You Don’t Have to Jump Thru Hoopes to Enjoy This Good Wine!
In 1983 Spencer Hoopes planted 10 acres in the Oakville region of Napa. They have primarily been doing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is their Inaugural release of this whie varietal.
This wine possesses a light straw coloring upon pouring. Once in the glass, the bouquet of honey suckle, honey melon and floral notes wakes ones senses immediately. Upon the first sip, those flavors come through, as well as a soft citrus on the palate. This Sauvignon Blanc is a soft and mellow with just a tad nip of Mandarin oranges as the finishing flavor. A short lived citrus hangs on the back of mouth but quickly fades.
This wine is an extremely acceptable mid-afternoon with a cheese plate of cheddar, Gouda, Swiss or Monterey Jack. Also, in a warm climate this holds enough weight to sip by itself. What I enjoyed about this Sauvignon Blanc is the soft or almost hidden citrus notes.
The price is $35 for this hidden gem with Coombsville grapes from the Napa Valley. You can order on line and they are in the midst of opening a new tasting room mid-2018.
An Exquisite Wine from one of Napa Valley’s newer AVA’s – Coombsville
Shadybrook Estate Winery on 84 planted hillside acres, offers diverse and uniquely diverse production from the same vines planted within earshot of each of other. Rudy Zuidema, the winemaker, prides himself in blending the various Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on property to produce this premier 100% 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine is big, rich and vibrant. In the glass a dark red/purple hue radiates from the glass. The first aromas to the nose are of black cherry and a sweet tobacco. On the palate, it combines as Rudy states, “juicy plum, blackberry, mocha, chocolate and maple notes”. The finish is long lasting and drenches the palate completely.
This is a wine to be paired with a BBQ Rib Eye or a thinly sliced Tri-Tip. It still will be stronger than most Cabernet Sauvignon’s to a good cut of beef. I like this wine for its mouthful finish and mid-heavy viscosity—this is how an exquisite wine should taste from glass, nose, mouth and finish! This is a serious wine for collectors and wine aficionados.
The price is moderate given its pedigree of $125. You can order on line and a wine club does exist.
Coming Home to Flavor – Steven Kent Winery
On a recent stop at Steven Kent Winery in Livermore, they had on the monthly offering the 2013 Steven Kent Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. I had previously purchased and enjoy for years their unique and tasty Home Ranch vintages. Tasting it this time, brought back memories of almost 20 years tasting this wine near our home.
The wine shows dark fruit in the glass (picture). On the nose, besides the dark cherry and blackberry, you get a local earthy dust. The acid and tannins allow a long and full mouthful of wine. This allows the wine to be aged and continue evolving over the next 10-15 years.
We have consistently paired this from hamburgers to steaks to spaghetti and simply enjoying in the evening.
This is a great intermediate wine, somewhere between the GenX and serious wine collector. The price is mid-level for Steven Kent’s portfolio at $65. Club discounts can range from 15-20% upon volume.