Taste Napa Valley: A Celebration of Excellence

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On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Napa Valley Vinters hosted Taste Napa Valley: A Celebration of Excellence at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.  The Napa Valley region of California is known for some of the world’s finest wines.

It was a treat to see one of my favourite wineries that I discovered at the recent Profile Wine Group portfolio tasting, Somerston Wine Co., at this event.  I tasted both the Somerston Wine Estates and the Priest Ranch red wine offerings again and they lived up to my favorable memory.  The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 which sells for $198.95 is just outstanding.  The wines are available through private order at Profile Wine Group.

Another great winery discovery was Cain Vineyard & Winery, as in addition to the amazing wines, the representatives were very excited to share information and provided me with extra documents including how their Cain Five Red Blend ($160) was named Top 5 California Cabernets of the 2013 vintage by Decanter.com

PO=Private Order, CS=Consignment

BEST NAPA VALLEY REDS: 

Barnett Vineyards; Agent: Lifford Wine & Spirits 

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Spring Mountain ($122.99, CS)
  • Rattlesnake, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 ($259, PO)

Cain Vineyard & Winery; Agent Rogers & Co.

  • Red Blend, Cain Five, 2013 ($160)
  • Cain Concept – The Benchland, 2008 ($131)

Hall, Agent: Noble Estates

  • Hall, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 ($79.95)
  • Kathryn Hall, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 ($284)

O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, Agent: Rogers & Co

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 ($147)

Signorello Estate, Agent: Portfolio Wine Group

  • Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 ($170, PO)
  • Fuse, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 ($85, PO)

Somerston Wine Estates, Agent: Portfolio Wine Group

  • Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 (PO $199.95)
  • Deerhound, Cabernet Franc, 2013
  • Stornoway, Red Blend, 2013 (PO $149.95)
  • Priest Ranch Red Blend, Coach Gun, 2013 (PO $124.95)

BEST NOT REPRESENTED BY AN AGENT:

  • Somnium Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 ($185 USD)
  • Quixote Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 ($115)
  • Quixote Petite Sirah, 2012 ($75)

 

 

 

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