Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Leading Ladies of Napa Valley

The 2012 Oscar nominations were just announced this week, and all eyes are on who will take him the coveted gold statue when the Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 26. In the world of wine, however, we honor the best of the best in a boutique setting just a few days before the Oscars.

This year at Premier Napa Valley, one of the rarest wine brand auction events in the world, the region's top winemakers will be offering their ultra-boutique wines to the trade. Most of these wines are crafted in as few as five cases and never more than 20 cases, making them rare and unique to buyers and wine enthusiasts.

Over 200 wineries will be debuting their Premier Napa Valley blend in a few weeks, but some of our favorites will undoubtedly come from the ladies. With that, we honor the Leading Ladies of Napa Valley: Mrs. Robin Lail and Mrs. Laurie Claudon. Read About the wines they've made especially for Premiere Napa Valley 2012:

2010 - Clark Claudon "Wisdom Maker" Cabernet Sauvignon

"Growing grapes and making wine can make us feel both passionate and crazy. The process also inspires as it mentors us through the seasons. Hence, the oldest block in our mountainside vineyard is playfully called Wisdom Maker. With fruit specially selected form the Wisdom Block, our PNV lot is the first 100% barrel-fermented Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Clark-Claudon. The opulent aromas and dark purple juice bubbling over the barrel during fermentation was enough to make us swoon. 2010 Wisdom continues to exude opulent beauty, lineage, depth and a perfect balance between power and grace. We can't guarantee it will make you wise, but there is a very good chance it will make you think you are!"
* Only 5 cases produced for Premiere Napa Valley

Robin Lail with winemaker Philippe Melka
2010 Lail Vineyards "Henry III" Cabernet Sauvignon

"Lail Vineyards proudly presents Henry III. You may recall that a couple of years ago we began the Henry series of wines, created exclusively for Premiere Napa Valley. The wine is named for our eldest grandson, Henry, and the varietal or point of origin changes with each vintage. We like to think there is some curiosity about what Henry III will be...What a surprise...a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon! But not just any Cabernet Sauvignon; this beauty comes from our knockout block at Vine Hill Ranch, in the Oakville appellation. Think about these threes: Third pick of the block Thirty days maceration on the skins Three-year, air-dried French oak barrels, Three years aging in barrels, Bottle aging recommendations: 3 years, 30, 300, 3000? Voila!"

Want us to bring you back something from Premier Napa Valley? Let us know what we can find for you!

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