Going along with my horse racing theme from my first edition of “Wine Tasting Tell All” for my excursions at the industry tasting I attended (And They’re Off), comes my final installment. Awww…
The title is so very appropriate as the remainder of the wines fall within a category that I can only describe as surreal. Wines that few of us will ever have to opportunity to try, much less own. Each having its own qualities and attractors. Much like my other posts mentioning how I had a slight issue with how to organize these posts in general, I am again in a quandary as to how to highlight each wine.
It’s important to note, that these were by no means the ONLY great wines at the tasting. So many others, at all different price points, staked their claim to excellence in winemaking. I just can’t review them all! Drink most of them, YES!
While a number of these wines/wineries don’t get reviews, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that among them is a 100 Point wine! I would have to be scratched (another horse racing term) if I didn’t mention these wines start in the $200 a bottle range and go up from there.
So let’s do this alphabetically. Seems like the best, and the fairest, way to organize.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
An Estate wine handmade by Celia Welch and produced from dry farmed and sustainably grown grapes from the Barbour Vineyard.
2015 Checkerboard Aurora Vineyard
Structured to offer finely polished tannins with a full mid-palate that is lifted by natural acidity and enhanced in a lengthy, lingering finish.
2015 Checkerboard Kings Row
Expansive and full, with a linear and seamless display of fruit complemented by Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean. Silky and approachable tannins plus a lengthy finish.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Onda
A wine made in the Bordeaux tradition, characterized by wonderful fruit purity, elegance and precision.
2014 Kayli Morgan Vineyard
One of their three Estate Vineyards, with a total commitment to an exacting standard to express the terroir of the vineyard.
Their wine blended from their 3 vineyards (spoiler alert – also the 100 Point wine) to show the beauty and personality of each individual vineyard coming together to develop an even greater complexity.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich and concentrated in this incredibly pure wine of great power and finesse.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromatic, the flavors show focus and intensity, bright acid with earth tones for balance. Resolute tannins and blend nicely with the fruit notes to add length to the finish.
“At the Wire” “It’s a Dead Heat”
Please note that the brief descriptions are taken from the winery’s own website. I wish I could give each wine sufficient time and words to help express their uniqueness. I am so pleased and thankful that I had the opportunity to sample these, and all of the wines from the industry tasting. Who knows, maybe sometime soon I’ll have the chance to put a little more effort into some of these spectacular wines and help bring you just a little closer to experiencing them for yourself.