2013 Olivia Brion Chardonnay
Heron Lake Vineyard, Wild Horse Valley
100% barrel fermented, Native yeasts and malo-lactic fermentation complete. Eleven months in new and once used French oak barrels.
This lovely Chardonnay bridges the paradox between purity and complexity. At the same time it has the pure fruit notes of lemon and white peaches as well as the layered flavors of creme brûlée, baked apples, and quince jelly. The structure is elegant and stylish, the mouth feel is fresh and lively, yet deeply flavored without being weighty. The finish goes on for two minutes. As in every vintage, the minerality from our very rocky hillside is present and accounted for. Because of the unique vineyard site, the chardonnay wine is also unique. This wine is featured in many of the best Napa Valley restaurants, like Morimoto.
Olivia Brion 2013 Pinot Noir
The Wine Spectator rates 2013 as one of Napa’s best vintages in many years, and it was certainly an exceptional vintage for our Estate pinot.
My tasting notes: Bright and focused with intense cherry, incense and spice aromas introduce this vivid juicy pinot. Raspberry, earth, vanilla, and toast follow on, driving this to a long, expansive finish. Needs a little air to open to its full aromatics. Slightly more savory and earthy than some vintages. This mountain grown Pinot will have a very long life!
2010 Palladian Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Protected by trees along the perimeter, it’s a cool Cab site by Napa Valley standards and located in one of the best appellations, St Helena. The resulting wine captures a Bordeaux-esque acidity and complexity. Get wild red cherries, cigar box cedar, red currants, ruby grapefruit, mineral, graphite and dried wild herbs. Complements many foods, especially savory dishes.
Thomas Keller's famous Ad Hoc restaurant has featured this wine many times this year.
Twenty-two months barrel aging in French oak, 25% new, in the cave, bottled and held on the Estate for an additional three years at 55 degrees before release. The goal is give the wine an ideal period of bottle development. The Palladian temple pictured on the label is near the winery on the estate. In architecture and wine, balance and proportion are everything.
This Estate grown and bottled Cabernet is the second vintage that I have elected to label as a "reserve" bottling. I chose the best barrels of the vintage for this wine, 350 cases produced. The structure of the wine has both volume, richness, and very silky tannins. With the extra years of bottle development, true bouquet layers are well evolved. Classic cabernet fruit notes are very present and floral notes from, I believe, from the Cab Franc. This Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most structurally balanced wines of my thirty-six vintages of winemaking. Drinkable and very rewarding now, patience and additional years of aging will be rewarded by even more complexity.