St. Helena, Napa Valley

Vineyard 29

The Essentials 29 Estate Cabernet Franc 2012

Smooth as silk, give it some air for the nose to open up
Winery notes, Our small cabernet franc vineyard is the most easily viewed block from the terrace of the winery, on a northwest-facing slope along the southern edge of the 29 North Estate. We planted our cabernet franc vines in 2000 and have enjoyed watching and tasting their amazing development year over year.
The nearly textbook conditions of 2012 presented very few challenges starting this almost ideal growing season with a mild spring, healthy bud break, steady flowering and even fruit set. Summer ushered in warm days and cool, frequently foggy, nights; fall had beautiful warm temperatures, with very few heat spikes. The bountiful fruit enjoyed long, slow ripening resulting in highly developed and expressive flavors. Light rainfall arrived after we had harvested optimally ripe fruit. The 2012 vintage is marked by wines of exceptional balance, captivating aromatics and are succulent on the palate. Immensely enjoyable in their youth, these wines are cellar-worthy and will gratify for the long term.
Our 2012 Cabernet Franc is loaded with rich and seductive aromas of cedar, clove, allspice and ripe blackberries. On the palate, creamy vanilla and seductive hints of oak are supported by velvety tannins and a pleasing lift of bright acidity. The balanced, welcoming structure of this wine allows it to be paired with even the most delicate dishes. We love roasted sea scallops or duck with dried cherries. Our Franc is beautifully expressive and approachable with a long and balanced finish to be enjoyed now and for the next 6 to 8 years.
Cases Produced: 296 Retail Price: $140 ~ 750ml
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Lewelling Vineyards

Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ron R
9.5

Forgot to post this gem over the weekend. Seamless, textured and rudely good to the last drop. — 7 days ago

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Yes, Ryan is correct .- 2016.

Ehlers Estate

St. Helena Cabernet Franc 2016

I love Cab Franc and Ehlers. Yes; — a day ago

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The halftime pause that refreshes. Ready to full court press to start the second half.

Nicholson Jones

St. Helena Sauvignon Blanc 2015

‘15 still tasting great, Cal Nicholson spent his youth in So. CA & after a long successful marketing career he hung up his spurs to follow his 2 real interests in life – surfing and wine making. Jones is the maiden name of Cal’s wife Pam. A wonderful wine. Pale lemon, aromas of citrus, stone fruits with honey notes. On the palate peach, crisp apple and melon flavors with citrus zest wrapped in lively acidity. Long finish ending with mineral citrus finish. Nice! Small production. — 7 days ago

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Corison

Sunbasket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Incredible how much this changes in the hours after opening. From structured and imposing to relaxed and warmly spicy...beautiful all around. We just couldn't wait although this wine had decades of life left clearly — 3 days ago

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Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

10’ Realm Dr Crane. Still needs a short decanting. 11- I think is better. Crazy right. 2 hours later ... holy moly! It’s singing! — 11 days ago

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Revana Family Vineyard

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9 years old. Still dark garnet. Relatively smooth tannins. A beautiful wine! — 7 days ago

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Sodhani

St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Ron R
9.1

Maraschino cherries and coffee on the nose.
Visibly, the wine wasn’t compelling, and this was consistent on the mid palate. Overall, it lacked weight. Moderately sweet, but finished a touch tart. Not feeling this bottle at all - Inn at Pound Ridge.
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Preferred the -14 as well. Didn’t buy this vintage.
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Bummer. Any wine with an elephant as the logo should be weighty 🐘🏋🏻‍♂️

Sinegal Estate

Reserve St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Fun afternoon flight

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Good stuff, guys and gals. Lovely pic. Enjoy those moments...

Castello di Amorosa

La Castellana Sangiovese Blend 2014

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