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Mount Veeder - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
clear bright medium intensity dark ruby /purple red layering to clear rim variation, medium viscosity--condition was clean unfaulted intensity medium plus youthful and fruit forward lush ripe blackberry strawberry black fruit light vanillin, minimal wood mild wet earth--this wine allowed me to detect violet and cassis as no other has before--detected after bottle open about 30 minutes, PALATE-full bodied off dry fruit forward ripe blackberry raspberry strawberry "jam" notes, minimal earth, light vanillin as per nose, heavy malolactic notes especially after food, violet, damp blue flower, cassis, chocolate medium tannin medium minus acidity medium plus complexity length medium.
Christoffel, JJ - Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese***
clear, day bright, med. intensity, gold to light yellow, viscosity medium plus--clean and unfaulted med plus intensity ---forward notes of lush ripe pineapple grapefruit apricot cantaloupe, no detectable earth/wood, floral notes of honeysuckle , intensely sweet full bodied---palate reveals apricot and carmelized banana with pineapple and minima acidity. Honey notes no botrytis, medium plus complexity and medium finish
Stags' Leap Winery - Chardonnay Karia Arcadia Vineyard
Dense minerality, aroma of fresh green apples, tight melon, and grapefruit. Moderate acidity, medium to medium minus alcohol, strong lingering medium plus finish, characteristic of varietal. Not disappointed.