Napa Valley

My new PUPPY & Harris Estate Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

Introducing…. OLIVE!!! Yes, that’s right, we got a puppy and I wanted to introduce her to all of you!  Ok, she’s a not quite a puppy as the vet thinks she is roughly 1.5 – 2 years old but she’s just as adorable as a puppy. She is a rescue doggy all the way from Los Angeles, California. We have had her for a few weeks now and she is the most amazing dog ever. We are currently her foster parents through West Coast Cocker Rescue (WCCR) as we are awaiting eye surgery for her. Then we can finalize the adoption after that. Our little lady has really bad cataracts in both of her eyes. Poor thing! She bumps into stuff all the time :-( WCCR is going to be starting a fundraising campaign as her surgery to regain her sight is going to be $5000! I’ll keep you posted on that once everything has been organized!

So, now that introductions are out of the way, time for wine!!! 

The wine featured in this video is Harris Estate Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Treva’s Vineyard. This is labeled VSR, which stands for Very Special Reserve. The reason this vintage is so special is because it’s the very FIRST vintage this winery has ever had! The owners, Mike and Treva Harris bought the land back in 1997. It was an old run down private boys school and needed some major repairs. They fell in love with the old Victorian cottage that was on the property and thought it would be a suitable place for their grandkids. Being in Napa Valley and that they were surrounded by wineries, many people told them to plant grapes and make wine. Finally, they gave in and had the soil tested. Turns out that the soil on their land was exceptional and perfect for planting vines. So they did. They figured, at the very least, they could just sell the grapes to wineries. Paul Hobbs’, a famous wine maker from Napa Valley helped them determine which grapes to plant and Mike Black planted them for the Harris’. In 2001, Paul Hobbs’ bought their first harvest of grapes they turned out so well. So, they took this as a good sign and in 2002, they decided to produce their own wine. This bottle I’m sharing with you today, is one of them! There were only about 250 cases produced from that vintage, so it was a very small amount and I feel very privileged to be able to enjoy a bottle. Now Harris Estate Vineyards produce around 1000 cases a year. So they are still quite a small/boutique winery.

Being that this wine is from 2002, the color of it is more of a rusty/orange/burnt red hue to it rather than a bright cherry red. This is a good way of telling the age of wine (so keep this tidbit of information in your back pocket next time you’re trying to impress your date!). This wine is absolutely decadent! It’s got full ripe prunes and raisin qualities and the fruit just lingers on the palate. Robert Parker actually scored this bottle of wine a whopping 94 points and said it was stunning. I would have to agree with him. It is an amazing bottle of wine. And quite impressive that this is their first vintage! I really want to try more of their wines! 

Thanks so much for watching this video and please let know what you think of it! I’m always welcoming feedback so I can improve and make my videos better and better. Please follow my twitter and instagram too! I’m super into instagram these days as I really love photography. There you can really keep up to date with what’s going on in my life and Olive’s life too – yes there are a bunch of cute puppy pictures there!

 

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Waka Waka WINE ft. Pride Mountain Vineyards 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ok, so things are starting to get a little silly over here and I’m ok with that! Hopefully you are too and are enjoying the new format of my videos :-) They are a ton of fun to make….as you can see.

The wine featured in this video is the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pride Mountain Vineyards. This wine is from Calilfornia’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County. This is because the winery actually sits on both counties with the dividing line running through their vineyards. I think that’s pretty cool and worth noting. This particular bottle is 83% Cab Sauv from Napa and 17% Cab Sauv from Sonoma.

I was able to get this bottle of wine because it’s one of the 17 bottles that the wine collector sent to my office. So this is the 2nd wine featured out of the 17. I have to say, it’s soo sooo soooooo FABULOUS! We absolutely LOVED this wine!

Watch my video for all my thoughts, tasting notes, short story and silly crazy antics!

Please follow my new instagram at WineWithMeDotCa as I have started doing #15sTastings on the fly when I’m out and about in the town. As well, you may just see me goofing off…because for some reason, I think it’s a good idea to film that and share that with you all too (I’m a nut, Yes, I know).

Hope you enjoy!

xx.h

~May the beauty you love be what you do~

Diary Entry #34 - Blankiet Estate 2002 Merlot with a side of SNOB

Dear Diary,

Today is Wednesday May 29th and I’m happy to be back sharing some actual WINE with you in this video since my last wine video did not have any wine in it.

I have recently have been lucky enough to acquired quite a nice selection of 17 fabulous bottles from a wine local collector and I’m going to start sharing them with you in my vlogs.

 

So today’s wine is going to be the first of the 17 that I will share with you. The wine today is the 2002 Blankiet Merlot. Now as you know if you have watch some of my previous videos, I really enjoy sharing the stories behind the label. I do some research prior to filming as well as I have recently started to reach out to the wineries to see if there is anything specific about their history or story that they would like me to share.

I emailed Blankiet Estates last week and to be honest, I am super disappointed in their responses back to me. They merely responded with attached tasting notes from Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer. I asked again if there were anything special or unique about their story they would like to share, in which they responded with the name of the wine maker and the name of guy who planted the vineyards and that I should visit their website for more info about the property. They didn’t really seem interested in helping to share their story or what made their wine unique and special. I did go to their website prior to emailing them, and there really isn’t much there which is one of the reasons I contacted them directly in the first place…so all in all, the information I received from both the winery and the website was uninformative for the type of information I was looking for. I also googled the winemaker and I’m pretty sure they don’t want me talking about negative press she has received despite Wine Spectator calling her ‘America’s Greatest winemaker’ so I best not talk about how she and her husband were sued back in 2006….I’m not here to slag on her or the winery, but I really was hoping to share some inspiring stories about this wine and I’m sorry but that’s just not going to happen the way I would like.

With that said, I guess I better taste the wine and see if it’s as fabulously snobby as the winery comes across…lol…

The color of the wine is a deep brownish garnet. Often as wine age, they do get a bit of a brownish hue to them.

On the nose, I get spices, dark plum there are also some earthy/leatherny notes that I’m getting.

On the palate, it’s full bodied and quite concentrated in it’s flavours. I feel like this could have aged even another 10 years and it would still be good. I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth the cost of the bottle though. I think this is at least over the $100 mark. This wine definitely needs some food. I find the acids a bit off balance on it’s own.

So I wanted to mention that I will be attending the Wine Bloggers Conference that is being held at the beginning of June. So this will actually be my last video until after that event. I will be filming at the event so likely I’ll be posting some video footage of that to share with everyone.

I’m really excited about it as I’ve signed up for the Kelowna pre-excursion and then the actual conference is in Pentiction and we’ll be visiting a number of wineries in the Okanagan. So stay tuned for that! 

As per usual, may the beauty you love be what you do.

 

Thanks for watching! 

xo.h