Part 2: ‘Cobra Kai’ Creators & All-Valley Wine Tournament
Wines of the Night
Round 1: Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
This appellation blend is plummy on the nose, with additional aromas of wet campfire, elegant violets and turned earth. There is great energy on the palate, with flavors of tart pomegranate and snappy raspberry, as well as layers of peppercorn, dried marjoram and thyme.
Light cranberry aromas meet turned loam, cinnamon and porcini mushroom-like umami touches in this bottling from a famed vineyard in the region. The mouthfeel is full and broad, but it's also lively with tart cranberry and raspberry fruit, earthy spice and a touch of raw beef rusticity.
Round 2: Paso Robles Cabernet Blends
Deep purple ruby core, slightly lighter at the rim showing slight staining on the glass. Aromatic with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, attractive oak and complex cigar box notes with cocoa and a subtle purple floral note. Dry, moderate plus bodied, with ripe blackcurrant, black cherry and a touch of red fruit brightness on the entry. Balanced oak, vanilla spice and brioche notes mixed with classic savory cabernet varietal cues mingle on the mid-palate. The finish is moderately long and fresh with sustained rounded fruit and lingering baking spice balanced nicely by firm, smooth tannins.
2016 RN Estate Cuvee des Trois Cepages ($59)
Exceptionally appealing. Feels smooth, dry and polished, with supple flavors of blackberries, black currants, violets, herbs and smoky cedar. Really elegant and classy, and improves in the glass. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Round 3: Napa Valley Merlot
Combining lovely structure and alluring appeal, this is a classic expression of Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Intense aromas of ripe cherry, plum and black fig rise from the glass, underscored by hints of leather and cedar. On the palate, it is lush and supple, with bright acidity and velvety tannins supporting layers of raspberry and black cherry, as well as hints of coffee and chocolate that carry through on the long finish.
2013 Coho Michael Black Vineyard ($55)
A merlot showing aromas of plumbs, dried fruits and dark chocolate. This is dense with round, supple tannins and a slightly jammy finish. Drink now.