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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.

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Aug. 17, 2014 Prinz von Hessen Rheingau Royal Kabinett Riesling 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Folio Wines and Five.comm PR, 07/09/14.
Drank on a hot summer evening, 08/15/14.
PvHW: "A truly “royal” Kabinett with “royal” characteristics.
This “royal” “Kabinett“ is a true interpretation of its origin and
quality classification, as defined by the PRINZ VON HESSEN Estate. Under the careful
guidance of ambitious Winery Director Dr Clemens Kiefer and the young winemaker
Sascha Huber, this vibrant Kabinett is a new addition to the wine range that successfully
unites the house style of the Wine Estate and epitomises Riesling, lifting the Kabinett
category. Above all however, it exceeds the expectations of the consumer."

  x $25
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very light greenish/yellow here, with clear edges.

Nose: Good nectarine and citrus aromas here, followed by some kerosene and white floral notes.

Palate: Very light in body as anticipated in this Kabinett German riesling, and almost completely dry in RS. Good citrus and tarter pitted fruit abound, with the same light notes of white flowers and kerosene from the nose, out into the refreshing finish. - 08/17/2014


Jun. 10, 2014 Santa Carolina Valle de Leyda Leyda Estate Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Thomas Collective, 09/05/13.
Drank with a beautiful catfish dinner by the Lady, 06/10/14.

VSC: "Appellation This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from our vineyards in the Leyda Valley. Cool sea breezes from the Pacific Ocean blow through this newly discovered wine region to counter-balance its otherwise dry climate. Its rolling hillsides are as close as 5 km (3 mi.) from the salty waters, and it is separated by the Coastal Range in the west, which leaves it isolated and makes it a unique place for viticulture. The cool conditions and long ripening periods make it an ideal place for Sauvignon Blanc, yielding wines with crisp and lean acidity. Winemaking
•Hand-harvested grapes.
•Harvest moment is decided by tasting (balance of aromas / acidity / concentration).
•Each lot in the vineyard is vinified separately.
•Blend of different lots and clones.
•Fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
•Natural settling. Tasting Note Color: yellow pale. Aromas: floral, mineral and fruity notes like grapefruit and peach. Palate: round with balanced acidity and persistent finish. Food Serving Suggestions Ideal to pair with seafood, ceviches and fresh salads with goat cheese. Serve at a temperature of 12°C / 54°F. Ageing Potential Drink now through the end of next year. Winemaker: Alejandro Wedeles"

  x $12
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Almost clear yellow, with clear edges.

Nose: Light lime and lemon citrus fruit here, slight hoppy aromas, then a bit of flint near the rim.

Palate: Extremely light-bodied, this shows off zesty citrus acidity, with a nice bit of flint and slight florals, but the rest of the wine is rather unconcentrated, leading to flashes of interest alongside imbalance. - 06/10/2014


Jun. 1, 2014 Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery as part of my sponsorship package for the RSV Vineman Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon, 05/23/14.
Drank with a nice and light pasta dinner made by the Lady, 06/01/14.
RSV: "our story
At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking,
exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is
committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future.
We are solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming
and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.
History
Rod Strong was among the first modern wine pioneers with a vision to
plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. In 1968 he planted our heritage
River East Vineyard in the alluvial clay-loam soils adjacent to the winery in
Healdsburg. Today the Russian River Valley is well established as one of
the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in the world, and we continue to
rely on the original River East Vineyard as a core contributor to our estate
vineyard bottling.
The Vineyard
The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By midsummer
people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing
season was going. Rain-free, warm days and cool nights were the rule,
with no storms or heat spikes. The real cheering started when the Pinot
Noir harvest began on September 12th and we picked the last of it on
September 29th.
tasting notes
Soft and silky, with intriguing rose petal and crushed pomegranate aromas,
this medium bodied wine was aged for 10 months in small French oak barrels,
which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. Ideal for current
enjoyment, this Pinot Noir will age nicely over the next two to four years.
2012 PINOT NOIR
estate vineyards
Winemaker Rick Sayre
Alcohol 14.5%
TA 0.54 g/100 mL
pH 3.69
Appellation Russian River Valley
Sonoma County
Cellar &
Fermentation
10 months in 100%
French oak barrels"

  x $25
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Lighter ruby core here, with very light ruby edges.

Nose: A beautiful nose here, elegant, with great rose petal floral notes and a light toast, followed by bright and beautiful cranberry, raspberry, and rhubarb fruit notes.

Palate: The elegance of this wine also continues here, with a light body, great bright acidity and very silky tannin and mouthfeel. The fruit is also very good, a bright and juicy raspberry and cranberry medley, finishing with a light toast, earth, and those floral notes from the nose. Good. - 06/01/2014


May. 30, 2014 Rodney Strong Northern Sonoma Knotty Vines Estate Zinfandel 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery as part of my sponsorship package for the RSV Vineman Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon, 05/23/14.
Drank with an easy dinner made by the Lady, 05/30/14.
RSV: "OUR STORY
At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking,
exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is
committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future.
We are solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming
and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.
HISTORY
When Rod Strong first acquired benchland acreage on Westside Road just
behind the winery, he wisely chose to leave untouched the 15 acres of old,
gnarled Zinfandel vines that had been thriving there since 1904. Today we
still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of
vineyards we farm to the north in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys.
THE VINEYARD
The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By midsummer
people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing
season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with
no storms or heat spikes. The real cheering began when we finally started
picking the fruit, beginning on August 27th; a full sixteen days earlier than
the year before. We harvested this Zinfandel in September under ideal,
rain free conditions.
TASTING NOTES
Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard
combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley and
Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing
the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French
and American oak enhances the Zinfandel’s inherent spicy qualities, while
the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the
next two to four years.
2012 ZINFANDEL
KNOTTY VINES ESTATE VINEYARDS
WINEMAKER Rick Sayre
ALCOHOL 15.0%
TA 0.58 g /100 mL
PH 3.85
APPELLATION Northern Sonoma
CELLAR &
FERMENTATION
16 months in French
and American
Oak barrels"

  x $25
Tasting Notes
& Comments

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

Nose: Tarter cherry fruit here, with a touch of rhubarb and toast, then more deeper black and blue fruit near the rim.

Palate: A full-bodied wine here, but not over the top huge, by any means. Toasty blue and black fruit begins the fore-palate, then violet florals dominate the mid-. Bigger sweet toast follows into the chewy-tannin finish, with medium acidity to round things out a bit. Still young, with a little heat. - 05/30/2014


May. 30, 2014 Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery as part of my sponsorship package for the RSV Vineman Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon, 05/23/14.
Drank with an easy dinner made by the Lady, 05/30/14.
RSV: "our story
At Rodney Strong Vineyards we focus on modern artisan winemaking,
exclusively from Sonoma County, California. Our family-owned winery is
committed to quality wines and to protecting our resources for the future.
We are solar powered, certified sustainable, practice Fish Friendly Farming
and we are Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral winery.
History
Rod Strong recognized the alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow
Cabernet Sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first Cabernet
vineyard on a hill known as alexander’s Crown. today we proudly farm
three different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the
valley floor, where Cabernet displays the finest expression of the alexander
Valley terroir.
tHe Vineyard
the 2011 vintage started off cool and damp, but with little to no frost.
late rains continued until July, with almost two inches of rain in the month
of June. the end of the rainy season led to a cool weather pattern for most
of the summer, with average high temperatures around 80 degrees for both
July and august. the heat finally returned in September, with one six day
stretch of temperatures in the 90s, exactly what the vintage needed.
We harvested the last of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon on october
26th under ideal conditions.
tasting notes
the alexander Valley signature style is evident in this delicious Cabernet:
bold fruit aromas and flavors centered on red plum, boysenberry, and
a rich, mouth filling texture with soft tannins; all of which we’ve framed
in the finest oak barrels for just over 17 months. enjoy over the next three
to six years.
2011 cabernet sauVignon
eState VineyaRdS
Winemaker Rick Sayre
alcohol 14.5%
Ta 0.57 g/100 ml
ph 3.69
appellaTion alexander Valley
cellar &
FermenTaTion
17 mmonths in
predominantly french
oak barrels "

  x $28
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark garnet core, garnet edges.

Nose: Good, dusty black cherry here, with toast and good ripeness, overall.

Palate: Full and smooth, this wine has finer, dusty tannin and medium acid to go with the dark cherry fruit and toast, that remains full out into the flinty and pencil lead finish. Good. - 05/30/2014


May. 29, 2014 Rodney Strong Northern Sonoma Charlotte's Home Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery as part of my sponsorship package for the RSV Vineman Monte Rio Olympic Triathlon, 05/23/14.
Drank with a nice light seafood dinner made by the Lady, 05/29/14.
RSV: "History: Rod Strong established our heritage Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in 1971, naming it Charlotte’s home in honor of his wife. today that vineyard remains the core of our Charlotte’s home Sauvignon Blanc, along with
other select estate vineyards in alexander valley as well as russian river valley."

  x $17
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: lighter yellow green in the core, with clear edges.

Nose: A touch of toast comes in at first, then good and very bright grapefruit, pineapple, and light vanilla come nicely into the fore.

Palate: Zesty acidity starts everything off very fresh and clean here, filled with grapefruit, lime, happily brightening up this light-bodied, yet still round wine. Tart green apple has a small appearance in the mid-palate, then it finishes with a hint of vanilla and very juicy citrus fruit, with a small zing of saline minerality. Good. - 05/29/2014


May. 13, 2014 Wente Vineyards Arroyo Seco Reliz Creek Heritage Block Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2010

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Balzac 02/12/14.
Drank with a mildly spicy Asian meal by the Lady, 05/13/14.
WV: "Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Alcohol: 14.50%
Vineyard:
Since the early 1960’s, Wente Vineyards has been growing Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey. This wine was named after the creek that runs through the Estate vineyards. Arroyo Seco is the ideal region to grow this Burgundian varietal because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavors. The gravelly-loam soils found here, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral qualities to the wine. There are several blocks dating back to 1963, which are planted with the old Pommard and Martini clones. Neighboring these are much more recent, high-density plantings that include a variety of new clones. All of the fruit is hand picked and sorted.

Fermentaion:
This wine was fermented in upright stainless steel tanks and gently pumped over twice daily.

Aging:
This wine was aged for 20 months in a combination of French, Eastern European and neutral oak barrels."

  x $28
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker ruby core, with medium ruby edges.

Nose: A little bit of black olive in the beginning here, leads into a darker, riper pinot nose of dried rhubarb and deep black cherry.

Palate: Medium to fuller here in the palate, then that same deep blacker fruit flows over the mid-palate with some slight dust of fine tannin and good balanced acidity. This is a plusher, silky pinot that still has plenty of life despite the bit of age that is now on this wine. - 05/13/2014


May. 10, 2014 Moniker Mendocino County Chardonnay 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Balzac Communications, 03/18/14.
Drank during Mother's Day brunch at R+D Kitchen Yountville, 05/10/14.
MSC: "ACID
0.5 g/l
PH
3.75
AGING
Fermented in 3-year seasoned, medium toast oak prior to blending in stainless steel
BOTTLING DATE
January 2013
ALCOHOL %
13.5
The rich and bold, New World-style Moniker Chardonnay was made primarily from grapes grown at La Ribera, our family’s home vineyard along the banks of the Russian River. After gently pressing a combination of whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes, we fermented and aged the wine four months sur lie in American oak barrels. This added a sturdy, complex framework for our fruit’s signature pear, apple and crisp mineral flavors. We then blended in a lush, barrel-fermented Viognier sourced from nearby Hopland and another subtly spicy lot of Chardonnay aged in French oak for a wine that is equal parts nuanced and approachable."

  x $23
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium golden in tone, with light yellow gold edges.

Nose: Great chalky pear and yellow apple here on the nose, followed by more toasty oak and a slight zing of lemon rind.

Palate: Quite good, with a toasty oak lead-in, then the very juicy and bright pear, yellow apple, and sweet Meyer lemon follow, with some chalky mineral notes into the bright and juicy finish. Good. - 05/11/2014


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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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

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. 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. - 03/05/2014


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. - 03/05/2014


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. - 03/05/2014


Mar. 4, 2014 Parsonage Village Vineyard Carmel Valley Estate Syrah 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery, 09/14/13.
Drank during dinner with my uncle in the Castro, 01/15/14.
PVV: "Perhaps the most elegantly balanced syrah in our 12 year history. Nose and taste are marked by our terroir effect, i. e. a full medly of brambleberry, exotic spices, umami, black strap molasses and mocha. Medium to full palate with a magical finish. A true classical beauty. 240 cases produced."

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Tasting Notes
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Color: Very dark violet here, with purple edges.

Nose: Huge and deep here, with toast, a very dark and complex mix of black and blue fruit, wet herbs and earth and pepper.

Palate: Big and full, yet balanced in that power, between the dark fruit medley, dark herbs, black pepper, fine coating tannin and good juicier acidity. This wine still needs a lot of time to fully tame that power, but its doing quite well right now: KeeperWK. - 03/04/2014


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