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Our first attempt at a white wine turned out to be a good one. Despite 2011 being a fairly bad grape year in Napa (it was very cold all year) our Chardonnay turned out just fine. Whiteout is a well balanced Chardonnay that’s not too dry and not too sweet or buttery.
You’ll notice oak overtones and hints of apple. It goes extremely well with pan fried chicken or fish and surprisingly well with fresh guacamole.
“Whiteout: A fluid, usually white, that dries quickly and is applied to printed matter to cover mistakes.” In other words drink up. It’s been a long day. White it out.
Boy did we get lucky with our first wine. Not to brag, but 2008 was a great grape year. Not too hot. Not too cold. Just right. And Redaction 2008 was a mighty Zin. Packed with 15.5% alcohol this Zin came with a spicy punch.
It went fast. We wanted everyone to taste what we’re pretty sure was the world’s first eDiscovery labelled wine. Word spread fast and before we knew it 300 bottles had been handed out to customers, prospective customers, employees, friends, family, and local wine bars. So naturally we had to make more.
Could the 2008 Redaction Zin be topped by a fancy Cabernet Sauvignon? Why yes. Yes it can. The 2009 Cab is an excellent vintage. We went with a white label, but kept the bright red wax cap and burgundy-style bottle. The insides were the real change.
A Cabernet Sauvignon takes a bit more TLC than a Zin and it shows. You’ll notice lots of oak and blackberry with a smooth aftertaste. As it’s aged the wine has matured nicely and tastes even better than when we first uncorked it. Going fast though. Only a few dozen bottles left.
We had to do it. The 2008 Zin was haunting us. We missed it. And as luck would have it an opportunity came up to purchase grapes from the same vineyard that we sourced from for the 2008 Zin. As reference, Turley and their $100+/bottle wine also source grapes from this same vineyard. They are very good grapes.
This Zin isn’t an exact clone. It’s very young and lacks the high alcohol content of its older brother. But it’s still a very good Zin despite 2011 being a rather down year for Napa overall. You’ll notice mild oak, pepper, and blackberry flavors. Great with fish or steak.