Went into the cellar and pulled two relatively scarce and lovely wines this week for a compare and contrast tasting experience.
The first wine was 2011 O’Shaughnessy 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the west side of the Napa Valley, Mount Veeder. On the eyes, a dark ruby coloring with medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, a woody but sweet briarwood, with blackberry and black cherry fruits wafting into the nose. On the palate, extremely concentrated fruits, licorice, plum and black cherry exploded in the mouth with a background of sweet tobacco smoke and leather. The finish had some strong tannins, but without any “edginess” which provided for a long velvety crescendo. Rated at 94 points by Vinous. This wine could go another 3-5 years! I believe the cost was approximately $100 to $120 originally back in 2013.
See a previous story on O’Shaughnessy wines at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2020/04/18/virtual-wine-tasting-continued-the-right-glassware-for-a-near-perfect-wine-2010-lineage-wine-livermore-california/
2011 Lineage from Livermore California, out of the Lineage Collection by Steven Kent Mirassou. A dark deep brick red on the color and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, black fruits and a soft roasted coffee are predominant. On the palate, the black fruits (blackberry & dark cherry) and exotic oak with spices are dancing rapidly with joy! The finish provides violets, semi-sweet mocha in the throat. Structure and tannins are prevalent but not overwhelming, just a silky smooth drink to be enjoyed. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Originally this retailed for $135 and his current release which scored 100 points sells for $175.
See a previous story on Lineage Collection at:
These two wonderful treats came up on the “To Drink List for 2021” and I was very pleased and was aptly rewarded for waiting!