It’s been a crazy time for us, these last six months. First, Em and I got married. Then, a few weeks ago, my mom passed away, after a long battle with cancer. Now, despite the strange timing we’ve just closed on a new place and are in the process of moving in. Heads spinning, we’ve had no shortage of emotions, or reasons to open good bottles of wine.
At first this was totally closed down. Into the decanter and a few hours later a fleeting high toned floral perfume develops. Glimpses of violets, some tart, just ripe black currants, red and purple fruited forest berries, and a hint of black pepper. So elegant, it’s hard to believe this is a Cali cab. It doesn’t taste old or new world really. It just is. Lithe, elegant, and transparent, with thrilling acid and gentle tannins. The structure is there.
All that said, the nose closes up some, after that initial flirtation. Seems to be shut down overall; tertiary qualities yet to develop. The potential is evident. 9.5++ — 8 hours ago
Tried several bottles, my new Favorite white, just love mountain fruit! Named for mountain range dividing Napa & Sonoma, old stone winery dug into side of dormant volcano crater in 1889, remained in production ever since. Pale lemon with aromas of Tropical and stone fruit with complex spice and blossom notes. On the palate apple, pear and citrus zest flavors with light oak and honey tones, fresh and vibrant, well integrated. Long finish ending with flinty mineral characteristics. Long aging potential. Nice! — a month ago
Finessed Cabernet from the volcanic soil of Red Hills Lake County (not Napa). Textbook aromas of cassis, cedar, and crushed stone lead to a smooth full bodied palate. Great value and cellaring potential at $37.
More info: 21,100 cases. Single vineyard at 2,640 feet in Mayacamas range. 16 months in Hungarian oak (45% new). — 2 years ago
Still a baby...everyone after the 97 bomb year hated the 98...best buy in a decade or more! — 19 days ago
Classic and bright merlot. Dark berries and cherries. Herby and good acid. Mod tannin — a month ago
Not sure I’ve actually had Heitz before, which I realize is a bit odd especially considering I worked in Napa. But it felt like a nice choice at the classic Smith and Wollensky for my mother in law’s bday. Definitely needs an hour plus of air - but once it does, nice deep red fruit with surprisingly good acid to keep it in balance. Not quite at the Mayacamas level - but obviously different price point. — 2 days ago