Family birthday dinner 2022 — 2 months ago
Unearthed too quickly. Didn’t realize it was a 2019 😅. You could certainly sense it has lots of potential but it just didn’t come out of its shell. Dark red flavors of pie cherries and pomegranate, fine grained tannins. Too young, too tight, too impatient 😁. — 9 months ago
Great flavor but a bit tight. Should get better with age. Yum! — 3 months ago
@Delectable Wine : This is the Aonair Winemaker’s Reserve bottling. I didn’t see it in the database.
When I asked Grant what the “winemakers Reserve” was, he said “the good sh*t”, so I’m not sure what the makeup is here. Having enjoyed quite a few Aonair wines over the years, this seemed more like the Cabernet Reserve as opposed to the Mountains Proprietary sporting the higher toned red/black fruit profile with a bit of tangy oak. Very unique as it seemed a cross between American and French oak. Dark chocolate frosted black cherries, currant, violets and a mixed berry pie dominate both the nose and palate. Fine grain tannins at the finish. This needed a few hours to open up as the aromatics and palate were a roller coaster. Give this a few hrs of air or hold another 2-3yrs. — 7 months ago
Not only does the winery have gorgeous views atop Conn Valley in Napa overlooking Lake Hennessy, the wines are delicious...but more importantly, the people are gracious and kind. Highly recommend visiting.
Though their other wines get more fanfare (mainly because there is more to go around), their CabFranc is always my favorite offering. At a whopping 2 barrels of production, getting access can be a bit tricky. For a cab franc, there is zero green pepper notes. Aromatically, it is a combo of rich, ripe red and black fruits all dipped in fondue chocolate, baking spices like cinnamon and clove with a woodsy note like sandalwood. While decadent in profile, there is plenty of acidity here to keep this from being too flabby. Notes of Christmas spice cake, red and black licorice, Black Forest cake shavings and a hint of herbs on the finish. Still quite youthful, this seems to just be entering a drink phase. — 2 years ago
More of a rose than a BdN. A little big, but classy and enjoyable. — 3 months ago
My last of the Aonair Grenache wines. Fun memories of one of our favorite wine clubs when we first started getting in to wine.
When looking back at my note on the 2015 (consumed Dec 2017, so two years on it), I’m surprised at how different this 2016 was (5+yrs on it). Hardly any trace of smoked meat or candied bacon notes here. While very new world, this 2016 was a bit more varietally correct in profile…ripe red (raspberries) and black fruits (blackberries, black cherries) with sandalwood and peppercorn spice aromatics. Rich on the palate with good acidity and quite a bit of tannin on the finish. Gains a small herbal and savory component the longer it’s open.
I followed over two days and didn’t notice much change. These are normally ready to go upon delivery and easily hold up 5+yrs later. — 4 months ago