By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 at 3:32 pm in Corkheads.
This wine is a stunner. I had the pleasure of consuming three ounces of it last night, Oct. 19, 2009, at a Freemark Abbey library tasting at Boulevard in San Francisco.
I spent about 15 minutes just taking in its color and aroma. Its nexus was the shade of brick, and the rim was gold like honey. It was crystal clear; not a drop of sediment.
When I tipped my nose in the glass, my heart almost melted: chocolate mint with hints of caramel. On the palate, the wine had a lot of complexity – even fruit. I tasted dried cranberries, licorice, and again, that eucalyptus. It was soft, a little lacy and reminded me of an old Bordeaux.
The other tasters in the room agreed that the wine even harkened back to a different style and era of winemaking in the Napa Valley; perhaps a window into, in its infancy, the area approached fruit and hang time (the grapes were picked at 21 Brix). It’s certainly the oldest, and one of the best Napa Valley wines I’ve ever had.