Progeny

Progeny

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

One of my new favorite vineyards in Napa and a great owner and wine maker! Class act and an amazing property — 2 years ago

O'Shaughnessy

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Compared to the 2009 Progeny SSR that this one was enjoyed alongside, this wine was a very clear second place. After cork pop, this one sort of had a funky news. Took about 20 minutes to find itself, and eventually gained some of the complex qualities of the SSR, but then seemed to make a divergence. Still, this is more of your dried blackberry, graphite, a little bit of herb, and did I mention this one is spicy on the finish!? Softened, tannins which seemed to be rounding out and integrating nicely. Did not quite have the same nostril burn that the SSR did, but it was there a bit. You can tell these wines are definitely related, and this one will definitely continue to improve in the bottle although I would say it is starting to enter a really good spot in the drinking window. — 3 years ago

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At about $75 less than the Progeny SSR, there were a lot of similarities. A more restrained and lighter nose with potpourri, violets, cedar and sweet liqueur. Additional notes of freshly squeezed red, blue and black fruits came through as it opened up. Tar, dark chocolate, licorice, graphite and more tart fruit at the finish. The Progeny was more lush and layered, and this seemed to be a “light” version in every way, particularly in the palate where it wasn’t as compact and dense.
9.3

Two Sisters

Niagara River Cabernet Franc 2014

While Caberent Franc often plays second fiddle to its progeny Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape earns star status on the Niagara Peninsula. Two Sisters crafts a dazzling Cab Franc from the Niagara River appellation that illuminates everything there is to love about this characterful grape. Aged entirely in French oak, 15% new, the wine matches its signature herbaceous, white pepper flavors and spicy cayenne, paprika notes with a juicier backbone of cassis and tart blackberries. — 4 years ago

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Kontos Cellars

Progeny Red Blend 2014

Even better than I remember — 2 years ago

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Reserve Bandol Rosé 2018

Bandol: pink or white.

It’s a slight culture shock as a moron gringo in the South of France when wines by the glass are identified not by producer or even by grape but simply by place. Bandol didn’t mean much to me as a place, I drove through it en route to Toulon from Marseille but that was about it. Probably it was the fact that it was a vague homonym for bandit drew me to it — which is admittedly kind of lame, but the wine seemed to deliver. Any more than the progeny of any other Mediterranean town would have? Je ne sais pas. But this wine right here is a phenomenal rosé.

50% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 10% Grenache from Bandol.
— 2 years ago

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Progeny

Trinity Blanc 2013

Honeysuckle, apricot notes, vibrant and crisp. Long balanced finish — 3 years ago

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I know you and many others love the red’s. This was my favorite thing at the tasting last year. That being the 2014 . Cheers to you!!
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Had them at the Napa Valley wine auction last year.

Progeny

Trinity Rouge Mt. Veeder Red Blend 2014

I always seem to screw up and not order nearly enough of this. This one goes more to the smoky, meaty side than the previous release(s), yet still has full court press of black fruit, black licorice, black pepper, and allspice. This wine does take an hour to figure itself out as this one was extremely acidic and somewhat disjointed initially. This wine poured a dark violet to the glass. The nose is black fruit, licorice with a hint of grilled meat, iodine, and a nutty character. The entry is dark black fruit, black licorice, smoke, leather, with plum and grilled meat character in the middle with some allspice kind of character. Finishes with nice acidity and a stiff, toasted tannin on the finish with lots of black pepper and fruit. This wine is on full blast, so make sure your suspenders are on. Gonna try to beg for more of this, as it will still be going strong for a while. @Shay A I think this one has your name on it. — 4 years ago

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Do you know what the blend is @Mark Flesher ?
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@Eric S Syrah (44%), Grenache (30%), Mourvèdre (16%) Counoise (10%)
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@Shay A the struggle is real! I really want a whole darn case but it would definitely be an unplanned purchase at this point

Progeny

Reserve Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I rated this a 95 a little under 2 years ago. This wine has done quite a bit of changing since then, definitely in a good way. It has become more structured and balanced. What a monster! Starts out with toasted oak, sweet bright and ripe blackberry, vanilla, cinnamon spice, black pepper, graphite all in the nose. The initial taste begged for a decant as this was primarily served pop and pour and the fruit was a little muted. Palate was dominated by blackberry fruit and seemed to develop a small amount of gravelly character in the middle. Finished with black pepper and black licorice notes. The bottle enjoyed 2 years ago seemed to be a little more forward and you can definitely tell this one pushed more to an even balance and longer finish. They hold these back just a tiny bit, and now I really understand why. Has another 15-20 years and I expect this to continue developing quite a bit. — 2 years ago

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@Mike R I had lots of reservations about opening this up, but it was the only one of the non-SSR that I had more than one bottle of! Plus, I have more of the recent release coming in. I was actually very surprised how approachable it was.
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@Mike R I had lots of reservations about opening this up, but it was the only one of the non-SSR that I had more than one bottle of! Plus, I have more of the recent release coming in. I was actually very surprised how approachable it was.

Progeny

Special Selection Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Neat little comparison, as this was tasted alongside a 2009 O'Shaughnessy Mount Veeder Cabernet. It was interesting how these at first were very different, then started to converge, then started to diverge significantly. At the end of the comparison, this one was a two-point winner. This is a nose of classic Napa Cabernet. Blackberry currant, pepper that almost singes your nostril hair. Entry is full-bodied, Blackberry, blueberry, baking spices, currant, licorice, herbs. And just kept adding another layer and another layer. On the finish, softened tannins are noted yet toasted quality is still extremely present. This wine is showing superb integration, and in my opinion it's still probably 3 to 5 years away from the very top of the hill. This one has a long life ahead. — 3 years ago

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Another fun comparison from same vintage, same winemaker, and same fruit! Difference is that this wine from Progeny is the choice barrels of the Veeder fruit. Like the O’Shaughnessy on steroids. Wow! Cashmere. So plush and rich in profile. Nutmeg and sweet cocoa on the nose with ripe blue and black fruit. Baking spices, baked mixed berry pie, sandalwood, lush and fresh dark fruits to the core. Grainy yet soft tannins at the finish. Still improving. Killer bottle. Thanks @Mark Flesher
9.5