Thursday, January 29, 2015

WineStudio: Hall Wines Cabernet

WineStudio: Hall Wines Cabernet

One of the many great things about #WineStudio is that we get to taste amazing wines. That was certainly the case Tuesday night, as we uncorked a pair of Cabernet Sauvignon's from California's Hall Wines. The Halls originally started with a dedication to making single vineyard and limited-production wines. They continued growing and their estate vineyards now encompass more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Theirs was California's first winery to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification, showing a strong respect for the environment.

Tasting Notes:
2012 "Eighteen Seventy-Three" Cabernet Sauvignon "Members Only": 97% Cabernet Sauvignon/3% Merlot; dark ruby color; dark berry, earth, spice, and mocha aromas, repeated on the palate with a jolting backbone of tannins; this wine needs plenty of aeration and perhaps a few more years of bottle aging, should reward patience in the cellar; SRP $80 (members only, see website for membership details).

2011 HALL "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon
Baby Jack making the label art

2011 "Jack's Masterpiece" Cabernet Sauvignon: The inspiration for the label art began on Father's Day of 2006, when  Mike Reynolds' (President and former Winemaker) 18-month-old son Jack's artwork was presented to him; 96% Cabernet Sauvignon/4% Petit Verdot; black currant, berry, cherry, plum, violet, sandalwood, and spices fill the nose and palate; truly a lush wine with a lingering, savory finish. Plenty of balanced tannins, drinkable now but will continue to evolve and improve in the cellar for many years to come; SRP $125.
Both of these bottles are just starting to waken - they need aeration, time in the glass, and a hearty piece of meat for maximum enjoyment, in my opinion. Better yet, buy one or more and let them rest for at least a few more years, then see what's happened in the bottle. I would think it would be worth the wait.

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Wine was provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.

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