Happy New Year to everyone, hope you all had as nice a holiday season as me.  I pretty much took the period from Thanksgiving to New Years as a little holiday from blogging too.  Too much goin on ya know.

In keeping with my resolution to enjoy every day and not wait for that special occasion to enjoy that special wine I  now share with you Pina Cabernet D’Adamo.  My personal favorite cab., and my thoughts as to what the others strive to be.

Pina winery sits on the Silverado trail just out of Rutherford, who could ask for a better pedigree.  The winery is owned and operated by four brothers. The family history in Napa goes back generations.  A leading and very well respected family in many different aspects of wine making and vineyard management.

Anna Monticelli is the wine maker.  And what a pedigree she carries.  Degrees in viticulture and enology, honing her craft in Bordeaux and studying under some of the best known names in wine.  She is also married to Mario, the winemaker at Trinchero.  Oh to be a fly on the wall when they are  enjoying a glass.

Now to the wine.  The nose exudes fresh ripe fruit; cherry, strawberry, a touch of leather and earthiness.  Just to give it that added something. The wine fills the glass with a color reminiscent of ravens wings flapping in the night.

And oh the joy that permeates my body as I partake of this treasure.  My mouth wants to explode, so many flavors going on- how can I define them, will have to take another sip.  That rich dark fruit, abundant in this wine.  Cherry, currant, hints of ripe blueberry.  The flavors erupt in my mouth and send shivers through my body.  A hint of oak adds more depth and structure and more flavor.  The soft, silky, velvet tannins  linger in the mouth just long enough, I absently take another sip.  The satisfaction of enjoying perfection.  Such depth, such structure, such…perfection.  Baccus never had it so good.  Thank You Pina.



The Del Bondio-Poncia family has been growing grapes in Napa for over 100 years.  Their vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford, now farmed by brothers Rich Poncia and Jim Del Bondio, have been producing high quality juice for  fellow wineries for as long. Now producing wine for themselves in a certified organic environment the whole family plays a role in the success of these beautiful rich wines.

Tonight I am tasting the A Meta, a blend of 50% cabernet and 50% syrah.  The wine is the color of garnet. Aromas of ripe black cherry, you know that aroma you get when you first open a jar of cherry jam.  An almost sweet smell , a floral and fruit bouquet.

As I pour the liquid into my mouth my taste buds erupt.  Oh WOW there is so much happening. First the fruit hits you square.  That unbelievable flavor, a rich cherry, plum mix that coats and soothes.  Next you notice the soft notes of coffee and chocolate, oh yes you do, followed with a very slight hint of tobacco.  Pepper and spice linger well after you have swallowed.  Firm tannins finish off.  Unbelievable.  An amazing complex wine.



As you see I paired this with a piece of chocolate cake,  I wish you could taste this now, my mouth is watering

These wines sat in my cellar for months.  I saw them every week when I was planning and studying, but they sat there. I did not have any notion about the wine or any desire to pull it down and try it.  I had two bottles a Merlot and a Cabernet. I had been asked to try them and give my opinion. 
Well slap me down.  What had I been thinking.  These wines were gorgeous.  A result of detailed wine making showing forth the passion apparent here.
Joseph Carr is the founder and vintner. Aaron Pott the winemaker.  Carr has had a long history in various positions in the industry culminating in the Joseph Carr winery.  Pott, a former winemaker of the year, puts all of his knowledge and experience into this venture.
The Napa Cabernet a 2011, not the most noted year, but in this case ooh la la.  Taking out the cork was delightful.  The bounty that plumed forward was extraordinary.  Deep cherry, violet, rose. Wow.
My mouth was watering even before the dark rich liquid touched my tongue.  Every centimeter of my mouth was quivering with delight as the flavors bombarded my senses. Again the rich ripe fruits, hints of spice, wood and smoke.  Soft elegant tannins that tantalize and stroke the desire for more.
A few nights later I indulged myself with the Merlot.  Needless to say I was not disappointed.   Now I must also admit that I am a big merlot fan and this one made me want to grab some pom poms and do a cheer.  A bouquet of complex aromas, berries and floral scents astound the nose.  The velvet touch that coated my mouth was comforting, like sitting in the most comfortable chair and relaxing.  A peace and calm overtook me and all I could think was how good and enjoyable this is.  So  much flavor, fruit forward and rich. Soft smooth and silky finish.  Just a pleasure.  
Both wines are complex and very well balanced that remind me of some of the best Bordeaux made.  So


Cabernet and chocolate covered chips. Yummy