Every palate is unique. Be your own 'Critic'.
We’re Changing the Way People Think About Wine
The Critic wine got its name to remind everyone that the beauty of a wine is truly in the eye of the beholder. There was a time when it was simply about tasting a wine and deciding the merits for yourself. Somewhere along the way that was lost. Let’s get back to the heart of enjoying wine. Be your own critic and judge wines for yourself.
“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”
– Frank A. Clark
Soft and approachable nose with hints of dark fruit and a touch of vanilla. Flavors of Bing cherry and caramel on the palate, followed by a smooth round finish that lingers with a touch of currant and spice.
Green apple and apricot on the nose are evident, with a very subtle hint of almond. On the palate, the oak offers a classic expression of creaminess, but the acidity is bright enough to keep this wine well-rounded and balanced.
BE YOUR OWN CRITIC
Don’t get swayed by what you read on the bottle or what someone next to you said. This is a personal experience and will be different than anyone else’s. Enjoy it and revel in your own analysis.
Use this easy to remember method of critiquing wines for yourself and "Be your own critic."
Established in 1993, this AVA is 6,650 acres in size and is located right in the heart of the Napa Valley. Rutherford is considered one of the "sweet" spots for Cabernet Sauvignon as well as some smaller plots dedicated to Chardonnay. Fog rolls into this region from San Pablo Bay which helps cool the vineyards at night after very warm days due to Rutherford receiving some of the most sun in Napa. The unique soil here also creates something known as “Rutherford Dust” which produces wines with fruit and herb flavors that are tinged with a mysterious, almost spicy element.
Grapes have been growing here since 1870 and was approved as an AVA in 1992. Atlas Peak is over 1,500 acres of vineyards and is one of the highest appellations in all of Napa, reaching as high as 2,600 feet in some locations. It is unique to most other prestigious AVAs in this regard as it sits above the morning fog most often seen in the valley. This makes for bolder wines with ripe dark fruits and strong tannins. Cabernet is the dominant grape grown here but the 2nd most widely planted varietal is Chardonnay.
This mountainous region spans over 15,000 acres, however less than 10% of the land has vines planted due to the rough terrain. Mount Veeder was officially named an AVA in 1993 and is one of the furthest west appellations in Napa, allowing it to benefit more from coastal influences. This, along with a southeast facing slope, creates a longer growing season which allows for intense tannins yet notes of delicate black fruit and floral characteristics. Wines from this AVA are the truest sense of power and elegance in a bottle.
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• MOUNT VEEDER
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