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Kathryn Hall Napa Valley

Hall Wines Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California, United States
85 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 93/100

90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot aged for 26 months in 80% new French oak, the 2016 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon is the pinnacle of the wineries blending efforts each year (and packs an impressive 16.1% abv and price point). Deep ruby in color, with floral (violet shines through here) and clear saline notes followed by red fruit, dark chocolate, black tea, tar, molasses and spice. Powerful, full-bodied, rich, layered and complex it packs a punch yet stays super smooth, velvety, round, structured and balanced. Pair with a special occasion and a Tomahawk steak – 97 Points (Wine Advocate), 96 Points (Wine Spectator) are just a few of the accolades this wine has received. In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Grapes, accounting for more than 50% of the region’s planted acreage grown in all 16 sub regions. To many, Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost synonymous. Tasted as part of the 'California Wine Month: Napa Valley’s King of Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon’, a panel discussion and tasting to explore the quality, personality, versatility and diversity of the region’s signature grape, bringing together some of its most celebrated winemakers to discuss their insights and experience with the variety; moderated by Master Sommelier and speaker Andrea Robinson and California Wines Canada and featuring panelists Marcus Notaro, Winemaker Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Michael Scholz, Winemaker, St. Supery and Priyanka French, Winemaker, Signorello Estates. Cheers!

Grown

Signorello Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
85 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 92/100

88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec with 18 months barrel ageing in 60% new French oak shows both an ocean (saltwater) and soil (volcanic) influence in its aromas and flavours. Intense, concentrated, structured there’s clear ageing potential here (if one is patient enough to do so!). Red and black fruit, herbal notes (sage, and more sage), vanilla, roasted coffee beans combine with mouthwatering acidity, grippy tannins, gravely notes and a long, lingering finish. Duck confit, roasted pheasant, traditional British Sunday Roast would all pair beautifully with it, as would a cool winter evening and a roaring fire in the fireplace. A luxurious wine. In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Grapes, accounting for more than 50% of the region’s planted acreage grown in all 16 sub regions. To many, Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost synonymous. Tasted as part of the 'California Wine Month: Napa Valley’s King of Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon’, a panel discussion and tasting to explore the quality, personality, versatility and diversity of the region’s signature grape, bringing together some of its most celebrated winemakers to discuss their insights and experience with the variety; moderated by Master Sommelier and speaker Andrea Robinson and California Wines Canada and featuring panelists Marcus Notaro, Winemaker Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Michael Scholz, Winemaker, St. Supery and Priyanka French, Winemaker, Signorello Estates. Cheers!

Napa Valley

St. Supéry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
85 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 88/100

Made with 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot from St. Supéry’s sustainably farmed winery located in the Rutherford region, this is a unique wine with subtle notes of smoke and charcoal on the nose, followed by fruit (raspberry, blackberry and black plum), vanilla, forest floor and toasty oak notes (32% is aged on new French oak for 20 months). Elegant with a good balance of acidity and fine, integrated tannins, it punches above its weight from a value for money perspective. Would pair beautifully with a mixed grill platter of meat and vegetables fresh off the barbecue or a charcuterie and hard cheese board. In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Grapes, accounting for more than 50% of the region’s planted acreage grown in all 16 sub regions. To many, Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost synonymous. Tasted as part of the 'California Wine Month: Napa Valley’s King of Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon’, a panel discussion and tasting to explore the quality, personality, versatility and diversity of the region’s signature grape, bringing together some of its most celebrated winemakers to discuss their insights and experience with the variety; moderated by Master Sommelier and speaker Andrea Robinson and California Wines Canada and featuring panelists Marcus Notaro, Winemaker Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Michael Scholz, Winemaker, St. Supery and Priyanka French, Winemaker, Signorello Estates. Cheers!

Artemis

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
85 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 90/100

Artemis, named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec in this 2017 expression that was marked by the October wildfires that burned throughout Napa and Sonoma counties. Ripe fruit (blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry), spice, wet earth, pipe tobacco and cedar on the nose combine with added mocha and toasted oak on the palate resulting in a full-bodied, complex, rich, layered wine. Would pair beautifully with dry rub ribs or pasta puttanesca. In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Grapes, accounting for more than 50% of the region’s planted acreage grown in all 16 sub regions. To many, Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost synonymous. Tasted as part of the 'California Wine Month: Napa Valley’s King of Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon’, a panel discussion and tasting to explore the quality, personality, versatility and diversity of the region’s signature grape, bringing together some of its most celebrated winemakers to discuss their insights and experience with the variety; moderated by Master Sommelier and speaker Andrea Robinson and California Wines Canada and featuring panelists Marcus Notaro, Winemaker Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Michael Scholz, Winemaker, St. Supery and Priyanka French, Winemaker, Signorello Estates. Cheers!

Stag's Leap District

Pine Ridge Vineyards Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, United States
85 days ago

Alana scored this wine: 92/100

97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec grapes were hand harvested at night and aged 27 months in 100% new French oak. Deep ruby in color with floral, herbal (bay leaves), tobacco, coffee and bright cherry notes on the nose and palate, leaving way to subtle notes of honey, blood orange, cola (cherry coke) and a light animal / meat edge. The mouthwatering acidity is both refreshing and surprising for so much new oak. It’s nuanced, complex, velvety and rich with the beautiful structure from the velvety tannins and fresh acidity. Aged steak, a rustic ‘gratin dauphinois’ and even raclette served with charcuterie would pair beautifully her. In Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Grapes, accounting for more than 50% of the region’s planted acreage grown in all 16 sub regions. To many, Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are almost synonymous. Tasted as part of the 'California Wine Month: Napa Valley’s King of Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon’, a panel discussion and tasting to explore the quality, personality, versatility and diversity of the region’s signature grape, bringing together some of its most celebrated winemakers to discuss their insights and experience with the variety; moderated by Master Sommelier and speaker Andrea Robinson and California Wines Canada and featuring panelists Marcus Notaro, Winemaker Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Michael Scholz, Winemaker, St. Supery and Priyanka French, Winemaker, Signorello Estates. Cheers!

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Memorable Wine

Tough one! Tied between 3: Gérard Bertrand Clos du Temple AOP Languedoc Cabrières 2019 tasted in 2021; a bottle of Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 1991 for my (milestone) birthday in pandemic 2020 & Klein Genot Black Swan Reserve 2008 at the most picturesque Stellenbosch winery in South Africa in 2009 (now called Holden Manz Winery)

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First Wine

Probably the notorious wicker-wrapped Chianti - but the first one that made me fall in love with wine was a Georges Duboeuf Brouilly.

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Unusual Wine Experience

Finding rare old vintages on the wine list of a French restaurant in Algiers, Algeria & having a sheikh send over a bottle of wine at a restaurant in the desert near Dubai to apologize for the ruckus his private helicopter had created when he landed!

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Current Fav Wine

Domaine Le Roc La Folle Noire d'Ambat, Fronton

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