New Arrivals: 1/17/11
A new weekly addition, we’ll keep you up to date with all of our new arrivals to decantedwines.com and our store location in Naples, Florida.
1. Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet, 2008
From: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
About: This “Alexander Valley” style Cabernet is rich in color with concentrated fruit flavors of blackberry and dark cherry with moderate tannins. A small amount of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot was also added to the wine to build character and structure. Alexander Valley Vineyards has been growing grapes for more than 40 years, founded by Cyrus Alexander (whom the whole Valley was named after).
Ratings: Not rated.
2. Evening Land Blue Label Pinot Noir, 2009 (Both California & Oregon Wines Came in This Week)
About: Evening Land has acquired some of the best vineyard in fruit sources to develop their Pinot Noir and Chardonnays made in a Burgundian style. They pull fruit from Eola Hills in Willamette Valley, Oregon; Occidental on the Sonoma Coast in California; and Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills. These three vineyard sources are blended together to form their Blue Label series which features the distinctive California and Oregon styles of Pinot Noir.
Ratings: Not yet rated.
3. Favia Cerro Sur Red Wine
From: Napa Valley, California
About: A collaboration between Annie Favia and Andy Erickson (Leviathan, Dancing Hares, Screaming Eagle), Favia’s Cerro Sur is a red blend of 66 % Cabernet Franc and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vibrant, bright fruit balanced with spice, coffee, and floral notes it is aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. The majority of the fruit comes from the vineyards to the east of downtown Napa in the Coombsville, Wooden Valley & Sacramento Valley areas. Only 211 cases produced, a gem and very hard to find!
Rating: 95+, Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) “This is a beauty – elegant, restrained, and slightly closed, but displaying more intensity than last year, with a beautiful nose of bay leaf, blueberry, spring flowers, graphite, and crushed rock. Medium to full-bodied, pure, dense and impressive, it should drink well for 10-15+ years.”
4. Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009
From: Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
About: One of my favorite Pinot Noir producers, Ken Wright focuses on the Vineyard source making a number of single vineyard Pinots that truly illustrate the qualities of the soil. The Abbott Claim Vineyard is within the Yamhill-Carlton AVA along the Savannah Ridge at an elevation of about 400 feet. The soil combined with the use of the Pommard clone deliver a dark and lush wine with flavors of plum and black cherry.
Ratings: Not rated.
5. O’Shaughnessy Howell Cabernet Sauvignon
From: Howell Mountain, Napa County, California
About: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% St. Macaire from the Del Oso & Amphitheater in Howell Mountain, Napa. This wine packs a lot of punch (14.8% alcohol) aged for 20 months in New French oak. Big and bold flavors of blueberry and chocolate. Only 3,000 cases produced.
Note: This winery is also a featured vintner at the 2011 Naples Winter Wine Festival and will be featured at our Wine Festival Tasting next Wednesday.
Rating: 95 points, Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) “The stunning 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and the rest Malbec and St. Macaire and Petit Verdot) is the finest Cabernet this estate has yet produced from their Howell Mountain holdings. A dense purple color to the rim as well as the exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a layered, multi-dimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years. One of the superstar estates of Howell Mountain, winemake Sean Capiaux is the force behind these impressive reds.”