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Mary Weber Novak, osnivačica Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, umrla je u 84

Mary Weber Novak, osnivačica Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, umrla je u 84

Dolina Napa gubi jednog od svojih velikana

Novak se zalagao za žene u vinskoj industriji, bio je sastavni dio vinske zajednice u dolini Napa i pomagao je pionirima organskog vinogradarstva.

Mary Weber Novak, osnivačica kompanije Napa Valley's Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, preminuo je u nedjelju "nakon kratke borbe s rakom", Savjetnik za industriju vina prijavljeno.

"Svojim napornim radom, uvidom i upornošću, Mary je tiho pomogla u uspostavljanju Spottswoodea kao jedne od velikih porodičnih vinarija u dolini i prvog posjeda kalibra rasta", navodi se u članku.

Novak je bio sastavni dio Napa Valley zajednice i rečeno je da utjelovljuje „duh, milost i viziju koji su pomogli u izgradnji doline Napa“. Bila je jedna od prvih žena koja je vodila veliko vinogradarsko imanje u dolini Napa, pomogla u uvođenju organskog vinogradarstva i zalagala se za žene u vinskoj industriji ne samo za vlastiti primjer uspješne vlasnice vinarije, već i za dovođenje dvije svoje kćeri raditi s njom.

"Imala sam čast raditi zajedno sa svojom mamom 29 godina pomažući joj da izgradi Spottswoode u nevjerovatnom vinogradu i vinariji koja je danas", rekla je Novakova kći, Beth Novak Milliken. “Imala je ogromnu unutrašnju snagu, nevjerovatan duh i ljubav prema životu, i san koji će Spottswoode nastaviti kroz generacije. Ovo je postalo dio mene i moje porodice i zajedno prihvaćamo nošenje njenog naslijeđa nastavljajući njegovati ovo divno imanje, čiji smo dio sreće. Čast nam je što možemo nastaviti s poslom koji su ona i naš tata započeli kad smo se doselili ovdje 1972. godine.


Spottswoode - i njihove odlične kabine iz 2011. godine

29. septembra 2016 Ponovno objavljujemo ovaj dvogodišnji članak o proizvođaču vina iz doline Napa Spottswoode u znak sjećanja na njegovu osnivačicu Mary Weber Novak, koja je umrla u nedjelju u 84. godini života. reputaciju vinskog imanja koje je tada imalo samo pet godina.

Toliko smo zaokupljeni vinima ovog imanja u vlasništvu porodice Sveta Helena da smo im kroz godine posvetili ukupno četiri članka. I Cabernet Sauvignon iz Spottswoodea 2013. bio je jedno od najboljih vina u Elaineinom nedavnom pregledu Napa Cabsa iz jednog od pod-naziva Doline. Zahvaljujući britanskom uvozniku iz Spottswooda Domaine Direct-u, slučajno sam u ponedjeljak probao ovo vino i njegov stabilni kolega Lyndenhurst iz 2013. koji je sadržavao nešto otkupljenog voća i oboje su ga oduševili. Takođe sam izglasao 1990. Cabernet za svog favorita na nedavnom nedjeljnom ručku u Londonu posvećenom California Cabs. Ovdje možete pronaći moju zasebnu bilješku o degustaciji (a možete vidjeti i bilješke o mnogim drugim vinima koja se uživaju na tom ručku pretraživanjem naše baze podataka o degustacijama, označavanjem Samostalne kutije i odabirom 18. rujna za datum kušanja).

Mary je bila vrlo posebna osoba, bila je izuzetno dobrodošla u svom nezaboravnom viktorijanskom imanju i posebno je čvrsto stajala na frezi izuzetnog zanata. Svi će joj jako nedostajati, a posebno njene kćerke Beth Novak Milliken i Lindy Novak koje su ovdje prikazane. Ali sigurni smo da neće biti nikakvih problema u kvaliteti.

Elaine je napisala jučer Danas sam nakratko vidio Beth Novak Milliken. Ona tuguje, naravno, ali je i provjeravala kako stvari u vinariji idu. Očigledno je da je Marija za svaki praznik ukrašavala malo drvo na uglu vinograda preko puta vinarije, pa se drvo često ukrašavalo za svaku priliku. Tako je ove sedmice neko to ukrasio u njenu čast i stavio oznake i olovke na poklon kartice kako bi ljudi mogli pisati na njih i objesiti ih poput ukrasa na drvo. Ljudi su objesili karte i svakakve stvari na drvo u Marijinu čast.

23. septembra 2014 Ko kaže da su 2011. godine u dolini Napa razočaravajuće? Beth Novak Milliken iz Spottswooda predstavila je paletu porodičnih vina na Hedonism -u u Londonu prošlog juna, a oba kaberneta 2011. bili su odlični. (S lijeve strane se vidi s majkom Mary Weber Novak, koja je imanje vodila kao udovica s petero male djece od 1977. godine, i sestrom Lindy Novak, direktoricom marketinga, s desne strane.) Dao sam 17,5 manje glamuroznoj Lyndenhurst flaširanje i 18,5 za grand vin napravljen isključivo od voća uzgojenog na imanju nazvanog jednostavno Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Rastna sezona 2011. bila je izuzetno kišna u sjevernoj Kaliforniji. Uzgajivači jedva da su znali šta ih je snašlo. Evo kako je to opisao Spottswoode: „Divno vlažno vrijeme zimi i u proljeće omogućilo je obilan rast u rano proljeće, a mi smo uživali u veličanstvenom vremenu do kraja maja, omogućavajući zdravo voće u vinogradu Spottswoode Estate. Potom smo početkom juna doživjeli neobičan kišni događaj [volim ovaj govor - JR], nakon čega su temperature tokom cijelog ljeta bile neobično hladne, s produženim periodima magle ujutro koji su se razvili u umjerena, lijepa popodneva. Neposredno prije žetve, majka priroda nam je zadala posljednju kišu, koja je odložila berbu. Vinograd je pokazao svoju otpornost i ubirali smo prekrasno voće bez većih komplikacija. '

Lyndenhurst se proizvodi, iako u malim količinama, već 10 godina. U početku je to bio proizvod mlađe vinove loze, ali se sada proizvodi od voća izričito odabranog za dobivanje vina sazrijevanja ranije od glavnog Spottswoode Caberneta (i uključuje oko 15 do 20% voća otkupljenog iz Oakvillea). Pretpostavljam da bi Lyndenhurst 2010 od sledeće godine lepo pio i već bi sa zadovoljstvom popio Lyndenhurst 2011.

Kao što možete vidjeti iz naša tri prethodna članka o Spottswoodeu, posebno zašto je Spottswoode drugačiji, obožavam ovog proizvođača posebno suptilnih vina s klupa zapadno od Svete Jelene. Organski se uzgajaju od 1985. godine i vinogradi su očito zdravi i u odličnoj ravnoteži. Mogu dobro zamisliti da tim nije bio previše zbunjen hirovitošću berbe 2011. budući da im samo snaga nije jača strana. Nije da u njihovim vinima ima bilo čega udaljenog. I, nažalost, nema ništa loše u njihovim cijenama, kao što možete vidjeti u nastavku. No, nažalost, tražena vina u dolini Napa rijetko su jeftina-baš kao i vrhunska vina u Bordeauxu. I sjetite se šta se dogodilo na obje degustacije presude u Parizu. (Usput, pogledajte moju zadnju bilješku o degustaciji na Chateau Montelena 1974., napravljenu nedugo nakon što je ranija berba tog vina trijumfirala na prvom degustaciji Francuska u Kaliforniji.)

Bilo je odlična poslastica probati 31-godišnjeg Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, koji je zasigurno bio zreo, ali nikako oronuo. Veliki smo obožavatelji starog kalifornijskog vina i redovno im dodajemo bilješke o degustaciji.

Sauvignon Blancs napravljeni su od mješavine voća kupljenog na velikom broju lokacija, uključujući vinograd Hyde u Carnerosu, vinovu lozu nekih starih talijanskih obitelji u Calistogi i vinograd Ferrina neposredno ispod Laurel Glena na planini Sonoma. Fermentirani u kombinaciji nehrđajućeg čelika, francuskog hrasta i modernih betonskih jaja, rezultiraju u ukupno manje od 4.000 slučajeva. Činili su se mnogo zategnutijima i mlađima od većine Sauvignon Blancova u dolini Napa, ali nisu baš imali klasu Araujoa.

Bilo je frustrirajuće teško pratiti kalifornijsku vinsku scenu iz Velike Britanije, gdje ozbiljno vino predstavlja mali dio količine vina uvezenog iz države. Hvala Bogu, ova se situacija mijenja i uskoro ću objaviti zbirku bilješki o degustaciji nekih uzbudljivih američkih vina koja su trenutno dostupna u Velikoj Britaniji - ne sva po visokim cijenama.

Trgovci u Velikoj Britaniji koji američko vino shvaćaju ozbiljnije od većine uključuju Roberson, Vineyard Cellars i The Winery. Pogledajte naš odjeljak Saznajte/Gdje kupiti za kontaktne podatke i pomaknite se dolje do mnogih prodavaca navedenih u Velikoj Britaniji. Sager + Wilde upravo su otvorili novi 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' u Bethnal Greenu u istočnom Londonu, s vrlo jakom kalifornijskom vinskom kartom - prikladno nazvanom Mission (koja je kasnije preimenovana u Sager + Wilde).

Vina su navedena po redoslijedu kušanja.


Spottswoode - i njihove odlične kabine iz 2011. godine

29. septembra 2016 Ponovno objavljujemo ovaj dvogodišnji članak o proizvođaču vina iz doline Napa Spottswoode u znak sjećanja na njegovu osnivačicu Mary Weber Novak, koja je umrla u nedjelju u 84. godini života. reputaciju vinskog imanja koje je tada imalo samo pet godina.

Toliko smo zaokupljeni vinima ovog imanja u vlasništvu porodice Sveta Helena da smo im kroz godine posvetili ukupno četiri članka. I Cabernet Sauvignon iz Spottswoodea 2013. bio je jedno od najboljih vina u Elaineinom nedavnom pregledu Napa Cabsa iz jednog od pod-naziva Doline. Zahvaljujući britanskom uvozniku iz Spottswooda Domaine Direct-u, slučajno sam u ponedjeljak probao ovo vino i njegov stabilizant iz Lyndenhursta iz 2013. koji je sadržavao nešto otkupljenog voća i oboje su ga oduševili. Takođe sam izglasao 1990. Cabernet za svog favorita na nedavnom nedjeljnom ručku u Londonu posvećenom California Cabs. Ovdje možete pronaći moju zasebnu bilješku o degustaciji (a možete vidjeti i bilješke o mnogim drugim vinima koja se uživaju na tom ručku pretraživanjem naše baze podataka o degustacijama, označavanjem Samostalne kutije i odabirom 18. septembra za datum kušanja).

Mary je bila vrlo posebna osoba, bila je izuzetno dobrodošla u svom nezaboravnom viktorijanskom imanju i posebno je čvrsto stajala na frezi izuzetnog zanata. Svi će joj jako nedostajati, a posebno njene kćerke Beth Novak Milliken i Lindy Novak koje su ovdje prikazane. Ali sigurni smo da neće biti nikakvih problema u kvaliteti.

Napisala je Elaine jučer Danas sam nakratko vidio Beth Novak Milliken. Ona tuguje, naravno, ali je i provjeravala kako stvari u vinariji idu. Očigledno je da je Marija za svaki praznik ukrašavala malo drvo na uglu vinograda preko puta vinarije, pa se drvo često ukrašavalo za svaku priliku. Stoga ga je ove sedmice neko ukrasio u njenu čast i stavio oznake i olovke na poklon kartice kako bi ljudi mogli pisati na njih i objesiti ih poput ukrasa na drvo. Ljudi su objesili karte i svašta na drvo u Marijinu čast.

23. septembra 2014 Ko kaže da su 2011. godine u Napa Valleyu razočaravajuće? Beth Novak Milliken iz Spottswooda predstavila je paletu porodičnih vina na Hedonism -u u Londonu prošlog juna, a oba kaberneta 2011. su bila odlična. (S lijeve strane se vidi s majkom Mary Weber Novak, koja je imanje vodila kao udovica s petero male djece od 1977. godine, i sestrom Lindy Novak, direktoricom marketinga, s desne strane.) Dao sam 17,5 manje glamuroznoj Lyndenhurst flaširanje i 18,5 za grand vin napravljen isključivo od voća uzgajanog na imanju nazvanog jednostavno Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Rastna sezona 2011. bila je izuzetno kišna u sjevernoj Kaliforniji. Uzgajivači jedva da su znali šta ih je snašlo. Evo kako je to opisao Spottswoode: „Divno vlažno vrijeme zimi i u proljeće omogućilo je obilan rast u rano proljeće, a mi smo uživali u veličanstvenom vremenu do kraja maja, omogućavajući zdravo voće u vinogradu Spottswoode Estate. Potom smo početkom juna doživjeli neobičan kišni događaj [volim ovaj govor - JR], nakon čega su temperature tokom cijelog ljeta bile neobično hladne, s produženim periodima magle ujutro koji su se razvili u umjerena, lijepa popodneva. Neposredno prije žetve, majka priroda nam je zadala posljednju kišu, koja je odložila berbu. Vinograd je pokazao svoju otpornost i ubrali smo prekrasno voće bez većih komplikacija. '

Lyndenhurst se proizvodi, iako u malim količinama, već 10 godina. U početku je to bio proizvod mlađe vinove loze, ali sada se proizvodi od voća izričito odabranog za dobivanje vina sazrijevanja ranije od glavnog Spottswoode Caberneta (i uključuje oko 15 do 20% voća otkupljenog iz Oakvillea). Pretpostavljam da bi Lyndenhurst 2010 od sledeće godine lepo pio i već bi sa zadovoljstvom popio Lyndenhurst 2011.

Kao što možete vidjeti iz naša tri prethodna članka o Spottswoodeu, posebno zašto je Spottswoode drugačiji, obožavam ovog proizvođača posebno suptilnih vina s klupa zapadno od Svete Jelene. Organski se uzgajaju od 1985. godine i vinogradi su očito zdravi i u odličnoj ravnoteži. Mogu dobro zamisliti da tim nije bio previše zbunjen hirovitošću berbe 2011. budući da im samo snaga nije jača strana. Nije da u njihovim vinima ima bilo čega udaljenog. I, nažalost, nema ništa loše u njihovim cijenama, kao što možete vidjeti u nastavku. No, nažalost, tražena vina u dolini Napa rijetko su jeftina-baš kao i vrhunska vina u Bordeauxu. I sjetite se šta se dogodilo na obje degustacije presude u Parizu. (Usput, pogledajte moju zadnju bilješku o degustaciji na Chateau Montelena 1974., napravljenu nedugo nakon što je ranija berba tog vina trijumfirala na prvom degustaciji Francuska u Kaliforniji.)

Bilo je odlična poslastica probati 31-godišnjeg Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, koji je zasigurno bio zreo, ali nikako oronuo. Veliki smo obožavatelji starog kalifornijskog vina i redovno im dodajemo bilješke o degustaciji.

Sauvignon Blancs napravljeni su od mješavine voća kupljenog na velikom broju lokacija, uključujući vinograd Hyde u Carnerosu, vinovu lozu nekih starih talijanskih obitelji u Calistogi i vinograd Ferrina neposredno ispod Laurel Glena na planini Sonoma. Fermentirani u kombinaciji nehrđajućeg čelika, francuskog hrasta i modernih betonskih jaja, rezultiraju u ukupno manje od 4.000 slučajeva. Činili su se mnogo zategnutijima i mlađima od većine Sauvignon Blancova u dolini Napa, ali nisu baš imali klasu Araujoa.

Bilo je frustrirajuće teško pratiti kalifornijsku vinsku scenu iz Velike Britanije, gdje ozbiljno vino predstavlja mali dio količine vina uvezenog iz države. Hvala Bogu, ova se situacija mijenja i uskoro ću objaviti zbirku bilješki o degustaciji nekih uzbudljivih američkih vina koja su trenutno dostupna u Velikoj Britaniji - ne sva po visokim cijenama.

Trgovci u Velikoj Britaniji koji američko vino shvaćaju ozbiljnije od većine uključuju Roberson, Vineyard Cellars i The Winery. Pogledajte naš odjeljak Saznajte/Gdje kupiti za kontaktne podatke i pomaknite se dolje do mnogih prodavaca navedenih u Velikoj Britaniji. Sager + Wilde upravo su otvorili novi 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' u Bethnal Greenu u istočnom Londonu, s vrlo jakom kalifornijskom vinskom kartom - prikladno nazvanom Mission (koja je kasnije preimenovana u Sager + Wilde).

Vina su navedena po redoslijedu kušanja.


Spottswoode - i njihove odlične kabine iz 2011. godine

29. septembra 2016 Ponovno objavljujemo ovaj dvogodišnji članak o proizvođaču vina iz doline Napa Spottswoode u znak sjećanja na njegovu osnivačicu Mary Weber Novak, koja je umrla u nedjelju u 84. godini života. reputaciju vinskog imanja koje je tada imalo samo pet godina.

Toliko smo zaokupljeni vinima ovog imanja u vlasništvu porodice Sveta Helena da smo im godinama posvetili ukupno četiri članka. I Cabernet Sauvignon iz Spottswoodea 2013. bio je jedno od najboljih vina u Elaineinom nedavnom pregledu Napa Cabsa iz jednog od pod-naziva Doline. Zahvaljujući britanskom uvozniku iz Spottswooda Domaine Direct-u, slučajno sam u ponedjeljak probao ovo vino i njegov stabilizant Lyndenhurst iz 2013. koji je sadržavao nešto otkupljenog voća i oboje su ga oduševili. Takođe sam izglasao 1990. Cabernet za svog favorita na nedavnom nedjeljnom ručku u Londonu posvećenom California Cabs. Ovdje možete pronaći moju samostalnu bilješku o degustaciji (a možete vidjeti i bilješke o mnogim drugim vinima koja se uživaju na tom ručku pretraživanjem naše baze podataka o degustacijama, označavanjem Samostalne kutije i odabirom 18. rujna kao datum kušanja).

Mary je bila vrlo posebna osoba, bila je izuzetno dobrodošla u svom nezaboravnom viktorijanskom imanju i posebno je čvrsto stajala na frezi izuzetnog zanata. Svi će joj jako nedostajati, a posebno njene kćerke Beth Novak Milliken i Lindy Novak koje su ovdje prikazane. Ali sigurni smo da neće biti nikakvih problema u kvaliteti.

Napisala je Elaine jučer Danas sam nakratko vidio Beth Novak Milliken. Ona tuguje, naravno, ali je i provjeravala kako stvari u vinariji idu. Očigledno je da je Marija za svaki praznik ukrašavala malo drvo na uglu vinograda preko puta vinarije, pa se drvo često ukrašavalo za svaku priliku. Stoga ga je ove sedmice neko ukrasio u njenu čast i stavio oznake i olovke na poklon kartice kako bi ljudi mogli pisati na njih i objesiti ih poput ukrasa na drvo. Ljudi su objesili karte i svašta na drvo u Marijinu čast.

23. septembra 2014 Ko kaže da su 2011. godine u dolini Napa razočaravajuće? Beth Novak Milliken iz Spottswooda predstavila je paletu porodičnih vina na Hedonism -u u Londonu prošlog juna, a oba kaberneta 2011. su bila odlična. (S lijeve strane se vidi s majkom Mary Weber Novak, koja je imanje vodila kao udovica s petero male djece od 1977. godine, i sestrom Lindy Novak, direktoricom marketinga, s desne strane.) Dao sam 17,5 manje glamuroznoj Lyndenhurst flaširanje i 18,5 za grand vin napravljen isključivo od voća uzgojenog na imanju nazvanog jednostavno Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Rastna sezona 2011. bila je izuzetno kišna u sjevernoj Kaliforniji. Uzgajivači jedva da su znali šta ih je snašlo. Evo kako je to opisao Spottswoode: „Divno vlažno vrijeme zimi i u proljeće omogućilo je obilan rast u rano proljeće, a mi smo uživali u veličanstvenom vremenu do kraja maja, omogućavajući zdravo voće u vinogradu Spottswoode Estate. Potom smo početkom juna doživjeli neobičan kišni događaj [volim ovaj govor - JR], nakon čega su temperature tokom cijelog ljeta bile neobično hladne, s produženim periodima magle ujutro koji su se razvili u umjerena, lijepa popodneva. Neposredno prije žetve, majka priroda nam je zadala posljednju kišu, koja je odložila berbu. Vinograd je pokazao svoju otpornost i ubrali smo prekrasno voće bez većih komplikacija. '

Lyndenhurst se proizvodi, iako u malim količinama, već 10 godina. U početku je to bio proizvod mlađe vinove loze, ali sada se proizvodi od voća izričito odabranog za dobivanje vina sazrijevanja ranije od glavnog Spottswoode Caberneta (i uključuje oko 15 do 20% voća otkupljenog iz Oakvillea). Pretpostavljam da bi Lyndenhurst 2010 od sledeće godine lepo pio i već bi sa zadovoljstvom popio Lyndenhurst 2011.

Kao što možete vidjeti iz naša tri prethodna članka o Spottswoodeu, posebno zašto je Spottswoode drugačiji, obožavam ovog proizvođača posebno suptilnih vina s klupa zapadno od Svete Jelene. Organski se uzgajaju od 1985. godine i vinogradi su očito zdravi i u odličnoj ravnoteži. Mogu dobro zamisliti da tim nije bio previše zbunjen hirovitošću berbe 2011. budući da im samo snaga nije jača strana. Nije da u njihovim vinima ima bilo čega udaljenog. I, nažalost, nema ništa loše u njihovim cijenama, kao što možete vidjeti u nastavku. No, nažalost, tražena vina u dolini Napa rijetko su jeftina-baš kao i vrhunska vina iz Bordeauxa. I sjetite se šta se dogodilo na obje degustacije presude u Parizu. (Usput, pogledajte moju zadnju bilješku o degustaciji na Chateau Montelena 1974., napravljenu nedugo nakon što je ranija berba tog vina trijumfirala na prvom degustaciji Francuska u Kaliforniji.)

Bilo je odlična poslastica probati 31-godišnjeg Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, koji je zasigurno bio zreo, ali nikako oronuo. Veliki smo obožavatelji starog kalifornijskog vina i redovno im dodajemo bilješke o degustaciji.

Sauvignon Blancs napravljeni su od mješavine voća kupljenog na velikom broju lokacija, uključujući vinograd Hyde u Carnerosu, vinovu lozu nekih starih talijanskih obitelji u Calistogi i vinograd Ferrina neposredno ispod Laurel Glena na planini Sonoma. Fermentirani u kombinaciji nehrđajućeg čelika, francuskog hrasta i modernih betonskih jaja, rezultiraju u manje od 4.000 slučajeva ukupno. Činili su se mnogo zategnutijima i mlađima od većine Sauvignon Blancova u dolini Napa, ali nisu baš imali klasu Araujoa.

Bilo je frustrirajuće teško pratiti kalifornijsku vinsku scenu iz Velike Britanije, gdje ozbiljno vino predstavlja mali dio količine vina uvezenog iz države. Hvala Bogu, ova se situacija mijenja i uskoro ću objaviti zbirku bilješki o degustaciji nekih uzbudljivih američkih vina koja su trenutno dostupna u Velikoj Britaniji - ne sva po visokim cijenama.

Trgovci u Velikoj Britaniji koji američko vino shvaćaju ozbiljnije od većine uključuju Roberson, Vineyard Cellars i The Winery. Pogledajte naš odjeljak Saznajte/Gdje kupiti za kontaktne podatke i pomaknite se dolje do mnogih prodavaca navedenih u Velikoj Britaniji. Sager + Wilde upravo su otvorili novi 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' u Bethnal Greenu u istočnom Londonu, s vrlo jakom kalifornijskom vinskom kartom - prikladno nazvanom Mission (koja je kasnije preimenovana u Sager + Wilde).

Vina su navedena po redoslijedu kušanja.


Spottswoode - i njihove odlične kabine iz 2011. godine

29. septembra 2016 Ponovno objavljujemo ovaj dvogodišnji članak o proizvođaču vina iz doline Napa Spottswoode u znak sjećanja na njegovu osnivačicu Mary Weber Novak, koja je umrla u nedjelju u 84. godini života. reputaciju vinskog imanja koje je tada imalo samo pet godina.

Toliko smo zaokupljeni vinima ovog imanja u vlasništvu porodice Sveta Helena da smo im godinama posvetili ukupno četiri članka. I Cabernet Sauvignon iz Spottswoodea 2013. bio je jedno od najboljih vina u Elaineinom nedavnom pregledu Napa Cabsa iz jednog od pod-naziva Doline. Zahvaljujući britanskom uvozniku iz Spottswooda Domaine Direct-u, slučajno sam u ponedjeljak probao ovo vino i njegov stabilizant iz Lyndenhursta iz 2013. koji je sadržavao nešto otkupljenog voća i oboje su ga oduševili. Takođe sam izglasao 1990. Cabernet za svog favorita na nedavnom nedjeljnom ručku u Londonu posvećenom California Cabs. Ovdje možete pronaći moju samostalnu bilješku o degustaciji (a možete vidjeti i bilješke o mnogim drugim vinima koja se uživaju na tom ručku pretraživanjem naše baze podataka o degustacijama, označavanjem Samostalne kutije i odabirom 18. rujna kao datum kušanja).

Mary je bila vrlo posebna osoba, bila je izuzetno dobrodošla u svom nezaboravnom viktorijanskom imanju i posebno je čvrsto stajala na frezi izuzetnog zanata. Svi će joj jako nedostajati, a posebno njene kćerke Beth Novak Milliken i Lindy Novak koje su ovdje prikazane. Ali sigurni smo da neće biti nikakvih problema u kvaliteti.

Elaine je napisala jučer Danas sam nakratko vidio Beth Novak Milliken. Ona tuguje, naravno, ali je i provjeravala kako stvari u vinariji idu. Očigledno je da je Marija za svaki praznik ukrašavala malo drvo na uglu vinograda preko puta vinarije, pa se drvo često ukrašavalo za svaku priliku. Tako je ove sedmice neko to ukrasio u njenu čast i stavio oznake i olovke na poklon kartice kako bi ljudi mogli pisati na njih i objesiti ih poput ukrasa na drvo. Ljudi su objesili karte i svakakve stvari na drvo u Marijinu čast.

23. septembra 2014 Ko kaže da su 2011. godine u dolini Napa razočaravajuće? Beth Novak Milliken iz Spottswooda predstavila je paletu porodičnih vina na Hedonism -u u Londonu prošlog juna, a oba kaberneta 2011. su bila odlična. (S lijeve strane se vidi s majkom Mary Weber Novak, koja je imanje vodila kao udovica s petero male djece od 1977. godine, i sestrom Lindy Novak, direktoricom marketinga, s desne strane.) Dao sam 17,5 manje glamuroznoj Lyndenhurst flaširanje i 18,5 za grand vin napravljen isključivo od voća uzgojenog na imanju nazvanog jednostavno Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Rastna sezona 2011. bila je izuzetno kišna u sjevernoj Kaliforniji. Uzgajivači jedva da su znali šta ih je snašlo. Evo kako je to opisao Spottswoode: „Divno vlažno vrijeme zimi i u proljeće omogućilo je obilan rast u rano proljeće, a mi smo uživali u veličanstvenom vremenu do kraja maja, omogućavajući zdravo voće u vinogradu Spottswoode Estate. Potom smo početkom juna doživjeli neobičan kišni događaj [volim ovaj govor - JR], nakon čega su temperature tokom cijelog ljeta bile neobično hladne, s produženim periodima magle ujutro koji su se razvili u umjerena, lijepa popodneva. Neposredno prije žetve, majka priroda nam je zadala posljednju kišu, koja je odložila berbu. Vinograd je pokazao svoju otpornost i ubirali smo prekrasno voće bez većih komplikacija. '

Lyndenhurst se proizvodi, iako u malim količinama, već 10 godina. U početku je to bio proizvod mlađe vinove loze, ali sada se proizvodi od voća izričito odabranog za dobivanje vina sazrijevanja ranije od glavnog Spottswoode Caberneta (i uključuje oko 15 do 20% voća otkupljenog iz Oakvillea). Pretpostavljam da bi Lyndenhurst 2010 od sledeće godine lepo pio i sa zadovoljstvom bi već popio Lyndenhurst 2011.

Kao što možete vidjeti iz naša tri prethodna članka o Spottswoodeu, posebno zašto je Spottswoode drugačiji, obožavam ovog proizvođača posebno suptilnih vina s klupa zapadno od Svete Jelene. Organski se uzgajaju od 1985. godine i vinogradi su očito zdravi i u odličnoj ravnoteži. Mogu dobro zamisliti da tim nije bio previše zbunjen hirovitošću berbe 2011. budući da im samo snaga nije jača strana. Nije da u njihovim vinima ima bilo čega udaljenog. I, nažalost, nema ništa loše u njihovim cijenama, kao što možete vidjeti u nastavku. No, nažalost, tražena vina u dolini Napa rijetko su jeftina-baš kao i vrhunska vina u Bordeauxu. I sjetite se šta se dogodilo na obje degustacije presude u Parizu. (Usput, pogledajte moju zadnju bilješku o degustaciji na Chateau Montelena 1974., napravljenu nedugo nakon što je ranija berba tog vina trijumfirala na prvom degustaciji Francuska u Kaliforniji.)

Bilo je odlična poslastica probati 31-godišnjeg Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, koji je zasigurno bio zreo, ali nikako oronuo. Veliki smo obožavatelji starog kalifornijskog vina i redovno im dodajemo bilješke o degustaciji.

Sauvignon Blancs napravljeni su od mješavine voća kupljenog na velikom broju lokacija, uključujući vinograd Hyde u Carnerosu, vinovu lozu nekih starih talijanskih obitelji u Calistogi i vinograd Ferrina neposredno ispod Laurel Glena na planini Sonoma. Fermentirani u kombinaciji nehrđajućeg čelika, francuskog hrasta i modernih betonskih jaja, rezultiraju u manje od 4.000 slučajeva ukupno. Činili su se mnogo zategnutijima i mlađima od većine Sauvignon Blancova u dolini Napa, ali nisu baš imali klasu Araujoa.

Bilo je frustrirajuće teško pratiti kalifornijsku vinsku scenu iz Velike Britanije, gdje ozbiljno vino predstavlja mali dio količine vina uvezenog iz države. Hvala Bogu, ova se situacija mijenja i uskoro ću objaviti zbirku bilješki o degustaciji nekih uzbudljivih američkih vina koja su trenutno dostupna u Velikoj Britaniji - ne sva po visokim cijenama.

Trgovci u Velikoj Britaniji koji američko vino shvaćaju ozbiljnije od većine uključuju Roberson, Vineyard Cellars i The Winery. Pogledajte naš odjeljak Saznajte/Gdje kupiti za kontaktne podatke i pomaknite se dolje do mnogih prodavaca navedenih u Velikoj Britaniji. Sager + Wilde upravo su otvorili novi 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' u Bethnal Greenu u istočnom Londonu, s vrlo jakom kalifornijskom vinskom kartom - prikladno nazvanom Mission (koja je kasnije preimenovana u Sager + Wilde).

Vina su navedena po redoslijedu kušanja.


Spottswoode - i njihove odlične kabine iz 2011. godine

29. septembra 2016 Ponovno objavljujemo ovaj dvogodišnji članak o proizvođaču vina iz doline Napa Spottswoode u znak sjećanja na njegovu osnivačicu Mary Weber Novak, koja je umrla u nedjelju u 84. godini života. reputaciju vinskog imanja koje je tada imalo samo pet godina.

Toliko smo zaokupljeni vinima ovog imanja u vlasništvu porodice Sveta Helena da smo im godinama posvetili ukupno četiri članka. A Cabernet Sauvignon iz Spottswoodea 2013. bio je jedno od najboljih vina u Elaineinom nedavnom pregledu Napa Cabsa iz jednog od pod-naziva Doline. Zahvaljujući britanskom uvozniku iz Spottswooda Domaine Direct-u, slučajno sam u ponedjeljak probao ovo vino i njegov stabilizant iz Lyndenhursta iz 2013. koji je sadržavao nešto otkupljenog voća i oboje su ga oduševili. Takođe sam izglasao 1990. Cabernet za svog favorita na nedavnom nedjeljnom ručku u Londonu posvećenom California Cabs. Ovdje možete pronaći moju zasebnu bilješku o degustaciji (a možete vidjeti i bilješke o mnogim drugim vinima koja se uživaju na tom ručku pretraživanjem naše baze podataka o degustacijama, označavanjem Samostalne kutije i odabirom 18. septembra za datum kušanja).

Mary je bila vrlo posebna osoba, bila je izuzetno dobrodošla u svom nezaboravnom viktorijanskom imanju i posebno je čvrsto stajala na frezi izuzetnog zanata. Svi će joj jako nedostajati, a posebno njene kćerke Beth Novak Milliken i Lindy Novak koje su ovdje prikazane. Ali sigurni smo da neće biti nikakvih problema u kvaliteti.

Napisala je Elaine jučer Danas sam nakratko vidio Beth Novak Milliken. Ona tuguje, naravno, ali je i provjeravala kako stvari u vinariji idu. Očigledno je da je Marija za svaki praznik ukrašavala malo drvo na uglu vinograda preko puta vinarije, pa se drvo često ukrašavalo za svaku priliku. Stoga ga je ove sedmice neko ukrasio u njenu čast i stavio oznake i olovke na poklon kartice kako bi ljudi mogli pisati na njih i objesiti ih poput ukrasa na drvo. Ljudi su objesili karte i svakakve stvari na drvo u Marijinu čast.

23. septembra 2014 Ko kaže da su 2011. godine u dolini Napa razočaravajuće? Beth Novak Milliken iz Spottswooda predstavila je paletu porodičnih vina na Hedonism -u u Londonu prošlog juna, a oba kaberneta 2011. bila su odlična. (S lijeve strane se vidi s majkom Mary Weber Novak, koja je imanje vodila kao udovica s petero male djece od 1977. godine, i sestrom Lindy Novak, direktoricom marketinga, s desne strane.) Dao sam 17,5 manje glamuroznoj Lyndenhurst flaširanje i 18,5 za grand vin napravljen isključivo od voća uzgojenog na imanju nazvanog jednostavno Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Rastna sezona 2011. bila je izuzetno kišna u sjevernoj Kaliforniji. Uzgajivači jedva da su znali šta ih je snašlo. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.


Spottswoode – and their excellent 2011 Cabs

29 September 2016 We are republishing this two-year-old article about the Napa Valley wine producer Spottswoode in memory of its founder Mary Weber Novak, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Widowed at 45, she proceeded steadily and sensitively to build up a formidable reputation for a wine estate that was then only five years old.

So taken are we by the wines of this St Helena family-run estate that we have devoted a total of four articles to them over the years. And the Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest-scoring wines in Elaine’s recent survey of Napa Cabs from one of the Valley’s sub-appellations . Thanks to Spottswoode's UK importer Domaine Direct, I happened to taste this wine, and its stablemate 2013 Lyndenhurst containing some bought-in fruit, on Monday and was blown away by both. I also voted the 1990 Estate Cabernet my favourite at a recent Sunday lunch in London devoted to California Cabs. You can find my standalone tasting note here (and you can see notes on the many other wines enjoyed at that lunch by searching our tasting notes database, ticking the Standalone box and choosing 18 September as the date tasted).

Mary was a very special person, a hugely welcoming presence in her memorable Victorian homestead, and a particularly steady hand on the tiller of an exceptional craft. She will be very much missed by all, especially by her daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak shown here. But we are sure there will be no hiccup in quality.

Elaine wrote yesterday I saw Beth Novak Milliken briefly today. She is grieving, of course, but also was checking on how things at the winery are going. Mary used to decorate a small tree on the corner of the vineyard across from the winery for every holiday, apparently, so the tree was often decorated for whatever occasion. So this week someone decorated it in her honour and put out gift card tags and pens so people can write on them and hang them like ornaments on the tree. People have been hanging cards and all sorts of things on the tree in Mary's honour.

23 September 2014 Who says Napa Valley 2011s are disappointing? Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode presented a range of her family's wines at Hedonism in London last June and both 2011 Cabernets were excellent. (She is seen on the left with her mother Mary Weber Novak, who ran the estate as a widow with five young children from 1977, and her sister Lindy Novak, marketing director, on the right.) I gave 17.5 to the less glamorous Lyndenhurst bottling and 18.5 to the grand vin made exclusively from estate-grown fruit called simply Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

The 2011 growing season was exceptionally rainy in northern California. Growers hardly knew what hit them. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.


Spottswoode – and their excellent 2011 Cabs

29 September 2016 We are republishing this two-year-old article about the Napa Valley wine producer Spottswoode in memory of its founder Mary Weber Novak, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Widowed at 45, she proceeded steadily and sensitively to build up a formidable reputation for a wine estate that was then only five years old.

So taken are we by the wines of this St Helena family-run estate that we have devoted a total of four articles to them over the years. And the Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest-scoring wines in Elaine’s recent survey of Napa Cabs from one of the Valley’s sub-appellations . Thanks to Spottswoode's UK importer Domaine Direct, I happened to taste this wine, and its stablemate 2013 Lyndenhurst containing some bought-in fruit, on Monday and was blown away by both. I also voted the 1990 Estate Cabernet my favourite at a recent Sunday lunch in London devoted to California Cabs. You can find my standalone tasting note here (and you can see notes on the many other wines enjoyed at that lunch by searching our tasting notes database, ticking the Standalone box and choosing 18 September as the date tasted).

Mary was a very special person, a hugely welcoming presence in her memorable Victorian homestead, and a particularly steady hand on the tiller of an exceptional craft. She will be very much missed by all, especially by her daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak shown here. But we are sure there will be no hiccup in quality.

Elaine wrote yesterday I saw Beth Novak Milliken briefly today. She is grieving, of course, but also was checking on how things at the winery are going. Mary used to decorate a small tree on the corner of the vineyard across from the winery for every holiday, apparently, so the tree was often decorated for whatever occasion. So this week someone decorated it in her honour and put out gift card tags and pens so people can write on them and hang them like ornaments on the tree. People have been hanging cards and all sorts of things on the tree in Mary's honour.

23 September 2014 Who says Napa Valley 2011s are disappointing? Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode presented a range of her family's wines at Hedonism in London last June and both 2011 Cabernets were excellent. (She is seen on the left with her mother Mary Weber Novak, who ran the estate as a widow with five young children from 1977, and her sister Lindy Novak, marketing director, on the right.) I gave 17.5 to the less glamorous Lyndenhurst bottling and 18.5 to the grand vin made exclusively from estate-grown fruit called simply Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

The 2011 growing season was exceptionally rainy in northern California. Growers hardly knew what hit them. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.


Spottswoode – and their excellent 2011 Cabs

29 September 2016 We are republishing this two-year-old article about the Napa Valley wine producer Spottswoode in memory of its founder Mary Weber Novak, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Widowed at 45, she proceeded steadily and sensitively to build up a formidable reputation for a wine estate that was then only five years old.

So taken are we by the wines of this St Helena family-run estate that we have devoted a total of four articles to them over the years. And the Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest-scoring wines in Elaine’s recent survey of Napa Cabs from one of the Valley’s sub-appellations . Thanks to Spottswoode's UK importer Domaine Direct, I happened to taste this wine, and its stablemate 2013 Lyndenhurst containing some bought-in fruit, on Monday and was blown away by both. I also voted the 1990 Estate Cabernet my favourite at a recent Sunday lunch in London devoted to California Cabs. You can find my standalone tasting note here (and you can see notes on the many other wines enjoyed at that lunch by searching our tasting notes database, ticking the Standalone box and choosing 18 September as the date tasted).

Mary was a very special person, a hugely welcoming presence in her memorable Victorian homestead, and a particularly steady hand on the tiller of an exceptional craft. She will be very much missed by all, especially by her daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak shown here. But we are sure there will be no hiccup in quality.

Elaine wrote yesterday I saw Beth Novak Milliken briefly today. She is grieving, of course, but also was checking on how things at the winery are going. Mary used to decorate a small tree on the corner of the vineyard across from the winery for every holiday, apparently, so the tree was often decorated for whatever occasion. So this week someone decorated it in her honour and put out gift card tags and pens so people can write on them and hang them like ornaments on the tree. People have been hanging cards and all sorts of things on the tree in Mary's honour.

23 September 2014 Who says Napa Valley 2011s are disappointing? Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode presented a range of her family's wines at Hedonism in London last June and both 2011 Cabernets were excellent. (She is seen on the left with her mother Mary Weber Novak, who ran the estate as a widow with five young children from 1977, and her sister Lindy Novak, marketing director, on the right.) I gave 17.5 to the less glamorous Lyndenhurst bottling and 18.5 to the grand vin made exclusively from estate-grown fruit called simply Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

The 2011 growing season was exceptionally rainy in northern California. Growers hardly knew what hit them. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.


Spottswoode – and their excellent 2011 Cabs

29 September 2016 We are republishing this two-year-old article about the Napa Valley wine producer Spottswoode in memory of its founder Mary Weber Novak, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Widowed at 45, she proceeded steadily and sensitively to build up a formidable reputation for a wine estate that was then only five years old.

So taken are we by the wines of this St Helena family-run estate that we have devoted a total of four articles to them over the years. And the Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest-scoring wines in Elaine’s recent survey of Napa Cabs from one of the Valley’s sub-appellations . Thanks to Spottswoode's UK importer Domaine Direct, I happened to taste this wine, and its stablemate 2013 Lyndenhurst containing some bought-in fruit, on Monday and was blown away by both. I also voted the 1990 Estate Cabernet my favourite at a recent Sunday lunch in London devoted to California Cabs. You can find my standalone tasting note here (and you can see notes on the many other wines enjoyed at that lunch by searching our tasting notes database, ticking the Standalone box and choosing 18 September as the date tasted).

Mary was a very special person, a hugely welcoming presence in her memorable Victorian homestead, and a particularly steady hand on the tiller of an exceptional craft. She will be very much missed by all, especially by her daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak shown here. But we are sure there will be no hiccup in quality.

Elaine wrote yesterday I saw Beth Novak Milliken briefly today. She is grieving, of course, but also was checking on how things at the winery are going. Mary used to decorate a small tree on the corner of the vineyard across from the winery for every holiday, apparently, so the tree was often decorated for whatever occasion. So this week someone decorated it in her honour and put out gift card tags and pens so people can write on them and hang them like ornaments on the tree. People have been hanging cards and all sorts of things on the tree in Mary's honour.

23 September 2014 Who says Napa Valley 2011s are disappointing? Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode presented a range of her family's wines at Hedonism in London last June and both 2011 Cabernets were excellent. (She is seen on the left with her mother Mary Weber Novak, who ran the estate as a widow with five young children from 1977, and her sister Lindy Novak, marketing director, on the right.) I gave 17.5 to the less glamorous Lyndenhurst bottling and 18.5 to the grand vin made exclusively from estate-grown fruit called simply Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

The 2011 growing season was exceptionally rainy in northern California. Growers hardly knew what hit them. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.


Spottswoode – and their excellent 2011 Cabs

29 September 2016 We are republishing this two-year-old article about the Napa Valley wine producer Spottswoode in memory of its founder Mary Weber Novak, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. Widowed at 45, she proceeded steadily and sensitively to build up a formidable reputation for a wine estate that was then only five years old.

So taken are we by the wines of this St Helena family-run estate that we have devoted a total of four articles to them over the years. And the Spottswoode 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the highest-scoring wines in Elaine’s recent survey of Napa Cabs from one of the Valley’s sub-appellations . Thanks to Spottswoode's UK importer Domaine Direct, I happened to taste this wine, and its stablemate 2013 Lyndenhurst containing some bought-in fruit, on Monday and was blown away by both. I also voted the 1990 Estate Cabernet my favourite at a recent Sunday lunch in London devoted to California Cabs. You can find my standalone tasting note here (and you can see notes on the many other wines enjoyed at that lunch by searching our tasting notes database, ticking the Standalone box and choosing 18 September as the date tasted).

Mary was a very special person, a hugely welcoming presence in her memorable Victorian homestead, and a particularly steady hand on the tiller of an exceptional craft. She will be very much missed by all, especially by her daughters Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak shown here. But we are sure there will be no hiccup in quality.

Elaine wrote yesterday I saw Beth Novak Milliken briefly today. She is grieving, of course, but also was checking on how things at the winery are going. Mary used to decorate a small tree on the corner of the vineyard across from the winery for every holiday, apparently, so the tree was often decorated for whatever occasion. So this week someone decorated it in her honour and put out gift card tags and pens so people can write on them and hang them like ornaments on the tree. People have been hanging cards and all sorts of things on the tree in Mary's honour.

23 September 2014 Who says Napa Valley 2011s are disappointing? Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode presented a range of her family's wines at Hedonism in London last June and both 2011 Cabernets were excellent. (She is seen on the left with her mother Mary Weber Novak, who ran the estate as a widow with five young children from 1977, and her sister Lindy Novak, marketing director, on the right.) I gave 17.5 to the less glamorous Lyndenhurst bottling and 18.5 to the grand vin made exclusively from estate-grown fruit called simply Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

The 2011 growing season was exceptionally rainy in northern California. Growers hardly knew what hit them. Here's how Spottswoode described it: 'Wonderful wet weather in the winter and into spring allowed for ample early spring growth, and we enjoyed glorious weather until late May, allowing for a healthy fruit set in the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard. We then experienced an unusual rain event [love this locution – JR] in early June, after which temperatures throughout the summer were unusually cool, with extended periods of fog in the morning evolving into moderate, beautiful afternoons. Just before harvest, Mother Nature dealt us one last bout of rain, which delayed picking. The vineyard showed its resilience and we harvested beautiful fruit without major complications.'

Lyndenhurst has been made, albeit in small quantities, for 10 years now. It was initially the produce of younger vines but is now made from fruit expressly chosen to yield an earlier-maturing wine than the main Spottswoode Cabernet (and includes about 15 to 20% fruit bought in from Oakville). I reckon the Lyndenhurst 2010 would drink beautifully from next year and would happily drink the Lyndenhurst 2011 already.

As you can see from our three earlier articles about Spottswoode, particularly Why Spottswoode is different, I'm a fan of this producer of particularly subtle wines from the benchlands just west of St Helena. They have been farming organically since 1985 and the vineyards are clearly healthy and in great balance. I can well imagine that the team was not too perplexed by the vagaries of the 2011 vintage since sheer power is not their strong sole suit. Not that there is anything remotely wimpy about their wines. And nor, alas, is there anything wimpy about their prices, as you can see below. But unfortunately, sought-after Napa Valley wines are rarely cheap – just like the top wines of Bordeaux. And remember what happened in both Judgment of Paris tastings. (Check out my recent tasting note on a Chateau Montelena 1974 by the way, made not long after an earlier vintage of that wine triumphed at the first France v California taste-off.)

It was a great treat to taste the 31-year-old Spottswoode Cabernet 1985, which was certainly mature but was by no means decrepit. We are big fans of old California wine and regularly add standalone tasting notes on them.

The Sauvignon Blancs are made from a blend of fruit bought in from a wide array of locations including the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the vines of some old Italian families in Calistoga and the Ferrina Vineyard just below Laurel Glen on Sonoma Mountain. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel, French oak and trendy concrete eggs, they result in fewer than 4,000 cases in total. They seemed much tighter and more youthful than most Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs but did not quite have the class of Araujo's.

It has been frustratingly difficult to keep track of the California wine scene from the UK, where serious wine represents a tiny fraction of the amount of wine imported from the state. This situation is changing, thank goodness, and I will soon be publishing a collection of tasting notes on some exciting American wines currently available in the UK – not all of them at high prices.

UK retailers who take American wine more seriously than most include Roberson, Vineyard Cellars and The Winery. See our Learn/Where to buy section for contact details and scroll down to the many retailers listed for the UK. Sager + Wilde have just opened a new 'California Wine Bar and Kitchen' in Bethnal Green, East London, with a very strong California wine list – appropriately named Mission (and subsequently renamed Sager + Wilde).

Wines are listed in the order tasted.