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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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Mar. 12, 2014 COHO Napa Valley Headwaters Red Wine 2010

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Personal Notes

Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

CW: "Harvest: Hand-picked on October 1, 9, 20 and 22, 2010
Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal Composition: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38 % Merlot, 5 % Petit Verdot 1 % Cabernet Franc
Brix at Harvest: 25.2 degrees Brix
pH: 3.54 pH
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Crush: 100% whole berries
Pre-fermentation: 3-day cold soak at 50 degrees F
Fermentation: Approximately 13 days primary, malo-lactic fermentation in barrel
Peak Temperature: 94 degrees F
Aging: 20 months in barrel
Oak: 100% French oak, 45% new for the vintage consisting of Allier, Troncais
and Center of France forests, both medium and medium plus toast
Bottled: July 20, 2012
Produced: 2775 (9L) cases, including 15/1.5L cases
Release Date: December, 2012

Winemaker Notes:
Coho Headwaters Napa Valley Red Wine is a "Bordeaux blend" of four varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
(56%); Merlot (38%); 5% Petite Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The majority (77%) of the vineyards for
this wine are in the new "Coombsville" appellation of the Napa Valley. This rock strewn "terroir"
provides deep and opaque red color, with supple red cherry/wild berry and cassis fruit aromas. The
same fruit tones and integrated oak nuances offer complex flavors and power on the palate. The supple
tannins offer a silky fine-grained texture to the wine and a lingering, fruit-forward finish.

Finished Wine Statistics:
Alcohol: 14.6% pH: 3.62 pH TA: 5.5 g/L "

  x $48
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker ruby in the core, with bright ruby edges.

Nose: Great bright, juicy red fruit of raspberry and red currants in the nose, here, with some light dusty earth, light toast, and some good flinty minerality.

Palate: Flinty here as well, this medium to full wine has great bright acidity to enliven the red fruit medley from the nose, along with balancing fine tannin, great mouthfeel, and that flint and dusty toast from the nose. Good value as well, from this Coombsville-sourced wine: QPRWK. - 03/12/2014


Mar. 12, 2014 Vineyard {511} Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

V511: "14.8% ABV, inaugural release.
Aged 30 months in 100% French oak, this wine's silky tannins and soft-mouth feel will wow you! Only 125 cases"

  x $110
Tasting Notes
& Comments

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

Nose: Very good, super-deep and ripe black fruit of cassis here in the nose, with toast, smoke, earth, and big anise.

Palate: Also quite good here, with tremendous depth and boldness, yet it is still quite nicely balanced across all of the factors of a great wine: fine, very coating tannin, deep and dark black fruit of ripe cassis and blackberry, toast, good acidity, wonderful smoothness in the feel, and integrating smoky toast, anise, and wet earth. A very good inaugural effort: NewWorldWK. - 03/12/2014


Mar. 12, 2014 Daviana Napa Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

DV: "Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Date: October 16, 2009
Aging: 2 years in French Oak
Barrel Aging:
24 months
Ageability: 5-10 years
Bottling Date: September 2011
Residual Sugar: none
Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in color with brooding aromas of cassis liqueur, plum, black raspberry, violets, caramel and herbs. Wild blackberry, black cherry, sage, bakers chocolate and silky tannins dominate the mid-palate and continue on to the long and savory finish.
Decanting this beauty is highly recommended at this young age."

  x $65
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker ruby in the core with brighter ruby edges.

Nose: Great bright fruit here, of cherry and red currants, with flinty minerality, light toast, and light dusty earth.

Palate: Very good feel to complement the medium to full body of this wine. It shows off that very bright and flinty red fruit that I'm coming to love from this Coombsville new AVA from the Napa Valley. It also has some good anise just starting to come through, along with the integrating toast, and fine tannin structure. Good, needs a bit more age before opening. - 03/12/2014


Mar. 7, 2014 Hope & Grace Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

  x $75
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark, almost opaque garnet, with violet and ruby edges.

Nose: Very dark, black fruit here, with classic cabernet cassis, blackberry, black currant, earth, loam, and toast.

Palate: Also classic here, with that Stags Leap black fruit, density, fine and coating tannin grip, great juicier acidity for aging, deep earth, toast, and loam, coming together now for this dense, powerful, yet very balanced wine, all from Regusci fruit. - 03/08/2014


Mar. 7, 2014 Hope & Grace St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

H&GW: "Composed of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Lewelling Family Vineyards located a half mile south of St. Helena, which is fortuitously situated in an alluvial fan at the base of Spring Mountain. The gravelly loam soil and ideal microclimate combine to produce optimal Cabernet fruit with rich cherry and dark berry flavors. These wines exemplify the exceptional fruit, structure and balance that we have come to anticipate from our hope & grace, St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker Notes: Deep garnet in color ... Rich aromatics of black cherry fruit with notes of plum, toffee, sage and sweet toasty oak. A rich mouth filling texture covers the entire palate with tantalizing cherry fruit and exotic spice ... leaving a satisfying lingering finish.

Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 24 Months French Oak
Vineyard Designate: Lewelling Ranch
Appellation: St. Helena
Production: 15 Barrels
Winemaker: Charles W. Hendricks
Release Date: 2013
Cellar: 2013-2020"

  x $75
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker ruby in the core, with ruby edges.

Nose: This wine has just a gorgeous nose, with red bright and lightly earthy fruit, light toast, and some great flinty mineral combined with some floral notes.

Palate: The palate shows off great texture, with more of a darker fruit and light anise intro that leads into that great red fruit of cherry and raspberry from the nose, finishing with fine, more coating tanning, juicier acidity and some very nice flint, toast, and light violet florals. - 03/08/2014


Mar. 5, 2014 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

SMV: "2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley–Spring Mountain District
Assemblage: Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Petit Verdot 7%, Merlot 5%
Aging: 22 months in 100% new French oak from Taransaud, Saury, Quintessence, Le Grand
Bottled: August 2010
Released: January 2012
Production: 3,215 Cases Tasting Notes from Winemaker Jac Cole December 2011. Abundant aromas of cherry, raspberry and chocolate layer with floral notes and an array of spices – clove, cinnamon, black pepper and vanilla. Full-bodied, elegant and integrated on the palate, the wine delivers an ample mix of concentrated black and red fruit berries, plums, and cranberries. Silky tannins support a mid-palate that has more layers than a mille-feuille. An elongated finish echoes the fruit and notes of chocolate and spice. Approachable now but will reward cellaring. In its youth, decant for a least an hour to fully open the many layers of this wine. Drink 2012 to 2025. 2008 Vintage 2008 continued the dry pattern begun in 2007, making it the second year in a 3-year drought cycle in Napa Valley. Overall yields were down by about 35%, partly due to low rainfall and hot weather in August and September, but set up by an April frost that damaged new growth at the higher elevations. Fortunately, a new Mistral triple sorting system was in place at harvest to glean only the highest quality fruit. The resulting wines are balanced and show intense, concentrated flavors and aromas. Spring Mountain Vineyard Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 850-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, representing 135 distinct hillside vineyard blocks with many soil types, exposures and microclimates. Originally four individual 19th century Napa Valley vineyards, Miravalle, Alba, Chevalier and La Perla are now one vineyard producing exclusively estate grown wines. A substantial portion of the vineyard is planted in densities of over 4,000 vines per acre. Because of the diverse and challenging terrain, the vines are trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical training method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Growing primarily Bordeaux grape varieties, the vineyard yields distinctive mountain wines that consistently display concentration, elegance and longevity. The quintessential wine from the estate is Elivette."

  x $75
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker ruby core, with medium dark edges.

Nose: Good red and black fruit here, with a cherry medley, blackberry and some brighter raspberry, earth, leather and earth.

Palate: This wine shows off great balance, with even more deep black and red fruit, alongside good earthiness and leather, and very good, smooth mouthfeel. A powerfully elegant wine. - 03/06/2014


Mar. 5, 2014 Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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Personal Notes

Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xF

EW: "The 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is refined and elegant, opening with generous aromas of plum and blackberry that lead to subtle notes of black licorice and cassis. The palate displays a beautiful spectrum of ripe, dark fruits supported by distinctive barrel spice flavors and mouth coating tannins. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the signature style of Etude with depth and richness of fruit, a velvety texture and a lasting vibrancy."

  x $80
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark garnet and ruby core, with darker ruby edges.

Nose: As expected from the very talented Jon Priest-led winemaking team, this shows off incredible depth of black fruit with cassis, anise, black cherry; alongside toast, earth, and anise. Very good and just starting its rise.

Palate: This is a tremendous wine, with huge depth of ripe fruit, alongside flint, toast, earth, anise, and just a hint of tobacco here. The very fine and coating tannin, and great acidity add balance to the restrained power of this incredible cabernet: AwesomeWK. - 03/06/2014


Mar. 5, 2014 Krupp Brothers Napa Valley Stagecoach Vineyard Veraison Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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Tasted at the inaugural #CabFestNV wine event, the weekend of 02/28/14, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA. We attended courtesy of the event. #Napa
http://wkwine.us/1gDf9xFF

KBW: "This wine is a classic Napa Valley high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon with beautiful deep purple hues and complex aromas of allspice, toasted oak, currant, boysenberry, cocoa, vanilla and tobacco leaf. Intriguing palate with bright entry, leading to beautifully structured and layered mid-profile tannins. Flavor profile consists of dark black fruits with hints of roasted coffee bean and earthy black tea characters. Long and lingering finish with a nice balance between acid and tannin, showing great aging potential. Drink now through 2020.
Harvested: September 12 to October 22, 2008
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 2% Merlot
Fermentation: 4 days average cold soak, 28 days on skins
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud, Bossuet, Saury & Sylvain
Barrel Aging: 22 months–84% new French oak
Release Date: November 1, 2013
Vineyard: Stagecoach, Blocks: L1, M5, M6, D4, D5 and D6
Soil: Hambright–red/brown loam over rock
Exposure: Gentle southerly aspect
Elevation: 1,550 ft above sea level
Production: 1,630 cases
Rating: 94 points, WINE ENTHUSIAST; 92 points, WINE ADVOCATE"

  x $80
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark garnet core, with medium garnet edges, slight violet highlights.

Nose: Wow, this is an amazing nose that is just starting to get towards its stride: beautiful mix of deep and still dark black/red/blue fruit, earth, leather, tobacco, fresh garden herbs, and loamy toast all round out the complexity here.

Palate: Also fantastic, and one of the best that we tasted all weekend at #CabFestNV, this shows off all of that deep and and dark fruit complexity in the nose, with cassis and black cherry dominating at the moment. The savory earth, loam, tobacco and leather come in towards the delicious mid-palate that also features incredibly smooth, full, and coating mouthfeel and fine tannin; all balanced by the great acidity and integrating toast. Fantastic: AwesomeWK. - 03/06/2014


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Total wines logged: 2688

Varieties: 340

Number of wines in cellar: 108 (112 bottles)

Number of Notes: 2531

Number of Comments: 2546

Average rating: 3.5

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