Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (william Harrison)

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. — 4 years ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Carneros Chardonnay 2013

Outdid a 2012 Puligny Montrachet. White flowers, peach, hint of herbal on the nose. Entry is full bodied. Peach, mango, melon, hint of butterscotch. Finished with a nice rounded character but also with just enough of a bite that it made the tongue sting. Ample character. Great balance. But, ready to drink now. Very happy with this one. This is the last one of these that I have and I think I finally timed it right! — 5 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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I really like their wines
Mark Flesher

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@Hugh O'Riordan I only had one of these and was halfway thinking it was gone. Have a lot of 16 and 17 that are drinking well and glad this performed like it did!

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Rutherford Red Blend 2014

Probably a 97 a maturity. Solid 94 today. WOW this wine is young. Nose is reminiscent of a young Malbec. Of course, the Rutherford red blend is always heavy on the Malbec (historically 10 to 15 %) , although the percentage breakdown is not listed on this vintage. Has almost a meaty sort of a nose. Entry is youthful fruit that seems to have ripened just yesterday. Still very astringent black cherry and a little bit of baking spice to the middle. Finishes with a softer texture than expected, but also with some pretty stiff Young Oak tannin. This one definitely did better with dinner to cut through the tannin which made the finish a little more present and that hint of Rutherford dust stick out! But, with this one needs more than anything is about 5 years in the bottle to figure itself out. Looking forward to big things! — 5 years ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Napa Valley Petit Verdot 2013

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9.2

Not too often do you get to drink 100% petit Verdot. My last bottle after 2-3 the last few years. Double decanted, then consumed from bottle over the course of 6hrs.

Special anniversary bottling. 36 months in oak. Right off the bat, I’d say the wine likely needed/benefitted from that amount of oak due to how brash PV can be solo, but I’d also say it’s probably going to cause the tannin to outlive the fruit. Not as black as I expected in the glass, more of a deep red-purple. Aromatics of ripe red and black berry fruits, baking spices, dark cocoa, and dark espresso. For being all PV slathered in a lot of oak, it’s very elegant on the palate…seems like a merlot/Mourvèdre hybrid with its black cherry cordial, chocolate and slightly smoked meat notes. There’s a unique tangy-ness to the fruit, and a lot of tannin at the finish. No rush, but if you want a good bit of fruit to balance things out, maybe consume in the next 3-5yrs.
— a year ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Shay A great notes! Recently had a 100% PV, didn't know what to think! Your insight helps!
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

I like their wines but only see them at vineyard
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@Dawn E. : You certainly don’t see PV on its own very often!

@Hugh O'Riordan : Same here. Their Simpatico is quite the value wine.

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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! — 4 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.
9.2

Hope & Grace

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 — 5 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.
9.3
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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.

Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

Ripe fruits, pretty ruby color, light in your tongue with slight tannin finish, rather simple but good conversation wine. — 3 years ago

Quintessa

Rutherford Red Blend

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!! — 4 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.
9.3

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. — 5 years ago

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