Michael David Winery – Inkblot collection

 

INKBLOT ..Tennat      by Michael  David Winery  Lodi Originating in the southwest region of France, this varietal is known for its high tannin levels, raspberry aromas and dark color.  The 5 acre vineyard, used for this bottling, has found a friendly foothold in the hilly southeastern edge of Lodi.  The red gravelly loam soil in this area provides excellent drainage for this water adverse variety.  To date there is only about 140 acres of this varietal  planted in California.

 

 

Ferrari Carano Cabernet

imagewinemaker’s notes:
Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from mountaingrown fruit in Alexander Valley. Ripe black cherry aromas delight along with fresh boysenberry, spicy elements of clove, cedar and tea. Up front flavors of juicy blackberry, vanilla and cola are complemented by lingering notes of dark chocolate. This wine has excellent viscosity and smooth, pleasant structure with refined, yet generous, layers of tannin.

Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot

alcohol by volume: 14.5%
critical acclaim:
“This smooth, polished Cab boasts a tasty mix of forward ripe plum, black cherry and berry fruit that’s easy to drink, ending with cedar, road tar and tobacco notes. Drink now through 2020. 18,250 cases made.”
89 Points
Wine Spectator

“Soft and smooth in tannins, this Cabernet is made in a drier, earthier style than many others. It displays classic blackberry and cedar flavors, and will benefit from a brief decant.”
87 Points
Wine Enthusiast

October Wine Society- Voyager’s Guild $55

WhiteHall Lane Winery – St. Helena (Napa Valley), California – Two Wines (a $75 Value)…..Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 &  Pinot Noir 2008 – Whitehall Lane Pinot Noir is elegant, graceful and very versatile with food from Carneros.  This Pinot Noir is a joy to drink.  It smells great and tastes even better with supple flavors of  ripe cherry, strawberry and toasty oak.   Balanced and smooth as Pinot should be.  It works well with a wide  range of cuisine or as a sipper.  Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot &  7% Petite Verdot.  This 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has intense color and aromas of raspberry, and toasty oak that leap forth. The berry and plum flavors are concentrated with a rich, mouth-coating texture. With loads of fruit and velvety tannins, this beautiful blend is enjoyable now but will age gracefully through 2016.

October Wine Society- Adventurer’s Club $35

WhiteHall Lane Winery –    Two Wines :     Napa Valley  ($50 Value)     Sauvignon Blanc 2010 &  Merlot   2007 – A “Cab lover’s blend” with our exceptional estate Merlot grapes with Cabernet & Syrah.   Full bodied and delicious.  90 Points in  Wine Spectator  “Sleek and classy, with black cherry and delicate toasty oak aromas that lead to supple, layered flavors of red currant, mocha and spice.”  ……. 81% Merlot , 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah .

Sauvignon Blanc   2010 –   A perennial favorite amongst locals, chefs and foodies alike. A bright, crisp, delightfully refreshing wine.  Tasting Notes: The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is a tangy, refreshing wine with aromas of grapefruit, apple
and just a hint of toasty oak.  It is light to medium bodied and delivers rich are refreshing citrus  flavors, excellent balance and a clean finish.   Blend:  91% Sauvignon Blanc ,   9% Semillon.