Thursday, HG Money dropped in with my brother Steve Patton from Trinchero to show off a few new things to M. and I:

Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012.  Grade=Outstanding.  This new entry into New Zealand shows a bit more rich citrus fruit – more passionfruit, less grapefruit – than most NZ SBs.  Guava, gooseberry and a touch of tomato vine as well.

Napa Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  The butterbomb is not entirely dead, as Napa Cellars struts out this rich and creamy Chardonnay, loaded with baked apple pie, creamy vanilla and toasty oak.

Folie a Deux Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  Very pretty, much more elegant than the Napa Cellars, with elements of pear tart, tangerine, roasted corn and caramel.  Full-bodied, sophisticated white.

Folie a Deux Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Medium-bodied with supple tannins, creamy black cherry, mulberry and dark plum fruit aromas and flavors, crushed violets, black truffle and dusty earth.

Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010.  Grade=Outstanding.  Full-bodied with big, juicy dark fruits, cedar smoke, graphite, mint and black pepper.

Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon Haystack 2009.  Grade=Amazing.  This is one incredible Napa Cab, dense and concentrated with bold tannins, thick characters of blackberry, black cherry and black currant fruits, gravel, charcoal, tobacco, espresso and chocolate.  Has tremendous potential.

Joel Gott Alakai Red California 2010.  Grade=Very Good.  This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah is juicy and giving with its jammy red fruits, saffron, blueberry pie, root beer and white pepper notes.

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County 2009.  Grade=CORKED!

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port Amador County NV.  Grade=Outstanding.  Chocolates and boysenberry leapt forth from the glass, with touches of graham cracker, espresso bean, vanilla and blueberry compote.

Terra d’Oro Moscato California 2011.  Grade=Very Good.  Floral and pretty, this is what I remember Moscato being like before it became trendy.  Orange blossom, apricot and white peach skin.  Finishes well-balanced and clean.

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