At a recent blind tasting of Napa Chardonnay's, it turned out that there were two identical bottles submitted and served blind. Always an interesting experiment as such factors as storage and even the tasting order can affect the results. As it turned out, bottle #1 was the first served while bottle #2 was the last one served.
Hay/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has lots of gun powder/sulfur with some pineapple and baking spice. Medium bodied. Nice texture. On the palate, peach and lemon cream with nice acidity. Nice finish. This is a bigger, rounder Sauvignon Blanc which has a lot of oak showing at this young stage. It drinks well on its own and will work with some foods. Pasta Primavera might be one. The fruit will likely fade before the oak integrates, so drink up in the next few years.
Frank Family seems to be one of those wines that people like because the owners are such good people and the wines are good as well. While I haven't had the pleasure of meeting the owners, I do agree, the wines are very good. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, cedar and spice. Full bodied. Tannins are mostly, not completely, resolved. On the palate cassis, slight spice and a hint of char. Nice finish. An enjoyable, easy to drink wine with some stuffing. Good finish. Dri
I get it, many people love these wines while a smaller amount love to bash them. Personally, I enjoy them for what they are. I like to open them when I am not looking to sit in the leather char in my imaginary study and contemplate wines place in society over the centuries. This is a great wine to open with neighbors who may or may not be wine geeks, but do enjoy a big red. It is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot.
While 2017 was a "lesser" vintage in Napa, it is still a good vintage and this is a great example. Perhaps not quite the 16 or 18, it still provides lots of enjoyment. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, cedar, spice and char. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, there is some depth. Cassis with underlying char. Nice finish. Drinking well now, it should drink well for another ten years. Nice on its own, this will work great with a burger off the grill.
This is a blend of Howell Mountain (70%) and Mt. Veeder (30%) grapes with Cabernet Franc (52%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (38%) and the rest Malbec, Petite Verdot and Merlot. The team at Dagmar are negociants for California wines. Garnet in color with purple swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, tobacco, dust and slight sage notes. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should drink well for another seven to ten years. It works well on its own and would work well with hearty foods such as lamb stew.
This is their non-designated base Cab. A truly excellent bottle in its own right. Purple in color, opaque and inky. The nose has cassis, slight coffee, slight leather, and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Not an over powering wine, but plenty of fruit and backbone. Notes of cassis, char, slight coffee grounds and spice. Clean. Nice balance. Long finish. This is obviously young, but very enjoyable. it should drink well for the next fifteen to twenty years. Great on its own, this will work well with all but the lightest dishes. It should wor
This showed better than the 1998 and at age 29, very nice. It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, tobacco, black cherries, spice and slight herbal note. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this has juicy acidity. Black cherries, some cassis, spice, char and slight tobacco. Complex. Long finish. This is probably past peak, but really drinking well. Drink over the next few years but it might go longer. It will work well on its own, but will match well with roasted chicken.
What a nice surprise. Really exceeded expectations on this one. Purple in color, slight browning, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, dried currants, cedar and spice. Full bodied. Still some tannins left. Well balanced. On the palate, this is tasty. Cassis with a Tootsie Roll® (sort of confectionary chocolate), and slight earthiness. Nice sinewy texture. Long finish. This still has a nice freshness to it although it does show some age. Drink over the next three to five years. Nice on its own, this would stand up to a steak. Of course, with bottles this old
This is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc. Ruby in color, with slight browning. The nose has cassis, leather, black cherries, slight tobacco and slight cedar. Full bodied. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this has some complexity. Nice cassis fruit with a bit of underlying tobacco. Moderate finish. This is past prime and should be consumed soon. That said, it does have something to offer. Better with food at this stage. A nice wine with Brisket.