Meet the Hottest New Names in Napa Wine

Scouting the latest must-taste wine projects is a serious Napa Valley sport, and I play the game every time I visit.

Earlier this year a hot tip took me up a steep, twisting, rain-slicked road to the top of Diamond Mountain, in the north of the valley. I bumped over the rocky soil of a just-planted vineyard in an open ATV with Jasud Estates passionate, bearded owned, Ketan Mody, who didnt seem to notification “were in” getting soaked. Later, when we tasted his first wines in the tiny cabin where he lives, I chose, despite being cold and wet, that this was one of the valleys most fascinating new ventures.

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Source: Calder Wine Company 2012 Calder Meyer Vineyard Charbono ($ 28) This fragrant, soft, plummy, food-friendly red has lively acidity and dusty tannins. This fragrant, soft, plummy, food-friendly red has lively acidity and dusty tannins. 2014 Calder Dry Riesling Rachel Rossi Vineyard ($ 20) From a 50 -year-old organic vineyard, this refreshing, citrusy white features mineral tones and a savory edge.

Photographer: Ketan Mody 2012 Beta Cabernet Sauvignon ($ 80, mailing list only) Very lush and almost juicy, the second vintage has a floral fragrance and tobacco, cassis, and mineral flavors.

Source: MacDonald Vineyards 2012 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon ($ 150) Deep, dark, and rich, its a melange of complex flavors: spice, chocolate, blueberries, and black olives, with enough tannin to age for decades.

Source: Di Constanzo 2013 Di Costanzo Farella Vineyard ($ 85) Rich, bright yet deep, this cabernet sauvignon is wonderfully balanced and has a strong mineral savour from the volcanic ash soil.

Source: Round Pond Estate 2013 Round Pond Scholars Gate ($ 225) To be released subsequently this autumn, this concentrated red, with the flavor of tart berries and smoky minerals, tastes as though the smooth tannins had a spa massage.

Source: Staglin Family Vineyard 2012 Staglin Booth Bella Oaks ($ 200) Silky, succulent, and richly textured, the second vintage is a ripe, stylish red with plenty of depth.

Source: Keep Wines 2012 Keep Syrah ($ 38) From a 2-acre plot in the Kahn vineyard deep in cool Carneros at the southern end of the Napa Valley, this beguiling red has fruit and leather and a bright iron tang.

Source: Perliss Estate Vineyards

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