24 Apr Sheridan & Neal Family Tasting Wed. 4/25
Washington vs. Napa
“Big & Bold Reds” Tasting
Wednesday, April 25
5 to 7pm
In our Event Space
We’re excited to welcome our very good friend and partner in crime “Big John” back for a sampling of Washington’s BEST! Additionally, we’re hosting Mark Neal, owner of Neal Family Vineyards in Napa Valley. Neal is producing stunning wines from Napa Valley’s best mountain sites. This will be an amazing opportunity for you to meet the folks behind some of the USA’s best reds!
Washington Table with “Big John” Caudill of Sheridan Vineyard
2015 Sheridan Vineyard Chardonnay “Crossfork Creek,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $15.99
Deep golden color with knockout aromas of fresh peach and yellow apples complicated by hints of tart mangos, honey and barrel spices. The nose is very expressive and complex. The mouth is deceptively dry and even hints at minerals on the palate. Rich and silky without being overly so and finishing with ripe citrus fruits, pear and minerals. This is excellent Chardonnay!
2015 Sheridan Vineyard Merlot “Crossfork Creek,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $17.99
A big, sexy Merlot that’s loaded with notions of cassis, saddle leather, cedary spice and toasty oak, the 2015 Merlot from Scott Greer is medium to full-bodied, ripe, rounded and savory on the palate, with fine tannin showing on the finish. Drink this St. Emilion look-alike over the coming 4-6 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Sheridan Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $23.99
The base 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is another deep purple/ruby colored red from Scott that has considerable elegance in its creme de cassis, lead pencil, toasted bread and black raspberry scented bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, silky and polished on the palate, with terrific purity, it’s another gem to drink over the coming decade.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Sheridan Vineyards Cabernet Franc “Boss Block,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $42.99
Always from 100% Cabernet Franc, from a single block in the Sheridan Vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Boss Block offers a rich, savory style in its black and red currant fruits, dried underbrush, cedar pencil and graphite aromatics. This flow to a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, ripe wine that has a beautiful core of sweet fruit, ripe, polished tannin, and a great finish. It needs 3-4 years of bottle age to develop more complexity but is a beautifully balanced wine well worth seeking out.
94 points, The Wine Advocate
2015 Sheridan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “L’Orage,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $42.99
The Cabernet Sauvignon dominated (there’s a small amount of Cabernet Franc) 2015 L’Orage is another brilliant wine from this estate. Dried red currants, cedarwood, incense and lead pencil notes all flow to a ripe, sexy, medium to full-bodied Cabernet that has sweet tannin, impeccable balance, and a great finish. Drink this pleasure-bent beauty anytime over the coming decade.
94 points, The Wine Advocate
Napa Valley Table with Mark Neal of Neal Family Vineyards
2017 Neal Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley AVA
On Sale $18.99
100% organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc from Howell Mountain and Rutherford done in stainless steel. Pure Sauvignon Blanc fruit on the nose! Lemongrass, starfruit, and loads of exotic lime zest. In the mouth there is also a stone fruit and pear quality bolstered by a stony, floral character. The acidity creates a vibrant and balanced by a creamy texture from the ‘sur lies’ aging.
2014 Neal Family Vineyards Zinfandel “Rutherford Dust,” Rutherford AVA
On Sale $22.99
This Zin is made of organically grown grapes from a single vineyard, with a dollop of Petite Sirah for structure. It’s a delicious, spicy Zinfandel full of dark fruit. Aged in large Hungarian oak barrels, you get a mix of berries, baking spices, sandalwood, cedar, and licorice on the nose. Dark cherry, blackberry jam, pepper, and black tea come through on the palate, with ripe tannin and bright acidity that leads to a long finish. This is a great example of what Zinfandel tastes like when grown in an exceptional vineyard site. Awesome stuff.
2011 Neal Family Vineyards Zinfandel “Rutherford Dust,” Rutherford AVA
On Sale $32.99
This wine is intensely aromatic, with notes of violets, blueberry, orange blossoms, baking spices, vanilla, and caramel, along with a soft touch of oak toast. On the palate, it’s inky and highly extracted, with clear flavors of blue and black fruits and a very powerful mouthfeel. The lingering tannin and oak contribution enhance the thick, rich finish. This is a sexy beast! A great example of one of the boldest varieties grown in Napa Valley.
2013 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley AVA
On Sale $49.99
100% organically farmed Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain and Rutherford in 51% new french oak. 2013 was a warm and ripe vintage. This fine example has aromas of cocoa, cassis, and dark cherry plus notes of dark spices, subtle earth, and cedar from new barrels. Elegant, concentrated tannin delivers a complex mouthful of flavors. The cherry and a unique blue fruit qualities are complemented by dark chocolate and a classic mountain fruit texture.
2009 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley AVA
On Sale $54.99
The 2009 vintage was one of the more evenly balanced growing years in recent history, with gradual, even ripening. The 2009 has 86% of the grapes come from Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, and Mt. Veeder vineyards, the balance coming from the valley floor in Rutherford. This is the highest percentage of mountain fruit ever used by Neal Family! The result is a dark, brooding wine, highly aromatic and intense. This is a Cab that shows the rare and complex mountain terroir of Napa. Aromas of dark spices, black cherry, mocha, and tobacco leaf lead to a palate of ripe blackberry, cherry, plum, and espresso all framed by earthy, silky tannin.