Light gold with medium intensity with tree fruit of golden apple bruised pear white peach floral with honeysuckle, citrus notes of juicy mandarine, chamomile tea, lemon curds, vanilla bean. On the palate dry, medium acid, medium + alcohol, medium + body medium intensity with tree fruits of apples, pears and peaches, orange tang, floral with white lilies & honeysuckle, wet stone smeared with vanilla bean, Texture oily, hits of lees., medium finish. The wine is good.
Pale garnet, medium + intensity of rose petals, red currants, raspberries, strawberries, fresh cherries, underbrush, peppercorns, green olives, vanilla, earth. On the palate dry, medium + acid, medium + alcohol, high fine-grain tannins, full body medium + intensity floral notes of dried roses fresh-cut herbs, strawberries, tart cranberries, cherries, olive brine, green peppercorns, white mushroom, fresh earth, dusty oak, sturdy texture, long polished finish. This wine is outstanding.
Medium lemon, slightly petillant medium intensity on the nose with citrus fruit of lemon, pink grapefruit, Tree fruits of red delicious apples braben pear, white peach, nutmeg, fig, lightly toasted vanilla bean, and yeasty bread. On the palate, dry high acid medium alcohol, medium body, and medium intensity. Delivers notes of lemon curd and juicy lemons, fresh apples and pears, fig and nutmeg peach pith, baking spice, the texture is a spicy and long finish. This an outstanding wine that distributes a balanced concentration of fruit aromas and flavors with brilliant acid.
Plale gold, intensity light on the nose citrus fruit of Lemons tart green and yellow apples, bruised pear orange zest, wet leaf perfumed with honey and orange blossoms, honeysuckle, young ginger. On the palate, its dry high acid, medium alcohol, light-body, light intensity, with flavors of zesty citrus lemon oranges tree fruits of fresh apples and ripe bartlett pear and quince, delicately floral with honeysuckle and lively texture medium finish. This a good simple wine.
Palle gold, medium+ intensity on the nose Ripe pear baked apple, yellow peach, lemon drops a hint of marzipan toasted almonds, smoke, sweet herbs. On the palate off-dry, medium- acid, medium+ acid, full-body, medium+ intensity with Ripe tree fruits of apples and pears, peach pie, salted roasted peanut shells, almond marzipan sun-baked stone, fat texture, long finish. This a good youthful wine, On the nose a touch of reduction.
Medium lemon, medium intensity on the nose bold citrus lemon, lime, mandarin orange, lime zest apricot, white peach, crushed oyster shells, white bread, green peppercorns, and water lilies. On the palate dry, high acid, medium alcohol, medium- body, medium intensity, lively texture, Juicy citrus lemon yogurt, orange zest, tree fruits white peach, apricot pit, wet salted rocks, mineral yeast, white sesame bread, chalk, long finish. This an outstanding wine.
Bringing Austria to Los Olivos
Solminer, meaning mining the sun is a certified biodynamic and organic winery founded in 2012 by owners/winemakers Anna and David Delask.1
“I always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, in moderation…. wine is good for you, mentally, physically, and spiritually” -Robert Gerald Mondavi
There’s no denying Robert Gerald Mondavi, the face of Napa Valley was an avant-garde charlatan. The Robert Mondavi Winery opened in 1966 after he was tossed out of the Charles Krug family business with no money. Initially, the winery was a showcase of the latest technology employed with luminary founders of Grgich and Stags Leap. The winery is located along highway 29 in Oakville, CA. What makes this location so special is what’s behind the winery, the Kalon Vineyard, or correctly To Kalon, meaning “place of highest beauty”. Planted in the 1870s the vineyard is home to some of the oldest vines in Napa Valley on bale clay loam. It was left abandoned in the wake of prohibition but it was then resurrected by Mondavi.