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Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

Ben on Wine: Wine 101

By Bennet Bodenstein

Jan 10, 2020

3 hrs ago

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Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

I believe that I have found an interesting way to start off the New Year; Wine 101.

While winter is still upon us and we are more or less home-bound, this would be a good time to learn more about wine.

I have often written that one of the great joys of wine is trying wines that you may have never tried, never heard of or have tried one once that was below par and you were turned off by the variety.

To remedy this situation and expand your wine horizons, I would like to introduce you to the wines of Napa Cellars.

Napa Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26). Incredible is the least I can say about this wine. The wine was made from grapes grown in various parts of the Napa Valley, an area that produces the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in California. Some of the grapes came from the famed Rutherford Bench area whose grapes impart to the wine dusty, mineral element found nowhere else in the world. The wine displays a berry and black cherry aroma all wrapped in the haunting mineral sensation of the Rutherford Bench. As the aroma opens, one can detect vanilla, oak and spice. The flavor concentrates on black cherry, licorice, cocoa and oak. The tannins are restrained and modestly soft, but not too soft. The finish too is cherry-based with the signature Rutherford minerals still in evidence. This is a grand wine and truly a treat.

Napa Cellars 2017 Merlot ($25). This Merlot is a blend of grapes grown Carneros, Oak Knoll and Atlas Peak districts of the Napa Valley, so there is no specific area signature and a great improvement over the lackluster Merlots that have been in the marketplace for many years. The Aroma is dominated by ripe cherry and black plum with suggestions of herbs, chocolate and espresso. The flavor is mostly cherry with a hint of vanilla and oak. The finish, for a modern Merlot is rather long and very kaleidoscopic. If you have “been turned off” by the variety in the past, this offering from Napa Cellars will change all of that.

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