Friday night vibes... The Hossfeld’s aptly named Coliseum Vineyard was planted by the late Henry Hossfeld during the 1980s. The rock is so solid at this terraced vineyard that he literally had to frack the vine holes with dynamite. Late last year, the Hossfeld’s suffered significant damage from the Atlas Fire, including their homes and 15 of the 20 acres under vine, not to mention most of their 2017 crop. I knew this bottle would be special, but had no idea of the impact of the fires on this family.
Mark Carter founded his eponymous label in 1998 with the help of Nils Venge. Mike Smith would later become winemaker after Thomas Rivers Brown introduced him to Carter. Carter’s 2015 Hossfeld Coliseum is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and easily rivals Duckhorn’s 2014 Three Palms. Decadent black fruit leads the way, but it’s loaded with dates, fig, clove, spice cake, baking spice, and just the right edge of underbrush. This is best described as a gravy train of hedonism. — 4 hours ago
Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.
Great fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, black plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, oak, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee, graphite, cigar box and peppercorn. A great Napa nose.
Medium plus in body, and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, licorice, light vegetables, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky, cola, cloves, coffee, herbs, spices and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great red blend from Napa Valley in California, smooth and easy drinking. Showing great balance and complexity with a great, soft mouthfeel and a very enjoyable finish.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (an hour). Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers and great company.
Delightful, delicious and very enjoyable.
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel and 5% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$48. — 13 days ago
Received as a gift from a friend who got it as a part of a monthly box subscription called Winestr. Had never heard of the producer, which isn’t totally surprising as they produce in super low quantities. Tremendous balance and depth of flavor. Red currants, dusty leather, and dark chocolate. Will be keeping a look out for more from this producer. — 12 days ago
Valentine's Day 2018 ❤️💝
Just hitting the decanter now, inky red-black, a beauty.
The 2004 is 65% Zinfandel, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot.
Nose still has a little alcohol to it, but it seems to be dissipating, otherwise really noting violets and dried red fruits. Palate has that wonderful mocha/chocolate aspect that seems to start showing in aged Zinfandel. Some tannins still exist in this tonight, so we'll see how it goes in the next hour or so and come back tomorrow. Generally, I am happy with it's development over the years. — 9 days ago
Alpha Omega is located in legendary Rutherford in the heart of Napa and is one of Napa's newest boutique wineries. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot & 7% Cabernet Franc. Wow Wine, but needs decanting first. Very dark with purple tints, aromas of complex berry, pepper and herb spice. Flavors of strawberry and blackberry emerge, a touch jammy at times, licorice and cedar notes. Well balanced, big fine tannins, lingering, rich, ending with earthy mineral tones. Very Nice! — 8 days ago
One of the bottles we brought back from Napa. Unbelievably approachable at pop and pour. Brambly dark fruit notes on the nose, mainly earthy blackberries. Nice texture. Not very tannic. Finishes with raspberries, cedar, and overall, quite plush. Prefer this over their signature cab I think...then again, that bottle needs more air. Would be fun to try this “Las Piedras” against a Beckstoffer Las Piedras 🤔 — 12 days ago
On the nose; ripe, ruby, floral; blackberries, blueberries dark cherries, black raspberries, caramel, mocha, vanilla, loamy soils, fresh, red florals and violets. The body is thick & full. Tannins are round and velvety. The fruit gorgeous and creamy in style. Dark currants; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, blueberries, raspberries. Mocha, medium intensity baking spices, cinnamon, vanilla, milk chocolate, loamy dry souls, violets, fresh red florals, beautiful round acidity. the structure length, tension are well executed well a balance polished finish. Photos of; the entrance to the Winery with a press on east side, Layered soil structure of their Dr. Crane Vineyard and the immaculate barrel room. — 7 days ago