EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY & Thomas Rivers Brown’s Inaugural CAB

A note from the “President, Wine Taster, Dishwasher, Jack O.A.T, of Golden Gate Wine Cellars.

Dear Friends,

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October 17 is in an “interesting” day at the Melis’ Family as it is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but also my wife’s birthday (I better remember that!)

For those who might not remember, that was the “big one” that hit just minutes before the SF Giants and Oakland A’s were to start the World Series at Candlestick Park.  I am sure we all remember what we were doing around 5 PM PST on  September 17, 1989, especially those baseball fans among you.

I remember – I was ready to leave my first job as a wine consultant (fresh out of college) and when I walked through the store I thought I ran into a wine display with my backpack as it fell over, but I didn’t – It was the “BIG ONE”!  Thousands of bottles of wine, spirits, beer on the floor, light fixtures dangling of the ceiling, people panicking and confused.  It was pretty dark inside, and the noise and smell made for an eerie moment.

Enough nostalgia… on to the real stuff… “WINE” and the Inaugural release from TRB (Thomas Rivers Brown)

For the past few years, The Hobels & Thomas Rivers Brown had been searching for a new vineyard to add to the lineup, looking for a unique vineyard that would allow them to produce a wine that would rival the quality and balance of our original Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon from the Engelhard Vineyard.  They finally found a wonderful match with the R.M. Kennedy Vineyard, a beautiful hillside vineyard located in Calistoga.  The inaugural release from this vineyard, the 2014 Hobel “The Figure” is a voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon that has a spicy layered nose of vanilla extract, plums, cherries, toasty vanilla, rose petals and turned earth. The wine is juicy, rich and silky, with loads of glycerin. While it is easy to drink now, the depth of the materials promises great evolution.  Only 4 barrels  (96 cases) were produced.

Hobel 2014  “The Figure” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley  ”INAUGURAL VINTAGE”

Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99
Use code HOBEL at checkout

Mix & match with other Hobel Cabernets

Winemaker Notes: “2014s showed much more transparency than the 2013s. Vintage character dominated the 2013s, whereas varietal and site expression mark the 2014s which, for me as a winemaker, is a much more enjoyable experience. Wines took a little longer in tank to color up and concentrate so time on skins went from an average of 14-16 days to 18-19 days. The wines continued to concentrate in barrel, improving every time we sampled them.”

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