2015 BLIND TASTING NAPA VALLEY PROPRIETARY RED
Tasting Notes From Master Sommelier: “Alluring aromas of ripe blackberries, red plums, sweet floral notes and a touch of vanilla spice seduce your nose. A compact core of perfectly balanced cherry preserves, muddled blueberries, wild blackberries and a touch of black pepper unfurl and expand across your palate. Opulent without being inky, the supple fruit tannins combine with a very long finish to simply make you smile. Drink right now, or you can hold until 2025.” Kevin M. Vogt 94 Points
Ed’s Notes: What is a Blind Tasting? We often taste wines “blind” in Napa to test our palate, and expand upon terroir comprehension. If we taste a wine blind, it helps us to understand the wine or varietal without knowing much more about the Label or Producer or Winery… it allows a fairness of quantitative perspective. We simply place a solid, brown bag among a group of wines, and then label them #1, #2, #3, etc. After we taste in silence, we then compare notes and evaluations, and then finally reveal the Wines that were bagged… it’s quite fun, and I highly recommend entertaining with a Blind Tasting Party. Invite your guests to enjoy wines “blind” not knowing what each wine is, and then write down your favorites… I personally love blind tasting Vertical Vintages (for example: 2013,2014, 2015) of the same wine from a Single Producer. It’s a lot more fun when it’s not silent, however if you really want to understand a wine, try blind tasting in a completely dark room, no sounds, and close your eyes for a second and Visualize… harmonize your world-class palate into tasting sensations… you may be surprised what you discover!
Ed’s Tasting Notes: “With fruit sourced from Howell Mountain and Spring Mountain, this is a shocking value. The 2015 Blind Tasting rendering of a Napa Valley blend is within that same Tasting Palate Perspective of Scouts Honor and Prisoner… in fact, it’s a very similar blend, but I believe with much better fruit. In my humble opinion, this wine hands-down beats any vintage of Scout’s Honor, and any bottle of Prisoner… How about we Blind Taste them all together? Same style, but bigger, better, smoother, and not too sweet… a perfect balance of lush fruit with a smooth finish. This wine will only get better in a year or two, and most likely start peaking in 2024. Enjoy now and within the next 3-4 years…if you can wait that long. I’m drinking right now, actually tonight with BBQ Ribs, and it’s sensational!” Ed Stephanick 96+ Points