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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, 2013 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Willamette Valley Natasha Pinot Noir 2009

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery 10/15/12.
Drank during a salmon dinner at home, 01/28/13.
YHV: "The Natasha’s Block consists of 6.6 estate acres facing Southeast giving the maximum amount of sunlight in equal distribution to the vines. The vintage while easy to drink now, is still developing in the bottle and will be at its best from now until 2020.

Tasting Notes:
Dark ruby red color. Aromas of cherry pie, rhubarb, candied apple, and raspberry share the stage with cola, and spice box. The palate is alive with flavors of fresh berries, cherry skin and plum. Distinguished and approachable tannins linger for a lasting finish with slightly more acidity for balance.

Pairing Suggestions:
A beautiful and classic Pinot to pair with duck breasts, baked salmon, or pork tenderloin.

Technical Information:
-Soil Type: Willakenzie Soil (blend of Marine Sedimentary and Volcanic)
-Vine: 40% Wadenswil and 60% Pommard
-Age of Vine: 23 years old
-Acreage Total: 6.6
-Case Production: 218 Cases
-Alcohol: 14.4%, PH: 3.4, Brix: 23.2, RS: 0"

  x $40
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to darker ruby, light ruby edges.

Nose: Deep, ripe and almost stewed red and black plums here, with cherry.

Palate: Medium to full, with juicy acidity here and fully dry cherry fruit flavors, followed by dry, medium grip tannin. Along with some toast and herbal flavors. - 03/12/2013


Jan. 3, 2013 Youngberg Hill Vineyards McMinnville Jordan Pinot Noir 2008

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery 10/15/12.
Drank with friends, 12/13/12.
YHV: "The Jordan Block sits on 4 estate acres facing South East at a steeper slope than the Natasha and getting more benefit from the coastal breeze each afternoon. A wine with Burundian character and substance, the fruit from this block is especially age worthy. This wine is approachable now or worthy of cellaring for at least 12 years.
Dark cherry, blackberries, currant and blue plum along with brown sugar, cassis, and hints of black pepper and smoke lead s to an elegant and opulent palate with flavors of rich blueberries fresh and mineral notes. The finish is lush with a full and round texture.

Pairing Suggestions:

A fuller bodied Pinot with nicely balanced acidity and tannins makes this wine very food friendly going magically with any red meat and wild mushroom dishes.

Technical Information:

-Soil Type: Steiwer

-Vine: 60% Pommard and 40% Wadenswil

-Age of Vine: 21 years old

-Acreage Total: 4"

  x $40
Tasting Notes
& Comments

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

Nose: At first there is some oxidative notes of red raisin, but that blows off quickly, revealing deeper and earthier red fruit with rhubarb and a light toast.

Palate: Medium-bodied, this has good acidity and that rhubarb and earthy, dry red fruit. Again like the nose, the finish initially shows some oxidative fruit, but then with air shows more earthier and ripe red fruit. - 01/03/2013


Oct. 30, 2012 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2009

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery 10/15/12.
Drank while DJing for The Winchester Halloween at Spoontonic Lounge, 10/27/12.
YHV: "The Estate consists of barrels from both the Natasha and Jordan blocks. The vintage while easy to drink now, is still developing in the bottle and will drink now until 2015.
Ruby red color. Aromas of bright cherry and raspberry share the stage with bramble berries and spice box. The palate is alive with tart cherry, cranberry, huckleberry, and sasparilla. Distinguished and approachable tannins linger for a lasting finish with slightly more acidity for balance.

Pairing Suggestions:

A classic Pinot to pair with chicken, baked salmon, and other light dishes.

Technical Information:

-Soil Type: Willakenzie and Steiwer soils

-Vine: 40%Wadenswil and 60%Pommard

-Age of Vine: 23 years old

-Acreage Total: 11.1

-Case Production: 412 Cases

-Alcohol: 13.9%

-PH: 3.5

-Brix: 23.2

-RS:0"

  x $25
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium ruby core, with lighter ruby edges.

Nose: Deeper black cherry liqueur, with some anise surfacing.

Palate: Medium bodied, with bright and more elegant red fruit of cherry and tarter raspberry, light tannin and a more anise and cherry finish. - 10/30/2012


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Total wines logged: 2646

Varieties: 337

Number of wines in cellar: 108 (112 bottles)

Number of Notes: 2489

Number of Comments: 2504

Average rating: 3.5

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