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Vacation….need I say more?

Well, a Napa vacation it wasn’t so I will not detail every moment of my day as we did in our Napa Times column after our week off in May, but this vacation week did include plenty of Napa wine. This vacation was all about home. We did a lot of those things that you never seem to have time to do, we also enjoyed our yard, patio, and pool. The pool probably most of all as it was a sunny hot week here in NJ with no rain at all. We started out the vacation as we do most vacations with a Silver Oak Alexander Valley, 2002 vintage. I think that goes without saying that it was outstanding. The rest of the week was a mixed bag, we tried everything from White blends, Savignon Blancs to Pinots and of course our favorite, Cabernet. Oh, and a nice Red blend, how could I forget? We shopped one day at our favorite store, Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ and my husband pointed out a 2004 Roy Estate Napa Valley Proprietary Red that he commented he has really been wanting to try, but it was a bit pricey. So, I bought it for him, let’s face it he is more than worth it and we certainly would have spent a lot more money had we taken a vacation away from home for the week. Boy, I am I glad I did make that purchase. A complex, yet smooth outstanding Napa Valley wine. This sounds sort of strange, but at the first whiff it had what we call “that Napa Valley smell”. It is hard to describe, but I know you know what I am talking about if you are a lover of Napa Valley wines, just the right combination of aromas that you know is going to taste outstanding. Roy Estates released the 2004 Proprietary Red and the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon in 2007 as their very first vintages. I have not tried the Cabernet, but I can assure you the blend of Cabernet and Merlot in the Proprietary Blend is outstanding. The 2004 blend is 52% Cab and 48% Merlot, barrel aged 21 months in new French oak.
As the week progressed we enjoyed a 2006 Neal Napa Valley Zinfandel, a 2005 Frank Family Reserve Pinot Noir and I can’t forget the Rutherford Hill Reserve Merlot that we had brought home from our Napa trip this year and drank on our anniversary mid week. I do not care what anyone says about Merlot, there are some really outstanding Merlots out there that got a bad rap due to the movie Sideways, but I can assure you that Rutherford Hill Reserve is one of the best ones I have tasted. A nice choice my husband made out of the cellar for our anniversary. There is too much to review for one week, but I’d like to add we even had a locally made Raspberry desert wine poured over a nice chocolate cake my neighbor brought to dinner and some port. We certainly covered all bases of the wine spectrum this time. Stayed tuned for more summer adventures!

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