Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (william Harrison)

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Simpatico Rutherford Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2015

Medium purple color. Aromas of chocolate, blackberry, cassis and leather. Smoooooooooth - wow! Beautiful blue fruit, cocoa and lanolin on the finish. What a wine! — 3 months ago

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Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2008

I guess it has been a while since I experienced this one as I cannot find my previous rating here. This was a fun comparison made between this wine and a 2008 William Harrison Rutherford red, a Bordeaux blend made from grapes of Quintessa's immediate neighbor to the north. Styles were extremely different. Whereas the Harrison showed a darker side of Rutherford fruit with distinct Rutherford dust, this to me seemed to have more black cherry, herbal and youthful qualities to it but the backbone did still seem to be youthful blackberry. Still quite a bit of stiff oak astringency on the finish, but Rutherford dust did shine through. I was really amazed how youthful this wine was for 11 years. This thing could go another 15 to 20 years no question. This is a thoroughbred in a long race! Quintessa is always a treat!! — 2 years ago

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This bottle was open about an hour before the ‘08 WMHarrison (basically its neighbor in Napa) and this was substantially more youthful. Lots of classical Rutherford dust, with black cherries, tart and underripe blackberries and herbal sage on the nose. Dates, cedar, mocha, dark cocoa and youthful rhubarb pie on the palate. Tannic. More Bordeaux like when compared to the WMHarrison...I’d hold for a few more years.

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Sangiacomo Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2015

Waited to get home to try this one. The last bottle was corked. This bottle, not nearly so much!After the last bottle was corked, this bottle was opened the next night. Poured a light straw color. Nose of lemon and herbed buttered popcorn. The entry was acidic and dominated by lemon and Asian pear. Middle of this wine is where the buttered popcorn and kernel notes kicked in. The wine finishes rather acidic, but with good weight and density. I still think this one has quite a few years left in it. The next one to drink is the last 2013 for sure. Drink or hold this one another 3 to 5 years. — 3 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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This is a wonderful winery.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Hugh O'Riordan agreed! Their Cabernet Franc tends to be our favorite, however their straight Cabernet Sauvignon with seven or eight years of age will really blow you away. My wife calls them the best kept secret in Rutherford, even though they are right off the Silverado Trail! :-)

S.R. Tonella Cellars

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

With family roots to BV over decades of winemaking, the style shows in this wine. A black fruit dominant wine. The finish on this wine makes SURE you don't miss the Rutherford dust, as it is ABUNDANT. For someone wanting to learn about Classic Napa and, further, classic Rutherford wine, **THIS** is the wine to serve. This wine is right on par with Wm. Harrison for Rutherford gem deluxe. And crafted in the nuclear style. This one can hold for 20 years easily. Well done Raymond and Steve. Fantstic Napa cab. — 2 years ago

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Spoto Wines

Private Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Unanimous number 1 vs a Spoto secret acre Cab a year older and a Rutherford blend from Wm Harrison. This wine was decanted 6 hr ahead of enjoying. Wow man. Black licorice. Black fruit, cassis, fig, youthful oak. Full bodied. This could have been a pop and pour and probably would have kicked just as much ass. The comprehensive cab blend that is in a very sweet spot right now. Oakville, To Kalon but is probably a "secret" in and of itself. Tons of life left. — 2 years ago

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Robert Young Estate Winery

Big Rock Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

LOCKED. UP. Tasted three 14 Cabs over 3 nights: 1 from Montagu, 1 from William Harrison and this one. Out of all 3, this one is the most tannic. The most restricted. And the one with perhaps the most potential. Opened with a great red berry nose, herbal. Middle is black cherry, olive, medium to full bodied. After 2 hours, showing more in the front. Will be more integrated in 2020. — 3 years ago

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Interesting as most 14’s are approachable
Mark Flesher

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About 2 hours after writing this note, it finally started coming around. These wines historically very locked up but I thought this one might have been ready to go. I think the rest of the bottles need to age one year

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Stagecoach Vineyard Petit Verdot 2013

A nice PV. William Harrison anniversary PV outdoes it quite easily, but this wine is delish. Pours like ink! Nose is a mix of floral and candied black fruit. Darker mulberry cassis(?) and violets. Thick and dense wine. Finishes with a mixed bag of dense black fruits and pepper. Going to hold nicely for the next 5 to 7 years but I think drinking these now wouldn't be a bad idea! — 2 years ago

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You can almost chew this wine! Mark and I agreed that while the WMHarrison PV would best this, we were all surprised at how nicely this was drinking. It was dense and chewy without being a beating tannic wise on the palate. Slightly floral at first (violets, potpourri) before becoming enveloped in chalky blackberries, other dark berries, and cassis. Charcoal too. More dark chocolate driven toward the finish.

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Napa Valley Petit Verdot 2014

Solid 93, almost 94. This wine is 100% PV. A bit young, this one pours a dark, deep violet to the glass. There is no way light is getting through this monster. The nose is pepper and spice cake. The entry is fruitcake, pepper, allspice. The middle gains a youthful sweet tobacco leaf on top of a fruitcake red and black spice. The finish is tannic without a doubt, and I feel that another year or so would do this one quite well. A 93.45 stunner tonight, with potential to improve over the next 5 years. This one would top the 25th Anniversary William Harrison PV depending upon the style you prefer for PV. Gonna have to acquire a few for the collection! Nice pull @Shay A — 3 years ago

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My rating from earlier in the year remains unchanged after opening this tonight. Aside from the William Harrison Anniversary PV, this is the only PV I would actively seek out and enjoy. Well balanced in red, blue and black fruit & herbal on the nose. The palate showed an underripe and chalky characteristic to the fruit, as well as peppery, and a kirsch style finish. More saddle leather showed after a couple hours of bottle decanting. Textbook PV from a very well respected winemaker.
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Charles Hendricks is one of the rare Winemakers that is able to produce wines that are very accessible young and will improve over the next 10 years plus. That craft is even more difficult with PV. He makes one of a very few I can drink young and really enjoy it.