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Enjoy an Epic Tasting of 1968 Napa Valley Cabernets and Other Upcoming Events

Taste Multiple 1968 Napa Valley Cabernet in Livermore—October 27

You probably take claims such as “once in a lifetime opportunity!” with a grain of salt. Yeah, me too. But then there’s this... Starting at 4pm on Sunday, October 27 a small group of people will be tasting drinking seven 1968 Cabernet Sauvignon (and other aged wines) over a very good, multi-course dinner in a private room at a nice restaurant. You can be in that group. There are currently just 3 or 4 seats available.

Here’s the full wine list for the evening, unless something else gets added:
1968 Hanzell Chardonnay Sonoma
1968 Louis M. Martini Pinot Noir Reserve
1968 Inglenook Charbono
1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet 1968 BV George de la Tour Private Reserve
1968 Inglenook Cask H-12 Cabernet
1968 Souverain Napa Cabernet (Howell Mt.)
1968 Buena Vista Cask 102 Sonoma Cabernet
1968 Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Unfined
1968 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cesare Mondavi Cabernet
1968 Mayacamas late harvest Zinfandel
1957 Ficklin LBV Port (Made from a solera of the 1948 through 1957 vintages)

As you might suspect, this tasting isn’t free. But it’s not crazy expensive either. The tasting fee is $125 and you also pay for your own dinner and gratuity. I’d estimate the grand total to be about $235. You can buy tickets here.
Note: I’ll be in attendance but I’m not the tasting organizer and am not receiving any of the proceeds (which are just going to defray part of the wine cost anyway).

Hopland Passport in Hopland, Mendocino—October 19 & 20

Hopland Passport LogoHopland is a cute little town and a visit there is fun anytime. However, Hopland’s Fall Passport weekend will be especially festive. From 11am to 5pm each day, you’ll taste new and library wines from fifteen local vintners. And, of course, there’ll be plenty of food too.

Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the event. For tickets or more information, visit Destination Hopland.

The participating wineries include Brutocao Cellars, Campovida, Cesar Toxqui Cellars, Frey Vineyards, Graziano Family, Jaxon Keys Winery, Jeriko Estate, McFadden Farm, McNab Ridge Winery, Milano Winery, Nelson Family Vineyards, Ray’s Station, Saracina and Terra Savia.


Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration in Yountville—November 2

There are great wines coming from Howell Mountain. But, not all of the wineries are open to the public and a “passport” event could be hazardous given the narrow, winding roads. So Howell Mountain vintners trek down the hill for big tastings like their Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration. This time it will be held at V Wine Cellar in Yountville.

The tasting features 18 Howell Mountain wineries and will run from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, November 2. In addition to the wine, there’ll be delicious food from a range of providers and winery chefs, plus live blues music. Buy your tickets soon, they are $55 right now but will go to $75 soon. Tickets will be $95 at the door.

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Get a Taste of Mendocino

How often does a county pick itself up and move to your backyard so that you can enjoy it more easily? Not often. One should take an advantage of such opportunities. Especially if said county is full of really good wine, artisanal food producers and artists. That’s why I’ll be attending Taste of Mendocino this coming Monday in San Francisco. You should too.


What is Taste of Mendocino?

Taste of Mendocino is almost like a single-night Mendocino County fair, but held at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavillion in San Francisco. You will taste Mendocino wine, craft brew and artisanal cheeses. You can ogle slabs of grass-fed beef and lamb. And you can buy all this stuff to take home, because Taste Mendocino isn’t just a showcase, it’s also a market.

In between savory bites and smooth sips, check out the paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more produced by Mendocino artists. Be wowed by the high-flying feats of the Flynn Creek Circus. Walk through a mini-forest of 3,000 live young redwood trees. Learn more about “America’s Greenest Wine Region,” which is also one of Northern California’s best spots for long-weekends and week-long get-aways. Hotels, B&B’s, restaurants, kayak tour companies and more will be there with information. More than 130 businesses will be represented, including 60+ wineries.

Taste of Mendocino sounds like a great way to get over the Monday back-to-work blahs. I hope to meet you there.

When is Taste of Mendocino?

Taste of Mendocino takes place on Monday, June 13, 2011. The consumer event runs from 5PM to 8PM.


Tickets for Taste of Mendocino are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. So, SAVE $10 and get your tickets now.

If you’d like to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (See below for a list of participating wineries.) The contest will run from now through 5PM on Thursday. So hurry up and send me that email. A winner will be chosen at random from among all entries. I’ll notify the winner by email Thursday night.

There is also a trade event. That runs from noon to 4PM. Trade attendees are welcome to stay/return for the consumer event. If you are trade or media, get your passes here.

Participating Wineries

Albertina Wine Cellars
Barra of Mendocino
Baxter Winery
Bink Wines
Brutocao Cellars
Cesar Toxqui Cellars
Chiarito Vineyard
Claudia Springs Winery
CORO Mendocino
Couloir Wines
Demuth Kemos
Donkey and Goat
Esterlina Vineyards & Winery
Fetzer Vineyards
Foursight Wines
Frey Vineyards
Girasole Vineyards
Giuseppe Wines/Neese Vineyards
Graziano Family of Wines
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Handley Cellars
Harmonique Wines
Husch Vineyards
Jaxon Keys
Jeriko Estate
Lazy Creek Winery
Le Vin Winery
Londer Vineyards
Lula Cellars
Maple Creek Winery
Mariah Vineyards
Meyer Family Cellars
Milano Winery
Naughty Boy Vineyards
Navarro Vineyards
Nelson Family Vineyards
Pacific Star Winery
Parducci Cellars
Paul Dolan Vineyards
Phillips Hill Estates
Potter Valley Wine Works
Philo Ridge Vineyards
Orsianna Wines
Rack & Riddle
Rivino Winery
Roederer Estate
Route 128 Winery
Saracina Vineyards
Scharffenberger Cellars
Seabiscuit Ranch
Straight Line Wines
Terra Savia
Testa Vineyards
Weibel Winery & Vineyards
Yeilding Wine
Yorkville Cellars
Zina Hyde Cunningham

Other Participating Vendors and Service Providers

B. Bryan Preserve
City of Ukiah
Crab & Wine Days
Custom Tattoo Designer - Joe Drache
Day of the Dead Festival
Flynn Creek Circus
Gualala Arts
Hampton Inn Ukiah
Kayak Mendocino
Little River Inn and Golf Course
Little River Whale Festival
Mendocino Farmers Market
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Hotel
Mendocino Land Trust
Mendocino Music Festival
Pure Mendocino
Red Barn Ranch
Saturday Afternoon Clubhouse Ukiah
Skunk Train
Stanford Inn & Resort
Super 8 Ukiah
The Griffin House Inn
The Solar Living Institute
Tour Mendocino Wines
Assaggiare Mendocino
Bon Appetite Management Co serving Magruder Ranch Meats
Cliff House Restaurant
Cocoa Bungalow
Carol Hall's Hot Pepper Jelly Company
Fairalls Farm Fresh Creations
Harvest Market
Mendo Bistro
Mendocino Brewing Company
Mendocino Sea Salt & Seasoning Company
North Coast Brewing Company
Old Chatham Ranch
Oliveto del Vecchio
Owen Family Farm Sausages
Pacific Preserves
Piaci Pub & Pizzaria
Picciani's Pastry & Catering
Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese
Stella Cadente Olive Oil
The Ravens at Standford Inn & Resort
Ukiah Brewing Company
Arts Council of Mendocino County
Food and Water Watch
Redwood Forest Foundation
Slow Food

Learn more about Mendocino County at the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission and Visit Mendocino County websites.

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Top Picks from the April 27, 2010 Taste of Mendocino

Yesterday I attended the Taste of Mendocino event at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco’s Presidio. This was a trade tasting so it was reasonably easy, even in the somewhat tight layout, to navigate the aisles and have brief conversations with the winemakers and proprietors.

There were hundreds of wines available to taste, of which I managed to try 78 in the roughly two-and-a-half hours I spent there. That’s obviously a fairly brisk pace and I did not take highly detailed notes, focusing instead on the general quality of each wine. All of the usual caveats about not making huge purchases based on impressions from walk-around tastings apply here.

My overall impression of the wines was one of slight disappointment. I found the vast majority of wines to have insufficient acidity to be really engaging. And, in many cases, the wines were simply boring. That is not to say that they were necessarily badly made or flabby, just undistinguished. Too many wines had fruit that must have been yawning as it punched the time clock before being prodded into the fermentation tank. And there were few wines with interesting non-fruit aromas and flavors.

There has been a lot of concern about smoke taint in Mendocino wines from the 2008 vintage. Aside from Phillips Hill’s Ring of Fire Pinot Noir, which intentionally shows some campfire, I didn’t find smoke taint in the wines I tasted. Given the overall quality of the wines I tasted, one’s concern shouldn’t be as much about finding taint in the wines but the quality of fruit that was left after all of the tainted grapes had been segregated.

All that said, I should reiterate that I was slightly disappointed, not appalled. There was certainly a lot of good wine to be had and the 31 best among those I tried are listed below. Generally speaking, the best wines came from “the usual suspects.” Most notable among the wineries I’d not tried previously were Trinafour Cellars and Chiarito Vineyard, whose Nero d’Avola was a crowd favorite. The latter also poured three Zinfandels which I did not have a chance to try.

Highly Recommended
Bink Wines Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard, $25
2006 Bink Wines Pinot Noir Weir Vineyard, $40
2009 Bink Wines Sauvignon Blanc Randle Hill, $22
Chiarito Vineyard Petite Sirah, $35
2007 Chiarito Vineyard Nero d’Avola, $36
Dogwood Cellars Zinfandel, $28
Drew Wines Pinot Noir Fog Eater, $36
Edmeades Zinfandel Piffero Vineyard
2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Ring of Fire, $38 [Intentionally made with a bit of residual smoke taint. The smoke is both mild and interesting, so it’s pleasant bit of added complexity and a conversation starter.]
NV Roederer Estate Brut, $20
2002 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage, $43

Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah, $22
Bliss Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, $18
2007 Dogwood Cellars Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, $40
2006 Edmeades Perli Vineyard Zinfandel, $31
Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir, $34
Esterlina Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, $22
2007 Esterlina Pinot Noir Reserve
2008 Esterlina Riesling (dry)
Foursight Wines Pinot Noir Charles Vineyard
Londer Vineyards Pinot Noir, Paraboll
Navarro Vineyards Chardonnay Premiere Reserve, $25
2008 Navarro Vineyards Gewurtztraminer, $19
2007 Navarro Vineyards Muscat Blanc Anderson Valley, $19
2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Beeson Tree, $40
2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard, $42
Philo Ridge Vineyards Gewurtztraminer Ferrington Vineyard, $19
Rivino Sedulous [69% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 1% Viognier], $28
2008 Rivino Chardonnay $22
Trinafour Cellars Carignane, $22
2006 Trinafour Cellars Petite Sirah, $26

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Tasting Report: 14th Annual Mt. Veeder Appellation Tasting

Despite intense morning rains, the turnout for Saturday’s Mt. Veeder AVA tasting at Hess Collection Winery was excellent. The outdoor event was saved by good preparation and hard work—organizers stretched a multitude of tarps over the arbor—and by good timing. Torrential downpour became random sprinkles as soon as corks were pulled.

And there was plenty of corks to pull. 28 wineries participated, most pouring multiple wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and related blends were the most common offering, but Syrah, Chardonnay and several other varieties—even Pinot Noir—were represented.

Overall quality was very high with most wines falling into my Highly Recommended range. As was the case last year, reds showed considerable diversity due to the Mt. Veeder AVA’s complex nature. A multiplicity of soils, facings and slopes means no two growing areas are alike. The rugged topography makes large, contiguous vineyards nearly impossible too.

Climate unites Mt. Veeder’s scattered growing areas. High altitude and relative proximity to the ocean results in one of the highest rainfall AVAs in Napa Valley. Similarly, the warm days are moderated by regular daytime breezes and cold nighttime air.

Three common threads appear in the red wines: medium+ body, elegant ripeness with cool-climate accents and, most obviously, structure of fine-grained or fine powdery tannins. This is consistent across varieties. While that makes abbreviated tasting notes seem repetitive, the typicity is welcome and reflects refreshingly light-handed winemaking.

Mt. Veeder is also yielding very attractive white wines. The fruit is always ripe and the wines never mean, but most are perky and supple. Chardonnay works well, as does Hess’ Albariño. An experimental, under-the-table Marsanne/Roussanne from a producer that shall not be named was very appealing. I’d like to see more of that in the future, and perhaps Grenache Blanc.

I asked Yannick Rousseau whether the day’s rain would have any adverse effects on Mt. Veeder’s 2013 vintage. He didn’t think so. White wine grapes have been harvested already and most reds need a couple more weeks on the vine, enough time to dry out. If there’s a risk, it would be for ripe Zinfandel.

2010 OShaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. VeederWines of the Mt. Veeder Appellation Tasting

The wineries at the tasting were presented in reverse alphabetical order this year to give the back-of-the-alphabet folks a break. I’ve done the same here. Due to flow of the crowd, I tasted from both ends toward the middle. Regrettably, that meant I missed out on Mayacamas and Meadowcroft.

Y. Rousseau 2010 Chardonnay Milady Mount Veeder, $36
A great way to start the day: lemon, green and yellow apples, baking spice and a spray of white flowers. Lovely balance of fruit and acidity. Highly Recommended.

Y. Rousseau 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Le Roi Soleil Mount Veeder, $65
Medium+ body and tannins (fine-grained) with attractive flavors of black currant, blackberry, cocoa, spice and dark flowers. Lengthy. Highly Recommended.

2012 Yates Family Viognier Mount Veeder, $38
Rich with sweet honeysuckle and nectarine. Very long finish. Recommended+

2009 Yates Family Alden Perry Reserve Red Blend Mount Veeder, $65
Dusty black currant, spice, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Fine-grained tannins. Recommended+

2010 Vinoce Cabernet Franc Mount Veeder, $60
Oak, dusty and spicy fruit, tobacco leaf. Moderate fine-grained tannins. Recommended.

2010 Vinoce Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $75
Dry herb, dark fruit and spices, oak. Medium+ body and tannins (fine talc). Recommended.

2006 Veedercrest Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $125
Veedercrest ages their Cab for 48 months in French oak and two years in bottle before release. Very chocolatey with cedar, red cherry, oak and coconut. Medium+ length. Highly Recommended.

2009 Trinchero Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Cloud’s Nest Vineyard Mount Veeder, $70
Ripe dark berries, cocoa, spice and oak flavors with medium+ body and tannins (light powder). Long finish. Highly Recommended.

2011 Spotted Owl Chardonnay Mount Veeder, $45
Lightly-textured with medium to medium+ body and flavors of poached pear and spice. Recommended.  

2011 Spotted Owl Pinot Noir Mount Veeder, $50
Pinot Noir wouldn’t be in my top ten expected red wines from Mt. Veeder, but I’d be happy to drink this nonetheless. Earth, brown spice, red cherry and toast flavors with body and fine tannins just north of medium. Medium+ finish. Highly Recommended.

2008 Spotted Owl Syrah Alexandra’s Cuvée Mount Veeder, $45
A nicely balanced Syrah of medium+ body with minty black fruit. Highly Recommended.

2009 Spotted Owl Cabernet/Syrah Mountain Cuvée Mount Veeder, $45
Black currant and cocoa flavors with medium+ body and fine-grained tannins. Very good length. Highly Recommended.

2009 Spotted Owl Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $85
A savory, earthy Cabernet with black currant and cherry, spice and dry herb. Medium+ body with loads of fine-grained tannins. Well-balanced, flavorful and very long. Very Highly Recommended.

2010 Rubissow Merlot Mount Veeder, $38
Medium+ body and tannins of light powder. Flavors include minty, dark red cherry, herb and vanilla. Recommended+.

2010 Rubissow Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $60
Full-bodied with plenty of fine, powdery tannins. Nicely ripe black currant, dry herb and cocoa. Highly Recommended+.

2007 Rubissow Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $125
Built for cellaring and a little tight on the nose now, the flavors are a good balance of oak, black fruit and dark flowers. Medium+ body and tannins, long finish. Very Highly Recommended.

2005 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon, inquire at the winery
Cedar, red currant and currant leaf. Nearly full-bodied with matching tannins of fine grain and chalk. Long. Highly Recommended+.

2010 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $70
Almost full-bodied with plenty of fine-grained, drying tannins. Ripe blackberry, black cherry, vanilla, sweet spice and caramel. Medium+ length that will gain generosity as the tannins resolve. Highly Recommended+.

2005 Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon Tambor Vineyard Mount Veeder, $120 (1.5 liter)
Highly aromatic with notes of cedar, black currant and forest spice. Medium+ body and fine, mouth-coating tannins. Long and well-balanced through. Very Highly Recommended.

2007 Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon Tambor Vineyard Mount Veeder, $50
Outgoing, ripe red and black cherries, spice and vanilla. Nearly full-bodied with medium+ fine, mouth-coating tannins and notable acidity. Very highly Recommended.

2008 Renteria Cabernet Sauvignon Tambor Vineyard Mount Veeder, $50
Black cherry, sweet oak and spice in a nearly full-bodied wine with medium+ tannins (fine, mouth-coating) balanced by acidity. Highly Recommended.

2007 Random Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (25% Cab Franc) Mount Veeder, $50
Medium+ body, loaded with a mix of fine, light and chalky tannins. Cedar, red and black currants and blueberries. Medium+ length. Cellar or grill a rib eye. Recommended+.

2009 Random Ridge Forunata Sangiovese (and a splash of Cab) Mount Veeder, $35
Minty dark fruit, tangy red cherry, dried rosemary and spice. Medium+ body and tannins (drying, fine grain and powder). Medium length. Decant or cellar. Highly Recommended.

2007 Progeny Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection Reserve Mount Veeder, $150
A powerful, nearly full-bodied wine with a wealth of fine and light-grained, drying tannins. Oak dominates the black fruit and spice now but will fall into balance with the cellar time this wine deserves. Long finish. Very Highly Recommended.

2009 Paratus Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $70
Plush black currant, oak, spice and resinous herb. Just about full-bodied with corresponding tannins (fine-grained and drying). For the cellar. Highly Recommended.

2010 O’Shaughnessy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $100
Full of delicious ripe and tart black currant, spice, sweet herb, oak and chocolate. Medium+ body and surprisingly fresh with scads of fine, drying tannins. Quite long. Very Highly Recommended+.

2009 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1,550 Mount Veeder, $80
Earthy spice, forest floor, dry herb, black cherry and cocoa. Medium+ body and drying tannins of fine-grain and talc. Highly Recommended.

2009 Mount Veeder Winery Reserve Red Wine (96% Cabernet) Mount Veeder, $80
Medium+ body and fine-powdery tannins. Flavors of earthy spice and very ripe black currant. Recommended+

2010 Mt. Brave Malbec Mount Veeder, $75
Malbec built in a Cabernet style with bold flavors of earth, spice and caramel surrounding a core of lively purple fruit and blue berries. Nearly full-bodied with fine-grained and talc-like tannins. Strikes a balance of friendliness and structure. Highly Recommended.

2010 Mt. Brave Merlot Mount Veeder, $75
Luscious earthy spice, licorice and dark fruit. Medium+ body and tannins with very good length. (The wine was decanted for four hours.) Very Highly Recommended.

2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $75
A powerful yet balanced wine with dark, earthy spice, plum and black currant. Nearly full-bodied with fine-grained tannins. (The wine was decanted for four hours.) Very Highly Recommended.

2009 Mithra Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $230
Full-bodied, rich and delicious with spicy dark fruit and fine-grained tannins. Very Highly Recommended.

Meadowcroft - Not tasted

Mayacamas Vineyards - Not tasted

2006 Marketta Chardonnay Mount Veeder, $36
A delightful Chardonnay with medium+ body, light-grained texture and flavors of smokey mineral, pear, toast and lemon oil. Highly Recommended.

2006 Marketta Red Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec) Mount Veeder, $85
How did a Bordeaux get into a Mt. Veeder tasting? Spice and black currant with feral overtones and fine-grained tannins. Medium+ body. Very Highly Recommended.

2012 Marketta Chardonnay Mount Veeder, $36
To be bottled in two months: Spicy baked apple, dried lemongrass and just-ripe pear. Full-bodied. Highly Recommended.

2009 Lampyridae Communication Block Red Wine Mount Veeder, $50
A Syrah/Cabernet blend showing chocolate, black currant, blackberry and oak with medium+ body. Recommended.

2010 Lampyridae Communication Block Red Wine Mount Veeder, $50
Aaron Pott took on the winemaking in 2010 and this cuvée is also 100% Syrah. A gorgeous wine with earthy spice, white pepper and leathery dark fruit. Medium+ body with moderate, fine-grained and talc-like tannins. Very Highly Recommended.

2010 Lampyridae Communication Block Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $100
Dark spice, earth and black currant. Medium+ body and tannins (fine-grained) and length. Highly Recommended.

2010 Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder, $48
Disciplined but flavorful with plum, dark berries, dusty earth and white pepper. Medium+ body and drying tannins of fine-grain and talc. Medium+ length. Will be even better with decanting or age. Highly Recommended+.

2011 Lagier Meredith Tribidrag Mount Veeder, $4
Zinfandel by any other name would taste as sweet. And Tribidrag is, in fact, another name for Zinfandel. Black pepper, dark berries and a hint of peach on the nose. Medium+ body, moderate talc-like tannins and a lengthy finish. Highly Recommended+.

2012 Lagier Meredith Rosé Mount Veeder, $20
Crisp peach, pear and fresh berries. Recommended+.

2012 Hess Pinot Gris Small Block Series Mount Veeder, $28
Nearly full-bodied with apple, pear, baking spice and nectarine. Long, tasty finish. Recommended+

2012 Hess Albariño Small Block Series Mount Veeder, $28
Grapefruit, nectarine, spice and white flowers. Mouthwatering. Highly Recommended.

2009 Hess Collection 19 Block Cuvée Mount Veeder, $40
A complex blend of Bordeaux varieties delivering spice dark berries and black currant, chocolate and oak with medium+ tannins (fine grain and talc). Recommended+

2010 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $55
Leafy black currants and spice. Medium+ body, fine-grained and chalky tannins. Recommended.

2010 Godspeed Vineyards Chardonnay Mount Veeder, $30
Straight-forward but pleasant with ripe yellow apple and baking spice.

2006 Godspeed Vineyards Trinity (Malbec, Cabernet & Syrah) Mount Veeder, $45
Resinous dark fruit and spice.

2008 Godspeed Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $50
Black fruit and cocoa with drying, fine-grained tannins. Recommended

2009 Foyt Family Wines No. 77 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $85

2011 Fontanella Chardonnay Mount Veeder, $34
Green pears and spice, medium acidity. Recommended+

2010 Fontanella Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $54
Black fruit, dark spice and oak. Well-structured with fine-grained and chalky tannins. Lengthy. Recommended+.

2009 Fields Family Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Konrad’s Vineyard Mount Veeder, $59
Full-bodied with light-grained and chalky tannins. Spicy, wild blackberry flavors and surprising acidity. Highly Recommended.

2010 Fields Family Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Konrad’s Vineyard, barrel sample
Almost full-body with light-grained tannins. Cocoa, spice, black currant and currant leaf. Highly Recommended.

2010 Chateau Potelle Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $75
Spice, black fruit and medium+ body and fine-grained tannins. Recommended+.

2010 Chateau Potelle Cabernet Franc Mount Veeder, $39 (375ml)
Almost cologne-like masculine aromas of exotic and foresty spice hover around a core of dark red cherries. Medium+ body with substantial, fine-grained tannins. Highly Recommended.

2010 Chateau Potelle Merlot Mount Veeder, $39
Leafy and spice with tangy red fruit. Medium+ body, fine-grained and chalky tannins. Recommended.

2009 Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, $95
Spice, underbrush and dark fruit. Medium+ body with drying, fine-grained tannins. Recommended.


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Tasting: Boutique Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for Less than $50

Between the time of year and the current economic “situation,” timing couldn’t be better for looking into for some Big C that doesn’t run a C-Note for just one bottle. The super folks at Jug Shop in San Francisco did exactly that and put together a public tasting for last Thursday. They brought in some of their favorite boutique Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producers who are willing to part with bottles for less than $50. NorCal Wine was there with a glass in one hand and a notebook in the other. We wish we’d had a hand for a pen as well, but here goes...