St Helena Wines

St Helena is one of the Napa Valley’s top subregions, located in the shadow of the 1325m Mount Saint Helena, from which the small town takes its name. St Helena wines are recognized by rich red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These are made by some of California’s most notable names, including Beringer, Joseph Phelps, Turley, Duckhorn Vineyards and Hall Wines.

I recently tasted Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. This is a fantastic wine with full-bodied power, stunning purity and long finish aromas of beautiful licorice, chocolate, and espresso notes.

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The Halls purchased the winery in St. Helena. Now their estate vineyards contain more than 500 acres of classic Bordeaux varietals;  The couple has maintained a strong commitment to the environment and to cutting-edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes.

Through years of hard work, passion and unstoppable spirit, they ultimately built the HALL Wines and WALT Wines. Not only did the wines take off, but they also became serious contenders in the wine world.

Robert Parker 95 pts
Wine Spectator 93 pts

Available at Vinos.ca

Volcanic Wines

The most exciting and intriguing wines coming out of Italy have one thing in common: the volcanic origins of their soils. The Etna D.O.C. region is situated on the north, east and south slopes of the Etna volcano.

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This beautiful wine is produced at Feudo di Mezzo winery, situated in the heart of Etna viticulture. It comes from Nerello Mascalese grapes, and from the search for a modern expression of this noble grape variety cultivated in the unique and splendid terroir of Etna.

Light translucent color with a glowing ruby red at the rim. Very typical Etna Rosso with bright red summer fruits, volcanic sulfur, and wet mineral notes. There’s a precise and nice acidity that balances bright fruit and medium refined tannins. Drinking well now with a lighter than air consistency. Availability: Vinos.ca

92 pts Wine Enthusiast

90 pts Robert Parker

Wine producer: Planeta winery