Dark cherry — 21 days ago
Really good and it was on sale at target! — 3 months ago
En mag - what a stunner - 78% Cab - 11% CF - 6% Merlot and the rest PV - celebrating my lovely wife’s birthday - picked some nice wines to celebrate- this wine from Pritchard Hill made by Mondavi continues unabated - This is a beautiful vintage with a dense bluish/purple color and a beautiful nose of blueberries, violets, a touch of licorice, truffle and background oak - full-bodied with incredible sweet and well-integrated tannins - loads of forest floor cedar and spices - complex, Bordeaux-styled that is amazing approachable and sassy - big bold and ostentatious - this will cellar for decades but why as this is a stellar wine now - this is my 1700th wine — 4 months ago
Nice and oakey 🍷 — 2 months ago
I really like this brand. The merlot is my favorite so I thought I’d try the cab. Was very happy with it. Smelled great. Spicy but berry sweet at the same time. Good flavor n not too dry. I prefer sweet over dry and I got both from this bottle. Rich with cherry and left the enamel on my teeth 😉 Very easy to drink and a good wine with dinner and a friend. — 5 months ago
Thats some great juice @Benoit Touquette wine.👍🏼
Benoit Touquette has continued to serve as winemaker since 2006.
The first vines the family planted were one acre of Bosche clone Cabernet Sauvignon grafted to budwood provided by Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards. The first few vintages were also made at Grace Family Vineyards, until the winery on the estate was completed, with Andy Erickson as winemaker. The winery's first release was an estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990, which sold out immediately, and with subsequent vintages, Hartwell established a reputation for fine Cabernet Sauvignon.
Over the years, other parcels of the property were planted, allowing the winery to produce other Cabernet Sauvignons, as well as Merlot, a red dessert wine, and a red wine blend. In 2006, the Hartwells purchased a 4.5-acre vineyard in Carneros from which they produce a Bordeaux-inspired Sauvignon Blanc, and brought acclaimed winemaker Benoit Touquette on board to oversee production.
Hartwell Vineyards was founded in 1986 when Bob Hartwell purchased 90 acres of Wappo Hill—the half of Wappo Hill not owned by Robert Mondavi—in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.
The fruit for the T5 Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the highest point on the Hartwell estate, blocks 14 and 15, which were planted to Bosche clone 30 years ago. The 100% Cabernet wine ages for two years in T5 barriques, rare and prized barrels from famed French cooperage house, Taransaud. These barrels are toasted and crafted from five-year seasoned staves by coopers who have been awarded the title of “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (Best Craftsman in France). Much like some of the finest wines, they are available only to a select list of customers due to their limited availability.
Each year, a mere 100 cases of Hartwell T5 are produced, available only by allocation to members of the T5 Cabernet Sauvignon wine club. — 6 months ago
Enjoyed 2019 vintage on April 4, 2021 — 2 months ago
WNH Zin night.
Knowing the price (forced in to a 3-pack at around $110/bottle), and knowing the pedigree (Mondavi family Howell Mtn zin), you expect a certain quality. It’s not that this was subpar, it was more that this seemed in the wrong league.
My initial reaction was much worse than this final score reflects. I decanted this two hours after having a small glass which was crazy tannic. My initial, and final, thoughts on this wine are that Lamborn’s zin is equal in quality at less than half the price. That’s a significant difference. Similar to Lamborn, this isn’t overly hot, jammy or disjointed. The structure here is actually quite nice, and improved only slightly the longer it was open. It is closer to a cab, or maybe powerful merlot, in profile. There is a distinct Andes chocolate mint note prevalent throughout. Aromatically, it’s a touch high toned with bright red and black fruits, but on the palate, it shows a touch more complexity...Andes chocolate mint, spiced black raspberries, currant, and cedar. This isn’t getting any better, so open if you have it. — 3 months ago
Good cheap wine — 6 months ago