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The two essential elements of the CORKZILLA experience – Wine and music – in a pairing. Our signature feature will continue in 2013, but we've decided to take a break from the grind of producing thoughtful pairings on a monthly basis. Please look for an archive page highlighting our pairings from the past coming soon. Cheers!

What We're Listening to

Keith Richards, "Crosseyed Heart," Republic Records

Gary Clark Jr., "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim," Warner Brothers Records

Warren Haynes Featuring Railroad Earth, "Ashes and Dust," Concord Records

Jason Isbell, "Something More Than Free," Southeastern Records

Phish, "Live Bait Vol. 11" (free digital download)

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, "Chasing Yesterday," Sour Mash Records

Neil Young, "On the Beach," Reprise Records

Massive Attack, "Protection," Circa Records

D'Angelo and the Vanguard, "Black Messiah," RCA Records

Brokedown in Bakersfield, "Live!," Little Sur Records

Ryan Adams, "Ryan Adams," Pax-Am Records

Rich Robinson, "The Ceaseless Sight," The End Records

Jack White, "Lazaretto," Third Man Records

The Wayne Shorter Quartet, "Without a Net," Blue Note Records

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Friday
Sep162011

Return to Spring Mountain - An Addendum

By Ben Heskett

SPRING MOUNTAIN ROAD, St. Helena, CA – It’s nice to revisit wines and their origin. CORKZILLA recently spend some time on Spring Mountain Road, visiting Pride Mountain Vineyards, Paloma Vineyard and Terra Valentine. Parts I and II of our write-up described some fundamental traits of this American Viticultural Area (AVA) – It’s Napa at a slower speed, with some wine treasures to be found, in an often breathtaking setting. Little did I know I would be back so soon.

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As an addendum to those visits, I pointed the car once again up Spring Mountain Road this past weekend and revisited Pride Mountain Vineyards to check in with a friend and also to explore another hidden gem just off the road, Barnett Vineyards (Gated entrance at left). The winery is located east of Pride, and the location seems more directly atop the Napa Valley, with amazing, sweeping views of the valley floor and eastside mountain range.

Barnett’s sourced Pinot Noir from Donnelly Creek Vineyard in Anderson Valley is a nice representation of a balanced vintage, with an elegant finish. An additional offering is also from Anderson Valley – the Savoy Vineyard – wasn’t tasted but a Barnett representative suggested the wine was a darker, richer, more full-bodied Pinot representation.

But the stars of the winery are the Cabernet Sauvignons. The high-end offering, the Rattlesnake Hill Cabernet from its Spring Mountain vineyard, is no joke – A true luscious Napa cabernet with a three-figure price tag to prove it. The lower end Spring Mountain offering also hits all the right rich Cabernet notes.

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What’s nice about the Barnett experience is the pace, a subject we discussed in some detail as part of our initial Spring Mountain Road visits and review. My party was left to take in the views (Pictured at right) at an outside table seemingly on the lip of the mountain while our Barnett representative came and went, briefly presenting each wine. Not obtrusive, not rushed…Just right.

As a side note, an additional visit to Pride Mountain Vineyards also reaped a newfound appreciation for the winery’s 2009 Syrah, a luxurious, dark fruit vintage. To sit at the picnic tables at the top of the vineyard drinking a bottle over lunch is a rare treat, and the Syrah reflects many of the elements I find interesting about Pride – Well-made wines, with interesting nose and palate emphasis, and evocative fruit.

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