Three good wines from California
This past week saw Jenn and I drink three different wines from California. Lou gave us the bottle of 2014 World’s End, Rebel Rebel, Chardonnay Reserve, Napa Valley. This wine is produced by Jonathan Maltus of Chateau Teyssier and Le Dome background using fruit sourced from a Beckstoffer vineyard. It is flavorful and generous in mouthfeel yet does not push the richness too far. I found it drank great over two nights. Andy, over at MacArthur Beverages, pointed out a pair of Californian wines with a wee bit of age. I have already drunk two bottles of the NV Sean H. Thackery, Pleiades XVIII Old Vines. This is a hard to describe wine that blends red fruit, orange, tea, and floral components. The first bottle had a marked earthy component which I adored whereas the second bottle was more fruity and suggestive of its individual components. I suspect it is a good time to drink these up. Finally, the 1997 Judd’s Hill, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley opens after a short double-decanting. This is a tasty, dry and still somewhat structured wine with a flavorful balance of black fruit, wood box, and leather. You may drink it now or over the next several years. Fun stuff all around!
2014 World’s End, Rebel Rebel, Chardonnay Reserve, Napa Valley
Alcohol 14.5%. The nose sets you up for a Californian experience with rich white fruit and white nut aromas. In the mouth is an almost focused start of founded, somewhat dense, ripe white fruit followed by a subtle toast note. The generous mouthfeel is enlivened by some salivating acidity which goes all the way to the back of the throat. Drinking generously right now. ***(*) Now.
NV Sean H. Thackery, Pleiades XVIII Old Vines
Bottled December 2010. This is a blend of Sangiovese, Mourvedre, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and more! Alcohol 14.8%. The has an earthy hint at first. The flavors are mouth filling and supported by acidity from the very start. There is a sweet concentration of fruit with flavors of orange, wet tea, floral notes, and an underlying menthol freshness. ***(*) Now – 2020.
1997 Judd’s Hill, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Alcohol 13.5%. The nose is deep fruited with a slight menthol note. In the mouth are bright flavors of black fruit with watering acidity then a building volume of black fruit, stone, leather, and wood box. There is a long aftertaste. With air the black fruit continues to fill the mouth but the flavors become dry with a drying vein of structure developing throughout. Happily the wood box note becomes amplified. Tasty. ***(*) Now – 2023.