Family dinner features Napa and Columbia Valley Big Red Wine Flight
Erin brought pasta and Italian Beef and cupcakes and Linda took chocolate cake for a belated birthday tribute to Erin.
Ryan had open a Mondavi Reserve Napa Valley Tokalon Cabernet and a Columbia Valley Cab so I took from our cellar a Napa and Columbia Valley Cab to compare.
Robert Mondavi ToKalon Vineyard
Oakville Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The winemaker's notes for this bottle - ".... offers flavors of rich black berries and black plum, dried herb complexity, sweet oak spices, vanilla bean, and toasted almonds unfold in mesmerizing layers.
McGah Family Winery "Scarlet" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
I took this Napa Valley red from our cellar. I wrote about this producer in a blogspot about their 2013 vintage release of this label.
McGah family own and operate 64 acres of vineyards in the storied Rutherford appellation on the east side of the central valley near Silverado Trail. They sell fruit to other producers and also offer Scarlett Wines under their own, recently rebranded label, named after the producer/founder's daughter.
Awarded 92-94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 91 points from Jeb Dunnuck.
The Cellartracker community Average Value for this wine is listed at $122. I consider this a key source of valuing a wine as I see the Cellartracker community as savvy and astute wine consumers and buyers. This is typically a reliable benchmark price for a wine that I will reference when considering a wine purchase. This renders our Vin Chicago purchase price at under $70 a real bargain.
Parker's Wine Advocate wrote, "As for the 2015s, as you might expect from this high-quality
vintage in Northern California, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon McGah Family
Vineyard is a fruit bomb, and called it "in-your-face and rather flamboyant, dramatic
style, are all part of its appeal and personality."Jeb Dunnuck called it 'fruitcake'.
Amazing notes of sweet caramel candy predominate, dark garnet colored, medium-full bodied, the bright full forward concentrated blackcurrant and blackberry fruits are accented by a layer of delectable sweet vanilla, almond and sweet clove and oak notes turning to ripe tannins on the long finish.
RM 93 points.
Mark Ryan "Long Haul" Columbia Valley Red Wine 2015
He studied wine for years before producing his first vintage. He was working as a wine distributor during the day and a server/bartender at night when he developed his passion for wine. Reading about wine making and hanging out with winemakers back in the 90's, he bought a truckload of Washington fruit, paid for from proceeds of his first vintage release. His first labels were 'Dead Horse', named for the vineyard from which it came, and this 'Long Haul', named for the road he started walking with his venture.
8/25/2018 - I like this wine: 92 Points
Like many others in these pages, we tasted, and acquired this in the
Woodinville tasting room. This was dark garnet colored, medium bodied,
bright vibrant dark berry, accented by what some refer to as violet and
spiced plum, we detected notes of dark mocha, spice, hints of cassis and
cedar with firm but approachable tannins on the lingering finish.