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2007 ÆROS® Napa Valley Meritage

by David on April 8, 2011

The long, mild growing season presented nearly textbook harvest conditions, setting the stage for excellence. The best Bordeaux clones, three of Cabernet Sauvignon and two each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot were married with Petit Verdot through repeated tasting trials, over a period of months, maximizing complexity and bringing the four varieties into perfect balance. […]

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2008 Napa Valley Tempranillo

by David on September 20, 2010

Here’s the perfect wine for tapas night! This lush, round Tempranillo is just right with some garlicky prawns or your favorite chorizo dish. Not so familiar with Tempranillo? It’s the most popular grape in Spain as the backbone to delicious red blends made all over the country. What to expect? Rich, ripe cherry, strawberry, turned […]

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2009 Napa Valley Pinot Noir

by David on September 20, 2010

While the phrase “hand-crafted” is commonly bandied around, when it comes to delicate, thin-skinned Pinot Noir there’s really no choice. This problem child of the wine industry demands extreme care in the vineyard and winery. Why bother? Wait until you’ve tasted it! Pure silk on the palate – bright, fruit-forward flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry-rhubarb, […]

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2005 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on May 21, 2010

When you’re in the mood for intensity, pull the cork on this one! Deep, dark flavors are a natural for mountain fruit. The water and nutrient-stressed vines at our Howell Mountain site yield tiny grapes that almost look like purple peas! The increased skin to juice ratio pumps up the volume when it comes to color, […]

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2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc

by David on May 20, 2010

New release! Not so familiar with Cabernet Franc? It’s a little softer, leaner and more elegant than its offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes it easy to drink and very food friendly.   When it’s blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s often done to “bring up the nose”, which just means it smells really good. Expect lush, ripe […]

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2007 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on May 20, 2010

This is no Cabernet wannabe. With its red fruit, velvety tannins and earthy, slightly herbal note it’s unmistakably Merlot.       This is 100% Merlot, but you can still call it a blend because it brings together rich, ripe flavors from our Yountville Estate and the leaner, earthier character of Carneros-grown fruit. It all […]

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2007 Yountville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on March 22, 2010

New release: What a vintage! As Geoff, our Winemaker, says “On a year like this, the best thing for me to do is try to stay out of the way and let the fruit do the talking.” A spring, summer and fall of warm, sunny days and cool, foggy nights adds up to ripe, luscious […]

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2007 Napa Valley Syrah

by David on March 21, 2010

New release! When you crave deep, dark intensity this is the wine for you! Thick skinned and loaded with pigment, Syrah was born to make a statement! It’s such a pleasure to begin releasing our reds from the 2007 vintage. It was about as close to a textbook growing season as we could hope for. […]

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2006 ÆROS® Napa Valley Meritage

by David on October 20, 2009

For those who demand the very best – that’s ÆROS. This vintage marks the 11th ÆROS® release in our 24th  year history, so you know we’ve reached to the sky when those wings go on the bottle. ÆROS isn’t a single wine, but a series of limited-production wines made only in the exceptional vintages that […]

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2006 Napa Valley AmerItal Red

by David on October 19, 2009

Sleek, silky and food friendly – what more do you need? But what the heck is it? The “Ital” part is the grape varieties – in this case an unconventional, but delicious blend of Tuscany’s earthy Sangiovese and Piemonte’s fruit-driven Barbera. These low tannin, high acid varieties account for the above descriptors – the wine […]

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