Talk to any Napa wine “aficionado”, and the sheer mention of "mountain grown" or "hillside" fruit will make their ears perk up.
The grapes for the Great Dane are sourced from some of the most prized mountain vineyards in Coombsville and Godspeed, Napa.
So what’s the big deal with “mountain grown” fruit, compared to everything? The main reason is the soil.
Of course vines would like the perfect soil, but when they’re made to struggle, the grapes they produce have a more intense flavor and richness about them. Think of it like people. If you give someone everything they need, every comfort, every luxury, they will never produce anything of substance. Kind of like Paris Hilton. But if you make them struggle a little (as mountain grown grape do), the end result will always be greater!
Coombsville Vineyard is located just East of Napa. The vineyard is only 65 acres in size. Due to the cooler climate in Coombsville and therefore a longer growing season , the grapes produce wines yielding a more intense and concentrated flavor.
The Godspeed vineyard can be found in the Mount Veeder Appellation of Napa Valley, located at 1500ft above sea level. The vineyard is the project of the the Larry Stricker family. Larry is an acclaimed architect who has created several world class resort hotels.
Grapes from the Godspeed Vineyard in Mount Veeder vineyard have been sourced by wineries such as Robert Craig, Bremmer, William Hill, and Newton.
Don’t be expecting any kind of “fruit bomb”! That’s not what the HeartSmart Great Dane Cab is about. Dark and brooding blackberry, plum and cassis. with vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, and bittersweet chocolate. There is some red fruit lurking deep in there, but it isn’t much. Plenty of tannin and acidity, leading to a lengthy finish. I aerated with my Soiree, which certainly helped, but the ‘08 Great Dane certainly needs at least another few years in the bottle to realize its full potential.
No huge surprises on the pairing. Ribeye, rack of lamb, stew, barbecue ribs, and veal. Saying that, for some some reason whilst drinking this wine, I got the most random craving for a huge slice of dark-chocolate cake with a red fruit compote…
$110 – Available in very limited supply from www.heartsmartwine.com
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