The grapes sourced for the Cabernet is like a who’s who of exceptional areas: Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain, Calistoga – all definitive Cabernet growing areas. This wine offers rich and deep blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry with back notes of plum, macerated black currant, red raspberry and cocoa powder. Though the oak influence is evident (aged 22 months in 82% new French oak) it is not overwhelming. This drinks beautifully - the kind of pure enjoyment you want in a Napa Cabernet. 663 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.5%
Forming a little over 10 years ago, Davis Estates turns out excellent wines based in the Napa Valley. Comprised of 100% merlot, this wine offers rich and concentrated fruit, more compote driven with blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, boysenberry, plum, cocoa powder and a heavy toasting of oak. The oak is a little strong, however it is nonetheless balanced within this wine, having been aged 22 months in 40% new French oak. The results are mild tannins and a rich opulent feel making this extremely enjoyable to drink. 796 cases
This is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot from the Eisele vineyard in Calistoga. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, cigar box, cloves and dust. Firm tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this has cassis, cedar with an underlying char. Long finish. This is young and will still get better but it is delicious today. Maybe about five to eight more years until peak. It will drink well for the next fifteen to twenty years. Great on its own or with food, lamb chops would be a nice choice.
From the Larkmead Vineyard and made by Thomas Rivers Brown. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, cedar, blueberries, and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this has juicy cassis fruit with some black cherries and some blueberries over cedar and char. Still quite young, this should improve over the next eight to ten years and drink well for ten to fifteen after that. Delicious and complex. Right now this drinks better on its own and will need big flavors to stand up to it but with time it will settle down. For now, braised short ribs would be
Obviously young, but this is one of the best Petite Sirah's made in Napa. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has boysenberries, char, and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, the boysenberry over char comes thru. This will need time. Ideally at least another decade but at least five to seven. It should drink well for twenty after that. Delicious. This will drink well on its own but a nice choice for Indian food or grilled meats off the grill.
This is a very nice fruit forward Napa Cab. Purple/ruby in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, chocolate, and tobacco. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, there is ripe cassis fruit, some oak showing and slight dry earthiness. Nice finish. This is easy going and will make nice drinking over the next ten years. A great choice with a burger off the grill.
This is an interesting blend. It is 67% Flora, 19% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir. Flora is a crossing of Semillon and Gewürztraminer that was created in 1938 by Harold P. Olmo at the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Light golden in color. The nose has seltzer, slight marzipan and peach. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Apples and apricots. Turns sweeter on the finish. This is enjoyable on it own but would work with a not too sweet peach/apricot dessert. Drink over the next couple of years.
2017 Heritage School Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga - Napa Valley Missiaen's Hillside Vineyard, USA, California, Wine Review
Heritage School is what used to be known as Harris Estate Wines. David and Linda Jenkins purchased the property in 2014 and renamed the winery and the three vineyards on the property. Thomas Rivers Brown is the winemaker.
Palisades is one of the better Petite Sirah vineyards (albeit there are not that many). This was my first time trying a wine from Mending Wall. Their facility is where Thomas Rivers Brown makes much of his wine these days. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, clay, gravel and slight char. On the palate, this is delicious already. Medium tannins. Reserved black raspberry fruit with a soft texture. Surprisingly accessible at this young age. It should still improve over the next five to seven years and be good for another ten after that. This will work great with Indian
This is a sparkling wine from California. Oddly enough, I tasted it while stopping for lunch in Napa at the Oakville Grocer. A couple seated next to me had ordered a bottle for lunch but only finished two thirds of it, and offered us the rest. Who am I to refuse such a generous invitation. The wine itself was very good and indeed, better than I had expected. It is a blend of 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay grown. It is a pale pink/orange color, clear and bright with a good amount of smaller bubbles. The nose is nice with strawberries, raspberries and a touch of yeast. On the palat