Crocker & Starr
One of the unique finds this year was Pam Starr’s blend of Malbec and Cab Franc. Smooth (Malbec) with hints of spice (Cab Franc). Excellent pairing with Mexican dishes.
Lail Vineyards – Blueprint
A nice surprise from the Castlewood Wine Club. A very dark and young wine, an almost black Cabernet & Cab Franc Blend with a hint of chocolate and sweet tannins. Not one to cellar but a good “to drink wine”. Will give an indication of 2013 vintage from Napa.
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc produced by Alan Potts is a “home run” and made my Top Wines of 2015. Worthy of buying and is more of “drink now” but could be held a few years.
Wood Family Vineyards
Rhonda Wood has been producing wonderful wines as bright as her smile for 10+ years. One of the best winemakers in Livermore Valley. Her Chardonnay, “Especial” Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah are all outstanding.
Kinsella Estates in Healdsburg offers several good Cabernet Sauvignon’s and a zesty Zinfandel. A Thomas Rivers Brown project.
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One of the better Cabernet’s coming out of Napa from a family owned winery in St Helena is YoungInglewood. The label says what is needed in a good Cabernet — balance which they have done magnificently!
Winemaker and owner Vincent Kalny and wife Deanna of Incendium with Jessica Arnold at The Wine Foundry. His 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon was very tasty. Vince is Cal-Fire employee and donates a portion of profits to help firefighters who are injured or killed in service. He currently project is helping the 23 firefighters who lost their homes fighting up in Middletown. — with Vincent Kalny and Deanna Kalny.
One of our new favorite Chardonnay’s by David Tate. Reasonably priced and sure to be a new addition in your cellar.
Switchback Ridge Wine
A great tasting last week with Kelly Peterson-Holmes of Switchback Ridge. Tasted 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Merlot and Petite Sirah. All excellent and will age nicely over the next 5-7 years.
Steven Kent Winery & Dante Robere
Attended Club Member Appreciation at Steven Kent this afternoon. They poured 2013 Merrille Chardonnay, 2012 Livermore Cab Sauv, 2012 BDX Petit Verdot and 2013 Port. Plus Steven Mirassou was wondering about pouring some nice 2006 Clone 30. The two best were Chardonnay and Clone 30. Then stopped by Dante Robere Vineyards. Met Dan Rosenberg 4 years ago and great to see him at his new facility. His dream has come to fruition. Their Cab Sauv, Syrah and Tempranillo (to be released in January) were the standout wines for me. Worth stopping by for a tasting.
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