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Mark Herold Wine Seminar

Mark Herold discusses his wines.

Mark Herold discussed his wines.

“Cult” Winemaker Mark Herold brought some wines new to Georgia here to The Vineyard Wednesday. ACHA and FLUX (Red Blends) were the two new sensations, but he also had a blockbuster Cabernet Sauvignon from Kobalt and a very small production Sauvignon Blanc from Kobalt that impressed the tasters.
After the initial success of Merus, Herold became one of Napa Valley’s best-known Cabernet winemaking consultants, at one point overseeing winemaking for six Napa Cabernet brands in addition to Merus. Today, Herold consults for Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family and Hestan

We will be tasting:

’10 Kobalt Sauvignon Blanc $35.99
’10 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon $99.99
’09 Kobalt Window Pane (Cab Blend) $42.99
’08 Acha $49.99
’08 Flux 31.99
2008 Flux

Flux is a red wine blend made from several varietals, which fluctuate slightly vintage-to-vintage. Flux is reminiscent of wines from the South of France, influenced by a distinctly Californian winemaking hand. Produced from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Petite Sirah, the intention was to make a fruit-forward, balanced, yet concentrated wine that is lightly supported by new oak.

90 Points: Robert M. Parker, Jr.: The Wine Advocate (Issue 192)

“The intriguing 2008 ‘Flux’ (a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignan) is a great buy. Elegant peppery, strawberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with some blacker aromas jump from the glass of this spicy, earthy, medium to full-bodied effort with silky tannins. It will offer a luscious mouthful of wine over the next 4-5 years. The good news is there are just under 2,000 cases of it.”

2008 ACHA

Acha is a red wine styled after Spanish-based Tempranillo blends. Produced from Tempranillo, Carignan, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Graciano, the aim was to make a complex, balanced, yet extracted blend framed by rich, supple tannins.

91 Points: Robert M. Parker, Jr.: The Wine Advocate (Issue 192):

“Composed of 65% Tempranillo, 15% Grenache, 8% Carignan, 7% Graciano and 5% Petit Syrah, there are 950 cases of the 2008 Acha. A very interesting wine, it offers notes of blueberries, raspberries, licorice, graphite, tobacco leaf and spice. Medium-bodied with loads of fruit intensity, purity, personality and soul, the sweetness of the tannins suggest this 2008 can be drunk over the next 4-5 years.”

93 Points: James Laube: The Wine Spectator (February 28, 2011 issue)

“A ripe, juicy style, with bright, vivid red cherry, plum and wild berry scents that are pure and polished. Full-bodied, ending with a long, lingering finish. Tempranillo, Grenache, Carignane, Graciano and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2019. 1,050 cases made.”

More info on Flux and Acha: exciting new project from Cult Winemaker Mark Herold! (Merus, Kobalt, Hestan, and Kamen)

2008 Flux California Red Blend

Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, & Petite Sirah

The 2008 marks the first vintage of Flux. Emanating from the glass is a deep perfume of roasted black cherry, brambly mountain berry, dried flower, orange peel, tobacco, oak and suede. The full-bodied palate is dense with rich notes of dark sweet fruit and chocolate framed against a wall of integrated tannins. Enjoy this wine over the next 10 years.

2008 Acha California Red Blend

Tempranillo, Graciano, Grenache, Carignane, & Petite Sirah

The inaugural 2008 vintage of Acha uses grapes come from three main areas; Lake County, Lodi, and Mendocino. The wine has intense aromas of black raspberry, a minerality of wet stone, blackberry, black cherry, earth, anise, tea and oak introduce this complex wine. The palate is full-bodied and seamless, exhibiting massive flavors of jammy black fruit and a dark earth and mineral component. Supple, yet firm tannins and a long, lingering finish complete the experience of this nuanced blend. Enjoy this wine over the next 15 years.

2007 Kobalt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator 95 points: Tightly wound, firm and complex, offering a mix of cedar, loamy earth, dried currant and blackberry, with touches of black licorice, mineral and sage. Full-bodied, ending with ripe, chewy tannins that reverberate on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2022.

Wine Spectator Insider August 11, 2010: 17 Classic Napa Cabernets

A few of the usual “impossible to get” Cabs on the list:

2007 Screaming Eagle: 98 points: $750
2007 Colgin IX Estate: 97 points: $290
2007 Staglin INEO: 96 points: $250
2007 Scarecrow: 97 points: $225
2007 Dalla Valle: 95 points: $150
2007 Gemstone: 95 points: $150
But look who also made the list!
2007 Kobalt: 95 points: $99.99
and yes, we have stock! Why do the other 16 Cabs cost so much???

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