September 26, 2017
Sixteen by Twenty Cabernet Sauvignon

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Napa Valley producer with Paul Hobbs-consulting winemaker. The Sixteen by Twenty Cabernet grapes come from a handful of Hobbs’ favorite vineyards for his and his clients’ wines. Typical of 2014 Napa Cab, this is drinking great now. Get blue and black berry/cherry, tobacco, olive, cocoa and ripe plum smells and flavors. Cabernet’s natural dry herb and cassis character peaks through, which I like very much…some don’t. Sports uplifting acidity, fine tannins and a multi-faceted character.   About Black Cordon David and Karen Dunphy launched Black Cordon in the mid 2000s with their home “Black Cordon Vineyard” that looks over north […]
September 26, 2017
Sixteen by Twenty Chardonnay

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Sixteen by Twenty and Black Cordon, the winery’s highest end line, has been making world-class Cabernet and Chardonnay for ten years. Paul Hobbs has been their consulting winemaker from Day One. Here’s a top-notch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay with a little “Hobbs Magic” for a relative bargain. Get toasted brioche and oak from the barrel (the 40% new French oak will assimulate into the wine with time), ripe citrus, pears and peaches. This has an outstanding concentration of fruit and richness that comes from excellent grapes and skillful, thoughtful winemaking.   About Black Cordon David and Karen Dunphy launched Black Cordon […]