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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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Celebrating Three New Releases

By Ben Heskett

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. – Release parties are largely marketing events for the latest vintages. But three such endeavors last weekend showed just how different these fetes can be. As part of a fun day in Napa, CORKZILLA visited the following wineries debuting their latest: Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars, and Girard Winery. Some random thoughts:

Robert Sinskey: One of my all-time Napa favorites, Sinskey continues to produce solid vintages, with particular emphasis on Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons. Their latest release, the 2010 Pinot Noir from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, is a stalwart of the winery, a terrific example of Carneros Pinot. I can't recommend a release party at Sinskey enough, largely because their accompanying snacks are tremendous – carmelized pork medallions on this day. As some of you may know, Sinskey has long prided itself on the role of food in the enjoyment of wine.

Silver Oak: Wow. I had no idea. Ignoring the fine 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon release for a minute, Silver Oak certainly knows how to throw a large release party (Photo at right). I knew it was a bit more of a “happening” than most release shindigs, but the thousands of people in attendance blew me away. As far as the wine goes, the 2007 Napa release is a terrific vintage with an interesting combination of fruit and spice. Random fact? I did not know Silver Oak has used American oak since the 1970s.

Girard: An early taste of their 2009 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, scheduled for release this summer. Spring Mountain is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) of interest to the ‘Zilla and this wine shows why, with terrific fruit and tannic structure. For more detail, the Girard blog says it all. The winery paired the Cabernet flight they were featuring with some tasty bites – A terrific way to taste wines from these mountain regions.

In addition to the featured wines, the wineries also poured some other vintages. Among the highlights there:

  • The Robert Sinskey 2006 Marcien Proprietary Red from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, a Bordeaux blend that shows surprising layers and depth, with dark fruit and chocolate notes. Not what you might expect from a Carneros blend.
  • The Robert Sinskey 2005 “SLD” Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley, a classic Napa Cabernet with the expected fruit flavors along with some impressive earth tones. I’ve been drinking Sinskey Cabernets for years and am always impressed with the results.
  • The Girard 2008 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, two terrific takes on Cabernet at altitude from another terrific producer I’ve enjoyed for years. They’re both young, but filled with terrific fruit – Two for the cellar.