Mayacamas 2013/ Mount Veeder Napa Valley
Mayacamas Vineyards is considered one of the greatest vineyards of Napa Valley. The history dates back to 1889 when the first vineyards were planted by John Henry Fisher on the high slopes of Mount Veeder.
In 1941 the Taylor family started to plant the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These grape varieties have given Napa Valley its current stature as the most admired wine region of the United States. These rare wines are normally only sold to members on the Mayacamas members list. The Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is rare and elegant and often compared to Left Bank – Château Latour (Pauillac).
Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian 2013/ Oak Knoll Napa Valley
Oak Knoll is situated in the south of Napa Valley. Thanks to the cool breeze coming from the San Francisco Bay, Oak Knoll has one of the coolest climates of Napa. The fresh air means that the fruit can ripen slowly and maintain its freshness while developing a soft, feminine mouthfeel.
Oak Knoll is Napa’s 14th AVA. The vineyards have a similar situation as the right bank from Bordeaux. The same soil composition, the microclimate, and the landscape are reminiscing the French equivalent of this Napa region.
Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/ Walla Walla Columbia Valley (Washington State)
A Manhattan-based sommelier, fully impressed by some Washington State wine, decided to move across the country and start to make his own. He matches minimalist winemaking techniques with extended ageing. Now, these wines are considered the best that Washington State offers.
The wines made by Gramercy Cellars are fully balanced due to the well-situated vineyards (in the cool North and well protected by the Cascade Mountains). Walla Walla and the surrounding AVAs offer the perfect climate and soil conditions for the kind of wines Gramercy wants to make. Old-vine intense reds, with backbone and structure. But not too jammy or overly concentrated.