Seavey Vineyard, based in the St. Helena region of Napa, California, produces wines using the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay varietals.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon I tasted utilized 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petite Verdot. The wine was aged in French oak for approximately 19 months and carried an ABV of 14.5%.
This was a very uninspiring bottle of wine.
Castello di Ama is based 45 minutes from the town of Siena in the Tuscan region of Italy.
They produce red, white, and rose wines, as well as olive oil.
I found this wine while having dinner at Basil T’s, a local Italian restaurant.
The 2004 Chianti Classico is a Sangiovese blend. The grapes used to produce it are 80% Sangiovese and 20% Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Nero.
The end result is a very classic Chianti.
Casanova di Neri is a recognized wine producer in the Montalcino section of Tuscany, Italy. They produce a number of red wines, bottled by vineyards where grapes are selected as well as the composition of grapes in the wine.
The 2007 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is 100% Sangiovese (a Brunello di Montalcino cannot receive DOCG recognition without being 100% Sangiovese variety from the area) (between Italy and France, I don’t know who is worse with their wine regulations.). The wine was aged in small oak barrels for 30 months, and an additional 18 months in the bottle.
The Tenuta Nuova product has achieved high accolades over the years. Tasting the 2007 vintage, I can see why this is so.
The business model that started Chad Wines is an interesting one.
Chad Alexander was a young winemaker in Napa Valley. In the midst of the most recent recession, a number of well-known wineries were having difficulty selling some of their higher priced wines. As their inventories rose, they became concerned. Chad offered to purchase excess inventory and bottle it under his own label, under agreement not to reveal which winery the stock was purchased from. He could describe the area the grapes were sourced from, generically, but not the winery. The wineries moved inventory and received cash in a difficult economic environment. Chad resold the wine with unbranded corks under his label. Consumers (that’s you and me!) received higher end wine at significant discounts.
I enjoyed my first bottle of 2009 Chad Cabernet Sauvignon during the summer of 2011.
I am still enjoying this wine today.
At the risk of repeating myself, Robert Biale Vineyards produces some of the best red Zinfandel found on the planet Earth.
Biale Vineyards sources grapes from a number of locations within Napa, and brands each selection or a blend under a different label.
This wine was 100% Zinfandel. Its grapes were sourced from a four-acre Zinfandel site, The Biale Block, at the Stagecoach ranch above Oakville in Napa, California.
When it comes to Zinfandel, the 2009 Stagecoach is one of the best I have ever tasted.
Jennifer M. has a wonderful blog about wine, food, and New Jersey, called Down-Home South Jersey.
She inquired if I had sampled any wines from New Jersey vineyards. I had not. Being NJ Vinoman, I felt obliged to do so.
My first try was the 2006 Bellview Merlot. I have also procured two bottles from Sharrot Winery (also NJ-based), which I plan to assess very shortly.
As for the Bellview Merlot, while it was not my favorite, I would not classify it as a bad wine.
Heitz Wine Cellars, based in Napa, California, produces a wide variety of wines. These include red wines, white wines, and port wine. Under their Cabernet Sauvignon umbrella, they produce four different wines from four different vineyards within Napa.
I sampled the simplest of their Cabernet line. The wine was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in oak (a combination of American and French) for 3 years, and carried and ABV of 14.5%.
This was a mediocre bottle of wine.