Category Archives: Napa Valley

PICK of the RACK: Lail Vineyards | Blueprint | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $50 | 91 pts

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Aromas:  blackcurrant; black tea; pencil shavings Character: dry; full-bodied; silky and elegant; dusty tannins; medium acidity; forward oak Flavors:  black- and blue-berries; sweet cured tobacco; touches of tarragon and spice; mineral undercurrent Food Pairing:  crisped pork belly; beef shortribs; crispy duck; roasted pork … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Saddleback Cellars | Zinfandel | Napa Valley | California | 2008 | $38 | 92 pts

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Aromas: black cherry; bittersweet chocolate; black pepper; touch of smokiness Character: dry; rich & full-bodied; leathery tannins; mild acidity; long finish Flavors: deep, dark berry fruit; cocoa; cinammon; touch of lavender; spicy oak Food Pairing: smoked cheeses; grilled & roasted … Continue reading

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