Well! With all the changes recently, I haven’t had a minute to blog. Luckily, I went in early last week to help Juanita with the beer order and was rewarded with a morning tasting with none other than Dwayne Bayda and Mister Nick Goldschmidt.
Nick Goldschmidt has an incredible history of wine-making over the last couple of decades. He’s a fountain of knowledge with a keen sense of humour and an all around interesting guy. His passion is making single vineyard, single varietal wines with an eye to real stewardship of the land. He’s a real specialist and his specialty is Cabernet Sauvignon.
We tasted one blend only, the 2013 Alexander Valley Fidelity. Clear mid ruby hue with meaty, black currant fruit and juniper wood aromas. A juicy mouthful of expressive fruit. It’s heavy, silken drapery that sticks to your lips and stays on the palate. Just delicious.
We moved on to Yardstick 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet from Ruth’s Reach. It showed a pretty mid ruby, subtly garnet hue and offered clean, spicy fruit and a wisp of autumn air. Oh geez the attack is big fruit that creeps on the palate into GiANT fruit. omg. Just a fabulous expression of Cabernet.
Next came the Hilary Goldschmidt 2012 Charming Creek Cabernet. Mid to dark ruby it again offers a meaty fruit profile with a touch of hyacinth on the nose. The lush elegant fruit on the palate is a study in balance. Oh brother. Take me to school! Fabulous.
The Forefather’s 2013 Lone Tree Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet was a clear red plum shade. The nose was big caramel blackberries and cherries layered with spice and floral notes. The attack is tangy, velvet-sweet tannins with even more layers of spiced chocolate and coffee. Amazing. (here I drew three hearts.)
Finally came Goldschmidt Vineyards 2012 Game Ranch Cabernet. It was a magical color of reddish-purple with shiny clear edges. The nose was of rich dark fruit, plummy with bitter herb notes. The first impression on the palate is of rich fruit and stinging acidity that opens to seriously elegant tannins and sweet notes of Christmas pudding. No words (more hearts.)
It’s wonderful how every now and then a person can meet a real master. Someone with true passion and the ways and means of expressing that passion, honing their skill over time with a product that is equal parts science and art.
Look for these wines at your favorite wine store.