King Valley, North East

Politini Wines

King Valley Nero d'Avola Rosato 2019

Very nice and dry. Really enjoyed it — 4 days ago

Nickel & Nickel

John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

From the vineyard surrounding the Nickel and Nickel winery in Oakville, this grows on the valley floor just north of the Oakville Crossroad and east of 29. It's a floral cabernet with scents of roses and hints of green. The cherry flavors fill out a fleshy texture, while tart sanguine tannins provide a touch of bitterness to balance the fruit. this needed several years in the cellar to meld. And meld it has done!! — 4 months ago

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Jody Scharf

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Dang. Nice pull
Jody Scharf

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That baby is ready 🤩
Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski

Outstanding!!

Dal Zotto

King Valley Sangiovese 2018

Cherry Candy deluxxxe. Fin balans mellan mörka körsbär och lätta röda bär. Löjligt klunkvänligt. Småpartierna. — 7 months ago

De Bortoli

Vinoque Novo Tinto King Valley Tinta Cao Blend 2018

sugoi. pairs well wit a landana 5 hunned — 2 months ago

Vineyard 29

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Mag,
2nd day is essential, opened yesterday & decanted 4 hours today. This is right there with the 2005.
Its been 4 years since my last 07, it still has plenty of life but why wait when you can decant🤷🏼‍♂️
The 29 Estate vineyard is situated on the east-facing hillside at the base of the Mayacamas range, a couple miles north of St. Helena and just above Highway 29. The soil here is clay loam with gravel deposits, deeper at the bottom of the slope and shallower and rockier toward the top (the Sauvignon Blanc is planted in the rockiest spot, followed by the Cabernet Franc and then Cabernet Sauvignon). The slope and soil content ensure good drainage, while the rocks and gravel allow the roots to penetrate deep, ensuring more stable vines and more consistent ripeness. Average yields here for Cabernet Sauvignon are a moderate 2.8 to 3.2 tons per acre, held down by the vine stress associated with steep vines.

Vineyard 29 is located in the narrow hourglass part of Napa Valley and benefits from consistently good air flow. Even in 2008, there was just a touch of frost at the bottom of the vineyard, according to McMinn, who noted that his Aida vineyard just two miles to the north is typically six or seven degrees warmer. The site also benefits from its eastern exposure, capturing early morning sunlight but with the mountain above protecting the vines against the most intense afternoon sun. The result is slow, consistent ripening of the grapes and healthy sugar levels with much less risk of desiccation, which in turn means rounder, more integrated tannins. Although St. Helena is a very warm region, day-night temperature variation at Vineyard 29 is among the widest in Napa Valley, according to McMinn.

Thanks to Vineyard 29’s well-aerated site and protection from the hottest afternoon sun, the estate Cabernet always has sound acidity; it has never been acidified, according to winemaker Emerson. The pH of the Vineyard 29 estate wine is typically between 3.75 and 3.9, and alcohol levels are moderate by Napa Valley standards, almost always in the high 14s (with 2009 the only vintage to have exceeded 15%). The wines are frequently characterized by black and blue fruits—cassis, blackberry, blueberry—and notes of chocolate, licorice and spices. Compared to the Grace Family Vineyards wine, made from a vineyard barely 200 yards to the north from the same plant material, the Vineyard 29 wine is characteristically a bit less floral and delicate but riper and denser, combining power with typically plush, ripe tannins. Emerson noted that Vineyard 29 is typically harvested at least a week later than the Grace site, noting that the tannins “take a long time to lose their chalky character and come around.” Luckily, he added, “the fruit here can hang for a long time without getting too crazy with sugar.” And the estate routinely picks in two passes, typically seven to ten days apart.

— 5 months ago

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David L

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Quite impressive...MAG of 07 👍👏
Rochelle

Rochelle

Delicious 🤤

Dal Zotto

Insieme King Valley White Blend 2015

🥂✔✔ a favourite from Dal Zotto — 19 days ago

Dal Zotto

Sangiovese Cabernet 2018

🍷✔✔ nice smooth red — 3 months ago

First Foot Forward

Upper Yarra Chardonnay 2019

Chardonnay with not oak detectable
It is made from a parcel quite high on a slope and hand harvested by the wine maker of Tokar Estate.
Nice fruit, crisp
A bitter finish that reminds me of the whites from the North East of Italy, slightly almondy
Fairly long and enjoyable in the end
— 4 months ago

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Brown Brothers

Moscato Rosa

Fresh and summery rose — 7 months ago