The People of PlumpJack: Chef Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne

Get to know the People of PlumpJack! This week get a behind the scenes look at, Executive Chef of PlumpJack Cafe at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Wyatt Dufresne. Originally from New York, Chef Wyatt started in PlumpJack Cafe‘s pantry in 2002. He worked his way to sous chef, left and came back in 2010 as the executive chef for 5 years, this March. Dufresne’s cuisine draws off his love for sustainable, organic, and seasonal ingredients as well as his educational background in science. His knowledge of how things grow, the anatomy of animals and fish, and the environmental impact of sourcing sustainable products has great influence on his menu selections. Here is more to know about Chef Wyatt.

1. What would your last meal be?
My last meal would be my Mother’s mac and cheese.  I used to help her make the pasta from scratch when I was a kid and I’m sure it helped to influence where I am today.  I have her make it for me every time I visit home!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of the most influential Chefs I’ve worked for (Larry Dunning at PlumpJack and West Shore Cafe) said, “Pay attention to the small things and you’ll be successful,” on our last day working together.

3. What is your top bucket list item?
Travel the world.

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
The 60’s and 70’s.  It just seems like people were creating a lot of changes in the world while having tons of fun:)

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Daniel Day Lewis with his “Gangs of New York” mustache.

6. What is your personal mantra?
No regrets!

7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
With my wife, family and friends eating awesome food and drinking great wine.  I would never forget our dog, Winter, either!

8. What was the last thing you searched for on google?
“Mignonette,” because I wanted to make sure the spelling was correct on the menu I just wrote.

 “My favorite dish Wyatt has made is, Cervena Venison Cheek: Black Winter Truffles, Asian Pear, Five Spiced Butternut Squash – to me this dish encompassed it all – rustic, but elegant, simple yet refined.  I can still taste everything in my mind – great dish.”

 “Wyatt’s best characteristic in my mind is he’ll always rise to the challenge and do what it takes to get the job done.”  

“My favorite memory with Wyatt was watching him win the 2014 Blazing Pans competition at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival this past September.”

-Steve Lamb, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

PlumpJack’s Top 10 Resolutions for You

Is it difficult for you to keep New Years Resolutions every year? You’re not alone! A new year offers another opportunity to improve your life in the upcoming year. And at PlumpJack we’re here to help! Here is PlumpJack’s top 10 resolutions for you, with ways you can ensure that this year you better yourself, take time to enjoy life and have some fun.

1. Get active by doing something you enjoyed as a kid – skiing, dancing, ice skating, riding your bike, swimming, etc…We can help you fulfill this resolution at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn or The Carneros Inn.

2. Be more adventurous – try backcountry skiing, moonlit snowshoe hikes, dog sledding, yoga in the vineyards. Book PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn’s Snowcat Fever Package for a backcountry ski adventure.

3. Impress your friends with some new cocktails. Join our Cocktail Club and come to our Cocktail Club Mixer, January 20th. Join the Club.


4. Eat more brunch…at the Boon Fly Café, Balboa Cafe San Francisco or Balboa Cafe Mill Valley.

5. Let off some steam with a night out on the dance floor – Check out our line-up of DJs at MatrixFillmore.


6. Drink more of the good stuff (wine) on a random night, instead of waiting for a special occasion. PlumpJack, Odette and Cade wines all came in with impressive scores of their ’12 vintages (Odette Estate Reserve at 100) from Robert Parker, READ MORE
7. Plan a celebration, whether for yourself or someone else – it doesn’t have to be a special occasion, just a day or night of fun, friends, libations and good food. Check out PlumpJack Catering for your event.

8. Eat fresh from the garden – FARM at the Carneros Inn sources produce from their onsite gardens  and PlumpJack Cafe sources from two, small local farms nearby.


9. Volunteer, donate, and support the causes you believe in – PlumpJack is proud to support CPIC  (Cancer Prevention Institute of California), Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and more. Learn more about PlumpJack Philanthropy.

 

10. Breathe deeply and take it all in, it’s a new year! Cheers from your friends at PlumpJack. And good luck at accomplishing your new year resolutions.

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Conversations with Hilary: Bill Newsom

I am so deeply honored to feature one of my favorite people in the world, my dad, Bill Newsom. A retired Judge with a 20 year tenure, three years on the superior court and 17 on the California Court of Appeals. He has been a leader in the environmental movement for more than 40 years, both locally and nationally. His passions are the wilderness, wildlife and water issues. Through his devotion he has made an impact on the environment in Alaska, California and beyond.

My father founded the Mountain Lion Foundation in the 1970’s, establishing protection for the California Mountain Lion. For 12 years he was a trustee for the Environmental Defense Fund and currently serves as a trustee for Earth Justice – America’s premier environmental law firm. He continues his advocacy for the environment as a grant maker, funding environmental campaigns throughout the west. My childhood memories are filled with accompanying him to many philanthropic events to help raise money and awareness for his causes. His passion to make a difference in the world, inspired me to become a philanthropist and my brother, Gavin, a dedicated public servant.

My father has always had a deep interest for English literature. He taught English at Stanford University and has an impressive book collection. But most of all, my father is witty and kind and he is the most wonderful father and grandfather anyone could have ever dreamt of. I hope you enjoy my Conversations with my father as much as I enjoy my personal conversations with him daily.

1. What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
My family

2. Do you have a prized possession?
Book collection

3. What qualities do you think others love about you?
Sense of humor


4. What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
That I don’t do it anymore!

5. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stretching to help walking

6. What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Crawl up and back to the local pub for drinks and dinner

7. What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Birds and animals

8. What are you passionate about now?
Birds and animals

9. What’s your favorite season and why?
Winter because I enjoy cold, gloomy weather

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you want to have with you?
“A Life of Dr. Johnson” by Boswell, and 2 extra copies in case the first 2 get wet

11. If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
Old Fashioned

12. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
N/A since I don’t own an iPod

13. If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Max Beerbohm and Norman Douglas

14. If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
Tarzan of the Apes:  A Sequel

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15. Do you have any regrets?
As Edith Piaf said in her famous song, “je ne regrette rien” (I regret nothing)

16. Define Freedom.
Being left alone

17. What are your personal core values?
Never betray your family and friends, betraying your country on occasion may be alright.  Eschew patriotism at all costs since it is the last refuge of a scoundrel

Five Ways to Host a Festive New Years Eve Bash

Get the streamers and noisemakers ready because it’s just about time to ring in the New Year! If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve bash make it fun, get creative and welcome 2015 in style. From the delicious drinks to the festive entertainment, use these tips to keep your guests having a great time. From the moment they show up until the ball drops. 

1. Champagne
New Year’s Eve is all about the bubbly. Stop by both PlumpJack Wine & Spirits locations for a wide selection of champagnes. The PlumpJack Wine & Spirits team can help you pick out the perfect bottle of bubbly to impress your guests. Our Champagne Club features our favorite bottles, ranging from tête de cuvées to some of the best farmer fizz we can find.

Wine & Spirits buyer, Paul Birman has been with PlumpJack Wine & Spirits for 19 years. Here are Paul’s picks of champagnes he believes are fitting for celebrating the New Year. All available at our Fillmore Wine Store.

Paul’s Picks
1. Billecart – Salmon Brut Réserve
2. Bollinger Brut Champagne Special Cuvee
3. Louis Roederer Brut Premier’
4. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
5. Billecart -Salmon Brut Rosé 


 

 

 

 

Click here to watch this simple raisin trick, on how to revive a bottle of Champagne that’s gone flat. And use this guide to easily pick out the perfect champagne.

2. Festive Decor
Create a festive atmosphere with decorations that will get your guests in the spirit. When it comes to New Year’s, the more sparkle and pop the better. We love these DIY Confetti Wands from The Haunted Interior. For a creative twist on the countdown, number your champagne flutes for a countdown toast. Have each person yell out their number when it’s time, and then drink to the New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Food
Keep it to the small bites. Let guests nosh on hearty apps throughout the night. Check out our Pinterest board, Small Bites for delicious appetizers to keep your guests going until the clock strikes midnight.

Crab Cake Poppers with Spicy Aioli

Crab Cake Poppers with Aioli

Mushroom Tartlets

Mushroom Tartlets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Entertain
Keep your guests entertained! Get out the playing cards – like these that feature New Year’s resolutions – turn into a fun guessing game. Gather the cards, read them aloud randomly, then let everyone determine who wrote what. Download the playing cards here.

Set up a jaw-dropping backdrop for the perfect photo booth. Take a look at this chic backdrop from Style Me Pretty. You and your friends can take pictures throughout the night! Have a Polaroid camera ready and your guests can take home their photos as a souvenir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t let your guests leave the party empty handed. As a favor create fun care packages for New Year’s Day. Fill them with ibuprofen, Alka-Seltzer, vitamin C and maybe some baked goods..

5. Sweet Treats
We save the best for last! Any good party has delicious desserts to help round out the night. Strawberries pair well with champagne, dress up your chocolate covered strawberries with some glitter. If you want to wow your guests even more and keep them going, consider an espresso soaked Tiramisu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the first day of 2015 the right way, with Balboa Cafe San Francisco. Brunch will be served from 10am until 3pm! Enjoy a delicious meal from our special New Year’s Day Brunch menu and pair it with our famous Bloody Mary, for the perfect kick off to 2015!

If you’re someone who loves hosting but without the fuss of planning, try PlumpJack Catering.

#ToastTheSnow with Veuve Clicquot in the Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at PlumpJack Squaw Valley as we raise a glass and toast all of the new snow this winter season with Clicquot In the Snow, featuring Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Rosè NV. The Veuve team will be there to play snow games with guests, while a DJ spins on the patio in the snow;  plus, champagne specials, photo booth fun, giveaways of Veuve Clicquot items and more.The Clicquot In the Snow event kick-off party is December 20th from 2-5pm, and the series continues every third Saturday during January, February and March. Click HERE for details.

Instagrammers have an opportunity to win a one-night stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn  when you follow @pjsquawvalleyinn #Toastthesnow and #ClicquotInTheSnow. We’ll feature our favorites on social media and pick a winner in mid-January. This is just the first of four opportunities to win; the contest will run each month with more chances to win great prizes from Veuve Clicquot. Make sure to join us at the Inn for some bubbly and fun in the snow.

How to enter:
1. Follow @pjsquawvalleyinn on Instagram
2. Tag your photos #toastthesnow #clicquotinthesnow
3. Winner chosen January 15th

Conversations with Hilary: Sports Agent Doug Hendrickson

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Geoff Callan, Hilary Newsom Callan, Ann Getty, Shyla Hendrickson, Doug Hendrickson

Doug Hendrickson is one of my dearest friends. He’s a top sports agents who represents some of the biggest names in sports, and despite being surrounded by celebrity athletes in a perceived star-studded industry, he’s more concerned about making sure his clients are staying grounded and helping them actualize their personal and professional goals. He’s not just about the game that’s being played on the field, but what kind of impact these players are making off the field. I admire that he treats his players more like family and less like clients, and that he is fully engaged and supportive of their philanthropic efforts, as well as spearheading many of his own philanthropic endeavors. In this Conversations with Hilary, Doug shows his true colors as a regular guy doing extraordinary things.

What do you believe to be your greatest accomplishment?
Fathering three great, healthy kids and finding an overachieving phenomenal wife. I still wonder why she married me and I think she still feels the same way.

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What qualities do you think others love about you?

I think they love that I am fun, that I don’t take life too seriously, and I am very generous (probably way too generous).

If you could do anything other than what you currently do, what would it be?
I would own a small, intimate boutique hotel in the Caribbean.

What do you like most about what you do for a living/career?
I love the fact that I literally live the American dream where I can help mentor a young athlete who is very rough in many cases around the edges and watch them grow in their career over the years. I value seeing the impact that I have on their lives.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Take my three-year old son to the bathroom.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?
Get together with some good friends, break some bread, have a cocktail and some good wine.

What were you passionate about in your younger years growing up?
Anything with a ball – basketball, baseball, football, golf – you name it, every sport possible from 6 am til 9 pm at night.

What are you passionate about now?
Giving back and trying to pave the right path for my three kids.

What’s your favorite season and why?
I love summer. I love sitting on a beach from sun up to sun down, or relaxing by the pool with a nice cold glass of CADE Sauvignon Blanc.

If you were a cocktail or a drink what would it be?
I would be grey goose lemonade – crisp, light, and refreshing.

What three things would you bring with you on a deserted Island?
My gorgeous wife, booze and great music

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The Band – The Weight

If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
My dad. I was 17 when he died. I would love for him to meet my kids and wife.
Mick Jagger, because of the stories he must have.

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Geoff Callan, Josh Johnson of the 49ers, Doug Hendrickson


If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

The Fortunate One, because I feel very blessed to have a job where I love what I do and to be married to a phenomenal wife with three wonderful kids.

Do you have any regrets?
The one regret was not playing basketball in Czechoslovakia after college – because as the scout told me you will drink beer morning, noon and night and there were beautiful women there.

Define Freedom.
Being able to do what I want to do and live the way I want to live.

What are your personal core values?
Doing right by others, treating people with respect, and having integrity. Basically showing respect for other people no matter what they do, where they live, or what religion they practice.

 

How To Shop For: Mom

Not only do I absolutely love shopping for all my friends and family for the holidays, I especially love shopping for my mom. It’s a reason to spoil her and I love the mission of finding just the right gift. The gift that she wouldn’t expect or something she had looked for in the past and had no luck. The gift that simply says, “I love you this much”.

Here are some ideas that she’ll be sure to love.

Necklace – gold plated and age neutral, the perfect piece of elegance for her to wear everyday (Gorjana, $60)

Decorative bowl – so family dinners can be delicious and chic (Tory Burch, $128)

Cozy cape – whether she’s on the go or quiet at home, she’ll be effortlessly in style (Vince, $495)

Double layer gloves – chunky cable knit and fingerless, so she can still text you to say, “Thank you for this fantastic gift!” (Urban Outfitters, $18)

Metallic detail mug – so she can start her day off with some glitz (J Crew, $14.50)

Etched measuring spoons – wood spoons with etched details make these a standout accessory in any kitchen (Urban Outfitters, $20)

Cashmere slippers – because her toes deserve a little luxury too (Arlotta, $115)

Quartz bottle stopper – so the bottle of wine you two just shared can stay fresh (and look pretty) until next time (RABLABS, $64)


Stay tuned for our next post, “How To Shop For: Dad”

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Cocktail Creations & Recipes

The holidays are officially here. There is a chill in the air and holiday music on air. What better way to celebrate, and get through, the holidays than to try some new cocktails. Whether entertaining guests or cozying up to the fire with a loved one, we found some creative and festive drink options for you to imbibe in this season. Tell us in the comments what your favorite cocktails are to celebrate this time of year, and we may just choose yours to feature in one of our cocktail lists at one of PlumpJack’s restaurants and bars.

All of the spirits and liquors featured in this post are available for purchase at both PlumpJack Wine & Spirits stores. Delivery is free on orders of $100 or more in San Francisco or stop in to peruse our selections. Happy Drinking!

English Harvest 
Contributed by Food & Wine


 

 

 

 

 

 

In a pitcher, combine the apples with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve over ice.

Ingredients
Ice
1 ounce London dry Gin
3/4 ounce bounded apple brandy
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce unfiltered apple juice
1/4 ounce oregeat (almond flavored syrup)
3 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 spiral-cut orange twist for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients expect the garnish and shake well. Strain into a small chilled coupe or snifter and garnish with the orange twist.

Cranberry Gimlet
Contributed by Genna’s Lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine the vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice and agave nectar in a shaker over ice. After you shake, pour into a chilled martini glass. Add garnish with fresh cranberries or a lemon twist. This twist on a Cosmopolitan, delivers a perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Ingredients:
Serving size 1
2 oz. citrus vodka
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. unsweetened cranberry juice
½ oz/ agave nectar
Lemon twist or fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)

Apple Barrel
Contributed by Saveur.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cognac, apple brandy, and an apple-mint vermouth are combined for a decidedly autumnal cocktail.

Ingredients:
1 oz. vermouth, preferably Uncouth Vermouth Apple Mint
¾ oz. apple brandy
¾ oz. cognac
¼ oz. Becherovka liqueur
2 dashes apple bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with a large ice cube. Twist a 1″ strip orange peel over cocktail; drop peel into glass.

Fig Thyme
Contributed by Honestly Yum

First make the thyme simple syrup. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium, heat until the sugar dissolves. Then add the thyme and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the thyme and pour into a heat-safe glass jar. Let cool before using in your cocktail. Label your jar with the date and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

 

 

Ingredients
1 ½ oz. Pisco
¼ oz. Cointreau
½ oz. thyme simple syrup
½ oz. lime juice
1 fig (quartered)
Thyme Simple Syrup
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
5 sprigs of thyme

Coquito
Contributed by Liquor.com

 

 

 

 

 

This rich and creamy rum-spiked Coquito is a classic Puerto Rican holiday cocktail recipe. Combine all the ingredients except the rum in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, let cool and stir in the rum. Transfer to bottles (making sure that at least one cinnamon stick goes into each bottle), seal and store in the refrigerator. Serve over ice in rocks glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Ingredients
2 (15-oz) cans Unsweetened coconut cream
2 (15-oz) cans Cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
1 Vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
3 tsp Ground nutmeg
8 Cinnamon sticks
1 (750-mL) bottle Añejo or spiced rum
Garnish with a Cinnamon stick

Try these at home or come into one of PlumpJack’s Restaurants and Bars for our own take on the holiday classic cocktails.

Airport Essentials

The holiday season is upon us! This means shopping for loved ones, the sweet smell of baking, and traveling to see friends and family. So I thought I’d take a moment to share my picks for when you’re at the airport and on the plane, when traveling this holiday season.

I used to not be a fan of flying, but in recent years, I have become more comfortable with it and actually view it as something to look forward to. With each flight, I also become more of an expert flyer, as each trip I learn new tricks to make the traveling experience as seamless as possible. Here are a few pieces to help you find a little more comfort when in the sky in the coming months.

1. Comfortable pants – the ultimate lifesaver. You want a truly comfortable pant to wear on the plane, especially if you’re going to be on a coast to coast flight. These are great since they’re a modal/spandex blend and have fantastic stretch and keep their true black color wash after wash. (Level 99 Lily skinny straight pant in forever black, $118)

2. Comfortable flats – because no one wants to wear bulky shoes while trying to curl up in your seat while watching the latest movie (and taking your shoes off is just not an option). These feel like slippers but wear as a chic flat. Bonus, you can still wear a nylon sock with them for when you have to go through security. (Yosi Samra Samara flat in black crocodile, $70)

3. Notebook – my motto when I’m in the air is, “Life is so much simpler at 30,000 feet”. Thus, the best time to reflect and write down anything that comes to mind. (Kate Spade, “Leave Something to the Imagination” notebook, $24)

4. Hair ties – nothing is worse than when you’re half way through your flight and don’t have something to put your hair up with. I bring a handful of these each trip, just in case. (Goody hair ties, $4)

5. Oversize cozy cardigan – versatility at its’ best. This cardigan is perfect for layering and even better to wrap up in as an alternative to a mysteriously packaged on board blanket. (Tart collections Darla cardigan, $150)

6. Travel proof skin care – for when you feel the effects of the glorious recycled cabin air on board. The line was “created specifically to combat environmental stresses that affect the health of the skin including travel and flight fatigue.” The travel size products offer five ways of hydration to keep you feeling refreshed all flight long and keep you reaching for them even after you land. (Air Repair skincare kit, $42)

Happy and safe travels this holiday season!

The Reviews are In: Find Out Which Wine Scored 100

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Danielle Cyrot, Aaron Miller, Jeff Owens

We have some exciting news to share – the latest reviews from Robert Parker were published recently and we are humbled and honored by Mr. Parker’s reviews of our wines from all three wineries: Odette Estate, PlumpJack Winery, and CADE Estate. We were already so proud of Aaron Miller, Danielle Cyrot, and Jeff Owens and the wine they produced– and Robert Parker’s words simply reinforce that.  Take a look at the spectacular reviews below!


2012 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville is from the well-known McWilliam Oakville Vineyard, made famous by Nils Venge when he made wine at Villa Mt. Eden from this site. It has rich, broad, but velvety tannins, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and up-front drinkability (which is somewhat surprising), but gorgeous seductiveness and plenty of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit. This full-bodied, precocious and lusty style should drink well for 10-15 years.
93 Points
Release Date: February 2015

PJWinery2012 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate Oakville adds a lot of structure and even more density to the basic cuve?e. It’s an inky ruby/purple, has notes of graphite and toasty vanilla, but is dominated by the black cherry and blackcurrant fruit spectrum. Full-bodied, powerful and formidable in extract and richness, this wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and keep 25-30 years. It’s a stunning example of the vintage from a great terroir.
96+ Points
Release Date: September 2015

2012 CADE ‘Napa Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon
The opulent, fleshy, sexy, consumer friendly 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as oodles of blackcurrant fruit intermixed with floral and blueberry notes. Lush and plush, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-15 years, although such well-balanced and forward wines as this can sometimes age two decades or more.”
92 Points
Release Date: November 2015

2012 CADE Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The stunning, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts beautiful mulberry, blueberry and black raspberry fruit notes, a pure, full-bodied style, sweet tannin, adequate acidity and an opulent, lush mouthfeel. This offering is atypical for a Howell Mountain cuve?e, which tends to be more foreboding in its youthfulness. Drink this beauty over the next 15+ years.
94 Points
Release Date: October 2015 

2012 CADE Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
From the owners of Plumpjack Winery, Cade Estate Winery began strongly, and continues to exhibit promise.  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes in a unique bottle that is similar to the special bottle used by Joseph Phelps for their Insignia (which reminds me of a grenade). A blockbuster superstar, this inky/purple-hued 2012 is filled with cre?me de cassis, blueberry and mulberry fruit that hides any notion of its oak aging. Opulent, voluptuously textured, multilayered and stunningly rich with a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, this magnificent Cabernet should age effortlessly for two decades or more. But who can wait that long? Not me.
98 Points
Release Date: May 2015

2012 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
This is one of the new, hot, fashionable and much-watched small estates just off the Silverado Trail in Stag’s Leap. My first impressions were exceptional. Of the two Cabernets, one is the reserve and the other their standard offering.  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc) is a near perfect, glorious example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from an absolutely magnificent vintage. The scary thing is that 2013 might be not only as good, but better. The color is dense ruby/purple and the wine shows classic cre?me de cassis notes along with some floral underpinnings, deep raspberry and a touch on minerality. Good crisp acidity provides focus and uplift through this wine’s other exuberant and concentrated component parts. This is a stunner, and a classic Stag’s Leap
96 Points
Release Date: February 2015

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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Estate could be a candidate for perfection. With absolutely concentrated essences of blueberry, blackberry and cassis complemented by wild flowers and very subtle background oak, this stunningly concentrated, rich Cabernet Sauvignon has real first-growth complexity and power. Absolutely spectacular, this wine is simply chewy and profound. It should have 25 years longevity and drinkability ahead of it.
100 Points
Release Date: September 2015

Thank you for your great support, and we look forward to sharing a glass with you soon!

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