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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”.

Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative.

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May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Pieros Mencia 2006

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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: "Some vines are over 100yo, on clay and sand. Unfiltered and unfined. Usually around only 2000 bottles: this one was 31/2602 bottle number.
TASTING
Great complexity and olfactory depth and rich in mineral and phosphoric notes, spices and aromatic herbs. In mouth it is ripe, pompous, very expressive and with a powerful finish and an aromatic aftertaste. A wine for laying down with an excellent evolution.
VARIETY
100% Mencía.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
Close to 100 years old.
SOIL
Calcareous clay sand.
ALTITUDE
650 metres.
HARVEST SEASON
10 September 2014.
YIELD
3,000 Kg / ha.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Wood tanks.
AGEING
8 to 22 monthos in French oak wood barrel."

  x $75
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark rust colored sediment core, rust edges.

Nose: Huge black plum here, with some raisin and mocha aromas.

Palate: Big juicy plum here as well, distinct pencil lead and flinty earth, with cocoa and big tannin structure. Cocoa into finish with some sweeter toast as well. Continues to open with air, and gain forest floor. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Pagos de Posada Mencia 2006

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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: "TASTING
It presents an intense ruby red colour with slight mahogany hues. On nose we discover red fruit, brushwood and smoky hints. It is fresh and elegant. The polished tannin gives it a lengthy and silky mid-palate.
VARIETY
100% Mencía.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
80 – 90 years old.
SOIL
Calcareous clay.
ALTITUDE
650 mts.
HARVEST SEASON
From 6 to 7 September 2014.
YIELD
3,500 Kg / ha.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Wood tanks.
AGEING
12 to 18 months in French oak wood barrel."

  x $50
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker garnet in the core, garnet edges.

Nose: Big ripe black and red plum, graham cracker, light toast and flinty earth.

Palate: Big mouth here, more coating tannin, then all of that ripe plummy fruit arrives, with more toasted graham into the full, toasted, powerful finish, with more tannin. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo La Florida Mencia 2008

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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: "TASTING
A precious deep-red coloured wine. Great finesse on the nose, typical of Mencía, it presents aromas of red berries, spices and smoky hints. Unctuous on the palate, fresh fleshiness and balanced structure.
VARIETY
100% Mencía.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
60 – 80 years old.
SOIL
Calcareous clay.
ALTITUDE
650 mts.
HARVEST SEASON
From 9 to 11 September 2014.
YIELD
4.000 Kg / ha.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Stainless steel tanks.
AGEING
12 to 14 months in French oak wood barrel."

  x $20
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to dark garnet core with more brick edges.

Nose: Sweeter red plum here, with Bing cherry as well that goes a bit brighter against the toast and cocoa powder.

Palate: Full and smooth here, balanced acidity and fine tannin. Good red licorice and cherry notes, finishing with some earthier toast and black plum fruit. Good. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Crianza Mencia 2008

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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.

  x $18
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker brick red core, with dark brick edges.

Nose: Very plummy black fruited nose, getting drier as well, with some light toast.

Palate: Big black cherry liqueur here, nice and juicy. Lighter and fine, integrated tannin, Good acid into the drier plummy finish, with a bit of cigar box at the end. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Crianza Mencia 2010

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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.

  x $18
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker garnet and some rust in the core, with thinner brick and garnet edges.

Nose: Dried black fruit here, with air starting to show more. That same flinty earth is also found here, with some cherry wood toast.

Palate: Black cherry in the fore, with cedarwood and earthy notes, nice acid and a toasted finish. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Crianza Mencia 2011

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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: "TASTING
Intense, ruby red coloured wine with purple hues. We discover a bouquet of abundant red fruits (raspberry, strawberry…), fresh mouthfeel and very fine tannins which confer elegance and personality to this wine.
VARIETY
100% Mencía.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
40-60 years old.
SOIL
Calcareous clay.
ALTITUDE
Between 600 and 700 mts.
HARVEST SEASON
From 12 to 21 September 2011
YIELD
5,000 Kg / ha.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Stainless steel tanks.
AGEING
8 to 12 months in French oak wood barrel."

  x $18
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark garnet in the core, with garnet on the edges as well, slight brick.

Nose: Good earthy & meaty nose here, with all dark black fruit and flinty toasted notes.

Palate: Very nice smooth and full mouthfeel here, then cherry liqueur comes in, deep and ripe. Flinty, floral oak comes in towards the good and long finish that is more savory and with finer tannin and great acidity. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Vendimia Roble Mencia 2014

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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: "TASTING
A ruby red colour with violet hues. It presents a bouquet with a wide aromatic range that includes wild fruits (raspberry, strawberry and cherry) and floral notes. In mouth, the unctuosity and freshness of the Mencía variety complement each other, and all under a fine tannic structure.
VARIETY
100% Mencía.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
20 – 40 years old.
SOIL
Calcareous clay.
ALTITUDE
500 – 700 mts.
HARVEST SEASON
From 12 to 21 September 2014.
YIELD
6500 Kg / ha.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Stainless steel tanks."

  x $12
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Big deep purple here, with violet edges

Nose: A bit of reduction here, but flinty oak here as well, with some earth. Fruit is closed right now.

Palate: Juicy here, with medium fine tannin, reduced fruit of blackberry and black tarter plum. A lot of herbs and wet forest floor, as well and almost a petrol. - 05/25/2015


May. 25, 2015 Tilenus Bierzo Godello 2013

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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: "TASTING
White wine made from the Godello variety. Clean yellow colour with golden hues, expressive bouquet with fruity notes: peach skin and citrus fruit. Balanced mouthfeel, fresh and with a full mid-palate.
VARIETY
100% Godello.
AGE OF VINEYARDS
25 – 30 years old.
ALTITUDE
650 mts.
HARVEST SEASON
19 September 2013.
VINIFICATION
Spontaneous. Stainless steel tanks"

  x $15
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium straw gold in core, clear edges

Nose: Big ripe and floral pear here in the nose, with some light toast underneath, and a bit of a mineral streak.

Palate: Medium to full, with that same very juicy pear at first, then light toast and deeper florals, yellow apple, as well, quite good, with a streak of salinity in finish. - 05/25/2015


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

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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: "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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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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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


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