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07 Adrian Fog Oppenlander ($70)☺☺☺

Adrain Fog has a distinctive style and this 07 Oppenlander is among the best of his production. Stewart Dorman, the winemaker, uses a blend of Pinot clones in his wine which come together beautifully to build a great wine. The Oppenlander just gushes blackberries and minerality and the hint of spice laced with the oakiness of new barrels gives this wine such great complexity. Goes really well with Salmon (trust me)

09 MacPhail Toulouse Pinot Noir $49 ☺☺☺☺

2009 is destined to be another good year in Pinot terms. This wine will be up there among the classics. Strong fruit flavors and that beautiful jammy finish which is the MacPhail trademark. The nose starts off mellow and with a hint of rose petal. The underlying fruit is strong and reminds you of winters days with warm strawberry jam tarts sitting beside the fire. The finish is long and I am sure this wine will be around for a few years to come. I am confident this will get three smiley faces in the coming years.

06 WH Smith Cab. Sauvignon Howell Mountain ($41) ☺☺☺

Bill Smith will forgive me for saying that they are more well known for their tremendous Pinots, but when we tasted this at their Calistoga base it was obviously a class wine. its rare to find such a decent Cabernet for a relatively low price. Bill and Joan describe this as a 'drink now' cabernet but the balance suggests it should last in the cellar. The Howell Mountain fruit is very distinctive and comes across well int the cabernet. Chocolate undertones for a ripe berry style Cab. The dominant fruit is blueberries and all wrapped up in a slightly mineral taste. Wonderful. 


07 Kokomo Zinfandel (Sonoma County) $20 ☺☺☺

This goes straight into the value wine list. Really deep flavors of spice and cherry and a hint of chocolate on the nose. We decanted this wine about two hours before drinking and it was worth the wait. One point to notice is that this wine has a high sediment content so decanting is almost obligatory. 

For $20 this wine represents great value. Paired with a good steak with a  spicy rub. Delicious.

08 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon ($50) ☺☺☺

Round Pond produces great structured wines and the 08 is a great example of this. It was opened about two hours before drinking and even when initially opened gave off some great aromas of black cherries and tobacco. After two hours had elapsed the wine grew in depth, more cherries, this tome some chocolate with a hint of warm spices. All in all a well rounded wine and will cellar well for quite a few more years yet.

© John Holmes 2014