House Family Wines is only the latest adventure of David House, who has been a leader in many of the companies that made Silicon Valley. Dave joined Intel Corporation in 1974 and by 1978 was the General Manager of the company’s Microcomputer Components Division, and later launched Intel’s Server Products Division. In fact Dave was mentioned as Andy Grove’s successor at one time. In 1996, after 22 years at Intel, he took the helm of Bay Networks and as they merged with Nortel he became president of Nortel Networks. He has since been Chairman of Credence Systems and Brocade Communication Systems.
On his 73 acre family compound above Saratoga he planted his Old Oak Vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Many of his grapes are used at Mount Eden Vineyards, but Mount Eden winemaker Jeffrey Patterson also assists Dave House in producing the House Family Vineyards wines. Jeff firmly believes that wines should depict the terroir of the vineyards where the grapes are grown.
Recently this author had the opportunity to sample two of House Family latest releases, the 2008 Chardonnay and the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Only about 50 cases were made of the House Family 2008 Chardonnay from the House Family Mt. Eden Vineyard in Saratoga. It was a great aroma of lime zest, chalk and apple with a certain amount of earthiness. On the palate you will enjoy texture and fine acidity with lime, apple, peach and pear flavors with a bit of earthiness and chalk continuing through, leading on to a finish of highlights of peach and apple. The price is only $34 per bottle
The 2007 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a nice complex Cab that includes 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petite Verdot. You will enjoy the aromas and flavors of dark fruits including plum and currants with notes of chocolate and cedar. It is still a bit young so I would suggest opening it up early and decanting it to let it breathe. This is a rich Santa Cruz Mountains Cab and sells for $36 per bottle.
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