Alpha Omega Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 2012

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If you have read my posts on Alpha Omega, you will know that both Sandra and I are huge fans of the winery and the wine they produce.  The Cabernet Franc is a great example of their level of wine making.  Sandra is a big fan of Cabernet Franc’s and when Alpha Omega came out with theirs, we were there to sample it (and buy it).  I will admit here that I am biased, but this is a very good bottle of wine.  I will keep this short.

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Franc was light and had some spice and strawberry notes.  The nose was enjoyable.

Tasting phase:  The tasting phase had some spice notes, with a slight berry notes.  I will go as far as to say there was some tangy notes, to the tasting phase.

Finish:  The finish had spice and strawberry notes.  I found the wine pulls from the back of the tongue.  The finish had a quality to it that I have come to expect from Alpha Omega wines.

I can solve the riddle of if we have purchased more of this wine and we have.  We are headed to the winery this weekend  for a private tasting, with the Director of Sales.  He wants some input on the experience at the winery, for its customers.  By the way, the view from the tasting area is great in the winter months.  Mountains, fog, clouds, and cool weather equal a great tasting experience.

Trefethen 2012 Harmony Chardonnay

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This bottle of Trefethen 2012 Harmony Chardonnay was sourced at the winery, just before the big earth quake that devastated many Napa wineries.  We were very surprised when we arrived and found two of our favorite wine servers.  Adam from Alpha Omega and Angie from Charles Krug.  They both left their  mother ships and moved to Trefethen.  It was great to see them.

We were given a great tour through the gravity fed winery and they introduced us to their whole product line.  The winery looked great.  During the earth quake, the gravity fed winery was damaged.  It is a shame, it was a really good looking and historic building.

To the wine:  This bottle of 2012 Harmony Chardonnay is from the Oak Knoll district of Napa valley.  The grapes in this Chardonnay were sourced on the estate of Trefethen.

Nose:  The nose on this Chardonnay had very nice floral  and fruit notes.  The nose was medium in intensity and pleasant.

Tasting phase:  The tasting phase was pleasant and full of floral and green melon notes.  The tasting phase was distinctive and of quality.

Finish:  The finish was very mellow and falls away.  There was no warmth and pulls lightly from the middle of the tongue. The finish had some nice fruit notes that lingered.

Conclusion:  The name on the bottle of Chardonnay is Harmony.  This makes sense because this describes this wine very well.  Everything had a balance to it and I have purchased another bottle of this wine.

Jeff Runquist 2012 Cabernet Franc Amador County

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This bottle of Jeff Runquist 2012 Cabernet Franc, was sourced at a tasting room in Amador County.  This tasting trip was part an invite from a vendor, who is a friend of mine.  Friend first, vendor second.  I have never heard of Jeff Runquist, but I can tell you he is a talented guy.  I do not have very detailed notes on this wine, because the bottle was opened and drank rather quickly.  Sandra and I enjoyed it.

To the wine:

Nose:  The nose on this Cabernet Franc was full of berry and spice notes.  I would say the nose was medium in intensity.

Tasting Phase:  During the tasting phase, the wine gives you a medium heat with a strong spice note.  I found this to be very enjoyable and balanced.

Finish:  The finish was warm and full of spice notes.  I found the finish fades quickly and is a little light.  I found the finish to be of quality and the wine is distinct.

In the end, would I buy this wine again and the answer is yes.  I do not get to Amador county very often, so the next time I am up there, I will be stopping by the tasting room

Fawnridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

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This bottle of Fawnridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 was sourced at the Wines of Lincoln event.  This event turned old town Lincoln, California into a walking tour and we went from store to store, tasting the local wines.  It is a little strange that I am writing this review, as I have not been posting a lot, and drinking this wine again.  Sandra and I split another bottle of this wine tonight with some ribs.  It paired really well.  We visited the winery last week and picked up some more of this wine.

To the wine:

The nose:  The nose on this wine was very light, but it was present.  The nose had some sweet berry notes and a light spice.  All and all, the nose was nice.

Tasting Phase: During the tasting phase, there was a light spice and sweet berry taste,  Yes it is a Zin, but it was not a jammy and overly sweet Zin.

Finish:  The finish on this old vine zinfandel was light sweet and had a nice spice notes that fades quickly.  The finish is warm on the tongue.

Ok, since I already told you that I went to the winery, after having this wine to buy more.  The winery is in a no cell area in the middle of no where.  It is local to my home area and its 104 degrees out right now.  It is amazing that grapes grow with all this heat.