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    2010 Cosentino Cabernet Sauvignon

    Last spring I had written about a Select Red wine that came from Cosentino Winery. In my blog I pointed out some issues that I saw and thought the wine was not the same quality as the other wines we are familiar with and drank for many years. We did send Cosentino a letter expressing our concerns and the tasting room manager replied back.

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    USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, California, 2011

    USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, California, 2011 N/ Right after opening she had some smoldering campfire aromas that I typically associate with carmenere rather than cabernet, but, as I thought, these dissipated over the next 20 to 30 minutes. In short, open up well before you intend to enjoy this bottle – she needs some airtime in order to blossom.

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      Napa Valley Earthquake & Drought Help Deliver High Quality 2014 Wine Harvest

      Wine Oh TV - - 5 readers - Napa Valley Earthquake & Drought Help Deliver High Quality 2014 Wine Harvest 0 Napa, CA (October 9, 2014) – The 2014 Napa Valley wine grape harvest, the earliest since 2004, will wrap up next week, five to seven days earlier than previous years, according to Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), who live-streamed its annual Harvest Press Conference, Thursday, October 9, from Moulds Family Vin.

      Whither Napa Valley Cabernet? Part III: Cakebread Cellars

      Bigger Than Your Head - - 5 readers - Cakebread Cellars was the first winery I visited on my first trip to Napa Valley, in 1987, covering the Napa Valley Wine Auction. The winery celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, having been founded in 1973 by Jack Cakebread, photographer and owner of Cakebread’s Garage, an auto repair shop in San Francisco started by Leo Cakebread in 1927.

      A Visit to School House Vineyard, the Spring Mountain District

      Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Visiting School House Vineyard John M Gantner at School House, July 2014 It’s a hint of old Napa — a vineyard far up Spring Mountain set down a slope behind an old house. There are no signs inviting visitors, or announcing the name. It’s the site of School House Vineyards. What is now School House Vineyards began as an 1800s 160-acre homestead, the School House just at the top, ...

      Gold Rush: Olive Oil Harvest in Napa, and Olive Oils of Portugal

      Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Olives in Napa the Matthiasson crew harvesting olives for milling, Napa, Oct 2014 Olives are ripe in Napa Valley. Their harvest has begun. Yesterday, the Matthiassons harvested olives and brought them to the mill to press into oil. They use the oil for personal consumption, and also make it available to their wine club members as an option to add to club shipments.

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    • Whither Napa Valley Cabernet? Part III: Cakebread Cellars

      …, Mendocino County. Jack Cakebread is CEO, Bruce is president and COO, and Dennis is senior vice president for sales and marketing. Winemaker since 2002 has been Julianne Laks, previously the winery’s assistant winemaker. The three cabernet sauvignon-based wines from 2012, ’11 and ’10 reviewed in this post are powerful expressions of the grapes…

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    • Quick Sip: Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Hello Friends, Today’s Quick Sip is the Faust Napa Valley 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Faust label is the creation of Chilean born Agustin Huneeus, who has been in the wine industry his entire professional career; starting in 1960 as Chief Executive Officer of well-known Concha y Toro. Along with his wife Valerie, Agustin founded Quintessa…

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    • 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Rosato Rose’

      … soft mid-palate flavors with a long finish. abv: 13% How much: $28.00 Region/appellation: Napa Valley and the Sierra foothills of El Dorado County. The 2013 Robert Biale Vineyards Rosato Rose’ is probably one of the best Rose’ I have had in years. I rated it four glasses. Life is too short to drink crappy wine! @BillsWineWander Like this: Like Loading... About the author…

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    • Expensive wine 68: Kelly Fleming Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

      … In those long ago days before the recession, when price was no object for producers and their goal was to make Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon as over the top as possible, the Kelly Fleming cabernet sauvignon was not unusual. $90? No big deal. 14.8 percent alcohol? Nice, but not 15.1 percent. What makes the Fleming (sample) unusual and worth…

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    • 2010 Cosentino Cabernet Sauvignon

      …, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, spice. Taste Dry, full-bodied with balanced acidity. The tannins were medium, soft. Rich mid-palate flavors with a soft long finish. abv: 14.8% Region/Appellation: Napa Valley How much: $45 retail. Winemaking: Sourced primarily from our vineyards in Calistoga and St. Helena, the 2012 harvest yielded a bountiful…

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    • Seven Martinis shaken, not stirred

      … and prevalent state of red wine. I wrote, “iconic red wines from Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, Napa Valley and Burgundy are heavily influenced by the barrels that house megalitres of famous juice, but for the most part, the premier or grand cru grape ferment is up to the splintered task.” I’ve talked about mocha milkshakes, talcy acidity, whipped beet…

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    • Judgment Day in Paris

      … from the UK and one American, blind tasted ten red wines and 10 white wines. The reds were all Cabernet-Sauvignon dominated blends, pitting top Bordeaux against top Napa Valley wines. The whites were all Chardonnays, this time pitting Burgundy against the Napa Valley. Remember, the year was 1976, so if you think French people are snobbish about non…

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    • Truchard: Wines of Quality + Value in Napa Valley

      … might be crazy. Even more unusual, his thirst was for Cabernet. He remains to today one of the few people growing the variety in the area. Consistently 10 degrees cooler than the heart of Napa Valley where Cabernet thrives, people at the time believed Carneros wasn’t warm enough to ripen grapes. Planting his first vines on his own by hand…

      4 readers - Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews
    • Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 144: Syrah, Jerky, and BBQ Potato Chips

      … Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 144: Syrah, Jerky, and BBQ Potato Chips In this episode, Jeff pairs this $40 Syrah with $4 worth of snacks. Wine Tasted: Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Syrah Stay Rad, Jeff What is your favorite Syrah from Atlas Peak? Leave a comment, and let us know. Like this: Like Loading... Related Tags: 2012…

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    • A New View for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

      … Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley will be forever known as the winery that beat the French. Many people know the role that the winery’s 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon played in bringing worldwide attention to America’s premier wine country. This wine beat the best of the French Bordeaux in the famous 1976 Paris Tasting, where French judges…

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    • Matt Kramer got it wrong about bullies who put down wine

      … it was good in the past. Those that tell others to not drink something because they do not think it is worthwhile are a brain to the wine world. However those that celebrate something new, such as ribolla gialla from Napa Valley or petit verdot from Colorado, should be celebrated. Does enjoying 82-point wines or disliking 100-point wines devalue one's own…

      1 readers - Kyle Schlachter/ Colorado Wine Press
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