Joe Wagner Continues His Winemaking Skills, Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa California
Joe Wagner, grandson of premiere Napa Winemaker Chuck Wagner (Caymus) who sold his own winery, Meiomi Wines to Constellation for $315 million was not exciting enough, he launched another winery. This is called Copper Cane Wines and Provisions in Napa. His brands include Elouan Pinot Noir (Oregon), Belle Glos Pinot Noir (California coastal), Beran Zinfandels (California) and others from Sonoma County. The one that has captavated me is his Quilt 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Joe’s Napa Valley Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon is a patchwork of six Napa Valley AVA’s (thus the graphics on the bottle). By blending Cabernet grapes from these six AVA’s, he like his grandfather, is provided the raw materials to make a consistent and quality wine year to year. Quilt is making hand crafted wines for the consumer.
His 2015 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon possess a dark red color in the glass. The aromas consist of “blackberry preserves and a hint of licorice, with strawberry & vanilin”. On the palate, one gets a mouthful of dark chocolate, molashes and brown sugar. This is not an average Napa Cabernet Sauvignon! The finish is seamless and long lasting with perfect balance and a wonderful fruit forward that lingers. Paired with hard cheddar, Roquerford, Irish cheedar, etc., this is a stand out wine.
Currently listed at $59 per bottle. They have three club levels which will allow you discounts from 15% to 25% discount. Still in his mid thirty’s, Joe has a bright future ahead as a winemaker!
Summertime Treat 2016 Verdelho by Paskett Vineyards and Winery, Lodi, California
Perhaps for many an unknown but delcious wine for the summer is Verdelho. Paskett Vineyards and Winery in Lodi AVA, produces a wonderful Verdelho. Paskett has a remarkable sense of history and desire to farm the land. This grape comes from Portugal, specifically the main island in the Archipelago of Madeira. This white wine is fairly obsucre in the United States producing only 3% of world wide production. Portugal is number one with 57% and Austrailia with 37%.
The 2016 Paskett Verdelho is a perfect warm weather companion with distinct guava, pineapple and red apple aromas and flavors. Paskett description includes “bursting with lemon, lime and orange blossom for a crisp refreshing wine”. The wine is left in 100% French Oak barrels until release from grapes grown on the estate.
This is a perfect accomanyment on a warm afternoon or evening. A nice alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. For such a “light colored wine” it packs a big punch! So much in fact that it won Best of Class at the Sunset International Wine Competition. Food compatiability is similar to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc and recommended pairings include salads, spicy Thai food, Asian dishes and even smoked chicken.
At $26 a bottle it is a most enjoyable alternative. It recently received 91 points from Wine Enthrusiast. A wine club members allows a discount on the wine. So the next patio gathering this summer, try the 2016 Paskett Vineyards & Winery Verdelho and surprise your guest with a delightful new wine.
A long name and a good wine: de Lorimier 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Warm Springs Ranch, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California
One of the reasons each bottle has such a “long name” is that de Lorimier Winery uses five distinct areas to produce their arsenal of wines. They are: Crazy Creek, Preston, Smith Orchard, Stone and Warm Springs. Each bottle is a vineyard designated wine. de Lorimier is located in Geyersville in the heart of Alexander Valley. With so many areas they offer a large selection of wines from each vineyard. Their wines for sale include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Primitivo, Meritage, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose Melbec, Cabernet Franc and an assortment of blends and Meritages.
This wine is hold a deep ruby color in the glass and aroma’s include dark fruit and soft violet on the nose. On the palate one can pick up cranberry, black tea and boysenberry. A lingering flavor is a combination of various woods (cedar, oak, eucalyptus) and a tart berry. This wine pairs well with gruyere cheese or a hearty spicy beef or stew.
The 2013 de Lorimeir 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Warm Springs Ranch, Dry Creek Valley is a much desired wine. It is offered at a reasonable price of $46 as compared to some of their reserve Cabernets Sauvignon’s which fetch $110. The facility is warm and inviting with availability of special events to attend or to hold. Club membership allows for a handsome discount.