Monday, January 7, 2013

A Reflection of the Past Two Years Through Wine

    We just got back from a wonderful wine-filled weekend getaway to Yountville in Napa. We kicked the weekend off with an amazing visit to Nickle and Nickle Winery, a sister winery of Far Niente that specializes in 13 single vineyard cabernet sauvignon wines.

    At Nickle and Nickle, we tasted four beautiful 2009 single vineyard cabs from Rutherford (C.C. Ranch Vineyard), Stags Leap (Copper Streak Vineyard), Yountville (State Ranch Vineyard), and Oakville (Kelham Vineyard).

    Then we went to Silver Oak where we tasted a delicious 2008 Alexander Valley cab, a 2007 Napa Valley cab, and a 2003 Alexander Valley cab.

    This weekend's wine adventures reminded me of a photo I took while packing up the old apartment in November 2012.  I snapped a photo of the collection of wine bottles we've enjoyed over the last two years with the super cool panorama feature on the iPhone 5 (clearly I am still trying to figure out to use it).  Each one of these wonderful bottles is associated with a beautiful memory of time spent with family and friends, a special occasion, or a memorable dinner at home.

    Below is a list of some of our most favorite and memorable wines over the last two years with brief tasting notes (listed in order as pictured):
    Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - rich with complex dark fruit, blackberry, and spices on the palette; lush, velvet mouth feel, supple and full-bodied, long finish

    Franck Bonville Champagne Blanc de blancs Grand Cru - good acidity, notes of citrus, green apple, and toast on the palette, smooth

    Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Red - red fruit, earth, and spice on the palette, big acidity, flat

    Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Dry Creek Zinfandel 2007 - rich, black fruit, blueberry, cloves, soft warm spices, and heavy oak on the palette, full-bodied, long finish, my favorite Ridge Zin

    Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Sonoma Zinfandel 2008 - beautiful nose, cherry and warm spices on the palette, medium to full bodied spicy long finish

    Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Sonoma Zinfandel Blend 2009 - high acidity, bright red fruit, oak spice, and pepper on the palette, long finish

    Ridge Vineyards Paso Robles Zinfandel 2010 - dark fruit, floral, pepper, supple and lush, spicy finish

    Far Niente Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - blackberry, cherry, toasted oak, and tobacco on the palette, big tannins, big and full-bodied, incredibly long finish

    Cain Concept The Benchland Napa Valley Red Wine 2007- rich, juicy dark red fruit, chocolate, and hint of coffee on the palette, velvety, supple with exceptional mouth feel

    Cade Napa Cuvee 2008 - dark cherry, blueberry, well-integrated oak, and minerality on the palette, medium to full bodied

    Rochioli Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2010 - well-balanced acidity, berries, bright cherry, violets, cola, and good oak on the palette, long and silky finish

    Rochioli Russian River Valley Valdiguie Pinot Noir 2010 - silky, violet nose, and cherry on the palette, easy to drink, well-integrated oak and tart finish

    Rochioli Russian River Valley Estate Chardonnay 2009 (pictured at end of post) - rich, apple, subtle spice, and crisp acidity, medium-bodied with an incredible long finish

    Spiaggia Wall Vineyard Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - complex and rich, dark cherry, chocolate, and toasted oak on the palette, big tannins

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Weir 2008 - black cherry, minerality, and toasted oak on the palette, good tannins

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Allen 2008 - bright strawberry, wild berry, violets, mushroom, and toasted oak on the palette, silky texture and long finish

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Hirsch 2008 - cherry, cola, coffee, and mushrooms on the palette, mature tanins, long silky finish

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Precious Mountain 2008 - rich dark red fruit, balanced acidity, anise and warm spices on the palette, juicy tannins, silky long finish

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Peay Vineyard 2008 - wild berry, violets, and toasted oak on the palette, rich tannins, long silky finish

    Williams Seylem Pinot Noir Hirsch 2009 - wild berry, spice, and coffee on the palette, round tannins, juicy acidity, long finish

    Dom Perignon Vintage 2000 - floral, apricot, and toast on the palette, crisp with tiny, soft and effervescent bubbles
    While reflecting on these amazing wines, two things come to mind:  First, I'm reminded of a quote from the movie Sideways: Maya advises Miles not to be overly fussy about when he will drink a particularly special bottle of wine and says, "the day you open a '61 Cheval Blanc, that's the special occasion." Best advice ever.

    Second, we spend a lot of money on wine!


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