Napa February 2009

Tasted February 16, 2009 - February 20, 2009 by dke with 662 views

Introduction

some tastigns after the mornign conference sessions

Flight 1 (34 notes)

Red
2004 Turnbull Syrah Oakville USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
87 points
plums on the nose. a bit alcoholic with a bit of spice on the finish
White
2007 Turnbull White Wine Oakville USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
80 points
Crisp but too much oak and nonexistent finish.
Red
2006 Turnbull Old Bull Red USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
85 points
too hot
Red
2005 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
88 points
This was the best in less than mediocre Turnbull tasting. Still some alcohol but has some decent structure, extended decanting might help.88-89
Red
2004 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
90 points
Very nice nose, coffee blackberries. Smooth taste some cassis. Very nice wine. Some tannins but already very pleasant, 90++ (might improve over time)
Red
2004 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Good nose, floral with coffee and some casis. Nice structure but still a bit harsh. 87-88
Red
2004 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
93 points
Wow, this was a really beautiful nose. Dark cherry liquor with floral, licorice, casis and coffee notes. Very good body, but painfully young and tannic. Right now 92-93pts but this can go much higher with rich food or 10-15 years of aging. Rating based on future potential. Great.
Red - Fortified
N.V. Heitz Cellar Port Ink Grade Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Soft and pleasant, alcohol well integrated.88-89
Red
2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County USA, California, Sonoma County
88 points
Quite tasty with bright structure. Seems like a good value.87-88
Red
2004 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
91 points
Very pretty, californian nose: oak-vanilla with violets and dark berries. Smooth and rich with nice tannins and cocoa on the finish. 90-91
Red
2005 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley
90 points
Less expressive than 2004, more coffee and caramel notes on the nose, in addition to oak. good body with better acidity than '04, but perhaps not as rich. 90+
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Red
2003 Louis M. Martini Los Ninos USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
Good, nice acidity.
Red
2005 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
nice and smooth 88-89
Red
2004 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bench Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
91 points
Casis, coffee and leather on the nose. coffee dark chocolate with good tannins. (this was called Rutherford Bench Cabernet)
Red
2005 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bench Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
91 points
This was a richer, full body more tannic version of the same wine from '04 vintage. A bit of brute force approach, but very good.91++ (this was called Rutherford Bench Cabernet)
Red
2006 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
Blackberries, casis and some dark chocolate. Medium + bodied and quite elegant, good texture. More chocolate on the palate with tannic finish, some smokiness shows up after it was sitting in the glass for a while. At this stage this actually tasted slightly better than the Special Selection 91-92
Red
2006 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection USA, California, Napa Valley
91 points
Closed nose, it needed some time to show some mild blackberries, grape juice and coffee. More coffee on the palate and strong creamy tannins. This might improve wit time but regular bottling is drinking slightly better right now.
Red
2005 Caymus Zinfandel USA, California, Napa Valley
89 points
This started with ink, cherries, tobacco, licorice and vanilla. Good finish with tobacco and some dark fruits. At this point this was around 90pts but after it opened even more it showed some oregano&thyme component which was a bit weird.
White
2003 Caymus Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Honney, grapefruit and apples on the nose turning into more nutty and oaky component with time. Nice finish, much better while cold. 88-89
Red
1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
90 points
This was very good and even though it was quite well integrated it would use several more years in the bottle. Some roasted meat component on top of regular cabernet flavors in a medium body package. 90-91
Red
2000 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
89 points
Nicely integrated, smooth with a hint of green component on both the nose and the palate. 89++
Red
1996 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
87 points
This has nice cherry aromas and taste, with relatively flat mid-palate and good finish. (tasted at winery 02/09)
Red
1991 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Valhalla Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
This was an interesting experience. Almost orange color, with mostly cherries, funk and rose on the nose. Very well integrated with mild and pleasant mouth feel but almost no finish. 87-88 (tasted at the winery 02/09)
Red
1997 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Valhalla Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
This was much better than '96 Dutton, Fresh clean, juicy, with great finish, 89-90 (tasted at the winery 02/09)
Red
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
This was a very good chocolaty merlot, smooth with strong tannic finish. 89-90, I'll go with higher bracket based on good structure, which might add a point or two in the future (this was tasted at the winery but a bit on the colder side)
Red
2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards √Čloge USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
his was the last wine tasted at the winery and after having many wines that day I'll just say that this was a great meadium+ bodied silky wine with good finish, it was somewhere in the 91-92 range.
Red
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Melted cherries, caramel and a bit of funk on the nose. Very good medium body with spice on the finish. 89-91.
White
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Fournier Vineyard USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
Good chardonnay, clean and pleasant. 88-89pts
White
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Lake County USA, California, North Coast, Lake County
90 points
Very good and anusual nose with cat pee, green peach and some honey that shows on the mid-palate to finish transition.
Very good and very interesting sauv. blanc 89-90.
White
2007 Cade Sauvignon Blanc USA, California, Napa Valley
86 points
Pleasant but far from memorable. 86+
Red
2006 Plumpjack Merlot Napa Valley USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Starts with some vanilla oak, good chocolaty body and tannic finish. 88+ (could gain a point or two more with time). A real rip off for $50.
Red
2006 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
91 points
Some leather, coffee and cassis on the nose. Good dark chocolate + casis taste with grainy strong tannins on the extremely dry finsh. 90-91, this should drink much better in 5 years or so.
Red
2006 Plumpjack Syrah USA, California, Napa Valley
90 points
Dark plums with oak, earth and spice. Ready to drink now. 90+
Red
2006 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve USA, California, Napa Valley
92 points
This was a silky but very powerful wine dominated by casis and dark chocolate taste and similar aromas, with a good dose of tannins on the finish. 91-92. (tasted perhaps too cold).
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