HAVE YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO TRY OUT OUR NEW SATURDAY WRIST BAND PROGRAM? WELL IF YOU STOP BY THE STORE ANY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, YOU CAN PURCHASE A WRIST BAND AT THE FRONT OF THE STORE FOR $10 THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO TASTE THE HIGH END WINES BROUGHT IN BY OUR DISTRIBUTORS.
2012 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands
From a cooler climate and gravelly soils, the 2012 Chardonnay Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands comes from 40-year-old, ungrafted vines, is 100% barrel-fermented and aged eight months in 52% new French oak. Abundant aromas of tropical fruits, an opulent, exotic personality, huge richness, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, good acidity and surprising length suggest a Chardonnay that could easily sell at twice the price. There are just over 4,300 cases of this wine. It should drink well for 4-5 years.
Readers who are not familiar with the late Jess Jackson, who created the huge Kendall-Jackson empire from scratch should read the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes titled A Man and His Mountain. It reveals just about everything you want to know about Jess Jackson, with whom I used to taste regularly, and admired and respected enormously. From his millions of cases of Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay to his small production, boutique and cult wineries that are clearly world-class, Jackson was a visionary. His influence on both the value end of the wine market and the more sophisticated, luxury echelon can never be underestimated. Following are the current and upcoming releases from Kendall-Jackson, which is now run by Jess Jackson’s wife, Barbara Banke. Their longtime winemaker, Randy Ullom, and his team are responsible for these wines. The remarkable thing about all of these offerings is that they are from estate vineyards. While the Jackson family has been criticized for using the generic California or regional appellations, the quality is in the bottle, and after all, wine is about the enjoyment of consumption, not for collecting dust in a museum.
2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged nearly 25 months in oak. The wine shows the floral/blueberry notes that often come from higher elevations on Spring Mountain. A nice hint of chocolate, toasty oak, bay leaf and spice box. It’s rich, layered, full-bodied and another beauty. This is also a fairly small cuvée of 335 cases, making it the smallest of any of these cuvées from winemaker Ted Edwards.
Freemark Abbey has hit pay dirt big-time, with plenty of terrific offerings that are being released now and early in 2016. Winemaker Ted Edwards seems to go from strength to strength and readers looking for top-flight Napa wines priced under $50.00 need to check out several of these immediately, as I’m sure they’ll be huge crowd-pleasers.
2013 Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Double Lariat
A super-sexy, seductive style of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Lariat has sweet tannins, lush black cherry and a blackcurrant fruit, no hard edges and touches of chocolate and espresso in a complex, plump, plush style. This is irresistible wine and at this price point a no-brainer. Drink it over the next decade.
These two cuvees from Larose Trintaudon are both excellent, with the Larose Trintaudon a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. This has always been one of the more widely available cru bourgeois in the United States, and the 2009 is a particularly attractive and charming wine, with fragrant strawberry and black cherry fruit as well as hints of wood smoke and spice box. It is medium-bodied, soft, silky and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.
2009 Remelluri Reserva
The 2009 Remelluri Reserva aims at showing the character of Remelluri, as this is the first modern vintage that does not have grapes purchased from external suppliers. These grapes are now in the Lindes range of wines, but in the past they were blended with the estate grapes. The cool Remelluri vineyards behave very well in warmer years. This 2009 is very clean with predominant aromas of earthy red fruit intermixed with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, a satin texture with round, fine-grained tannins and quite classical and very well-proportioned style. This is a great vintage for Remelluri Reserva.
The Remelluri name should be well-known to our readers. The big news here was the return of Telmo Rodriguez, who left the family winery to start his own projects throughout Spain, but returned in February 2010. Many changes have been made, and more will come. For example, he’s starting a solera with Viura, blending different vintages, in a kind of homage to old white Riojas. To start, he’s clearly separating the wines produced with the estate grapes and those produced with grapes purchased from external suppliers, for which he has created the line Lindes de Remelluri (Remelluri borders). He’s also implementing biodynamic practices in the vineyards.
And a few more amazing wines!!! We will see you tomorrow!!!