas Monastrell Lavia+

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: "100 monastrell, 20% new oak"

  x $20
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light to medium ruby in the core, light on edges.

Nose: Brambly and brighter cranberry fruited nose here, then rounder raspberry near the rim with medium toast.

Palate: Good savory mouth at first here, with nougat flavors, but unsweetened, with earth, black fruit, anise, medium fine tannin and good balanced acidity. Good mouthfeel that continues to get smoother and more elegant with additional air: KeeperWK. - 05/13/2015


May. 12, 2015 Lavia Bullas Lavia

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: ""

  x $15
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to dark garnet in core, more dark brick edges.

Nose: Deeper cool, earthy menthol and anise here, drier black fruit in the nose with cigar and new leather.

Palate: Medium full and very round and smooth palate. Good mix of drier red and black fruit, dry firmer tannin, savory cherry tobacco as well, with good acid. More leathery notes into the finish: OldWorldWK. - 05/13/2015


May. 5, 2015 Lavia Bullas Lavia

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: ""

  x $15
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Starting to get some brick in the core color, edges are clearer brick red.

Nose: Drier red fruit here, with earthier, fully integrated oak. Some dried leaves here as well.

Palate: Dried, tasty cherry liqueur here in the fore, light dry tannin, juicy acidity, finishes with a bit of chalk, and flint. Good: QPRWK. - 05/06/2015


May. 5, 2015 Lavia Bullas Lavia

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
MGWG: "Ruby red colour with medium depth and violet-shaded rim. An intense bouquet of fresh fruity aromas with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. It becomes a powerful wine in mouth; with savoury tannins in the initial attack on the palate, an unctuous sensation in mid-palate and a lingering and fresh aftertaste.
VARIETY
80% Monastrell – 20% Syrah
AGEING
12 months in French oak; 40% in 500 litre barrels and 60% in wooden vats.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
Syrah 17 years – Monastrell 41 years old.
SOIL
Monastrell Deep limestone soil with pebbles and alluvium.

Syrah Limestone soil, very shallow (30

  x $15
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium ruby in the core, light ruby by edges.

Nose: Peppery red cherry berry fruit here, almost of garnacha, with light toast.

Palate: Great medium smooth feel and weight here, juicy and tasty, ripe cherry berry fruit as well, with good blackberry, light tannin, and great acid. Finishes with light toast and unsweetened chocolate: QPRWK. - 05/06/2015


Apr. 23, 2015 Salinas Alicante 1237

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: ""

  x $95
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark ruby core, with ruby edges.

Nose: Big dark toast here, still a long ways to integrate. Big deep and rich black and red fruit medley, earth underneath.

Palate: Very full and smooth mouthfeel here with great acidity to brighten that weight. Finest tannin, menthol and black berry fruit here, deep toast and earth, with air continues to open up and deepen in complexity. Quite good, needs time: KeeperWK. - 04/24/2015


Apr. 23, 2015 Mira Salinas Alicante

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: ""

  x $24
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium garnet core, ruby edges.

Nose: Very brambly red fruit here, quite bright, not as complex as 2010.

Palate: Salted chocolate here, bright red fruit that has some toasted black fruit underneath. Bigger tannin here, but wine is not as complex and elegant as 2010. - 04/24/2015


Apr. 23, 2015 Mira Salinas Alicante

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: ""

  x $24
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark garnet core, dark garnet edges.

Nose: Dark plummy fruit here, with toast, dark chocolate and hazelnut and a bit of flint.

Palate: Good dark red and black plum fruit here as well, savory flinty earth, coating fine tannin, saline finish into toasted and earthy finish with good acid. Good and needs a few years of age: KeeperWK. - 04/24/2015


Apr. 23, 2015 Puerto Salinas Alicante Tinto

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: ""

  x $13
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Deeper ruby here with bright highlights.

Nose: Much brighter red fruit here, with some garden herbs as well, light toast underneath.

Palate: Very juicy here, with cool dark chocolate toast and oak underneath, bright and dark black fruit dominates the finish and pairs with the very coating chalky tannin. - 04/24/2015


Apr. 22, 2015 Puerto Salinas Alicante Tinto

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: ""

  x $13
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Bright ruby core here, with ruby edges.

Nose: Deep and ripe cherry here, with a kind of a flinty and earthy streak running through it.

Palate: Very savory and good intro here, almost salty, then cool and smooth deep cherry fruit comes in, fine coating tannin, into savory black fruited juicer finish with integrating toast. Good: QPRWK. - 04/22/2015


Apr. 22, 2015 Mo Alicante Monastrell

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: "

  x $9
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker garnet and violet core, with dark garnet edges.

Nose: Violet floral notes with more herbal notes in nose, then darker cherry notes closer to the rim.

Palate: Good spicy and peppery cherry and anise here, with bright acidity and some toasted notes into the finish, with chewier coating tannin. - 04/22/2015


Apr. 21, 2015 Puerto Salinas Alicante Blanco

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Wines tasted during private tastings at the bodegas, during our #OleWinos Wine Blogger media trip to MG Wines Group's portfolio of wineries across Spain in March 2015. The trip was courtesy of MG Wines Group and Kraynick Consulting.
BSS: "Oak aging on the 70% chardonnay, moscatel is medium berry size native to here from Romans."

  x $14
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Lighter canary core, clearer edges.

Nose: Very floral and pitted peach and pear fruit nose, light lemon notes as well.

Palate: Good juicy peach and pear here too, then some juicy lemon/lime acidity in the mid-palate out to the finish, with white floral notes. Good and refreshing. - 04/22/2015


Apr. 15, 2015 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Stepping Stone Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon

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Received as a sample from the winery, 03/22/15.
Drank during dinner with the Lady on Tax Day, 04/15/15.
CC: "VINTAGE2012
VARIETALBold Red Wine
APPELLATIONNapa Valley
ACID0.560 g/100mL
PH3.87
AGINGAging: 18 months in French Bordeaux oak barrels, 50% new
ALCOHOL %14.7
Black Label
A gentle and harmonious wine exhibiting a fresh, vibrant nose, generously laced with rich red and black berry fruit, subtle barrel spices with a touch of savory dried herbs to add further nuance and complexity.

Sourced from four outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard sites, each adding a unique personality, this Cabernet Sauvignon highlights the complexity and diversity of winegrowing in the Napa Valley which is the secret to its silky textures and rich balance. From the vibrant sophistication and refined clarity of South Napa and Yountville which seamlessly blend with the bold, earthy aromatics and tannic structure of Oakville, to the muscular, dense and concentrated fruit of Howell Mountain. All balanced harmoniously with precise additions of Carneros Merlot for added mid-palate richness and St. Helena Cabernet Franc for its lively inner-mouth e!nergy and aromatic lift.

A gentle and harmonious wine exhibiting a fresh, vibrant nose, generously laced with rich red and black berry fruit, subtle barrel spices with a touch of savory dried herbs to add further nuance and complexity. A youthful, energetic, high-toned palate reveals a deep core of layered berry fruits, broadening further to uncover depth and velvety tannins that flow seamlessly, growing in volume as the wine flows to a lingering finish with a vibrantly balanced acidity. Drinking beautifully now with all its elegance and finesse this enthusiastic wine will grow and evolve and become even more delicious.

Production Notes
92% Cabernet Sauvignon: Kairos Vineyard, Napa Valley. Oakville Station, Oakville. Ink Grade Vineyard, Howell Mountain. Williams Vineyard, Yountville. 5.5% Merlot: Stewart Ranch Vineyard, Carneros. 2.5% Cabernet Franc: Talcott Vineyard, St. Helena.
Production
1265 cases of 12 x 750 mL / 30 bottles of 1.5 L"

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark garnet in the core with violet highlights, darker garnet edges.

Nose: Deeper cedar box toast starts things off, with a touch of butter, then deeper and ripe black cherry comes in to envelope the glass.

Palate: Full, with a smoothness that is still integrating even smoother at this young age, this wine features deep and dark black and red fruits of cherry, blackberry, and black currants. Dark chocolate, medium fine tannin and oak toast also abound, with a nice anise herbalness into the bigger and juicier finish, featuring just a little buttered popcorn. - 04/16/2015


Mar. 6, 2015 Paul Dolan Vineyards Potter Valley - Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

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Received as a sample from Balzac Communications, 09/08/14.
Drank with dinner at home, 03/04/15.
PDV: "2012 Pinot Noir
Mendocino County
Paul Dolan Vineyards is located in the heart of Mendocino
County, Northern California, a secluded land of rich
biological diversity and unique microclimates. Grapes
are sourced from meticulously tended vineyards, and our
balanced winemaking practices support each bottling’s
expression of terroir for wines of unforgettable character.
Harvested from Mendocino County’s famed Pinot Noir
regions, this wine exemplifies classic varietal expression
with bright strawberry-rhubarb flavors accented by
elegant aromas of leather and sweet cocoa dust.
Vineyards..........100% Potter Valley, Mendocino County
Cooperage .......Aged 16 months in new and seasoned
oak barrels
Alcohol ............13.5%
TA .........................0.53
pH.........................3.79
Bottled .............March 2014
Cases..................2000
Certification ...Made with organically grown grapes
Certified Organic by C.C.O.F."

  x $30
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to darker garnet density and color in the core, with ruby edges.

Nose: Big earth, drier leather, red plum, and black cherry liqueur in the nose, seems more like syrah.

Palate: Fuller in the palate, this lower-acidity wine also comes off as syrah, in fact tasted blind, I would have been sure of it. All that earthy, leathery savory notes are big here on the palate too, with that same dark, very ripe, cherry liqueur fruit also present. Does not seem like a pinot. - 03/07/2015


Statistics for Drxeno

Total wines logged: 2680

Varieties: 338

Number of wines in cellar: 108 (112 bottles)

Number of Notes: 2523

Number of Comments: 2538

Average rating: 3.5

Favorites: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay

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