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Downbeat Napa Valley Chardonnay (2018)
Downbeat Napa Valley Chardonnay (2018)
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Downbeat Napa Valley Chardonnay (2018)

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Our first vintage of Downbeat Chardonnay was sourced from the Bald Mountain Ranch high up in the Mayacamas Mountains above the Napa Valley. This special vineyard produces a Chardonnay that is light and refreshing with notes of baked brioche, hazelnut, apple, nutmeg and vanilla. Lemon leads on the palate with warm apple pie and cream. A clean mineral finish of chalk and limestone leave a light impression and you wanting for more. Pairs perfectly with a bright salad, chicken, fatty fish or any nutty cheese.

This is a handmade wine barrel fermented in French oak and aged for 14 months. Downbeat is an excellent value comparable to wines at a much higher price points.

4 barrels produced (94 cases)

Critics Reviews For On Q

Full and rich, this behemoth is densely packed, with firm, grainy tannins and a very lone, spicy finish. 96 points

Wine Advocate (2015) 96 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

Opens with cedar and vanilla pod notes over a core of creme de cassis, baked plums and dried mulberries with touches of spice cake, menthol, licorice and chocolate box. The oak stands out slightly at this stage on the full-bodies palate, with a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy.

Wine Advocate (2013) 93 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

It offers a big step up in quality with its beautiful bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed violets, graphite, and charcoal-like aromas and flavors. These carry to a medium to full-bodied, silky wine that has light, finesse-driven tannins, terrific balance, and a great finish.

Dunnuck (2016) 93 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

This inky colored beauty boasts terrific notes of blackberries, currants, charcoal, graphite, and lead pencil shavings. With full-bodied richness, beautiful concentration, plenty of ripe tannins, and a savory, classic style, it has the polish and texture to drink nicely today but is going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and should cruise for two decades or more. It’s a beautiful wine from winemaker Maayan Koschitzky.

Dunnuck (2014) 95 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

Appassionata has an even inkier blue/purple color and stunning nose of blackberries, blueberries, graphite and spring flowers. It is much more youthful and less evolved compared to the 2012, but even more concentrated and delineated. This is a sensational effort, but again, production is extremely small. Ideally, this begs for several years of bottle age, but is should evolve and drink well for 20-25 years.

Robert Parker (2013) 95 Points

Appassionata Cabernet

This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux style blend is highly perfumed and exotic with notes of lily, lilac, red rose, sandalwood, cedar chest, cigar box, cinnamon, black currant, black raisin, and sun-dried tomato. Initially very smooth and supple, astringent grape (from the Cabernet grape’s skin) and oak (from new French oak barrels) tannins kick in for a big, meaty, chewy finish. This very recently released wine will age gracefully for several years, but if you can’t wait, decant an hour or two before serving, and pair with braised or grilled meats or game.

Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis (2011)

Appassionata Cabernet

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