A few favorites from Premiere Napa Valley
FEBRUARY 24, 2015 5:09 PM
DAVID STEVENS FOR THE STAR
Premiere Napa Valley is always a first glimpse into what the future of a vintage has in store for us. The events this past week confirmed what we’ve been hearing from our vintner and winemaker friends for a while … that 2013 is another outstanding vintage across the board for the Napa Valley. The wines in general were intense, complex and delicious.
FAVORITES OF THE DAY
Arrow & Branch red wine, Jennifer Williams, winemaker, a blend of 52 percent estate cabernet franc, 40 percent cabernet sauvignon, 2.5 percent merlot and half a percent of petit verdot. The aromatics alone are worth the price of admission for this wine. The aromatics are followed by a lush mouthfeel and lingering finish. For people who enjoy well-crafted blends, this is a must-have.
Fairchild Stones #2, Philippe Melka, winemaker, 100 percent cabernet sauvignon form the Perrarus-Houyi Vineyard on Pritchard Hill. This wine was off the hook and still ringing!
Villa Del Lago Cabernet Sauvignon, this vineyard is located on Pritchard Hill and Gerard Zanzonico is the winemaker. Intense forward fruit with complexity and minerality in the finish. Another fantastic first release from a new project by the Del Dotto Family.
Barbour Cabernet Sauvignon, Celia Welch, winemaker. Jim Barbour is without question one of the most respected vineyard managers in the Napa Valley. His estate vineyard in St. Helena is the source for this fantastic cabernet sauvignon. This wine is much like a great book … beginning, middle and end, and it keeps your attention from start to finish. A world-class wine, no question.
There were far too many great wines to mention them all but it is fair to say that this event showed the most consistently well-made wines I have witnessed at any time anywhere. Congratulations to all.
David Stevens is co-owner with his wife, Monica, of St. Helena’s 750 Wines.