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Premiere Napa Valley - The Best of the Best

April 3, 2015

We have been talking about visits, wineries and events. Now we are going to just cut to the chase…what was best!

The following is a list of the wines that we found to be the best over the 6 days of PNV. We ranked our wines using 3 stars for good, very good and great (there were 0 and negative stars, but we will be polite and leave them alone). I have only included the very good and great. Some we carry, some are not yet released, some we will never see (but we thought you would like to know about them anyway) and some are old vintages. Wines are listed in order of tasting; bold were the show-stoppers. Enjoy.

Darioush Viognier 2013 **

Progeny Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder Reserve 2012 *** (2016 release)

Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras 2010 **

The Hess Collection Chardonnay Mt Veeder 2012 ** (coming, best Chardonnay tasted)

Gaurachi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 **

Melka CJ 2012 **

Flora Springs Rennie Reserve 2012 **

Sequum Zinfanfel Kidd Ranch 2012 ** (maybe the best Zin I have tried in years)

Revolver Cabernet Franc Premier Barrique 2012 ***

Revolver Vine/Vein 2013 **

Sassicaia 1998 **

Pride Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007 **

Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1995 ***

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1997 ***

Semper Ulyssus (by Tuck Beckstoffer) 2012 **

Tuck Beckstoffer Grenache 2012 **

Bevan Sugarloaf Red 2013 (2012 was a RP100 wine) **

Barbour 2012 **

Prisoner Wine Co. Blindfold 2013 **

Prisoner Wine Co. Cuttings 2012 **

Quintessa 2011 **

Shafer Hillside Select 2005 ***

Opus One 2011 **

Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011 **

Tor Kenward Tierra Roja 2012**

Lail Sauvignon Blanc 2012 **

Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ***

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 1994 **

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 1993 **

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon SLV 2005 **

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011**

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap 2011 **

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon Rockfall 2010 **

Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn 2012 **

Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2013**

Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Klopp 2012 **

Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Coopersmith 2012**



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