Preferred Palates Newsletter

Welcome Preferred Palates members. We hope you enjoy learning more about the wine club shipment wines in your Notes.


Current Issue—December 2017

2014 St. Helena Rennie Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

"If we needed any proof, 2017 certainly reminded us of how fragile our planet – and we who populate it – can be. We had our own scare here in Napa Valley, but I know that many other communities around the country and world had disasters and scares of their own. It’s painful, but I know that for many people, these events have been a time to pause and give thanks..."

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October 2017

2014 Holy Smoke Cabernet Sauvignon

"As a vintner one of the questions I get most often concerns how long to age a particular wine. This is especially true of our Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons, which are rightfully thought of as cellar-worthy wines. My answer: it depends on your preference...."

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August 2017

2014 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

"You may not know this, but most of our Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons actually come from "vineyards within vineyards," small blocks or parcels we’ve identified as producing outstanding fruit year after year. For instance, our Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon grows on west-facing slopes in a larger ranch we call Kairos. My brother-in-law Pat Garvey has farmed this vineyard since the late 1980s, and early on he re-developed it, dividing it into small blocks according to geography, soils and microclimates..."

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June 2017

2014 Rutherford Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

"My Dad always said I was driven more by my passions than qualifications. As a freshman in high school I was determined to play football in spite of my five foot, 100-pound physique. But I kept at it, and in college I did get to play intramural, and actually was good enough that a couple of pro teams came sniffing around. It didn’t amount to a football career, but the experience taught me the value of perseverance. When applied to the wine industry, that drive and desire to excel served me well..."

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April 2017

2014 Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon

"If you’ve visited the Flora Springs Estate you may have noticed that I have a fondness for wild boar statues. It’s a creature that fascinates me, a wild mammal of ancient origin that often appears in Greek and other mythologies as a symbol of strength and fearsomeness. As a vineyard owner I’ve had my share of run-ins with wild boars..."

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February 2017

2014 Trilogy & 2014 Flora's Legacy Cabernet Sauvignon

"The release of the 30th vintage of Trilogy is a reminder of how amazing it’s been to watch the development of the wine industry in Napa Valley. When our family began making this wine there were a few other wineries making Bordeaux-style red blends, but not many. Back then, every vintage was a chance to explore..."

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