Hartwell Vineyards

Hartwell Vineyards

h by Hartwell Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rich and smooth with nice balance at this age. Not worth it at $40, but stellar sub $20 on a close out. Well made oaked Sauv. Blanc. — 2 years ago

Hartwell Vineyards

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Softer, still good fruit. — 3 years ago

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Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Had the notes crossed on this one. This wine was past its prime. It ranked 9 out of 11 in our “97 Cali cab blind tasting. A little raspberry mid palate, but no finish whatsoever.


California Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Andy Erickson's history is hard to beat...Harlan, Staglin, Hartwell, Ovid, Dalla Valle and some place called Screaming Eagle. This one, while not the same notoriety as the others, still shows Mr Erickson's ability to blend an amazing wine. Not overly complicated, but great overall food wine. — 5 years ago

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Norman Gennaro

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What a pedigree. The guy has had some great ones.

Hartwell Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Such a great vintage. Even the 2nd label is great but I am biased. #lovebenoit — 6 years ago

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Larkmead Vineyards

LMV Salon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

2010. Tasting with the 2014 Hartwell. This one is more herbaceous. Minerally backbone. Flavor is more complex but not as smooth and round. 9.2+ — 2 years ago

Château Benoit

Arbalest Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Curiosity got the best of me. Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner bro’d out over a bottle of this 2015 Arbalest on Sunday. Apparently it’s newsworthy when a wealthy politician brings a ‘cheap’ ($22) bottle of wine to a bro out. I wonder what price gets the ‘politician drinks expensive bottle’ story (see Paul Ryan at Bistro Bis in 2011). No matter, it’s brilliant product placement — I’m surprised Trump didn’t tweet about it... “Did everyone see Poor Stevie’s wine? So Sad. My 2015 Meritage is So Much Better.”

The wine is made by Benoit Touquette. Here’s his background courtesy of critic Jeb Dunnuck, “Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, and Kata, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main.” Who wouldn’t want to try a $22 bottle of wine from a winemaker with that kind of resume??

Dunnuck also scored the wine 91 points, calling it “Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's well worth your time and money and is a smoking deal at 20 bucks.”

The blend is 82% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. It needed about an hour to fully open up... one of my fellow tasters called it soapy... which I think was because of its noticeable herbaceousness. Focused black cherry, pipe tobacco, clove. Juicy, but dry, with lots of grip. I’m not doing backflips over it, but you could do much worse at $22. 90+
— 4 years ago

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KrisTodd Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The 2nd go round for this vintage and I would say it got better. It was shared in a side by side comparison to an ‘11 Hartwell and delivered a big nose, with the equal burst of flavors that just kept evolving throughout the night. — 3 years ago

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Hartwell Vineyards

Sunshine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Greg Ballington

So I believe this Sunshine Vineyard is from the Wappo Hill portion of the Hartwell Estate......sorry now this portion belongs to the Realm Cellars estate. (Moonracer) Highly recommend checking out if you find it @Carl Fischer @Shay Aldriedge @Ron R @Martin G Rivard @David L @Isaac Pirolo @Roman Sukley @Paul T

Medium to deep garnet red with bricking on the edges. Stinky and savory on the nose straight from the get go. Opened up over the next half hour or so with stoney notes, a touch smoky and soft red cherries. Well integrated and smooth, moderate tannins (6/10). Beautiful aged characteristics on the palate with notes of dusty black cherries, a touch of chalk and dust, mushrooms, truffles, and also gains some aged red cherries. Medium plus body with a super long finish. This bottle has aged very well. Drink now if you like power in your Cabernet but this will keep for few more years. Drink till 2020.
— 5 years ago

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Jeff Shapiro

Jeff Shapiro

@Shay Aldriedge this one is on the list too.
Shay A

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@Jeff Shapiro @Greg Ballington : Wow, quite the score and note for an aged Napa wine! Sounds awesome. I'm looking it up as we speak.
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Thanks for the tip, @Greg Ballington!

Hartwell Vineyards

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Bright, crisp, and surprisingly fruity wine. Strong floral notes with lemon, Apple, and lavender. A bit of citrus/ tropical fruit in the mid palate. Short finish and med- acidity. Strong apricot notes on the aroma and taste. — 6 years ago