2003 Opus One Napa Valley - A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc and malbec, this is an age-worthy gem for any serious collector's cellar. Launched in 1984 with the dual release of the 1979 and 1980 vintages, this joint venture between Robert Mondavi and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild, is one of the best Napa wine.
Napa Valley Wine Train: This is as much a three-hour rolling culinary adventure as a train trip. Eat in a beautifully restored Pullman dining lounge; ride past wineries and vineyards that roll to the edge of forested mountains. Enjoy a meal, or relax in the wine-tasting car and sample any of 40 local vintages.
Noted for its crisp apple aromas, and white peach/apricot flavors with subtle mineral notes, I found this wine to also have a layer of citrus, making it a medium-sweet wine. Pairs nicely with fresh fruit, mild cheeses, and chicken. From the Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyard of Columbia Valley, Washington State.
The 2010 growing season was the definition of “cool climate” in an appellation known for its warmth, creating near-perfect conditions for thick-skinned grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A quintessential Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 is defined by approachability and elegance. The palate is inviting and silky, with a vivid core of cassis fruit that defines every sip, balanced by a backbone of acidity and a smooth tannin structure.
This 94 point estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon evolves in the glass with alluring aromas of black cherry, plum, and chocolate covered strawberries. Backed by hints of warm and toasty oak, vanilla, and walnut, this wine's palate is soft and inviting as the true complexity of the wine is revealed. It is medium bodied and well-structured, with balanced tannins and a touch of refreshing acidity. Flavors of mocha and chocolate covered cherries are apparent throughout the long and smooth finish.