Sunday, September 28, 2014

A bunch more random Napa wines, and some others too!

A few more wines enjoyed in Napa, and also one I am enjoying as I type this:

Black Hills 2013 Viognier ($24.95)

Aromas of stone fruit and citrus. The palate might notice some apricot, peach and apple. Rich and juicy. Built to improve with a little time in the bottle but is drinking beautifully now. Am currently enjoying this paired with some aged gouda and dill infused havarti. 89.

Hartford Court 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($35.99)

Light and fruity, with buttery notes on the nose and palate. Balanced acidity with a long and beautiful finish. Superb. 91.

Hartford Court 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($35.99)

Smooth and supple, with excellent body and a long finish. Flavors of black cherry and oak wash over the palate. Tons of finesse. A top notch Pinot. 91.

Spencer Roloson 2003 Tempranillo ($27.98)

Plums, cherries and smoke on the nose and palate, with a touch of spice on the palate. Well-aged and drinking well. Has probably peaked, or close to it. 88.

Silver Oak 1999 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)

Garnet in colour with delicate notes of cassis, roses and black cherry. Lots of earthy notes on the palate and a very long, lingering finish. Drinking brilliantly now. 93.

Pine Ridge 2013 Chenin Blanc/Viognier ($18.99)

80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier. What a truly unique blend. Notes of melon, lemon and honey on the nose, with some papaya and a hint of grapefruit on the palate. Subtle sweetness and crisp acidity. Lovely, a real bargain at this price. 89.

Paul Hobbs 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($74.99)

Some mocha, leather and a hint of chocolate on the nose and palate. A touch of caramel on the finish. Drinking nicely but would probably improve with a bit of time in the bottle. 87.

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