As it’s the Friday before a long weekend, I give you two wines from Napa Valley’s Patland Estate Vineyards to consider drinking if you’re housebound or bound to parts unknown:
08 Proprietary Red Wine
Terra Del Cuore
Bottle No. 1008 of 1560
Color – Opaque, purple, deep ruby edge.
Aroma –Mint, cigar, wood, pepper, dark mature fruit – but not a great deal of it on the nose.
Taste – Blackberry jam, full-fruit gives way to excellent balance, nice tannins.
Finish – Long finish. Pleasantly dry.
Conclusion – Very exuberant, I liked how it started one way with so much fruit and finished with deep tannins. Drink now to 2020.
89 Eve pts.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Bottle No. 363 of 600
Color – Clear, clean, almost colorless save an echo of gold on the edge when held over white paper.
Aroma – Green apple, lemon, honey, unsalted butter, anise.
Taste – Tangy, crisp, acidic but not through to finish, lemon-lime, nice viscosity.
Finish – Short to medium length.
Conclusion – Perfect on a 106 degree evening on my front porch.
88 Eve pts. Drink now.
(Disclosure: These samples were sent to me from the winery for review.)
At the time of purchase, Terra del Cuore had Merlot, Petit Syrah and Sangiovese grapes planted on the estate’s property.
In 2007, those were the grapes that went into the Proprietary Red wine. A unique ruby garnet blend, rich in aromas of red berries, clove, vanillin, cigar spice and nutmeg. The wine possesses an elegantly soft, satin-like approachable finish. This particular blend is exclusive to 2007 production only.
In 2008, upon returning from a trip to wine country in Argentina and Chile, and following the advice of Jay Buoncristiani, Patland Estate’s winemaker, the decision was made to convert the vines present on the property into Malbec. The climate, the location and the quality of the soil seemed ideal for a consistently great production of a rich Malbec blend.
For the PEV 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blends, highly desirable grapes from Stagecoach vineyards were purchased.
For Cabernet Sauvignon, Jay blended 95% of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with 5% of Malbec and created a dark, rich wine, deeply layered with aromas of black cherry, truffle, molasses, French oak, sage, vanilla and black pepper. The persistent yet balanced finish exhibits excellent depth, purity and elegance.
For the Syrah, he used 100% Syrah grapes and the wine emerged possesses the complex aromas of vibrant wild berries, toffee, maple, dark chocolate, white pepper and violets. Ripe dark berries, cedar spice and mocha continue to gush forth during the ultra fleshy velvet-textured long finish.