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The 2018 Herson Family Vineyards Influence Chardonnay is balanced, complex, and distinctively connected to its Carneros terroir. It is gently floral on the nose and has a silky texture, rich ripe fruit and compelling freshness on the palate. There are notes of ripe apricot, pink grapefruit and hints of lemon and lime peels. It has a long finish with delightful acidity balanced by ripe fruit. No technological gimmicks or additives were used making this wine. It was crafted by one of Napa Valley’s iconic winemakers who puts his trust in his instinct and pallet when creating wines that are among Napa Valley’s finest.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has a wonderfully playful symbiotic relationship between Mayacama valley floor character and Vaca mountainous structure, culminating in more complex character and refined elegance than the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Some notable aromas on the bouquet include fresh roasted coffee, blackcurrant, crème de cassis, luxardo cherries, perfume, fresh violet petals, dark cherry liqueur, and hints of forest floor, sage, freshly cut cedar chips, with an intriguing musky nuance. Upon entering the palate, oodles of dark fruit, blackcurrant, cassis, fresh rose petals, water chestnuts, and subtle hints of licorice expand into a luscious, long-lasting espresso crème brûlée finish. The mesmerizing complexities between the balanced, full-body character interlaced with the structured yet velvety tannins may cause frisson with certain individuals. Proceed with delight!
Intoxicating notes of citrus blossom, pineapple, and lychee aromatics with underlying hints of wet stone minerality. Bright and racy acidity frames the mid-palate with zesty notes of grapefruit, lime zest, and white watermelons. The wine will develop some natural tartrate crystals through aging. Enjoy chilled at 45F and let this unique wine blossom as it warms up in the glass.
An elegant and seductive perfume of white peach, ginger, and dried sage ascends, leading to a rush of Asian pear, lemon marmalade, and tropical lychee flavors. A layer of crushed chalk minerality and brioche-like toastiness emerges as the wine opens in the glass. Delightfully balanced with a bright and zingy acidity, backed by a rich and full-bodied texture that allows this Sauvignon Blanc to get better with each sip.
Built around a rich core of blackberries, butterscotch and dried cherries, the 2016 Cabernet Franc vintage from the Prichard Hill part of the Stagecoach Vineyard reveals complex aromas of Cassis, violets and tobacco. The 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, both from Stagecoach Vineyard as well as the 5% Merlot, adds a nice mid and back palate experience complementing the well balanced front palate. The wine is medium bodied with a beautiful texture, polished tannins and balanced acidity.
The 2018 Rosé is in a tip of the cap to Old World nuance and sophistication. Our 2018 Napa Valley Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon reveals whispers of tart cherries, complimented by subtle hints of apricots.
The 2016 "Appassionata" displays an incredibly opaque, purple core with hints of magenta and ruby on the rim. The nose delights with aromas of blackcurrant liqueur, blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and violets over complex secondary notes of cacao, tobacco, a touch of wet leather, crushed earth, a kiss of ground coffee, finely crushed stones, vanilla bean and exotic baking spices.
Intense aromatics and rich, pungent red-toned fruit make a strong opening statement in the 2015 Cabernet Franc. Varietal notes are amped up in this sensual, fruity Cabernet Franc. I would prefer to drink the 2015 sooner rather than later, but there is more than enough depth to support at least a handful of years in the cellar.