Checkerboard Vineyards

Aurora Napa Valley Red Blend

9.616 ratings
9.58 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
David L

12’ CHECKERBOARD AURORA
Martha McClellan, winemaker. Decanted for an hour. Inky dark fruits(plum, blackberries) Combines power & elegance. It’s tannins are silky & round. 45/60 second finish. Edit- Magical on hour 2. 

12’ CHECKERBOARD AURORA
Martha McClellan, winemaker. Decanted for an hour. Inky dark fruits(plum, blackberries) Combines power & elegance. It’s tannins are silky & round. 45/60 second finish. Edit- Magical on hour 2. 

Mar 26th, 2021
Roy Goble

Hey Delectable friends, I’ll be in Napa most of February. What should I check out that’s new and interesting?

Hey Delectable friends, I’ll be in Napa most of February. What should I check out that’s new and interesting?

Feb 7th, 2021
Roy Goble

This 2012 was still delicious but the back end seemed to be fading a bit.

This 2012 was still delicious but the back end seemed to be fading a bit.

Nov 15th, 2020
Mark Blatty

Drinking this watching the World Series. This wine is a beast and also has amazing complexity. Definitely needs air but once it gets it look out!

Drinking this watching the World Series. This wine is a beast and also has amazing complexity. Definitely needs air but once it gets it look out!

Oct 26th, 2017
Carl Fischer

Sunday night shenanigans in Brooklyn with this crew. WOTN was this Checkerboard - perfectly balanced, beautiful fruit, smooth tannins, just delicious. Group 📷 by @Martin G Rivard

Sunday night shenanigans in Brooklyn with this crew. WOTN was this Checkerboard - perfectly balanced, beautiful fruit, smooth tannins, just delicious. Group 📷 by @Martin G Rivard

Oct 23rd, 2017
David L

WOTN-at Brooklyn, New York! Have to find a way to get a few these in my wine cellar.@Carl Fischer Thanks once again for pouring this .

WOTN-at Brooklyn, New York! Have to find a way to get a few these in my wine cellar.@Carl Fischer Thanks once again for pouring this .

Oct 23rd, 2017
Bill Bender

When the server is fun everything tastes better. Checkerboard always has a chocolate, mocha and blue fruit thing going on that I like. It has the 3 P's: People pleasing pure fruit. An exceptional stand alone wine.

When the server is fun everything tastes better. Checkerboard always has a chocolate, mocha and blue fruit thing going on that I like. It has the 3 P's: People pleasing pure fruit. An exceptional stand alone wine.

Aug 17th, 2017
Aaron Hamrock

Decanted for about 2 1/2 hours. Really opened up. Lots of blue mountain fruit in this wine. Lovely.

Decanted for about 2 1/2 hours. Really opened up. Lots of blue mountain fruit in this wine. Lovely.

Jul 24th, 2016
Aaron Hamrock

I had this wine a few weeks ago at a wine dinner. Tonight I was able to focus on this wine. Blueberries, graphite, spice and lilac. Wonderful fruit and tannin. This is a wonderful wine that will age effortlessly for 20 years.

I had this wine a few weeks ago at a wine dinner. Tonight I was able to focus on this wine. Blueberries, graphite, spice and lilac. Wonderful fruit and tannin. This is a wonderful wine that will age effortlessly for 20 years.

May 9th, 2016
Allan Tulloch

Allan had this a year ago

Allan had this a year ago

Apr 4th, 2020