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06 Vezér Zinfandel ($52) ☺☺☺☺

This Zinfandel comes from the Suisun Valley which is just outside Fairfield, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. The 06 Zinfandel has a whopping 14.5% alcohol content and this comes across in the long peppery finish. The initial nose on opening the wine was blueberries and blackcurrants. This mellowed over time to include more red fruit and lush tannins. We opened and decanted this about one hour before drinking, over that period the wine settled into a beautiful smooth done with a  long peppery finish. One to look for. 

08 Freeman Ryo-fu Chardonnay ($35) ☺☺☺

The Freeman Chardonnay is a blend of three vineyards, predominantly Heintz and Keefer Ranch. They come together to produce an excellent example of a European Style Chardonnay. The initial nose of of baked apples with a hint of citrus and almonds. The taste is lush tannins coupled with mangoes and pineapple all with a  beautiful long finish. The acidic finish reminds you of the European Chardonnays and gives it a unique style. Don't overcool this wine and it will reward you with lots of enjoyment. 

10 Slanted House Sangiacomo Pinot Noir ☺☺

Thomas Brock, the owner of Slanted House is the assistant winemaker to james Macphail so you can see the pedigree of this wine. It has a  very MacPhail like characteristic but perhaps not as smooth as the equivalent Macphail product. We opened the wine about an hour before drinking and also decanted it. The initial nose was strawberry jam, black tea and bacon fat. The taste initially was quite tannic but balanced. After a couple of hours the tannins had mellowed somewhat but they were still evident. I would like to try this in a few years tome to see how it develops. Depending on the price point it may be worth looking out for.

05 Etude Temblor Pinot Noir ($60) ☺☺☺☺

This wine was one of our first purchases on our inaugural trip to Napa. When we tasted the Etude range of wines this one stood out as a keeper and it has been sitting in the wine fridge since 2008. Opened about 1 hour before drinking, the initial nose was an earthy style with red cherries dominating. The tannins have mellowed and left the fruit to talk for itself. On the palate there is a wonderful light cherries and raspberries all with a hint of spice and licorice This wine should last a few more year yet, but quite honestly it is tasting really great right now so why risk it deteriorating. 

09 Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($30) ☺☺☺

The Willamette Valley is famous for producing some great Pinot Noir. This winery is owned by the same team as the A to Z Wineworks team including Gregg Poppovich of San Antonio Spurs fame. The wine is typically Willamette Valley with its aromatic style with black fruit dominant as opposed to the Californian style. The wine had great balance and was evolving as we were drinking it. By the end of the meal it had gone through a great transition ending with a  long finish and structured tannins. This is a keeper for sure.

© John Holmes 2014