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A True Library Wine

on December 16th, 2013
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Barney’s Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard


by Barnaby Hughes


The term “library wine” typically refers to a bottle that has been cellared, but I recently discovered a whole new kind of library wine. St. Helena Public Library (SHPL) in the Napa Valley has a small collection of 91 vines on its property. Planted in 2000, it is known as Barney’s Backyard, in honor of Bernard Rhodes, first President of the Wine Library Association. Barney’s Backyard complements the adjacent Library Vineyard, planted between 1880 and 1920. Turley Wine Cellars, which leases Library Vineyard, harvests and vinifies together the grapes from both vineyard plots. 

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  • pinitbutton Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragons Tooth   Wine of the Week Review
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Trefethen 2010 Dragon’s Tooth

Price : $75

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Oak Knoll District), California

Varietals: 58 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 20 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 980 cases

Alcohol: 14.8 percent


Tasting Notes: Dragon’s Tooth is a proprietary red blend that pays homage to the Trefethen family’s Welsh heritage. Adorning the bottle label is the guardian and symbol of Wales, a red dragon. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, the 2010 Dragon’s Tooth is bold and big-bodied. Well-structured to take Continue reading “Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragon’s Tooth – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier

Price: $32

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Viognier

Production: 1,503 cases

Alcohol: 15.1 percent


Tasting Notes: At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, California wines triumphed over French wines in a blind tasting. Freemark Abbey was the only California winery to have both a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay selected to compete. The winery’s 2012 Viognier is a crisp, full-bodied wine. Its heady tropical fruit and floral aromas entice upon entry. Citrus and stone fruit flavors in the Continue reading “Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Lewis Rossman Chefs Shine in New TV Show

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House


by Anneli Rufus


Lewis Rossman, the executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, gave viewers an inside view of his lobster roll and demonstrated a rock cod recipe on Tasteable: California, a new TV series in which chefs at noted Golden State restaurants show off some of their best-selling dishes.

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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Trinchero 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $24

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietal: 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc

Production: 3,050 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: Named for founder Mario Trinchero’s wife, Mary’s Vineyard in Calistoga produces Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A bone dry wine, the 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc features crisp lemon and lime flavors with tropical fruit and mineral notes, a zesty acidity and a clean finish. 


Food Pairings: Sashimi, oysters, fried calamari, garden salad


For more information, visit www.trincheronapavalley.com

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Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $90

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietals: 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 420 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Drinkable now, yet capable of aging well for another decade or two, the Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an excellent balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. Offering orange zest and toffee on the nose, it reveals intense, concentrated black fruit flavors in the mouth with a hint of coffee.


Food Pairings: Lamb shank, filet mignon, venison, goat cheese

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Shafer Vineyards 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $215

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Stag’s Leap District), California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 2,400 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: While it’s always a good idea to cellar wine for a bit to give all of its components a chance to meld together and express themselves, the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon can age for much longer. It is aged for three years in the barrel and another year in the bottle before release, so you can experience its vivacity and complexity immediately. Longtime Shafer Vineyards winemaker Elias Fernandez pulls another winner with the 2006 Hillside Select. Its fragrant nose bursts with black fruit, smoke and pepper aromas that continue long on the palate. Sturdy tannins provide depth and structure.


Food Pairings: Grilled or roasted lamb, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or caramelized
onions

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Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish
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Food Pairings: Herb salad, white fish, brie cheese


Other Chardonnays we have tasted

Check out GAYOT’s Napa Valley Travel Guide

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Blackbird Vineyards 2010 Arise

Price: $50

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietals: 61 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 19 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14.8 percent

Production: 2,867 cases


Tasting Notes: This well-balanced Bordeaux-style blend (Meritage) boasts bright cherry and blackberry flavors up front, soft tannins in the mouth and more earthy notes emerging toward the back of the palate.


Food Pairings: Rack of lamb, grilled chicken, roasted vegetables


Other Meritages we have tasted

Check out our Napa Valley Travel Guide

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