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Trinitas Cellars – 2007 Napa Valley White Meritage – Psalms
20% off plus shipping fees. $16 on Indie Winemakers only.

Accolades
87 Points “Tangy lemon-lime, spicy pear and quince notes are light and refreshing, with a mouthwatering juiciness. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now.” – Wine Spectator

About this wine
The 2007 Psalms is our first White Meritage offered on Indie Winemakers. The blend consists of 58% Sémillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc; 52% of the blend was barrel fermented in new Trust Hungarian oak. This extremely tight grained oak adds a spicy high note that lifts the green apple aromatics from the Sémillon and the tropical fruit of the Sauvignon Blanc. This is an age worthy white that has a rich round mid-palate and crisp finish.

Food and wine
Pair with Papaya, Mango and Avacado Salad. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.

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Trinitas Cellars – 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Only 240 cases produced!

20% off plus shipping fees. $40 on Indie Winemakers only.

About this wine

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is from the lower elevations of Howell Mountain and about 10% is from our Oakville vineyard. The soil is extremely rich which translates into the fruit-forward wines. The complex nose starts with light notes of toast and vanilla. As the wine opens, the aromatics evolve into dried cherries, cedar and a hint of green olive. The palate has an amazingly floral entry which explodes into black fruit on the mid-palate. The finish is elegant and lengthy.  This Napa Valley Cabernet spent 27 months in 60% New French Oak.

Food and wine

Pair with Osso Bucco. See our Recipe Tab for preparation instructions.

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The 2005 Vintage Cab was tasted on May 3, 2008 by a panel of 8 tasters in a blind tasting format and paired with Short Ribs with Tagliatelle.  To summarize our tasting notes:

What a stunning Cab. This wine lives up to the famous Heitz name. The outstanding fruit comes through the nose with dark berries, some cherry aromas and a bit of earth/dusty cedar. The palate has lots of layers with focused fruit and a luxurious, mid-palate feel. Great tannin and acid balance really shined with the food. Enjoyable now, but will mature nicely for up to 10 years.

You may read the full description at Indie Winemaker’s Website.

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The 2005 Vintage Cab was tasted on May 3, 2008 by a panel of 8 tasters in a blind tasting format and paired with Short Ribs with Tagliatelle.

Excellent Cab. Delicious fruit, blackberry, currants, nice balance, smooth, low on the tannins and acid but very enjoyable for the next several years.

To read more, go to Indie Winemaker’s Website.

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This 2003, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Ackerman Family Vineyards was tasted on March 22, 2008 by a panel of 5 tasters in a blind tasting format and paired with Barbequed Lamb Chops.

The results from this tasting were consistent with the intent of the winery. The wine was balanced and refined, more Bordeaux-like in structure, body and complexity. The fruit flavor comes through much like a Heitz or Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon does.

We noted a very slight earthy aroma on the nose. The flavor profile leaned to the earthy, dusty side with blackberries and dried lavender noted. The texture was so smooth we found ourselves using the word “creamy” a lot – the fruit is more focused and substantial without being overpowering.

The winery suggested we pair BBQ Lamb Chops with this Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was smooth and well rounded enough to enhance the rich taste of lamb chops. This food pairing works well in a formal dinner party setting.

To read more, go to Indie Winemaker’s Website.

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This 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Bourassa Vineyards was tasted on March 22, 2008 by a panel of 5 tasters in a blind tasting format and paired with Harmoniously Braised Short Ribs.

This wine was built for the cellar but can be enjoyed now. We noticed a bit of alcohol on the initial sniff out of the bottle. But, that rounded out to aromas of dark berries after a few minutes in the glass. There was a lot of sweet fruit in the mouth. Strawberry, raspberry and cherry jam was noted. On the mid-pallet, the wine felt rich, lush and smooth. We were all amazed at the amount of fresh fruit flavor that came from this wine. This wine spent almost 3 years in the barrels giving the fruit lots of time to blend and mellow.

The winery sent us their braised short-ribs recipe to pair with this Cab and their Harmony Bordeaux blend. This Cabernet Sauvignon was built for food. It’s a well-balanced wine with smooth tannins and enough acid to really enhance the short-ribs. You can’t go wrong with this pairing for a dinner party.

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This week, HotCosts is offering a Napa Valley artisan wine produced by Tofanelli Family Vineyards. This old vine (planted in 1929) Zinfandel vineyard has been managed by the Tofanelli’s for 3 generations. HotCosts has obtained a very small allocation for this weeks’ featured wine. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

The grapes are dry-farmed, pesticide-free and no trellis systems are used. Then, once in the fermentation tanks, only natural, wild yeast is used to extract the maximum amount of natural fruit flavor. The result of this hand-crafted effort is a powerfully built old vine zin. The initial taste is packed with pepper and rich black cherry fruit with some notes of cassis. We found the wine to have a good structure of acid and fruit tannin on the finish.

After 10 minutes in the glass we noticed a significant difference in the texture of the wine. We tasted the same pepper and dark berry flavors, but the wine took on a silkier, smoother texture in the mouth. We recommend an hour decanting period followed by short time in the glass to get the maximum taste and texture out of this wine. This wine can be cellared for 2-5 years.

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