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02 Robert Mondavi Reserve ($120) ☺☺☺☺

A great example of a Napa Cabernet. The Mondavi name is associated with many spectrums of wine right from the top end Opus through to the commercial low end wine we normally see on the shelves. This reserve wine is from the former. The color was deep red and the initial nose was of blackcurrants with a hint of cherry. We had decanted this for about an hour before drinking and the time was well spent. On tasting the blackcurrants were supported by hints of chocolate, cedar wood and lush smooth tannins. All together this was a well balanced wine and I am sure it will be good for years to come. 

The Top 10 Wines of 2012

We decided to set up an inaugural list of the Top 10 wines. One of the main reasons was the total bias shown by some of the more famous magazines/blogs and we felt it would be beneficial to have an unbiased view and to give some of the lesser wineries some deserved accolades for the great wines they produce. This is for the little guys.

 The Top 10 are in alphabetical order of producers and those 4 wines which received the perfect 5 smiley face rating are listed in red writing.

07 Elizabeth Spencer Howell Mountain Cabernet ($75)

08 Fontanella Mount Veeder Cabernet ($52)

08 Freeman Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir ($46)

07 Inman Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir ($56)

09 James MacPhail Ferrington Pinot Noir ($49)

11 Loring Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir ($45)

02 Opus One ($200)

09 Sequana RRV Pinot Noir ($30)

98 Verite La Joie ($200)

08 Wilsons Dry Creek Zinfandel ($30)

03 Robert Young Scion Cabernet ($70)


07 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel ($22) ☺☺☺

This wine is excellent value at $22. The nose is initially back fruit, predominantly blackcurrants and the taste adds raspberries and just a hint of the famous Zinfandel white pepper. This was decanted for about an hour before drinking and it had mellowed into a great ribeye steak accompaniment.  

11 Loring Keefer Ranch Pinot ($45) ☺☺☺☺

Loring are a small producer specialising in Pinot and Chardonnay. I have been a fan of their wines for some time although we have not visited the winery it remains on the 'to do' list. This Pinot comes from the impeccable vineyard of Keefer Ranch which produces, in my opinion, some of the best fruit in the area. The nose is of sweetened black  cherries and lashings of strawberries, the taste is shows touches of cola and the overall mixture gives it a nice balance and a long finish. This is ready for drinking now and if past years are anything to go by will benefit for resting in the cellar.  I like it.

© John Holmes 2014