Here's a another winner from a winery that we were introduced to about 13 months ago. The 2017 Patel Napa Valley Red Wine is a luscious and aromatic offering that offers a dark purple and mouth watering welcome to the palate. Ripe dark cherry, pencil lead, cocoa bits and cherry tobacco on the nose. In the mouth is a powerful blend of red fruits, barn wood, black tea and cherry licorice. This wine is framed with a solid acidic backbone and pulled together nicely for an amazing finish. Tips the scale at nearly 15% alcohol but the balance is in check. There were only 150 cases produced, but this one should be in your cellar while you can grab it. Enjoy it optimally for the next 12-15 years. Well done! ABV: 14.9% Napa Valley, CA Suggested retail price: $75.00 Drink The Bottles score: 93/100
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I wish you all could have been here to experience this wine with me. That's not me bragging, but rather telling you that you are missing out on an incredible opportunity if you don't seek out this wine! For Sauvignon Blanc lovers, this wine will prove to be something out of the ordinary and wonderfully delicious. This wine was tasted at room temperature (67°) as are all of our white wines. Most of the time when we think of Sauvignon Blanc, we think brightness and lemongrass. And most of the SB on the market taste very similar - until now. The 2017 Patel Winery Sauvignon Blanc is unlike any in recent memory. Medium golden in the glass with focused aromas of lemon peel, nutty cheese and dried spices. The wine has a fuller mouthfeel than most Sauvignon Blanc, but does not feel weighted or heavy in any way. The flavors of lemon candy, basil, mint and oak are dominant but again, a lovely, smooth mild cheese flavor presents itself in the back end. In some ways this wine
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Malbec can be hit or miss for us, personally. But when it's on fire like this one, you are absolutely delighted that you had the chance to experience the wine. This 2016 Malbec from Patel Napa Valley is a very sexy dark burgundy in the glass. Aromas of new leather and ripe red fruits swim freely. Some wineries try to get cute with Malbec and manipulate it or blend it with some Cabernet for structure and flavor enhancements. This wine has none of that nor does it need it! This fruit is from the acclaimed Stagecoach Vineyard (a personal favorite of ours), producing wonderfully ripe and flavorful grapes. There are wonderful flavor layers of blackberry, cola, tobacco, leather and small suggestions of dark chocolate here, all working in harmony beautifully. We would say without a doubt that this is one of our favorite Malbec in the last 5 years, hands down. Being such a young wine, we did allow this some quality air time after the initial taste. It gets better and better.