Sunfish Cellars Napa Valley Extravaganza

Sunfish Cellars/I Nonni Minneapolis, MN

Tasted December 14, 2019 by 3daywinereview.com with 208 views

Introduction

While this event was featuring mainly one region of the world of wine it ranks as the number 1 tasting of 2019 for the general public. $25.00 to taste this lineup is crazy and the crowd was never more than 35 people spread across six tables. It was run really well and the distributors were knowledgeable and very approachable. A real treat for the wine geek.

Flight 1 - Table 1 (9 notes)

While table one was the weakest of the six tables it did featured some nice overall values. The C.B. Crane Disciples showed better than the last tasting. The star of the table was the 2010 Revana which was my second favorite wine of the event and drinking great right now.

White
2018 Tate Chardonnay Spring Street USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Oak, lemon, apple, spice and floral notes. Simple wine but tasty overall. Drink now to 2023.
Red
2017 Robert Biale Zinfandel Black Chicken USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
88 points
This wine needs some time. Black pepper, red currants, charcoal and spice. Hold until 2023. 88- 90.
Red
2017 Venge Vineyards Scout's Honor USA, California, Napa Valley
84 points
Sweet wine and certainly not my style. Charcoal, sweet red fruits and subtle spice. Short to medium finish. Lacks acidity. 84 points
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Red
2016 G.B. Crane Disciples USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
This was nice overall featuring spice, minerals, floral and strawberries. Balanced overall and medium finish. Drink now to 2025.
Red
2017 Hunt & Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Smoke, spice, red currants and floral notes. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Silver Ghost Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
This was nice overall with fruit forward profile. Cherry, plum, earth and mild oak. Very drinkable right now.
Red
2016 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Farmstead USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Solid overall with cherry, earth, cigar and plum. Medium finish.
Red
2009 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
91 points
A bit herbaceous featuring spice, floral, dust and earth. Some fruit showing but not nearly as good as the 2010 at the tasting today. The cork crumbled upon opening so that could be an issue however the wine still showed well overall.
Red
2010 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
93 points
The wine of table one. This showed more impressive than the 2009 version. Bright fruit featuring cherry, blueberries, and plum. Spice, gravel and floral notes on this medium to long finish. Good use of oak.

Flight 2 - Table 2 Wine Company (10 notes)

Wine Company always brings their A game to these events. The star of the table and tasting was the 2014 White Rock Cabernet. Picked up a six pack.

White
2018 Trefethen Dry Riesling USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
87 points
Solid dry Riesling featuring floral, orange peel, pear and apple. Mild spices on the finish. Good acidity.
White
2018 Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
This was really nice. Floral, spice, lime and lemon. Very clean and good acidity. Normally not a fan of SB but I would buy this.
White
2017 Miner Family Chardonnay Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
Very basic straight forward Napa Chardonnay. Oak, vanilla, spice and apple. Short to medium finish.
White
2017 Trefethen Chardonnay Quandary Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
89 points
Not bad with good acidity. Features pear, apple, oak and spice. Very clean wine. Good value.
Red
2014 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
94 points
This wine has just entered my top ten wines of the year. Beautiful nose featuring funk, dust, blueberries, raspberries and gravel. Good concentration and medium plus finish. This has all the stuff for another decade of aging. Just picked up a six pack of this. 94+
Red
2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Very nice wine with cherry, plum, minerals and earth. Nicely balanced and smooth finish. Always enjoyable.
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Red
2016 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Solid with floral, spice, minerals, cherry and dust. Very dry wine and medium finish. Classic Duckhorn.
Red
2017 Frog's Leap Zinfandel USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
This is a very balanced effort with earth, minerals, chocolate, mild oak and floral notes. Not a big fruit bomb and very enjoyable.
Red
2017 Miner Family Cabernet Sauvignon Emily's USA, California, Napa Valley
85 points
Not showing well. Eucalyptus, oak, dull fruit and spice. A bit thin on the finish. Nothing interesting here.
Red
2016 Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Buena Vista USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
This wine opened up over time and the 2014 was my wine of the year last year. This needs time. Dust, cherry, menthol, blackberries and spice. Medium to long finish and complex wine. Should improve over time. 91-93 points

Flight 3 - Table 3 Winebow (9 notes)

Wow table! I found a new appreciation for Pride wines. The Robert Craig was my fourth favorite wine of the day and a new interesting project from them. The Continuum was enjoyable to try however outside my price range at $200. Cade was also very nice.

Red
2015 Adaptation Petite Sirah USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Interesting wine with pepper, meat, spice and fragrant perfume. Medium finish.
Red
2016 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Solid overall with cherry, blueberries and boysenberries. This is a fruit forward style but balanced overall.
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Red
2016 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
93 points
Really liked this wine. Young and needs time as this will evolve. Rich wine with smoke, blackberries, minerals, earth and oak. Picks up some dust on the finish. Long finish. Cellar this for five years.
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Red
2015 Copper Cane Cabernet Sauvignon Quilt Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
This wine did not do it for me. Pepper, sweet fruits and spice. Medium finish. A bit heavy.
Red
2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, North Coast, Napa / Sonoma
92 points
Have not had a Pride wine in over a decade. I remember not enjoying them much but this wine got me back in the game. Dust, spice, cherry and floral notes. Good acidity and medium plus finish. Should age nicely.
Red
2016 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon The Stick Candlestick Vineyard Howell Mountain USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
93 points
Brand new wine from Robert Craig and absolutely amazing stuff. Chewy wine and powerful with cherry, blueberries, earth, dust and wood. Concentrated, multilayered finish and long. Plenty of wine here to age for 15 years. 93-95.
Red
2014 Continuum Proprietary Red USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
This is a big wine and needs time. Spice, coffee beans, ripe fruits, earth and black licorice. Medium to long finish. Recommended sitting on these until at least 2023. 92-95.
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Red
2017 Acumen Cabernet Sauvignon Mountainside USA, California, Napa Valley
87 points
This wine did not do it for me. Not bad but lacks what I look for in a Napa Cab. Toasted oak, vanilla, mild fruits and extensive spices. Medium finish. Lacks acidity.
Red
2017 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot USA, California, North Coast, Napa / Sonoma
92 points
Drinking really well this young. Spice, red currants, plum, floral and earth. Good concentration and medium plus finish. Drink now to 2028. Got a great deal on this at $32.95. They honored the mistake in pricing.

Flight 4 - Table 4 Winebow (8 notes)

Wow again! Merry Edwards showing amazing. Capiaux represented the best QPR at this tasting at $29.99. Really enjoyed the wine. The Blackbird wines just need some time and age will benefit them.

White
2018 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
92 points
Hello old friend. I used to buy this every vintage when it was under $30. Very expressive wine with floral, grass, lemon and good acidity. Medium plus finish.
White
2016 Truchard Chardonnay USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
85 points
Juicy wine and fruit forward in style. Not my style preference. Sweet fruits featuring apple and pear. Some minerality and lemon on the shorter finish.
Red
2016 Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir Chimera USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
93 points
This was one of the best showings at the tasting at this point in time. Drinking well on a pop and pour. Floral, funk, cherry, raspberries and a nice minerality streak on the finish. Tasty wine!!! Very good value at $29.99.
Red
2016 Truchard Pinot Noir USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
91 points
This was showing really nicely at the tasting. A really pretty wine. Floral, strawberry, minerals and forest floor. Good acidity and drink this now to 2024.
Red
2014 Blackbird Vineyards Arise USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
92 points
The most approachable of the 3 Blackbird wines at the tasting. Blueberries, oak, dust, chocolate and earth. Medium plus finish and good concentration. This is enjoyable on a pop and pour but will benefit with some aging.
37% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Petit Verdot
Red
2014 Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
92 points
This is a big wine and needs time. Menthol, floral, cherry, blueberries and oak. Concentrated and long finish. All the stuffing to age for a long time. Drink until 2032. 92-94.
81% Cabernet Sauvignon followed by 13% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
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Red
2015 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District
92 points
Dust, floral, chalk, blackberries, tobacco, tar and oak. Heavy wine and powerful finish. This will benefit with patience. Drink 2024 to 2032. 92 to 94.
93% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Red
2016 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Dust, gravel, cherry, oak, mint and earth. This is a bit tight right now and will benefit tremendously from a heavy decant or cellaring time. 90-93 points.
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Flight 5 - Table 5 Winebow (7 notes)

Another great table Winebow. Round Pond Reserve was my fifth favorite wine.

White
2016 Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Big style. Carmel, oak, vanilla, orange peel, apple and spices. Picks up some floral notes on the finish. Long, concentrated finish.
Red
2016 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Mason's USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
This is a large and in-charge wine. Plum, oak, pencil shavings, charcoal and Bing cherries. Medium finish and intense. Need to cellar this wine for five years.
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Red
2014 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
93 points
Very nice wine and tasted multiple times throughout the tasting. As the bottle got more air this opened up. Cherry, bacon, menthol, coffee beans, darker fruits and floral notes. Medium to long finish and a wine that will age a long time. 93-95.
Red
2015 Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
90 points
Dust, cardboard, mint, menthol and earth. This needs a heavy decant. A bit closed at the moment. 90-92.
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Red
2013 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Geo USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville
93 points
Plum, cherry, earth, tobacco and dark chocolate. This wine is concentrated and possesses a long finish. Drinking well right now however will benefit from additional aging.
Red
2015 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, North Coast
87 points
One of the weaker wines at the tasting. Not a lot going on featuring dust, oak and mild spices. Just a neutral wine for me.
Red
2015 Silverado Vineyards Merlot USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District
89 points
Solid wine with dust, floral, minerals and cherry. Medium finish and picks up some coffee beans.

Flight 6 - Table 6 Southern Glazer's (5 notes)

Ricki Iglesias was very energetic and personable. Loved talking about the wines and decanted them prior to the tasting. More of the industry needs to spend the time and effort to do this especially with newer vintage wines. The stars of the table were the Inglenook and Branding Iron.

Red
2017 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Showing well overall. A big style wine featuring plum, minerals, cherry and perfume floral notes. Medium finish. Decanted for a few hours prior to tasting which help a lot. Smooth finish.
Red
2016 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville
91 points
Wood, plum, cherry, dust and clove. Not as good as the Branding Iron but solid. Medium plus finish.
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Red
2016 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Branding Iron USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
93 points
Enjoyed the Branding Iron over the State Ranch. Good acidity and features tobacco, cherry, blueberries, forest floor and floral notes. Medium to long finish. Will benefit with some age.
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Red
2015 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
93 points
Another great showing of this wine. Dust, cherry, plum, oak and minerals. Drinking well now but this should benefit with some aging. Drink now to 2029.
Red
2015 Leviathan USA, California
90 points
Solid every day wine with raspberries, minerals, rose petals and spice. Medium finish.

Closing

Hoyt Hill from Sunfish Cellars did an amazing job to put this event together. For the 50 guest who attended cheers!

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