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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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Oct. 12, 2014 Carredueñas Cigales Tinto Roble 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from ARGOS Consulting, 05/17/14.
Drank on a warm summer evening in Napa at Zuzu Tapas Bar, 09/28/14.
BCC: "The Concejo family has been making wine for generations and tending its vineyards. However, it wasn’t until 1987
when the current owner formed Concejo Bodegas and began restructuring the property for commercial success.

In 1980s, many vines were pulled because the vineyards had undesirable vari- etals; however, 4 hectares of vines older than 100 years were kept. Between 1987 and 1997, 15 hectares were planted. Today, the estate is comprised of 25 hect- ares, 15 of which are trellis-planted with Tempranillo at a density of 2,550 vines per hectare. The vines are drip-irrigated.

Production
Concejo Bodegas produced its first vintage in 1998. It now produces five different wines and 150,000 bottles. It has modern winemaking equipment and 400 American and French oak barrels
for aging."

  x $14
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Darker garnet in the core here, with brighter ruby edges, violet highlights.

Nose: Great deep and ripe black and red fruit here, of plum and black cherry. The fruit is wrapped in good earthy flint, along with integrating oak.

Palate: Full and rounder, this shows off a lot of good mouthfeel and flavors at such a low price point. That same deep and ripe dark fruit is also found here, along with toasted and flinty earth. The tannins are firm and fine, with great food-based acidity to enliven all of these flavors into the long, toasted finish. Good value: QPRWK. - 10/12/2014


Oct. 8, 2014 Prince Michel Monticello Mount Juliette Vineyards Petit Manseng 2008

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Personal Notes

Tasted during dinner at the 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia 07/22/11.

  x $30
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light greenish yellow

Nose: Huge bright tropical fruit here, hint of light florals on top.

Palate: Very crisp tropical fruit flows into zesty lemon and lime, with definite peach blossom in the finish. Good and tart. - 10/08/2014


Sep. 25, 2014 Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Estate Grown Sweet Love Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Personal Notes

Tasted during our media FAM stay at the ranch, 04/28/14. Our stay was courtesy of ChatterboxPR.

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Almost clear, viscous with 10% RS

Nose: Good bright lime here in the nose, with nectarine as well.

Palate: Fuller and very round, yet not weighty with sweetness. Good balanced acidity, marzipan, vanilla, dried pear or nectarine, subtle sweetened lime here underneath. - 09/25/2014


Sep. 25, 2014 Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Estate Grown Kelly's Press Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted during our media FAM stay at the ranch, 04/28/14. Our stay was courtesy of ChatterboxPR.

  x $25
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light to medium rose in core, light edges.

Nose: Smoky, meatier red fruit here, good and savory.

Palate: Round and cool on the palate, with good meaty red fruit and scorched earth. Juicy acidity for the dark red fruit and fine tannin. A good, more savory pinot! - 09/25/2014


Sep. 25, 2014 Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Estate Grown Blushing Bride Rosé of Pinot Noir 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted during our media FAM stay at the ranch, 04/28/14. Our stay was courtesy of ChatterboxPR.

  x $20
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Gorgeous light coral.

Nose: Bright and crisp blood orange and strawberry notes here.

Palate: Very good acidity here with citrus, a little roundness as well, then a very juicy red fruit medley. Crisp and juicy, with light garrigue in finish. Very good. - 09/25/2014


Sep. 18, 2014 Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Estate Grown .5o Brix Pinot Gris 2013

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Personal Notes

Tasted during our media FAM stay at the ranch, 04/28/14. Our stay was courtesy of ChatterboxPR.

  x $16
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Light almost clear lemon yellow core.

Nose: A little closed right now, just released. But more floral here white florals pop out right now.

Palate: Rounder, with some marzipan and light sweetness with yellow and green apple as well, tingly acidity brightens up the pear fruit out to the round, fuller finish. - 09/18/2014


Sep. 18, 2014 Holman Ranch Carmel Valley Estate Grown Pinot Gris 2012

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Personal Notes

Tasted during our media FAM stay at the ranch, 04/28/14. Our stay was courtesy of ChatterboxPR.

  x $16
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very clear core and edges.

Nose: Great green apple, clean Meyer lemon here in the nose, with a bit of chalk.

Palate: Light and brighter here in the fore, then a nice light creamier roundness in the mid palate, with a very juicy apple chit medley and Meyer lemon again into the bright finish. Good. - 09/18/2014


Sep. 3, 2014 Schloss Johannisberg Rheingau Gelblack Qualitätswein Feinherb Riesling 2012

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from Creative Palate PR, 02/19/14.
Drank on a cool summer night, 09/03/14.
SJ: "Composed of hand-harvested grapes from the single Schloss Johannisberg vineyard, a highly aromatic Riesling with distinctive notes of white flowers, citrus and pear. Complex, exceptionally balanced and refined.
APPELLATION: Rheingau – Single vineyard Schloss Johannisberg

VARIETY: 100% Riesling

TERROIR: The totally south-facing vineyard is steep as 45° and climbs from 114 m to 181 m above sea level. The forest on top of the Taunus protects the vineyards from cold winds from the North and in the South the Rhine lays like a lake in front of the estate on the foothills. The 50° parallel runs directly through the vineyard and the unique soil formation with Taunusquarzit topped with loam and rich loss is perfect for mineralic Rieslings keeps water and temperature very well.

VINIFICATION: Hand harvest. Whole cluster pressure. Fermentation – 90% stainless tank, 10% wooden barrel – 1200 L. Rest on lees – 5 months.

COLOR: Brilliant pale lemon yellow

AROMA: The nose is young with white flowers, grinded lemon pale and pears.

PALATE: Firm and fresh on the palate, well balanced with crisp acidity.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Enjoy with salads, roasted chicken

ALCOHOL: 12%"

  x $35
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium to deeper canary yellow here, with still clear edges.

Nose: Good, clean yellow apple, pear, white florals, and nectarine here.

Palate: While not completely dry, with the brilliant nectarine and almost ripe pear acidity, it comes off as dry. Great crisp, knife-edged fruit and minerality takes this out to the very clean finish, with a bit of juiciness. - 09/03/2014


Sep. 2, 2014 Bouchaine Sonoma Coast Bacchus Collection Rockin' H Vineyard Rosé of Syrah 2013

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Personal Notes

Bought at the winery during a visit after the #NapaQuake, 08/31/14.
Drank on a cooler summer night with dinner, 09/02/14.
BV: "APPELLATION: Sonoma Coast
VINEYARD: Rockin’ H Vineyard
MATURATION: Fermented and aged in stainless
steel tanks, NO ML
AGING: 3 months
ALCOHOL: 12.2%
BOTTLING DATE: December 12, 2013
PH: 3.10
TA: 7.5 g/L
RS: <0.5 g/L (Dry)
PRODUCTION: 1109 cases (750 mL)
THE STORY OF THIS WINE
Rockin’ H Vineyards sits on an alluvial plain near the
mouth of the Petaluma River and has a long history of
viticulture dating back to the late 1870s. The vineyard
produces low yields of early ripening fruit. This allows
enough time for the Syrah’s astringency to soften on the
vine without compromising the aroma or flavor that can
become diluted with over-ripening.
The intriguing Syrah grape was our choice when
embarking on this adventure in Rosé wine. Syrah has so
much character, and the skins contain so much color,
that just a brief period of time in the whole cluster press
imbues sufficient color.
The 2013 growing season was a warm one; we picked
these Syrah grapes a month earlier than usual to preserve
acidity. The resulting classic Rosé is a light, low alcohol
refreshment perfect for enjoying in hot weather."

  x $23
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Nice brighter watermelon and coral in tone.

Nose: Light watermelon and cherry tones here, with just a bit of a kind of celery-like, fresh herbal note.

Palate: Very nice and crisp here, with juicy raspberry and tarter cherry acidity, followed by some juicy red apple into the crisp and fresh finish. Good. - 09/02/2014


Aug. 22, 2014 Bonny Doon Vineyard Arroyo Seco Beeswax Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery, 04/29/14.
Drank during dinner with the family in Napa, 08/17/14.
BDV: "Vital Statistics
Varietal Blend:
62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne
Vineyard: Beeswax
Appellation: Arroyo Seco
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
TA: 6.3 g/L
pH: 3.58
Production: 1,650 cases
L
Region
Arroyo Seco,
Monterey County
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Los Angeles



San Francisco
Santa Cruz
2011 Le Cigare Blanc Beeswax Vineyard
Sensitive Crystallization
Strong, integrated aromatic potential
is evinced in the crystallization of this
wine. Central, overlapping vacuoles
show the integration of the roussanne
and grenache blanc aromatics
and fruit characteristics. Even,
symmetrical, fully extended crystals
display this wine’s balance and close
connection with its soil.
Beeswax Vineyard
e Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare
Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of
Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not
unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to
catch, yet its name is legend. It’s a rich, savory wine with
greater power and extraction than one typically finds at
Bonny Doon.
Tasting Notes
Pale gold with green-gold highlights, the grenache blanc
dominant blend has a somewhat different aromatic
profile from the 2010 vintage. A very strong impression of
melon, along with Asian pear, pineapple and grapefruit
pith, and in the mouth, very rich, sporting a certain
modicum of tannin; this bodes exceptionally well for great
longevity. The wine’s unique flavors will pair exceptionally
well with hard cheeses, seafood (lobster especially), roasted
poultry, and savory vegetarian strudels or gratins. Paired
with sushi served with freshly grated wasabi will also be a
profound revelation.
Vineyard | Production Notes
Since 2003, we’ve produced this blend of grenache and
roussanne has derived from a single vineyard source, the
Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey
County. Farmed biodynamically, surrounded by wilderness,
and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the
Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex,
concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply
rooted vines. The ‘11 vintage was a particularly cool growing
season, allowing us to produce an intensely flavored wine
at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the ‘11 Cigare
Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Ingredients
Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide.
In the winemaking process, the following were utilized:
Indigenous yeast, cultured yeast, yeast nutrients, bentonite,
and French oak barrels.
At time of bottling, this product contained:
75 ppm total SO2 and 30 ppm free SO2"

  x $28
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Deeper golden in tone, with some gold on the edges, as well.

Nose: Some oxidization here in the fore, with dried nectarine and lemon, along with a fair bit of wax beans and hay.

Palate: While somewhat fruitier than its Réserve brethren, this wine shows a fair bit of oxidation, as found in the nose. All of the dried, almost aged pitted and lemon fruit from the nose is here as well, but without as good of acidity found in the Réserve. Hay abounds in the dried, oxidized finish. - 08/22/2014


Aug. 22, 2014 Bonny Doon Vineyard Arroyo Seco en bonbonne Réserve Le Cigare Blanc 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery, 04/29/14.
Drank during dinner with the family in Napa, 08/17/14.
BDV: "Vital Statistics
Varietal Blend:
62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne
Vineyard: Beeswax
Appellation: Arroyo Seco
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
TA: 6.7 g/L
pH: 3.43
Production: 480 cases
Optimal drinkability:
Drink now-2020
age wine in demijohns/carboys/bonbonnes. Some of it has come
from my fascination with oxidation/reduction chemistry,
an aspect of wine art/science not well understood and its
importance greatly unappreciated. Years ago, as a young pup
I tasted wine from carboy with Dan Wheeler of Nicasio
Cellars in his do-it-yourself-hand-dug cave in Soquel, and was
astonished at how youthful were the wines, twenty plus years
later, almost as if they had been placed in suspended animation.
At about the same time, I also happened to taste the wines
from Emidio Pepe in Abruzzo, who also aged his product
in demijohns, likewise evincing extraordinary youthfulness
and vitality.
Tasting Notes
The “nose” of the ‘11 Réserve bottling shares some of the
unusual qualities of its normale counterpart, to wit, an unusual
suggestion of citrus (grapefruit), which upon closer inspection
morphs into plum or peach skin. If you sniff deeper, you get
a hint of crème brulée and butterscotch. And while in many
quarters there is still a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the
term “minerality,”—and I do rather literally mean “cloud,”
because for me a “mineral” nose is one that sort of gathers like
a storm cloud (there is electricity in the air)—the wine has a
certain quality that I always associate with the Old World, a
stony flintiness. In the mouth, there’s a recap of the stone fruit,
but you get more of an intimation of the stone itself. That is to
say, a certain astringency, austerity… and salinity(!) in non-trivial
measure. This is definitely a meditation wine that summons the
taster to attention, and will reward the unregenerate seeker of
truth and soul/soil.
Vineyard | Production Notes
We did some small encouraging experiments years ago, then
more or less forgot about them until relatively recently, at
which point we began the carboy ageing project with red Cigare.
It wasn’t until ’09 that it dooned on me that perhaps there were
even more interesting things to discover with the white. The ’11
Cigare Blanc Réserve, our third vintage of this wine, is absolutely
amazing, an advance over the ’10. To refresh everyone’s memory,
this wine is more or less the same blend as our standard issue
Cigare Blanc, apart from the fact that we’ve allowed it to undergo
malolactic fermentation, and at that point, we gave it a light
SO2 addition, racked it to glass demijohn (bonbonne), where it
reposed for a year and a half, getting anaerobically stirred more
or less fortnightly. The wine derives entirely from the Beeswax
Vineyard, located at the mouth of the Arroyo Seco.
Ingredients
Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide.
In the winemaking process, the following were utilized:
Indigenous yeast, cultured yeast, yeast nutrients, French oak
barrels and bentonite.
At time of bottling, this product contained: 75 ppm total
SO2and 30 ppm free SO2
Sensitive Crystallization
Strong, integrated aromatic potential
is evinced in the crystallization of this
wine. Central, overlapping vacuoles
show the integration of the roussanne
and grenache blanc aromatics
and fruit characteristics. Even,
symmetrical, fully extended crystals
display this wine’s balance and close
connection with its soil."

  x $54
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Medium yellow/green in tone, with cloudy sediment and golden undertones.

Nose: Very grassy here, with wax, tons of dried hay, hints of lemon citrus, and some dried floral notes.

Palate: Not quite what I usually expect from this wine, in this case the usually vibrant citrus fruit is very subdued, with only dried lemon lurking. Tons of dried hay and grass abound however, and dominate this wine. There's good lemon acidity in the finish, but the wine just seems somewhat unbalanced. - 08/22/2014


Aug. 19, 2014 Hiriart Cigales Crianza 2010

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from ARGOS Consulting, 05/17/14.
Drank on a warm summer evening in Napa, 08/17/14.
BH: "14.2% ABV
Winery
The construction of the winery dates back to 1750 when the wine caves were manually excavated.

In the 19th and 20th century, the original tanks made of mud and wood were replaced with cement tanks. The great-great-grandpar- ents of the current owners, who frequently traveled to Bordeaux for business, incorporated what they learned from the locals to
the pruning of their vines and winemaking. Hence, Bodega Hiriart
exemplified the best of the wine cultures of Castilla and Bordeaux.

Today, Bodega Hiriart combines tradition with technology to ensure quality and authenticity. Its new winery hous-
es state-of-the-art equipment and is built above the original wine caves, which remain in use.

Production
Bodega Hiriart has 24 ha. of vineyards that are at an elevation of 710 to 790m.
The rosé and red wines are produced with great care under the direction of winemaker Patricia Práganos. Tight
control from vineyard to fermentation results in high-quality wines.

Due to the old vines (40-92 years) being grown on only preferred sites (according to 250 years of experience and proven by recent soil analysis), the winery is able to make great red wines that express the terroir.

Bodega Hiriart has produced claret for 250 years. The saignée rosé wines are lively and fruity and demonstrate how great rosé can be."

  x $19
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Very dark garnet here, almost opaque in the core, with darker garnet edges.

Nose: Dark and earthy red and black plums here, softer toast, charred earth, but some heat also shows through.

Palate: Big, full, and round, with dry coating tannin hit the palate immediately, then some chalky mouthfeel adds some minerality components. Then all black, nicely ripe fruit comes softly in, with juicy acidity, char, and anise out into the alternating savory, peppered, and deeper blue/black fruited finish. Good. - 08/19/2014


Aug. 19, 2014 Stepping Stone by Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Black Label Cabernet Franc 2011

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from the winery, 06/14/14.
Drank at a family dinner at home in Napa, 08/18/14.
CC: "Cabernet Franc;; a cantankerous variety, often blended with other Bordeaux
reds, is a late ripener, preferring cooler climates which makes ripening this
variety to perfection a challenge. However, find the right locations and
something very special emerges.
Sourced from four outstanding vineyard sites, each adds a unique
personality to the wine. Balanced with the structure and mid-­palate richness
from our Oakville Merlot for harmony, our Stepping Stone by Cornerstone
2011 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley is a beautiful example of this variety and
showcases how spectacular Cabernet Franc can be from the Napa Valley.
Elegance and balance best describes the wines from 2011. Numerous
challenges were provided to viticulturists and winemakers throughout the
2011 vintage. Mother Nature was throwing curve balls at us left and right.
What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into June
that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set. The mild, steady warmth of the summer months lacked any
significant temperature spikes allowing the fruit to ripen slowly, but uniformly with fantastic flavor development.
Unusually cool and wet weather returned September and October pushing the vintage even later, but we were
rewarded in the end with weeks of amazing weather that provided needed ripening time. The commitment to
quality runs deep in this valley so with our patience and the precision farming of our fantastic growers we were
rewarded once again with elegant, well balanced wines.
Our Stepping Stone by Cornerstone 2011 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley opens with alluring aromatics
displaying lifted red berry, lavender and sweet basil notes with a touch of dried herbs, tobacco leaf and barrel
spice playfully effusing from the glass. Beautifully balanced and supple, the palate is filled with bright flavors of
red cherry and raspberry. Ripe tannins, round and plush flow through and grow with energy through a long and
expansive palate with tobacco, herb and floral notes lingering on the finish. A pretty wine with plenty of textural
elegance and finesse, its vibrant character makes for early enjoyment, but the rich structure and natural acidity
will allow this wine to evolve beautifully with age.
Composition: 89% Cabernet Franc: Talcott Vineyard, St. Helena, Oakville Station, Truchard Vineyard, Carneros,
Carrefour Vineyard, Coombsville Appellation -­ 11% Merlot Oakville Station
Harvest: Each of the vineyards was harvested early to late October, 2011 in perfect conditions
Aging: 18 months in French Bordeaux oak barrels 50% new Bottling Date: May 14th., 2013 Cases Produced: 1012
cases, Bottling Analysis: Alcohol 14.5 % v/v, pH 3.64, T.A. 0.550 g/100mL"

  x $45
Tasting Notes
& Comments

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

Nose: Very good here, with deep, earthy black fruit in the forefront, quickly followed by dark and ripe black cherry, loam, and charred meat.

Palate: Also very good here, with round and cool mouthfeel, courtesy of this Right Bank Bordeaux blend's cab franc and merlot, that is perfectly ripened, but not too ripe. All of that earthy, ripe, and dark red/black fruit is all here too, with fine, dusty tannin, good acidity and more savory charred meat into the finish. Quite good: OldWorldWK. - 08/19/2014


Aug. 17, 2014 Hiriart Cigales Lágrima Rosado 2013

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Personal Notes

Received as a sample from ARGOS Consulting, 05/17/14.
Drank on a warm summer evening in Napa, 08/17/14.
BH: "13% ABV
Winery
The construction of the winery dates back to 1750 when the wine caves were manually excavated.

In the 19th and 20th century, the original tanks made of mud and wood were replaced with cement tanks. The great-great-grandpar- ents of the current owners, who frequently traveled to Bordeaux for business, incorporated what they learned from the locals to
the pruning of their vines and winemaking. Hence, Bodega Hiriart
exemplified the best of the wine cultures of Castilla and Bordeaux.

Today, Bodega Hiriart combines tradition with technology to ensure quality and authenticity. Its new winery hous-
es state-of-the-art equipment and is built above the original wine caves, which remain in use.

Production
Bodega Hiriart has 24 ha. of vineyards that are at an elevation of 710 to 790m.
The rosé and red wines are produced with great care under the direction of winemaker Patricia Práganos. Tight
control from vineyard to fermentation results in high-quality wines.

Due to the old vines (40-92 years) being grown on only preferred sites (according to 250 years of experience and proven by recent soil analysis), the winery is able to make great red wines that express the terroir.

Bodega Hiriart has produced claret for 250 years. The saignée rosé wines are lively and fruity and demonstrate how great rosé can be."

  x $14
Tasting Notes
& Comments

Color: Dark coral and ruby here, with some strawberry highlights.

Nose: Huge juicy strawberry here, one note, but still enjoyable.

Palate: Medium bodied, with medium acidity, this has that same big, slightly sweet strawberry from the nose, and a lightly white peppered finish. Simple, but quaffable. - 08/17/2014


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


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