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This is a classic proposition for sauv blanc, but in a more restrained style. The nose is reductive; simple, which is counter-balanced by the layered and complex palate. While subtle, it opens up on the mid-palate displaying white peach and nectarines, bolstered by good minerality and delicate sweetness. Bright acidity will let this stand still for a few more years, but I would consume this vintage now. Wifey rating, and I agree.
NY skyline in the background. — 18 days ago
I coravined a taste of this last night. As I was sipping it, i was thinking that if you didn’t have a trained, sharp palate, many would call this Napa or Mendoza Malbec. Largely because of its bountiful milk chocolate/Mocha qualities with bright blue-purple florals.
The nose is beautiful, deep, dark, ripe, currants/cassis, dark cherries, blackberries, blue & purple fruit mix, pomegranate with baked, strawberries on the glass edges. Sweet berry cola to light fruit liqueur, vanilla, alluvial soils, clay, dry crushed rocks, notes of root beer, malted milk balls, light caramel, mocha, milk chocolate, soft dry herbs, black licorice to the core of anise, underbrush, slightly used leather, dry tobacco, some dark spice, with fresh, bright dark & red florals.
The body is full and lush. Mouthfeel gorgeous. The tannins are round but, still have some tarry teethiness. The structure, tension are still sizable. The length and balance have hit a nice groove. Still 10-15 years of good drink ahead. Deep, dark, ripe, currants/cassis, dark cherries, blackberries, blue & purple fruit mix, pomegranate with baked, strawberries on the glass edges. Sweet berry cola to cherry kirsch fruit liqueur, vanilla, black licorice to anise, alluvial soils, clay, dark, rich, turned earth, dry crushed rocks, graphite, dry tobacco, underbrush, notes of root beer, malted milk balls, light caramel, mocha, milk chocolate, soft dry herbs, black licorice to the core of anise, underbrush, slightly used leather, dry tobacco, dark spice with rising palate heat, with fresh, bright dark, red florals with violets. The acidity is near perfect. The long, rich, lush, ripe well balanced finish persists endlessly.
Stoled this at Benchmark Bin Sale.
Photos of, The Vineyardist Estate. — 2 days ago
Dried cherries. Pepper, cinnamon. Big mouthy fruit. A classic Martha’s Vineyard. Some sour palate. A great wine. — 9 days ago
Casual wine club with friends tonight over a steak dinner. My wife & I supplied the wines, our friends hosted and cooked.
Having sold its organically farmed grapes for 116 consecutive vintages, Napa Wine Company decided to set aside 15% of their crop in 1996 to produce their very own private label wine with. After approximately 20 months of aging in both new and used French oak barrels the wine was bottled and released. However, NWC withheld a small portion of their offering, thus relegating it to the secure confines of their cellars to lie & wait until the right time. Needless to say, the time is nigh. Produced under the masterful guidance of winemaker Randy Mason, this inaugural vintage of 1996 Cabernet from Napa Wine Company was sourced exclusively from Oakville's iconic Rock Cairn vineyard and is as classic as matured Napa Cab comes. This is a truly special bottle.
This opened up beautifully with a highly perfumed nose of saddle leather, mushrooms, cherries, Luxardo cherry syrup, licorice, mint, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, and Christmas spices. On the palate very feminine, balanced, and downright elegant. So delicious. I was very happy with this. — 24 days ago
The 2014 Merlot from Mayacamas is a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, which is all about precision and sheer class. It begins with striking aromatics of ripe dark plums and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, graphite, crushed stones and traces of dried herbs all taking shape. On the palate this possessing a medium-bodied, with silky and refined texture leading to a tightly wound core. It thoroughly impresses as it effortlessly glides across the palate with incredible balance and finesse, leading up to the graceful finish. The 2014 is still showing a bit of restraint and needs some significant air contact before it begins to show, readers should plan on allowing this age-worthy Merlot at least a few more years to unwind before it hits its stride. — 13 days ago
This is very nice. Classic Napa Cabernet. I will look to buy more of this — 8 days ago