D.R. Stephens Estate was established
on Howell Mountain Road in Napa Valley in 1996.
According to their website, Don and Trish Stephens found an old
olive orchard planted in the early 1860s on their 35-acre property.
They moved some of the olive trees and planted seven acres to
This wine was stuck in the cellar waiting for the day when an
old friend and I could enjoy it. Seven years later, this silky,
black cherry-scented wine delighted us. It was rich and full with
flavors of plum, cassis and black cherries perfectly balanced. The
tannins were smooth and the finish lingered.
It was a fabulous bottle of wine.
And then I read the reviews:
This seven-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in new French
oak barrels for 22 months.
According to the Wine Spectator: “Tight and
firm, with spicy currant, blackberry, anise, mocha and espresso.
Complex and concentrated. Shortens up on the finish, where the
fruit pours through. Drink now through 2012.” (10/06)
Robert Parker said:
“One of the world’s most prodigious Cabernets.” … Then
he awarded the 2002 100 points…
Music to my ears.
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It won’t belong before I’ll be boarding a plane and heading
south to sunny California for a bachelorette weekend in Napa
Valley. A good friend from college is getting married in July, and
she decided the best way to celebrate her upcoming nuptials would
be with her closest friends in a rented house surrounded by
I couldn’t agree more.
Normally I’d ask for referrals and suggested wineries that you
all think I should visit, but because I’m going with a group of 10
or more ladies, the itinerary is already set. Instead, I wanted to
post the list of wineries we’re going to visit to see if anyone
knows these wineries (I’ve heard of two of them). I’m also open for
suggestions if there’s a wine at one of these stops you think I
should absolutely not miss.
Also please feel free to post your Napa favorites because I hope
this isn’t the last time I get down there. (And, if anyone has a
recommendation for a shuttle that runs from the Oakland Airport to
Napa — and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, or my first born —
could you please share? I’m arriving later than everyone else and
need to find my own transportation to the house where we’re staying
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