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This is a small winery near the top of Pride Mountain on the Napa/Sonoma county border. They only produce about 5,000 cases of wine a year and specialize in Merlot and Cabernet. The views from their deck overlooking the Napa Valley are pretty spectacular.

2006 Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay
Light gold, straw colored with hints of green. A very tight, difficult to smell nose. Not too buttery, nice acid, plenty of oak. Kind of a creamy texture to it. The end of the finish has a slight woodiness, but I kind of like it. A medium long finish. A very restrained California Chardonnay. $32

2006 Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay
Grapes from the same vineyard in Sonoma that Radio-Cateau uses for their Pinot Noir. Very light colored, again a touch of green. Bit of green apple on the nose - crisp. Nice round flavors, some noticeable glycerin. Apple flavors predominate. Nice long sustained finish. You can taste this wine with your entire mouth. Good stuff. $40

2006 Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Pinky colored. Nose has some cotton candy, strawberry aromas. Light tasting, pleasant and easy drinking but not a lot of depth. Starts out with berry flavors, moves a bit towards dark cherries. Finish is kind of long but not complex or layered. Nice, but not great, I'd rather have the Radio-Cateau version of this wine. Seems over priced. $52

2006 Tina Marie Russian River Pinot Noir
Purplish pink color. Tight aromas, hard to get a nose. Shows more backbone than the Savoy. Classic California Pinot with blackberry and raspberry flavors predominating. Finish is a bit short. A very pleasant wine. $40

2005 Spring Mountain Merlot
Blackberry colored. Beautifully balanced, but still definitely a merlot. Finish is nice and long but not layered. No grassiness, no harsh tannins, easy to drink now. $45

2004 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark bing cherry color. Cherry aromas, little bit of green pepper, but very very small; I enjoyed the aroma. Tastes very well integrated and balanced with lots of plum and a touch of black pepper. Nice long finish, with a bit of layering. Soft tannins, very easy drinking. $65

2005 Rattlesnake Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark, almost opaque purple with hints of blue. Dusty blackberry and cassis aromas. Beautiful taste, some mocha, nice acid. Fruit first, very subdued oak, finely integrated. Tastes very fresh without any green flavors or harsh tannins. A nice wine. $120

2005 Cyrus-Ryan Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes from the Napa valley floor. Blackberry color, touch of cloudiness. Some blackberry hints on nose. More intense than the Rattlesnake hill. Reminds me a lot of good Napa Valley Cabs like Stags Leap or Frog's Leap. More tannins than the other Cabs, but not harsh in any way, nicely balanced. Has a beautiful long finish that moves from the back of the pallette to the front.

Posted by Bruce on September 30, 2007 10:22 AM

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