Sunday, August 29, 2010

Longevity Wines - a lifestyle in living and enjoying a passion for wine


 
A different path was taken by Phil and Debra Long towards opening their own winery. For four years they operated the “Longevity Wine Club”, each month featuring wines from different appellations. They spent time on the road touring the wineries selecting the best wines for their club members. During this period they also grew in the craft of making their own wine. As winemaker Phil visited each winery for the Longevity Wine Club, he was taking notes, learning how to make wine from the winemakers.

In July 2008 Longevity Wines (the name coming from the family name Long) opened on Rickenbacker Circle, an industrial complex just off Kitty Hawk Road. This is an “urban” winery producing wines from grapes grown by other vineyards around Livermore. Winemaking is a passion for winemaker Phil Long, who is also the creative director for the retail display company Rapid Displays. 
The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m.

When Longevity began operation they produced 500 cases the first year with plans to grow to 2500 cases within five years. As this reporter visited their location he found the winemaking area compact but well used. What is immediately obvious is the passion of Phil and Debra in producing fine wines and making Longevity a success.


The Longevity 2009 Livermore Pinot Grigio is produced with grapes from Butners vineyard in Sunol. It has a pleasant light straw color with a bouquet of peaches and golden apples. On the palate you will be pleased with the nice crisp acidity and smoothness indicative of the sur lies maturation used on this wine. It has a yeasty quality blended with the fruits and acidity resulting in a well rounded wine that is a joy to taste. The price is $18.

The 2009 Midnight Syrah Rose is a very tasty rose that combines Syrah with a touch of Viognier. It is full bodied with aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and spice. This wine should be slightly chilled. The price is $18.

Longevity 2008 Livermore Merlot is produced with fruit from a vineyard off Kalthoff Commons in Livermore. This is a luxurious Merlot with a full-body mouthfeel and flavors of red cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, spice and a hint of cocoa. This wine has multiple layers of flavors leading to a nice finish. The price is $23.

The 2008 Barbera certainly delivers the dark cherry, black plum, currant, spice and earthy qualities you expect from a fine Barbera. You will be very pleased with the complexity of the wine blending the fruity flavors, acidity and tannins that result in a smooth, firm, balanced wine. The price is $21.

Visit Longevity at their tasting room on 35 Rickenbacker Circle in Livermore.

For more information: Longevity Wines website

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hatcher Winery - fine wines from Murphys in the Sierra Foothills





Hatcher Winery was founded in 2002 by owner/winemaker Matthew Hatcher. His skills as a winemaker have put this winery on the map and the tasting room in Murphys is a very popular stop for wine lovers in the Sierra Foothills. He is assisted by his brother Sewell and assistant winemaker Scotty Hancock with Lindsay Gwin providing some of the Sales and Marketing support.

Like many winemakers, Matthew started off making wine at home for friends. But the wines were such a hit, that he eventually turned professional. He moved to Murphys 14 years ago. Hatcher focuses on small lots with almost 20 different brands. Some of their wines include Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Finao, Syrah, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Merlot and more. They even make an Ice wine and a port-style wine.

The Murphys tasting room is located in the cellar of a historic building in downtown Murphys. Check out Yelp and you will see that a visit to this tasting room is a highlight for many visitors to Murphys.

The active wine club has three major events during the year including a crush party, tour of the Hatcher vineyard and more.

Hatcher 2007 Barbera is from the Dick Cooper Vineyard in Amador County. It has an intense nose of dark fruit and you will enjoy the flavors of ripe plum, dark blackberry and spice with dusty earth qualities and smoke and spice from the oak. It is well blended and leads to a nice finish. The price is $24.

The 2007 Shake Ridge Zinfandel is one of the several special Zins produced by Hatcher. This Zin comes from the Anne Kramer Vineyard in Amador County and is a classic Zinfandel with aromas and flavors of jammy raspberry, blackberry, spice, anise, and pepper. The finish is still developing and certainly will grow longer with age. The price is $24.

The Hatcher 2007 Mourvedre delivers the dusty earthiness you expect in a fine Mourvedre with dark fruits including black cherry and plum, plus rhubarb and a touch of white pepper. Price is $24.

As a special treat, Hatcher offers the 2007 Quinn the Eskimo Ice Wine. The grapes for this wine are frozen after harvest and then pressed, delivering an exotic rich dessert wine with intense apricot and honeysuckle flavors. The price is $32.

For more information: Hatcher Winery

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special for August 22 and 29



The Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special has two weeks remaining for this 2010 season.  Visitors for the first two weeks were very pleased with both the wines and cheese pairing.  They learned a lot about the great selection of wines available from this historic wine region.

The Livermore Valley Wine Country is the only wine region that can offer a chance to taste wine while riding a historic rail train along the original transcontinental rail lines.

History abounds in the Livermore Valley. Trains first rolled through Niles Canyon in 1866. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. In the 1840s, California pioneers looking for outstanding vineyard sites began planting grapes in the region. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized the area's winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. And, Livermore Valley captured America’s first international gold medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map.

Check out the wine selections line-up for the rest of the season for the 2010 Wine Tasting Special and decide which trains to ride.

Wine Menu August 22, 2010
Wine Menu August 29, 2010
Wine Educator Steve Ferree will walk you through tasting a flight of five Livermore wines. Each wine will be paired with cheese or chocolate selected especially for that wine. Each weekend will showcase a different flight of wines and different Livermore Valley winemakers. Thus over the four Sundays, 20 Livermore Valley wines will be served. The actual wines for each train will be announced later. You will enjoy an afternoon of fine wine while gently cruising through Niles Canyon, riding on history.


The Wine Tasting Special departs the Sunol depot of the Niles Canyon Railway promptly at 3:30 p.m. each of the four Sundays. The price is $37.50 per person and you must be 21 to ride the train. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served for those not wishing to join in the wine tasting. You can make reservations at www.ncry.org and information is available at 510-910-7024. Proceeds support the Niles Canyon Railway preservation activities.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bent Creek Winery - beautiful location and beautiful wines nestled in a corner of Livermore Valley



Bent Creek Winery is an education in the development of a fine winery, bringing together the dedication of its founders, the beauty of the surrounding Livermore vineyards, and the skill of the winemaker. Bent Creek started to come together in 1980 as Pat and Tom Heineman sought a country property to enjoy the beauty and serenity of Livermore Valley. Pat was an elementary school principal in Livermore and Tom was the director of curriculum and technology for the district. The met a couple who became good friends and later partners in their project, Carol and Rich Howell. Carol was also an elementary school principal in Livermore and Rich was a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. Both couples had a love of good wine.

As the area around the Heineman’s country homestead began to sprout vineyards, Pat and Tom were pleased with the beauty of the acres of vines and in 1997 with the assistance of Wente Winery; they planed a Syrah vineyard on their property. The grapes from this vineyard were used by surrounding wineries to produce some great wines. The four friends considered opening their own winery and took enology classes at UC Davis. Bent Creek Winery opened in 2002. 

The passion these two couples in this operation are evident not only in the quality of the wine, but the friendliness of the tasting room. Check out Yelp and you will see that most reviewers give this wine tasting experience five stars!  Rich Howell is the winemaker while Tom Heineman cares for the vineyards.  Pat and Carol manage the tasting room and their hospitality is reflective in the wonderful tasting room staff who make sure your visit is a fun experience.


The tasting room is a comfortable establishment between the Heineman’s home and the beautiful surrounding vineyards. It is reached down a long driveway off Greenville Road on the east side of Livermore Valley. There they host musical events (during this reporter’s visit, a local school jazz group was performing), along with wine club events. Picnic tables are set up to relax, enjoy the wine and partake of the views, taking you far away from the hustle of the Bay Area.

The 2008 Livermore Valley Chardonnay is produced with grapes from two vineyards, including the famous Del Arroyo Vineyard across the fence line from Bent Creek Vineyards. This rich creamy, balanced wine has the flavors of pear and apple leading on to a nice long finish. This Chardonnay won a Silver Medal in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The price is $19.

Bent Creek 2006 Livermore Zinfandel has intense plum and black cherry aromas and flavors with a pleasant balance of acid and tannin. This wine received silver medals from both the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the 2009 California State Fair. Price is $23.

The 2005 Livermore Valley Estate Syrah is from Bent Creek’s Syrah vineyard just outside the tasting room. It is loaded with dark fruit flavors including black cherry and plum with a pleasant earthy quality together with white pepper and spice. The structured textures lead to a nice finish. Price is $19.

The Bent Creek 2007 Livermore Valley Red on Red is a blend of 66% Syrah from the Bent Creek Vineyards and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon from the McGrail Vineyards. It is a favorite of Bent Creek’s visitors. It is also a Silver Medal winner in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. You will enjoy the aromas and flavors of dark fruit including black cherry, plum, currant and blackberries, enticing spices and the softness of oak leading on to a smooth lingering finish. The price is $25.

The 2007 Livermore Valley Petite Sirah Port has intense dark fruit flavors including black cherry and plum, interesting spices and a slight earthiness. All of these flavors are heightened by the grape brandy added to make the port. This is another silver medal winner from the Chronicle Wine Competition. The price is $23.

For more information: Bent Creek Winery website

Corte Riva Vineyards - an American dream comes true


 

Lawrence Cortez and Romel Rivera emigrated from the Philippines to the USA with their families in the late 1970s. They came following the American dream, where hard work is rewarded and everyone has a chance to succeed. They became friends in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, and eventually became family as Romel’s cousin Nieves married Lawrence.

After years of working in the wine industry from the ground up, they began to experiment making their own wine. After a few years of experimentation, they decided to invest in their own winery, called Corte Riva, pulling upon the names of the winemakers, Cortez and Rivera. With the help of their family and friends, including Pride Mountain winemaker Bob Foley, they began to grow. Romel worked as assistant winemaker and Lawrence as cellar master at Pride Mountain.


Within a short time, Lawrence and Romel’s winemaking skills shone through, winning awards from their first releases in 2003. These two hard-working, dedicated family winemakers proved that the American dream can come true. Lawrence’s wife Nieves, sales director for Corte Riva, has greatly helped this young winery grow with a passionate group of followers.

The 2005 Merlot from three vineyards in the Calistoga area of Napa Valley is rated at 91 points by Robert Parker. This wine shows off its dark color and exhibits the abundant flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and a bit of cocoa. It has a full body texture leading to a long finish.

Corte Riva 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is a well balanced wine with great structure exhibiting elegant flavors of dark fruit including black cherry and blackberry plus chocolate, cinnamon and coffee. The tannins show through with a great body and long finish.
 
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with fruit from both Atlas Peak and Carneros, 71% from Napa and 29% from Sonoma. You will enjoy the dark chewy fruit flavors with cherry, cassis, blackberry, coffee, earth and chocolate being prominent. The soft tannins and rich body shine through on the finish.

The 2005 Petite Sirah has 70% of the fruit coming from Shannon Ridge vineyard in Lake County plus 30% of the fruit coming from Napa. You will recognize the dark, inky purple color you expect from a fine Petite Sirah. Hang on for the dark concentrated flavors of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and bramble flavors leading onto a balanced, well put together finish. 
 
For more info:  Corte Riva Vineyards

Family Winemakers of California Tasting in San Francisco August 22


 
The 20th anniversary tasting by the Family Winemakers of California takes place at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, August 22 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Plus open 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday and 1:00 – 6:00 on Monday to trade only. This is the most comprehensive tasting of California wines in the world, the largest number of wineries, an enormous range of varietals and wine growing appellations from around the state.

Most of the almost 300 wineries are small family run wineries producing under 5000 cases per year. They have a limited outreach to wine tasting markets and are not always the easiest wines to find in your local shop. Over 60 wineries at the Family Winemakers tasting are there for the first time, giving you a chance to taste these wines for the first time.

This is a once a year opportunity and tickets go fast, so get your tickets before August 21 for $55. Tickets are $65 at the door. Here are a couple hints for this massive tasting. Buy your tickets in advance and don’t plan on finding any parking near the event so cab, walk or bus to the event. Also, plan in advance. Check out the list of winemakers and select those you truly want to visit.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration - Monday Events

The Livermore Valley Wine Country’s Labor Day Harvest Wine Celebration really kicks in on Monday, September 6, when each of the wineries open their doors for some special events. This is your opportunity to meet the winemakers and sample the great wines found in this local region.
Here is just a sampling of the unique experiences Harvest Wine Celebrants will explore on Monday.

  • Wente Vineyards - Winery Tour by Karl Wente, 5th Generation Winemaker 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. space is limited. Sign up in Wente Tasting Room on Tesla Road.
  • Thomas Coyne Winery - Contra Costa Home Winemakers will discuss and demonstrate home winemaking.
  • Steven Kent Winery & La Rochelle Winery- Meet the winemakers: Steven Kent Mirassou and Tom Stutz. Wine and cheese Pairing in Barrel Room $5.
  • McGrail Vineyards & Winery - The Art of Music and Wine: meet winemaker, Mark Clarin and hear his band the Bacchus Brothers.
  • Fenestra Winery - Anatomy of the Grape: discussion and evaluation of different wine grapes
  • Garre Vineyard & Winery - Cooking demonstration by Cafe Garre Executive Chef Ty Turner at 2 p.m.
  • Cuda Ridge Wines - Blend your own Bordeaux-style varietals with winemaker Larry Dino.
  • Deer Ridge Vineyards - Meet Master Gardener Sharon Wentz and get your gardening questions answered. Pick your own lavender.
  • Eckert Estate Winery - Bottle your own Harvest Cuvee: bottles, labels and corks provided, $7 per bottle.
  • Chouinard Vineyards - Home winemaking and beer making equipment from Brewmaster in San Leandro. Wine and food pairings.
  • Crooked Vine Winery - Meet winemaker Jaime Dowell for a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery.
  • Big White House & John Evan Cellars - Aroma Bar: discover the aromas of different wine varietals. Meet and adopt dogs from local animal shelter.
  • Charles R Vineyards - Count the Corks Game: closest guess wins Charles R T-shirt.
And this is just a sample. There are 41 wineries to visit and they are all there to show you what this region can offer.

Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and Bay Area Safeway stores. Ticket “will call” arrangements vary by purchase method. Please visit www.LVwine.org for details.

The flexible ticket structure and pricing for 2010 includes:
  • Two-day (Sunday/Monday) ticket: $55 in advance, $65 at the event
  • Sunday-only ticket: $45 in advance, $50 at the event
  • Monday-only ticket: $40 in advance, $45 at the event
  • Non-drinking ticket: $10 (valid both days)
The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the LVWA. During the event, participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed and the event is not intended for children. For more information, please visit www.LVwine.org or call 925-447-WINE.
 
More information about the Harvest Wine Festival - Part 1

Livermore Valley's 29th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration on Labor Day Weekend


Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
Livermore Valley Wine Country’s Labor Day Weekend tradition—the Harvest Wine Celebration—returns to its roots this year as people gather to celebrate the wine grapes harvest September 5-6 between noon and 5 p.m.
Area wineries will offer the region’s best wine, food, art and music to ticket holders. Bus transportation between wineries will be available on Sunday only, and wineries will offer special activities to festival guests on Monday.

The winery experience is the centerpiece of the 2010 Harvest Wine Celebration. Thirty participating wineries will be pouring at their tasting room locations across Livermore Valley, surrounded by lush vines, local artists, musicians and food vendors. Eleven more wineries will be pouring and hosting festivities at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road. Food at all winery locations will be locally prepared and moderately priced (under $8). Admission includes a commemorative Livermore Valley wine glass, tastings of at least two wine varietals from each participating winery, official event program and exclusive discounts on wine purchases.


On Sunday, September 5, celebration guests are invited to ride complimentary “green” shuttle buses between winery locations. The biodiesel-fueled buses will travel on three different routes, each serving eight to ten wineries. Free parking will be available at Robertson Park, where guests can board buses and transfer between routes during the day. Bus stops may be as far as 300 feet from winery locations, so guests riding buses must be prepared to walk up driveways.

Monday, September 6 will feature a more intimate affair, as each winery offers a unique experience to Harvest Wine Celebration guests. Check out tomorrow’s article regarding the Monday details.

Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and Bay Area Safeway stores. Ticket “will call” arrangements vary by purchase method. Please visit www.LVwine.org for details.

The flexible ticket structure and pricing for 2010 includes:
  • Two-day (Sunday/Monday) ticket: $55 in advance, $65 at the event
  • Sunday-only ticket: $45 in advance, $50 at the event
  • Monday-only ticket: $40 in advance, $45 at the event
  • Non-drinking ticket: $10 (valid both days)
The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the LVWA. During the event, participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed and the event is not intended for children. For more information, please visit www.LVwine.org or call 925-447-WINE. 
For more info: Visit www.LVWine.org or call 925-447-WINE.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Niles Canyon Railway announces wine lineup for 2010 Wine Tasting Special

The Livermore Valley Wine Country is the only wine region that can offer a chance to taste wine while riding a historic rail train along the original transcontinental rail lines.

History abounds in the Livermore Valley. Trains first rolled through Niles Canyon in 1866. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. In the 1840s, California pioneers looking for outstanding vineyard sites began planting grapes in the region. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore recognized the area's winegrowing potential and founded their wineries in the early 1880s. And, Livermore Valley captured America’s first international gold medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map.

Check out the wine selections line-up for the 2010 Wine Tasting Special and decide which trains to ride.

Wine Menu August 8, 2010
Wine Menu August 15, 2010
Wine Menu August 22, 2010
Wine Menu August 29, 2010
Wine Educator Steve Ferree will walk you through tasting a flight of five Livermore wines. Each wine will be paired with cheese or chocolate selected especially for that wine. Each weekend will showcase a different flight of wines and different Livermore Valley winemakers. Thus over the four Sundays, 20 Livermore Valley wines will be served. The actual wines for each train will be announced later. You will enjoy an afternoon of fine wine while gently cruising through Niles Canyon, riding on history.


The Wine Tasting Special departs the Sunol depot of the Niles Canyon Railway promptly at 3:30 p.m. each of the four Sundays. The price is $37.50 per person and you must be 21 to ride the train. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served for those not wishing to join in the wine tasting. You can make reservations at www.ncry.org and information is available at 510-910-7024. Proceeds support the Niles Canyon Railway preservation activities.

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Line Shack Winery from San Antonio Valley in Monterey

Line Shack Winery is located in San Antonio Valley in the southern end of Monterey County. In the old west, a “line shack” was a small cabin built on the open range where the cowboys could take shelter from the rain and cold. When Bob and Daphne Balentine first discovered their small ranch in San Antonio Valley the only building on the property was this rundown cabin that they affectionately called the “Line Shack”. After they remodeled the building it became a gathering place for friends and family and is now the Tasting Room.


The Balentines have been making wine for almost 20 years and in 2004 they decided to quit their day jobs and dive into making a living with their passion for fine wine and good food. By 2006 they brought
Bob Leighton pouring Line Shack wine
in their friends Bob and Janet Leighton to help expand the winery.

All of the fruit in Line Shack wines comes from the southern Monterey County with a focus on the San Antonio Valley AVA which has a warm climate and proved to be great for growing Bordeaux and Rhone style wines with rich flavors and full body. They are working with their fellow growing partners to strive towards sustainable farming.

The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is from the nearby San Lucas region of Monterey County. It won a double gold medal in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This Sauvignon Blanc has a delightful crisp acidity with aromas and flavors of white peach, nectarine, pineapple and citrus. It would pair nicely with crab and seafood. The price is $14.

Line Shack 2008 Chardonnay is made with fruit from both the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands region of Monterey County. It has won several medals including Gold at the 2010 California State Fair. It delivers great aromas and flavors of pear, apple, kiwi and lime with a touch of toasty oak and honey. It has a very pleasant long finish. The price is $18.

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is from the San Antonio Valley AVA in Monterey. This is a rich wine with flavors of dark fruit, including black cherry, plum and currents. You will also enjoy the touch of vanilla, leather and mocha. It is nicely balanced between the fruit and the tannins leading to a long finish. It is a great wine, particularly with a price of $18.

The 2007 Syrah from San Antonio Valley has a rich deep dark color with a complex mixture of black cherry, plum and violets with the nice peppery and spice components you will enjoy. The fruits and tannins result in a pleasant long finish. The price is $18. 
For more info:  Line Shack Winery

Laird Family Estate - premium wines from Napa

Ken Laird began his wine estate in 1970 with the purchase of an old 70 acre prune orchard in Calistoga. At the time Napa Valley was on the about to re-emerge ad a premium wine area. Ken began to search for winemakers in the valley who were willing to help him turn his 70 acres into vines. After many calls, Robert Mondavi stepped forward to finance the deal to plant the vineyard. With the help of family and friends to perform the hard work, the Laird Family Estates succeeded. By 1983 Ken acquired vineyards in Carneros area of Napa and Sonoma where he grew grapes that became the premium wines of many winemakers in the area. By 1998 Ken and his family broke ground for the Laird Family Estate winery.


With the help of consulting winemaker, Paul Hobbs, Ken began towards the goal of producing great premium estate wines. Each of Ken’s vineyards show their unique terroir in the wines produced from those grapes. Paul’s attention to detail in crafting the wines brought out the uniqueness of each of these vineyards managed by Ken’s son Justin.

2008 Napa Valley Pinot Grigio comes from the Andretti Ranch in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This wine delivers bright acidity with aromas of citrus and flavors of citrus, peach and melon. It is a lighter style of Pinot Grigio which would be great to take along on a picnic, or enjoy after a long work day.
 
The 2007 Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay is from the Carneros region of Sonoma County where the cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay provides the perfect area for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Winemaker Paul Hobbs has chosen specific blocks for this special wine. Starting with the rich golden color you will enjoy the aromas of lemon and vanilla. On the palate the citrus flavors blend with the tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and kiwi. The oak provides a smooth finish on this well balanced wine.

Laird Family Estates 2006 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon uses grapes from three Laird vineyards in Napa Valley, the Red Hen Ranch at the Liard Winery, State Lane Ranch vineyard in Yountville and Mast Ranch on the bench-land of the Mayacamas Mountains. This is a rich wine with blackberry, plum and currant flavors balanced nicely with clove and cinnamon and a delicious component of cocoa. The tannins and acidity lead to a long finish.

The 2007 “Jillian’s Blend” red wine from Napa includes 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 10% Merlot from various vineyards in premium areas of Napa Valley. It is named after Jillian, who is Rebecca Laird’s daughter. The deep purple color invites you to examine the red and black fruit aromas and flavors, including cherry, plum, currant and blackberry. You might also detect an interesting orange zest component and vanilla.

For more information:  Laird Family Estates