Sep
10
2019

THE BEST NAPA SAUV BLANC EVER … OF COURSE BY CELIA WELCH

Celia Welch can easily be voted as one of the best winemakers in the world. That said, give this lady some of the best fruit and you have some of the best wine in the world.

The 2018 Rewa Sauvignon Blanc (Second release) is flat out stunning!  Remarkable, a MUST HAVE! Very limited production wine. Only 168 cases were produced

Rewa 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Coombsville Napa Valley
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On the nose bright floral aromatics meld seamlessly into a core of generous orchard fruit as this ample, richly-textured white that shows off its considerable personality.  It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, and the wine has a spectacular bouquet of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, orange blossom and brioche. It is amazingly rich and dense, with the bold, yet very elegant texture.  If you wouldn’t know you are drinking a Napa white, you might believe it to be  o a great Grand Cru White Burgundy!

Celia Welch Notes: “The lively and complex aromas of the 2018 vintage of Rewa Sauvignon Blanc include citrus, wild gooseberry, guava, green apple peel, kiwi and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is bright and lifted by notes of fresh pineapple and lemon curd combined with a stony minerality.
This wine was crafted from Sauvignon Blanc clone 1 from Rewa Vineyard fermented, and then aged in neutral oak and stainless barrels.”

Make sure to check out the stunning Rewa 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate”  Coombsville, Napa Valley

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Sep
9
2019

Another 98 Point Rated Thomas Rivers Brown Gem

Pulido-Walker is the culmination of a patient journey toward the possible. Under the watchful eye of  ace winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, they chose two remarkable vineyard sites where the natural alchemy of geography, soil, climate, and clone combine to yield a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon greater than the sum of its parts.

Pritchard Hill’s Melanson Vineyard immediately captivated Thomas’ attention as he and Mark drove its steep and rugged, boulder-strewn ground.  Located on a rocky, gentle knoll along the old Napa River bed wash in St. Helena, the Panek Vineyard possessed all the characteristics to yield superb fruit and is Thomas’ personal selection for his own vineyard designate.

Pulido-Walker 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard, Napa Valley
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Robert Parker 98 Points: “Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from Melanson Vineyard on Pritchard Hill, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard offers a deep garnet-purple color and delicate, slightly subdued black cherries and wild sage notions to begin, soon unfurling to show its multilayered glory: cassis, kirsch, lilacs and warm plums over forest floor, truffles, grilled meats and marmite toast nuances plus a hint of cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, solidly built and beautifully taut, it is packed with layered nuances and textured by superbly ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing with great length with an invigorating lift. 210 cases were produced.”

Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “From a site in the same area as Colgin and vines planted in 1998, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard offers a rocking bouquet of chocolaty black and blue fruits, truffle, charcoal embers, and earthy nuances. This full-bodied beauty has a ripe, layered, seamless texture and is perfectly balanced. It’s another gem from the genius of Thomas Rivers Brown. It’s also worth pointing out that the farm at this site, which has lagged in the past, is now being handled by Josh Clark, who handles the farming for Outpost and Mending Wall.”

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Sep
8
2019

The Other Cabernet You Really Should Care About!!!

The Other Cabernet You Really Should Care About!!!

In 1997, plant geneticists proved definitively that the grape variety Cabernet Franc is one of the direct parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, conceived centuries ago during a fertile fling with Sauvignon Blanc in a French, or possibly Spanish, vineyard.  When researchers at the University of California, Davis, announced that genetic testing had confirmed the parentage it was an exciting, but not exactly bolt-out-of-the-blue moment. That’s because of the overlapping, and sometimes confusing, names.


 Vineyards in Pomerol/Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux / Getty

For centuries, the Bordeaux tradition has been to mix Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc together with Merlot, and, to a lesser extent, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère. This “Bordeaux-style blend” is now copied around the world, from Tuscany to Chile and California.

Wine lovers understand Merlot as a softer, more approachable wine than Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings a gentle touch to a blend. However, Cabernet Franc is not always so tame. It can add a twist of green or black peppercorn, a pinch of grilled sage or a whiff of tobacco.

One of the most celebrated producers in Bordeaux to use Cabernet Franc as its lead grape is Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Émilion. Planted to 52% Franc, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Premier Grand Cru estate proves that Cabernet Franc does not always make lean wines.

When truly ripe and grown in ideal locations, the dark blue-to-black Cabernet Franc grapes can yield generous, mouth-filling blueberry flavors, full body and grippy tannins. Its wines can age and improve for decades.

Most vineyards in the Right Bank appellations, which include Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, grow both Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Merlot dominates at famed Château Petrus and many other properties, but chateaus like Angélus, Lafleur and Le Dôme emphasize Cabernet Franc.

Appellation laws for Bordeaux wines don’t allow varietal names on the labels. Buyers of French wines instead focus on geographic identity and brand. Whether labeled with the broad, regional appellations like Bordeaux Appellation d’origine contrôlée(AOC) or even the more defined like St.-Émilion AOC, it hasn’t been vital to know the varietal content to gauge a wine’s quality and taste.

The geographic naming convention gives Bordeaux winemakers flexibility when weather affects one grape variety, but not others. Cabernet Franc vines begin to grow earlier in the spring than Cabernet Sauvignon, and they usually ripen a week or two earlier.

During vintages where the weather turns cold and rainy in the late summer or early fall, it can bring dilution and spoilage in Cabernet Sauvignon still on the vines. However, Cabernet Franc may have already been harvested in great condition under sunny skies.

For the same reason, Cabernet Franc is more popular in several of the world’s more northerly and cool wine regions, where Cabernet Sauvignon, a notorious late-ripener, may not become ripe enough to make consistent high-quality wine. Examples include the Loire Valley of France, the northern Italian regions of the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and the Finger Lakes region of New York, where Franc is the third most popular Vitis vinifera variety.

CHECK OUT THESE GREAT CABERNET FRANCS  (& Cab Franc based wines)
BEHRENS FAMILY 2015 LABOR OF LOVE PROPRIETARY RED, NAPA VALLEY
BEVAN 2017 TENCH EE CABERNET BLEND NAPA ~ 99 POINTS
CONTINUUM 2016 PROPRIETARY RED, ESTATE NAPA VALLEY – 99 POINTS
CROCKER STARR 2016 “ESTATE” CABERNET FRANC, NAPA  96 Points (Best in the world)
CROCKER STARR 2016 “BRIDESMAID”  PROPRIETARY RED NAPA VALLEY
TRESPASS 2015 "RENDEZ-VOUS" BORDEAUX BLEND ESTATE ST. HELENA NAPA VALLEY
TRESPASS 2016 CABERNET FRANC "ESTATE" NAPA VALLEY
ZIATA 2012 CABERNET FRANC, OAKVILLE NAPA VALLEY (SIGNED MAGNUM)

 

Sep
7
2019

Thomas Rivers Brown Chardonnay wins blind tasting!

Our tasting group of 14 evaluated, tasted then imbibed some amazing Chardonnays in our most recent meeting.  The lineup included the following:

THE WINNERSENSES “CHARLES HEINTZ” by TRB  with 8 first , 4 second & 2 third place votes!
Second was AUBERT CIX, with 3 first, 6 second and 3 third place votes
Third was DUMOL “ISOBEL” with 2 first, 3 second and 5 third place votes

Senses 2017 Chardonnay “Charles Heintz” Sonoma Coast
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Senses Wines is the dream of three childhood friends. Chris, Max and Myles partnered with celebrity winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to produce world-class wines from renowned vineyards owned by their families. Since founding, Senses production has grown to include many coveted vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County.

The Senses estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of northern California, specifically in the small town of Occidental where the three founders grew up. Ideal Goldridge soil, healthy, mature vines, warm days balanced with cool nights and a grower who has been working the land since 1982 all contribute to Robert Parker’s assessment of the vineyard as “…one of the great Grand Cru Chardonnay sites in California.

Think golden apple and fresh flowers on the nose and something savory but hard to put a finger on. Rich tropical fruit on the palate is complemented by a delicious concentration of citrus and honey without being sweet. The smooth mouthfeel is balanced by solid acidity that lingers on the finish.

Thomas Rivers Brown (Winemaker) Notes: “The wine is gorgeous – White flowers reach out of the glass like jasmine growing up a trellis and the palate is a smooth yet rich expression of tropical and mineral flavors. The weight and texture of this wine is gracefully balanced by the acidity and what feel like a never-ending finish.”

Parker 96 Points: “The 2017 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard gives up lime leaf and faint pineapple with quince, white peach, apricot and crushed stone notes. Light to medium-bodied, the palate offers wonderful layers of ripe stone and tropical fruits, opening to notes of honeycomb, with tangy, lively acidity energizing the very long, mineral finish.”

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Sep
6
2019

CARTE BLANCHE 2016 WINS BLIND TASTING!

In a tasting of the Big Boys & Girls, a “smaller” one was like “Speedy Gonzalez”

The lineup included:

  • VHR (100 AG)
  • Dominus (97 AG)
  • Adamus (97 RP)
  • Chappellet (100 JD)
  • Bevan Tench (97+ RP)
  • Carter “Grand Daddy” (98+)
  • Fairchild GIII (97+ RP)
  • Pulido Walker (97 AG)
  • Kelly Fleming (97 AG)
  • Crocker Starr “Stone Place” (96+ JD)
  • Cliff Ledge “Beckstoffer To-Kalon” (98+ RP)
  • Carte Blanche

Our group consisted out of 17 tasters and the results:
Carte Blanche received 11 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 1 THIRD place votes,  BEVAN 4 FIRST, 8 SECOND and 3 THIRD place votes, KELLY FLEMING 2 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 3 THIRD place votes!

Carte Blanche 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “A different beast, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more backward and reticent, and while it needs 4-5 years of bottle age, is packed with potential. Both black and blue fruits, earth, tobacco, and freshly crushed rock notes all flow to a full-bodied 2016 that has plenty of fine tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, and beautiful intensity and length. Do your best to give this some bottle age, and you’ll be rewarded with a phenomenal Napa Valley Cabernet that will keep for 2-3 decades.”

Robert Parker 95+ Points: “One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in 100% French oak, the very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives quite a meaty nose of chargrilled meats, charcuterie and beef drippings over a core of cassis, preserved plums and black cherries plus touches of cedar, unsmoked cigars and underbrush. Full, rich and seductive in the mouth, it has a soft, super ripe and finely grained texture with layer upon layer of black fruits, finishing long with a spicy kick.”

Winery Notes: “The 2016 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal makeup. Sitting in the southwest corner of Oakville, Missouri Hopper Vineyard owned by Andy Beckstoffer, is the home of our Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated at the base of the Mayacamas, the wine exhibits Dark and red fruits, cassis, violets, forest floor, wet stones, and a hint of lead pencil layer seamlessly throughout the nose. A plush and generous palate opens to reveal black fruits, hint of red currant, fresh tobacco leaf, and crushed rock, all leading to a silky ultra-long finish. Enjoyable now with air and built for cellar aging.”

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Sep
5
2019

HURRY – THE SMALLEST PALOMA PRODUCTION EVER!

Barbara and Jim Richards always had an interest in wine, both in its making and its consumption, and in food and gardening. In 1980, they were living in Midland, Texas, and began thinking about a second home and decided to start looking for a small property in the Napa Valley where they could build a home and plant a small vineyard. This dream was realized in 1983 when a friend of theirs, Dan Duckhorn, called and told them about the property now known as Paloma Vineyard.  The property is located five miles northwest of St. Helena at the top of Spring Mountain. In the last half of the 19th century it was a vineyard, but was allowed to return to forest around the turn of the century. The purchase of this raw land was the beginning of an odyssey that is ongoing, ever changing, but with one goal—to grow the best grapes possible and make a wine that reflects the terroir of Paloma Vineyard, Spring Mountain and Napa.  Sadly both Jim (2009) and Barbara (2016) passed away, but their son Sheldon has been groomed since 2003 to take over the reigns, and continue the legacy of Paloma for years to come.

The 2015 vintage was the smallest on record for our friends of Paloma, courtesy of many drought years.  So there is not much to go around this year!

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts, Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  I also want to let those Cabernet-philes know that one the most sought after, highly rated and probably (one of) the most expensive wines in the world is NOT Cabernet, but Merlot (i.e. Chateau Petrus)…. So Paloma, might be Napa Valley’s Petrus, but at a fraction the price!

Paloma 2015 Merlot Estate Spring Mountain, Napa Valley
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The 2015 Paloma is a Merlot that will give many Cabernets a run for their money as this is not your wimpy, soft, silky wine, but a well-balanced, complex, dark, concentrated, full-bodied mountain-grown gem! The wine’s aroma is amazing, and jumps right out of the glass on impact. This 2015 is layered with dense black stone fruit laced with dark chocolate and a whiff of toasty vanilla. It is a big, lush youngster that pleases from start to finish. It is well-balanced and elegant at the same time. But I suggest to put this one down for 6-12 months prior to imbibing. Very small production.

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Sep
4
2019

Stunning 4 Barrel “White Bordeaux” from Jeff Pisoni & Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Pahlmeyer, Wayfarer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia winemaker). Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths. Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel… most likely with a glass in hand.

Shared Notes 2018  Sauvignon Blanc “Les pierres qui décident” Russian River Valley
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This wine is both beautifully delicate and intense at the same time. The 2018 “Les Pierres Qui Décident” is a focused and pure Sauvignon Blanc from two vineyards located in the heart of Sonoma County.  Aging was carried out in oak barrels and on the lees with minimal stirring.  The nose is extremely fragrant with notes of floral perfume, green apple, citrus oil and the classic bud of the cassis plant.  The palate is energetic and powerful, with lots of minerality, salinity, and a core for refreshing acidity.  This wine drinks great now, but can also cellar for at least a decade. A wine inspired by the cellar masters of Bordeaux and their dedication to Sauvignon Blanc Only 4 barrels of this wine were produced.

Winemaker Notes: “Laser focused and beaming is the 2018 Les Pierres qui Dècident. The nose shows citrus—orange blossom, key lime, blood orange—with additional notes of ocean mist and flinty minerality. The palate is refreshing and texturally precise, providing a great match for many foods or aging in the cellar.”

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Sep
3
2019

An UNDER $70 Napa Cab that will WAW (WHAT A WINE) YOU!

Benoit Touquette might no longer be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa. Garnering great reviews with Realm, Hartwell and his ownb Fait-Main label.

He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of Ovid producing their wines for some years. His “Fait-Main” label, which translates to “Hand-Crafted” is a small case production Cabernet  project.  I’d say that a new star is born!

Fait-Main 2017 Cabernet “Teeter-Totter” Napa Valley
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The 2017 Fait-Main “Teeter Totter” Cabernet Sauvignon Blend with its opaque ruby/purple-color exhibits tons of fruit on the nose: crème de cassis, blackcurrants and blackberries intermixed with notes of baking spices, lavender, graphite and licorice. It is big, bold and full-bodied, round and juicy loaded with black stone fruit, a touch of cigar spice and a hint of figs on the long, silky finish.  This is a wine that could be drunk now or over the next decade.  Limited production!

Winery Notes: “The Teeter Totter Cabernet Sauvignon as it will easily compete with wine that costs 3-4 times its going rate. Made from mostly Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from throughout the valley, this beauty boasts a saturated purple color as well as a classic bouquet of crème de cassis, licorice, toasted spices, and tobacco. Deep, full-bodied, and powerful, it still has the class and purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. It’s a no-brainer to enjoy over the coming decade.

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Sep
1
2019

Expressing Vitality: Wine As The Art Of Life

Expressing Vitality: Wine As The Art Of Life

by Dwight Furrow
From 3 Quarks Daily

If a rectangular canvas splashed with paint and lines can express freedom or joy, why not liquid poetry?

Works of art are pleasing but they are also intended to communicate or express something. Something is shown or made manifest through a work of art. In many cases what is communicated is some feeling or attitude that in some way belongs to the artist. But not all art is about self-expression. Some works are intended to reveal something about the artist’s materials when worked on in a particular way. For instance, many Impressionist works by Monet and others expressed a singular relationship between color and light, although these works also communicate something about the artist’s point of view regarding what is being expressed.  Some works reveal something about their subject matter when placed in an assemblage with other subject matters regardless of whether they reflect anything about the artist. A landscape may express the relationship between a building and an atmosphere, without expressing something important about the artist’s psychology or biography. To express is to reveal something hidden or not obvious but that need not be restricted to human psychology. Works of art invite us to feel something about them but that feeling need not be something possessed by the artist. Hamlet expresses uncertainty and ambivalence independently of any feelings Shakespeare may have had and there is no need to investigate Shakespeare’s biography to grasp what Hamlet is expressing.

Even when art is expressing some human quality, the expression reaches far beyond facts about an individual artist. The 19th Century German philosopher Hegel argued that art expresses a shared sense of “the deepest interests of mankind, the most comprehensive truths of the spirit”. Art’s role for Hegel is to express something whole cultures can share when brought to light and put on a pedestal.

What about wine? Can wine be expressive in the way works of art are expressive? I’ve argued that wine can express emotion, although only occasionally is that related to a winemaker’s feelings. But here I want to focus on other dimensions of wine’s expressiveness that go beyond the expression of an individual’s emotions or attitudes.

For wine enthusiasts, artisanal wine is about continuous variation and the singularities that emerge from those variations. Wine enthusiasts devote most of their attention to tracking variation and assessing it. Differences between regions, varietals, vineyards, winemaking styles, weather and climate variation, soil variation, and bottle variation are of primary aesthetic interest. Life, vitality, is also fundamentally about variation. This shared connection between life and wine is the key to understanding wine’s expressiveness. The art of winemaking is basically the art of expressing vitality.

In order to see the connection between life and wine we will have to engage in a bit of metaphysics.

Reality is not merely a collection of objects dispersed in space and time, constituted by predictable relations and governed by deterministic causal laws. Reality is also a field of potential differences, latent, unactualized dispositions that inhere in material objects and their relations to be unlocked when some new event traverses a threshold. New relations expose new dispositions as when you make a new acquaintance who brings out a hidden dimension in your personality, or when weather variations expose new flavor potential in a vineyard. Beneath the stable world of visible objects and our practical dealings with them, reality is a seething chemical soup where boundaries are porous, mutual interpenetration characterizes all entities, and the duration of a state is always a change in state. In this chemical nether world, nothing ever is exactly repeated. There is always variation and difference.

Living things have a special role to play in this economy of change. Living things have an active internal structure that uses matter and energy to resist degradation while their tentacles penetrate the inorganic world accelerating and directing change, seeding and provoking emergence. Life takes advantage of the break points in matter where a difference creates a new tendency, redirecting forces and extracting surplus energy to meet its needs. As Darwin showed, life is creative, a continuous process of developing novelty and natural selection, a process that pulls the past into the present, using it as springboard for the future, without plan or program. Any individual entity that emerges out of the chemical soup is merely a passageway, a stage, a provisional outcome within a larger process of change. But that individual is also a solution to a problem posed by the convergence of conflicting forces. Living things contract, select and harmonize the conflicting forces that affect them thus making a life for themselves.

Yet, a living thing never quite achieves self-identity or perfect unity. There is always disparity, a new problem to solve, a variation that must be integrated—difference and disparity drive the life process. Resistance to degradation, continuous variation, and continuous yet ultimately failed integration are the hallmarks of all life. (This is a brief summary of what philosophers such as Bergson and Deleuze share regarding the relationship between the organic and the inorganic)

The art of wine puts this process of difference, disparity, and integration on a pedestal, glamorizing it, showing the process itself to be captivating. It reveals and makes alluring the tensions between stability and change, degradation and maintenance, predictability and contingency. The mediation between these demands is a central theme in all human life. Wine makes this mediation a sensuous event. Wine is where the intersection of nature and culture becomes entangled with the tensions of Eros and pathos and becomes poetry.

I think it could be argued that all art infuses matter with life, not by imposing form on an inert substance but by unlocking hidden dimensions of the artist’s materials and making them pulsate with energy. An artist’s materials are a swarm of unactualized dispositions, a capacity for variation, that the artist intensifies and actualizes, giving something non-living a life of its own, integrating conflicting forces in the process, and those materials in turn intensify and transform life.

Wine is the quintessential example of life as art since it begins with living organisms and preserves the residue of that life in the finished product. Winemaking accelerates variation and change through the fermentation process, and then takes the resulting inorganic liquid and builds back in the features of an organism, infusing the wine with a field of latent differences, that gradually emerge as the wine ages, carefully preserving the thread of life as it gradually returns to the chemical soup. The winemaker’s job is to find the singularities, the variations in their vineyards and grapes that promise a new direction, intensify those variations and then integrate them into something people want to savor, building into the wine a capacity to resist degradation and support continuous change as the wine lives on in barrel and bottle.

Both wine and life share a process of differentiation and integration. What makes one an expression of the other? How does wine express this vitality? By exemplifying what it is trying to say, to use philosopher Nelson Goodman’s way of formulating the nature of expression. There are various theories of how expression works in the arts, but Goodman’s is the most robust. According to Goodman, a work of art is expressive when it satisfies two conditions: the work must possess the property being expressed and it must refer to that property in the way a color swatch refers to the fabric of which its color is an example. This is what he means by exemplification. Just as a painting by Monet expresses a singular relationship between color and light by displaying that relationship on the canvas, a wine expresses a singular vitality by showing variation, resistance to degradation, and integration as we experience the wine. Movement on the palate, aroma notes that emerge and fade and emerge again, their persistence and variation over many years, the harmonizing of contrast and paradox—these are all symptoms of vitality.  Wines that possess vitality exemplify it.

Goodman also insists that exemplification is a kind of symbol—the exemplification must be metaphorical. The expressive term highlights certain properties of an object that are not ordinarily attributed or literally true of it. Just as a sad song is not literally sad, a wine is not literally alive. The finished product possesses no cells that undergo mitosis; it has no metabolism in a literal sense. Wine is metaphorically alive.

In these cases of expression, there is no necessary reference to the artist’s psychology. The singular relationship between color and light need tell us little about Monet’s psychology. The vitality of a wine need not be primarily about the winemaker’s psychology. The properties being expressed are in the work as interpreted by the audience. It’s the expressive possibilities of the materials on display.

Yet, matters are not quite so simple. The expressive possibilities of the materials could not come to light without the artist doing something. The canvas, paint, and wine are handled or construed in a certain way by the producer. Any work made by human beings, even if the results are in some sense accidental, reflects at some level human intentions.

What is distinctive about wine is that the outcome to a significant degree reveals materials that have a life of their own and that exhibit possibilities that were not intended. The point of view being expressed really is nature’s murmur, although coaxed and prodded by humans. It is life taking advantage of the break points in matter redirecting self-organizing forces to discover something new.

Aug
31
2019

HURRY GOING FAST – Cali Value Wines & we’ll even throw in the shipping!

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir and 10 barrels of Chardonnay, and the rest as they say, is history!  Stephen Hansel (Walter’s son) had one of the best winemakers as his tutor (Tom Rochiolli) so it is no surprise that they are still putting out great wines decades later.  Year after this winery has produced amazing “Dollar Cost Average” under priced wines!

Walter Hansel 2016 Pinot Noir “Cahill Lane” Russian River Valley
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Parker 94 Points: “Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane gives up a beautifully earthy nose of truffles, black soil and mossy bark with a core of warm cherries, black raspberries and red plums. Medium to full-bodied, it coats the palate with red berries and plum-inspired layers, framed by fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy.”

Vinous 94 Points: “The 2016 Pinot Noir Cahill Lane Vineyard is quite closed today, but that is very typical of this wine. There is good depth and persistence but the elements need time to come together. I very much like the sense of energy and drive here.”

Walter Hansel 2016 Chardonnay “Cahill Lane” Russian River Valley
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Robert Parker 94 Points: “The 2016 Chardonnay Cahill Lane gives up loads of honeyed peaches and ripe apple notes with touches of nutmeg, baking bread and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with layer upon layer of bread, nut and stone fruit flavors, supported by bright, refreshing acid and a creamy texture, finishing with fantastic length.”

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