Tasting Notes

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Tasting Notes

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2014 PRADO Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

$150 per bottle, 390 cases produced

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Prado, which also hails from the Oakville appellation, is 100% unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 21 months in French oak. This is an enhanced, richer version of the previous wine, similar in style, with loads of crème de cassis, blackberry and floral notes, slightly more concentration and spice box, some licorice and graphite. The velvety tannins and opulence of this beauty suggest drinking it over the next 15-20 years.” ~Robert Parker

  • 1.5 Liter $350
  • 3 Liter SOLD OUT
PRADO Oakville 2014


2014 Reserva Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 RESERVA Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

$135 per bottle, 279 cases produced

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva emerges entirely from Spring Mountain and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Gloriously opulent, voluptuously textured, with blackcurrants, blueberries and white flowers, this enormously charming wine has no hard edges and is a quintessential example of the best of the 2014 vintage – a concentrated, irresistible, in-your-face, front-end loaded wine that is complex already and gorgeously drinkable. The balance and depth suggest this wine will evolve for at least another 10-15 years as well.” ~Robert Parker

  • 1.5 Liter $325
  • 3 Liter SOLD OUT


2014 Block Five Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

$125 per bottle, 402 cases produced

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Block Five from Oakville is a beauty. Graphite, licorice, crème de cassis, blackberry and white flowers all jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and layered, it builds incrementally on the palate and finishes with juicy, lush fruit with sweet tannin. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.” ~Robert Parker

  • 1.5 Liter $300
  • 3 Liter SOLD OUT
Block Five Oakville 2014


2014 SMD Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 SMD Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

$85 per bottle, 375 cases produced

“The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain is actually 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is a slightly more toned down wine compared to the Oakville cuvées, with more restraint, nice blueberry and floral notes, a touch of blackberry, earth, medium to full body and luscious fruit. It may not be as concentrated as the two Oakville Cabernets, but it is sexy and lush. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.” ~Robert Parker

  • 1.5 Liter $200
  • 3 Liter SOLD OUT


2014 Napa Valley Topografía Red Blend

$55 per bottle

The grapes for this wine 70% Cab Sauv, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 10% Cab Franc were hand selected in the vineyard when they were harvested from several small sections each at optimum ripeness from September 21 to October 18 and then hand sorted twice in the winery to make sure only the best reached the fermentation tanks. Once in the tanks, the grapes sat cold a few days developing color, flavor and aroma before starting to ferment. The tanks were gently punched down and pumped over for 14 to 20 days to extract all the color, aroma and flavor from the grapes carefully, then the juice was drained and skins pressed before being filled into barrels. The wine finished a native malolactic fermentation in the barrels in two months and was aged for 21 months in small French and American oak barrels (19% new) and bottled in July 2016. The pH is 3.75, total acidity 6 grams per liter and alcohol 14.5%

2013 Napa Valley Topografía 45% Cab Sauv, 29% Merlot, 15% Syrah and 11% Cab Franc


2016 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

$35 per bottle

The grapes for this wine were hand selected in the vineyard when they were harvested at full ripeness on August 18th. They were carefully loaded into a pneumatic press and squeezed as whole clusters, yielding just the best juice. After chilling down in the tank over night, the juice was filled into well experienced French oak barrels, and the barrels were inoculated with a strain of yeast particularly suited to Sauvignon Blanc. The juice fermented slowly over about 40 days at low temperatures to retain all the fresh fruit and aromatics that come from the grapes, and then sat on the yeast lees while aging 4 months to develop a rich mouthfeel. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and retains the crispness and fresh acidity important to Sauvignon Blanc. It was bottled in February 2017 and has a pH of 3.29, total acidity 6.85 grams per liter and alcohol 14.5%.

2015 Sauvignon Blanc


2015 Rosé Napa Valley

2016 Rosé Napa Valley

$25 per bottle

The juice for this wine came from the red grapes picked throughout the 2016 harvest, from early September into early October. As the red grapes were sorted and filled into tanks, a small percentage of juice was drawn off from each tank to both produce this rosé, and to concentrate the remaining juice for the red wines. Filled directly from tank into well experienced French oak barrels, the juice was inoculated with a variety of yeast strains particularly suited to delicate, aromatic wine such as this. The juice fermented slowly at low temperatures to retain all the fresh fruit and aromatics that come from the grapes to produce a delicate, fruity and enjoyable Rosé. The barrels finished fermentation in 50-60 days and then sat on the yeast lees while aging 4 months to develop a soft mouthfeel. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and retains the crispness and fresh acidity important to rosé. It was bottled in February 2017 and has a pH of 3.37, total acidity 6.26 grams per liter and alcohol 14.5%.