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Looking at Napa Valley vintage charts, I tend to take a contrarian view. Although it seems that every vintage in Napa seems to be proclaimed as the "best vintage" ever, I've obtained great pleasure drinking wines from maligned vintages with cool, damp weather and rainy harvests. A 2011 Corison Napa Valley Kronos Vineyard Cabernet comes to mind; 1998 Mayacamas another one; I would include the Forman 1998 Napa Cabernet in this group. A savory, dense, and brambly Cabernet that develops kaleidosopic intensity afer being decanted for an hour, including black plum skin, stewed cherry, roasted meat, dried herbs, game bird, and iron flavors. An off-vintage Cabernet that drinks remarkably well now, but would reward an additional 10 years of aging. Jonas Mendoza
La Clarine Farm’s wines are a fantastic example of how California’s wines can be both fresh and complex at the same time. Winemaker Hank Beckmeyer spotted a plot of Nebbiolo grown on volcanic soil beside a vineyard that he sources Syrah from. Some grapes were purchased, but the resulting wine did not impress. Hank drew inspiration from a biography of John Cage and his methodology of using chance and chaos to compose music, and he decided to use a similar strategy through flipping coins to construct a blend of the Nebbiolo with Mourvedre and Syrah. The resulting wine holds some of Nebbiolo’s floral aromatics and tannic grip with a bit bright, raspberry fruit and touch of earthy tar. Enjoy with all of your American/Italian favorites. John Rankin Only La Clarine Farm could pull off a fresh and interesting blend of Nebbiolo and Mourvèdre (with a splash of Syrah and Sémillon) like Piedi Grandi! Sun-kissed strawberry plants, red currant, and orange spice on the nose, with a light and pleasing palate of wild cherry blossoms, intense acidity, and hints of damp, herbal earth. Ariana Rolich
This Chardonnay comes from younger vines in Rhys' Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard, and aged for 14 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Like a riper Chablis, there are notes of zesty lemon, white nectarine, and just-ripe peach. On the palate, lemon juice, lemon pith, and saline flavors with bright acidity and a tight mineral core.A perfect introduction to Rhys' stunning Chardonnays. Jonas Mendoza