Stone fruit, honey, rich full bodied white. — 4 years ago
It's a warm, sunny, beautiful day here in TX, and this is the perfect way to finish off lunch. I got to go through Cobden Wini wines my last visit out to Napa as the winemaker, @Mark Davis , is also out of O'Brien Estate. They have a Marsanne/Roussanne blend, a very nice Pinot noir, and this excellent late harvest Sauv Blanc. Talk about aromatics! Bursting out of the glass with honeysuckle, white flowers and kiwi. Great viscosity and texture on the palate that coats it with honey, vanilla, and a hint of orange. — 4 years ago
Steve Distler, owner of Arnyca, is doing consulting for a few small labels out in Napa. As I've posted before, his Arnyca cab franc is my favorite out of Napa Valley. He was the former GM at O'Brien Estate and was able to add them to his portfolio, along with Cobden Wini (winemaker for Arnyca and winemaker at O'Brien), Frias Family and Jack Winery. Killer line-up of small production stuff. We hosted him for a wine dinner and all of it was stellar.
Jack Winery utilizes the talents of Aonair winemaker Grant Long Jr. Jack was started by Vernon Wells (former MLB player) and Chris Ianetta (current MLB player). This '14 cab is from Diamond mountain and drinking well at a young age. Not as monstrous as young Howell Mountain cabs. Red and black fruit dominant with a decent amount of espresso and pepper. Needs to rest for a few years but has very good potential to be extremely good. — 4 years ago