PRIOR VINTAGE Tasting Notes

 
This was the mock-up of my first label!

This was the mock-up of my first label!

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, E & S Vineyard, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley

This boutique vineyard was planted in 2002, in what would become Napa Valley’s newest AVA - Coombsville. The 2015 grapes were harvested at 26.6° Brix and aged 28 months in small French oak barrels. The wine opens with pronounced notes of cassis, cranberry, and sweet black licorice, along with hints of black pepper, cherry preserves, sweet cedar, and black tea. The palate unfolds with notes of creamy cherry cordial, blackberry, vanilla, and continues to unfold with touches of maple syrup, dark chocolate, and graphite. Finely balanced with elegant tannins the E & S Cabernet should develop beautifully over the next 8-15 years. 44 cases. $85/btl; $1020/cs International Women's Wine Competition 2018 GOLD, 92 Points
Harvest Challenge Int'l 2018 SILVER,
American Fine Wine Invitational 2019, SILVER
Orange County Fair's Commercial Wine Comp 2018 BRONZE

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Canyon Ranch, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley

This naturally farmed hillside vineyard never even sees a tractor! We picked the grapes at 26° Brix and aged in small French oak barrels, (50% new) for 28 months. The wine opens with aromatic notes of candied licorice, anise, chai tea, and vanilla caramel. On the palate, it unfolds with chewy mouth filling tannins, creamy cherry cola, toasted brioche, toasty oak, black cherry, hints of cedar, and tobacco box. Ample tannins, a taught frame, and nice balance, Oak Canyon Ranch’s Cabernet will age gracefully over the coming 5-18 years. 21 cases $95/btl; $1140/cs
American Fine Wine Invitational 2019, DOUBLE GOLD
Harvest Challenge Int'l 2018 GOLD, 90 Points
International Women's Wine Competition 2018 SILVER,
Orange County Fair's Commercial Wine Comp 2018 BRONZE

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Sam's Pick* Napa Valley
This one-time harvest of this St. Helena vineyard offered only enough grapes to fill little over half a barrel! The rest of the fruit came from Oakville, adding Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  The wine offers aromas of cedar spice, pipe tobacco, cherry pie, with hints of dried sage and toffee. The palate unfolds with molasses and spiced oak, hints of vanilla, coconut, steak sauce and dark espresso. While tasting nice now, the chewy tannins indicate it should age nicely for 5-12 years. 22 cases Harvest Challenge International, 2018, GOLD, 91 Points

2017 Verdelho, Shenandoah Valley

The color is medium yellow with green hues. The wine opens with fresh aromas of Fuji apple, lemon zest, and kiwi. With time in the glass, a second wave of aromas appears: melon, pear, apricot and tropical notes of guava and mango. Flavors parallel the aromas. In the mouth, the texture is round and silky, and delicate. The wine finishes very crisp and racy, a multi-faceted wine for warm spring/summer afternoons and evenings. Food Pairings: Our Verdelho excels when paired with delicate white fish like trout & Petrale sole, niçoise salad and ripe, freshly sliced fruits. Mild white cheeses, both creamy and hard, along with goat cheese pair particularly well with this wine. 19 cases.
Harvest Challenge Int'l 2018 GOLD

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Canyon Ranch, Napa Valley, Coombsville AVA
Opens with pure and concentrated notes of cassis and blackberry, licorice spice, with hints of cherry cordial, graphite, vanilla, and pipe tobacco. The rich textured palate unfolds with notes of dried blackberry, cassis, black licorice, and vanilla cream coupled with velvety tannins that linger through a pleasingly long finish. 67 cases produced. 
FOUR GOLD MEDALS: Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Comp, Harvest Challenge International & Int’l Women’s Wine Comp. & American Fine Wine Invitational 2018

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Canyon Ranch, Napa Valley, Coombsville AVA

Opens with blackberry, grilled toast, deep cassis, dried figs, cedar tones with notes of Turkish Bay, fall leaves, vanilla, and licorice. The palate unfolds with blackberry and cranberry, cola spice, cassis, and hints of caramel espresso, vanilla, and a pleasingly long finish. Nice tannins with some grip make this is a lovely wine now, and will soften, becoming more complex over the next few decades. 75 cases produced.     DOUBLE GOLD, San Francisco Int’l Wine Comp  3 GOLDS: American Fine Wine Invitational,  Int’l Women’s Wine Comp, 2016 Harvest Challenge Int’l

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, David Fulton Vineyard, Napa Valley, St. Helena AVA
The wine opens with a complexity of aromas such as blueberry, graphite, cedar, buttered toast, maple syrup and black licorice which all lead to chewy tannins and nuances of cedar, black berry, light cassis and tobacco on the palate. It has a pleasingly long finish and will cellar beautifully for a couple of decades. Sorry, this wine is sold out. Join the Liquid Art Club & receive annual allocations of future releases. A FIVE-time medal winner! GOLDS, American Fine Wine Invitational Competition and Grand Harvest Awards, Nov 2015 SILVERS, Int’l Women’s Wine Comp. 2015 plus two more medals from Sunset International Wine Competition & San Francisco Int'l Wine Comp!

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, David Fulton Vineyard, Napa Valley, St. Helena AVA
This ‘old-world’ style Cabernet offers classic aromas of cassis, along with notes of spice bread, cedar, mocha, and pipe tobacco. The palate is silky with flavors of blackberry pie, fig syrup, molasses, vanilla, and cassis with a pleasing finish. With some grippy and fine grain tannins, the wine is softening …and will develop gracefully for up 15 years. 48 Cases SOLD OUT
FIVE-Time Medal Winner including DOUBLE GOLD from American Fine Wine Competition