Napa Valley

Vaso

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A
9.3

VASO cellars is essentially Dana Estate’s third label. However, what makes VASO unique is that while it’s a third label, the fruit that is used is the same fruit that goes in to Dana. No young vines or anything like that here. The main difference is the way it is oak aged.

Enjoyed during the WNH virtual tasting. Similar to the ‘12 Sauv Blanc I popped, this is also from Dana’s Hershey Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Due to the ‘14 vintage being one that is drinking fairly well now, I assumed this would be close to pop and pour...wrong. Very tightly coiled on day one. Very crunchy and underripe fruits with herbs and baking spice. Re-corked and gave an hour decant on day two and it was immensely better. Sweet toasted oak, violets, charred plum, baked mixed berry pie with some added herbal flair on the nose. More plush on day two but still flexing those powerful mountain tannins. On the palate it is full of rich dark fruits, dark chocolate, mocha, nutmeg, licorice and quite a bit of graphite. It’s dusty, herbal with a good amount of ripe fruit with nice lift. I’d hold for a few more years.
@Mike R , these are very nice wines. Thanks buddy!
— 9 days ago

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@David L @Mike R : I feel crazy for rating the Sauv Blanc better than the cab, but the more I think about it, the more I just can’t believe how good that Sauv Blanc is!
David L

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Doesn’t surprise me at all. That 12 is so good.
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Actually this is their second label for the sauv Blanc - the Onda is a red blend and another label but is going away I am told

So glad you liked it bud

Dalla Valle Vineyards

Maya 2006

1.5 hour decant(some cloudy sediment). A unforgettable dark ruby red color with little signs of aging. On the nose: sweet red fruit, floral, a slight funky forest floor, graphite, vanilla. Taste: Shut the front door!!!!!! A rich, soft, silky wine with black cherry, pepper, a little cinnamon graphite, red plum, with a long sweet anise finish....yum

Note: the 2006 was 65% cab franc and 35% cab sauvignon...this has been reversed in recent vintages with 65% cab sauvignon and 35 % cab franc...booooo
— 5 days ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
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Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review. Thanks
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Nice
Tom Garland

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Thanks. Cheers!

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Fraternity Napa Valley Red Blend 2013

It's time for some Cabernet for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby/purple in color with a nice brick/reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, chocolates, cola, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, vinaigrette, pencil lead, tobacco leaf and light vegetables.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, mocha, coke and vinaigrette.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries..

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. This 7 year old, from a great vintage, is showing great complexity and a wonderful mouthfeel. The alcohol is very integrated at this point.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and brings out the wonderful aromas. (2 hours)

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this jem with me. Just delicious.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 9% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$50.
— 12 days ago

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Vaso

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Shay A
9.4

VASO cellars is essentially Dana Estate’s third label. However, what makes VASO unique is that while it’s a third label, the fruit that is used is the same fruit that goes in to Dana. No young vines or anything like that here. The main difference is the way it is oak aged. This SB comes from Dana’s Hershey Vineyard on Howell Mountain.

This is good. Like really good. Would love to try next to Dana’s own SB. 8yrs young and drinking wonderfully...almost shockingly so. This is like a combo of high end Bordeaux Blanc with Aesthete Sauv Blanc. Aromatically, it leaps from the glass with honeyed sea salt, grapefruit, lemongrass and white peach. On the palate, it is so textured and rich, almost creamy. More peach, poached pear, lemon oil, creamsicle, and wet rock. There is good acidity here (still at 8yrs for a Napa SB!), and while the profile is rounded, it’s certainly not flabby. One of the best Napa SBs I’ve tasted and still has a couple years of cruising at peak. I’m going to open my ‘13 soon, but I’m going to hold my ‘15 for a while! Best around cellar temp, don’t get it too cold or it will mute some of the flavors. I owe you for this one,
@Mike R !
— 9 days ago

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No sir
Joseph Barsky

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Wine-Searcher shows this up to $290/bottle. The true bottle shock! No Vaso to be found. Would have liked to compare with the Dragonette SB.
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Contact Dana to get on the list. My Dragonette was shipped yesterday. Looking forward to trying it very soon.

Hundred Acre Vineyard

Ark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Friday...time for a break from the war on the coronavirus...and time for a WINE WAR! Both bottles have practiced years of social distancing in the cellar...there is no vaccine to stop this wine war either

2008 Hundred Acre...a true Napa modern style of rich tannins, liberally oaked, and picked late and ripe at 15.5% alcohol.

2008 Dominus..more old world style with firmer tannins, prominent acidity, more earthy and herbaceous...not as approachable young..at 14.1% alcohol.

Let the decanting begin...check back later tonight for the winner!

We have a winner! 9.4 for the Hundred Acre and a 9.3 for the Dominus....though if compared again in a few years, I believe the Dominus will be on top.....it just needs a few more years to fully come together.

Hundred Acre..dark ruby red color. Nose: sweet cherries, spice box, graphite, plum all jump from the glass. Taste: ripe cherries, espresso, cinnamon, plum..with a nice long finish and no reason it could not go for 10 more years.

Dominus..deep dark garnet color. The nose is a bit muted but the palate is singing. Nose: cherry, charcoal, floral, creme brulee. Taste: A creamy smooth mouthfeel of black fruit, chocolate, licorice with nice round tannins. Not over the top, drinking well, but a wine I believe will be even better in a few years.
— 12 days ago

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Nice battle.
Sharon B

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I like the wine war much better!

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

30+ years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph Napa for a book & bought a vineyard, Cakebread Cellars was born. Cakebread wine offerings are among my Favs, Chard is no exception, consistent quality year/year. ‘17 has elegant nose, stone fruits, citrus, floral & honey scents. On palate complex flavors of apple, peach & lemon zest, balanced with good acidity & great mouthfeel. Lingering finish ending with wet stone and citrus character. Had this about 9 months ago, aging well. — 5 days ago

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Bryant Family Vineyard

Proprietor Grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Been breaking out some fun wines deep from the cellar to keep spirits HIGH during the stay at home Cali mandate. Day 10 is no exception......time for dinosaur steaks and a 2009 Bryant Family!!

Decanted 1 hour. An arresting deep dark garnet color(lots of cloudy sediment). On the nose: caught me completely off guard with stewed meat, black olives, band aids, some licorice, red berries, and floral. Taste: Wow, this is singing "Stairway to Heaven " ....no garage band version, this is Led Zeppelin 1970s!! Dark cherries, chocolate, espresso, tobacco.
A Mark Aubert beauty with fine, silky tannins coating the mouth. An elegant, rich, soft wine with a long toffee/blueberry finish
— 4 days ago

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Sharon B

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@Tom Garland i hope yours were as good as mine! 🥩🍷
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Love the whole thing going on
Tom Garland

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@Sharon B great night of wine/steak!......meat sweats, lowered heart rate from all the protein/ fat and finally drifted into a coma like sleep..

Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Only 15 acres planted with grapes grown in Rutherford (warmer with rich ripe fruit) & Oak Knoll (cooler with fresh acidity in grapes). Pale lemon, with fresh & crisp citrus & stone fruit aromas, no malolactic fermentation. Palate shows peach, apple & Asian pear flavors, with lemony & toasty notes, lively acidity & balance with touch of vanilla oak (9 months of French oak aging (25% new & 1-year old, remainder neutral oak). Long finish ending with fruit, spice & biscuit notes. Very Nice! Tasting Sample. — 4 days ago

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Blankiet Estate

Paradise Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

5 years ago this was absolutely undrinkable. A hot, disjointed, tannic mess...but it’s in a good window now....but likely on the back side of optimum. Not sure it ever had an optimum to be honest. It went from messiness to what it is now which is very nice. Very Bordeaux in character, reductive, rich earth and bruised plum, grainy tannins still jabbing a bit. A good study wine but more interesting than exciting. Drink up. — 3 days ago

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What about after all the $$$?
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Ah man..bummer... but on to the next one!
Eric S

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Total bummer. I dig their older vintages.

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Mike R
9.5

Smiles beyond belief
Everyone should do a virtual wine tasting with the
@David L @Ron R @Shay A @Eric LaMasters @Bill Bender @joe lucca @Carl Fischer @shawn rose and me

We just did one and so much fun
My first wine of the the night was the 2016 Kongsguard the judge - off the hook good - a little early but so damn good
— 3 days ago

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@Shay A i tried you get entire photo of us lol but I suck in those skills for sure
Sharon B

Sharon B

How fun!!
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Thanks so much for hosting us, Mikey. Very innovative and loads of fun!!!