Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Tasting: Napa Cellars

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We were lucky enough to taste 4 wines from Napa Cellars recently. Overarching impression is that, to a wine, these are all very well-balanced, have lots of fruit on the palate, with firm tannins, and long finishes being the norm. Excellent now, most of these will cellar wonderfully for at least a few years.

2010 Napa Valley Pinot Noir
Black cherries and floral notes on the nose. Berry flavors layered over well-balanced acidity, with just the tiniest hint of sweetness. Tannins add tea notes to the smooth and lingering finish.

2010 Napa Cellars Merlot
Spice and stone fruit on the nose. Lots of berry flavors. Plush mouthfeel. Another well-balanced wine, a long finish with dark undertones. Chocolate? The best Merlot I’ve had in recent memory.

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Berries and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spice. Berries and more chocolate on the palate. Tannins, acidity, and a luscious texture make this drinkable now but well-suited for aging.

2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel
Tea, spices, and berries on the nose. Juicy fruit, nuts, and candy-like flavors add to the complex palate, with firm tannins and good acidity making this a well-balanced wine. Long finish.

Disclaimer: This wine was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Napa Cellars, via Balzac. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the wine a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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