Browsing all posts tagged with Tag: Napa.

Corison Winery • St. Helena, Napa Valley

October 20th, 2016 | No Comments

In September of this year I headed to Napa to meet a few new wineries. My visit took me to the busy “HWY” side of Napa Valley as opposed to the (Silverado) “Trail” side. The HWY side is generally busier and more crowded and I don’t like crowds nor busy when tasting. However, I have […]

Markham Vineyards • St. Helena, CA

May 27th, 2015 | No Comments

Markham Vineyards • St. Helena, CA There are so many wineries to choose from in Napa that you could spend a month exploring and not exhaust the bounties of experiences waiting to be discovered. Markham Vineyards is one of those, “let’s pull in here” wineries that you leaved pleased as punch that you did. In […]

Melka 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

February 23rd, 2015 | No Comments

Melka 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon A spicy, dark fruit jumble. The nose is alive! Plenty of currant and plum to go with the spices and oak. The palate buzzes instantly. The acidity is electric like lightening in a bottle. Definitely a wine for big kids. Young palates need not apply. The tannins are slightly dusty and […]

Failla 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

December 15th, 2014 | No Comments

Failla 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir A ridiculously lovely cherry start. Secondary cocoa notes provide a lovely depth to the nose. Smells crisp and balanced. Jumps to the center of your mouth to dance and it gets there quickly. I think it’s made that way. The playful acidity doesn’t last long. Shifts gears on the rear palate. […]

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV

October 27th, 2014 | No Comments

Robert Sinskey 2009 POV I sat with my nose dug into this Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv blend for almost 5 minutes. It took me there. Memories of warm buttered toast on a rainy day and opening blackberry jam as your mouth waters in anticipation. I always love how olfactory memories emerge from the depths of […]

Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon “Foresty.” Full of cedar and black cheery. It grows organically the more you smell. Hello Big Napa Cab and right here in the heart of Lodi. Go figure. Wine tasting is always an adventure. Starts easy. Effortless. The tannins reach and stretch as if woken up from a […]

2010 Dcubed Napa Valley Zinfandel

September 14th, 2014 | No Comments

2010 Dcubed Napa Valley Zinfandel Subtle raspberry, plum and oak politely greet you at the door and cordially takes you coat. A regal start. Totally balanced on the palate. Structure is well defined and elegant. I couldn’t help but think that this would be great with some meat. Then again, its not too big to just […]

Fields Family 2009 Merlot

September 12th, 2014 | No Comments

Fields Family 2009 Merlot Grown in Napa but made in Lodi. Talk about role reversal. The color of this guy reminds me of an aged cab. A Merlot in a Cab disguise. Currant, herbs and spice are well organized for your nose. Wonderfully big in the mouth. The tannins will invite themselves into your house […]

2010 Dcubed Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel

September 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

2010 Dcubed Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel You had me at Howell Mountain. If you haven’t been up there, schedule a trip. It’s a pretty special place in Napa Valley, not to mention remarkably beautiful. Pepper Bomb!!! The pepper and dark, ripe raspberries smell enticing. They absolutely frolic in your glass. Tight spices show up quickly […]

2011 Dcubed Zinfandel Rosé

August 21st, 2014 | No Comments

2011 Dcubed Zinfandel Rosé Napa Valley A pomegranate colored rosé. Such a cool looking bottle of wine. The nose is understated. Coy aromatics. Smells a bit of vineyard, tomato vines, small red varietal fruit and a hint of toast. You may have to get your nose wet to dig out the details. I needed help […]