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Wine of the Week: The Trip to Bountiful – HALL Winery Napa Valley

Dwight Casimere | 9/6/2018, noon
St. Helena, NAPA Valley, Ca. - Thursday, September 13 is a landmark day in Chicago wine history. That is when ...

St. Helena, NAPA Valley, Ca. - Thursday, September 13 is a landmark day in Chicago wine history. That is when Kathryn Hall, owner of HALL Family Winery will visit the Windy City to host a tasting event of her new releases. The kathryn Hall Release Party will be held at the W Hotel, City Center, 172 W. Adams in downtown Chicago from 7 to 9:30pm.In addition, Katherine Hall herself will be leading a pre-event vertical tasting of her signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Tickets to the public are available on Eventbrite.

The esteemed wine critic Robert Parker has recently singled out HALL’s wines as among the best that the Napa Valley has to offer. He referenced the wine in recent reviews as reflecting "the Art of Cabernet Sauvignon" winemaking. A personal visit to the HALL Winery tasting room along Highway 29 in the heart of the Napa Valley only confirmed that high praise.

HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($157.25) is as close to an ideal vintage as possible. It is complex without being pretentious. Aromas and tastes of fresh blackberries and blueberries are evident both on the nose and on the palate. The wine is full-bodied with a nice mouth feel yet it is devoid of heaviness or over-ripeness. The wine invites another sip to uncover its many layers of delicious diversity. The wine is, in a word, flawless.

Other wines of note include Jack's Masterpiece Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($150), a wine, which lives up to its name. Also rated 90-100 points, each year Hall's former winemaker Mike Reynolds returns to the winery to blend a Cabernet that he refers to as his "first love." Like the Hall Cabernet, it is brimming with bright fruit flavors combined with a lingering scent of burning embers and a bit of charcoal glaze in the background. The deep purple color will remind you of some of the richest. If this wine were to be served side-by-side with a wine from Graves, France, no one would be able to tell the difference.

Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals.

Each vintage, Winemaker Steve Leveque crafts 19 distinct Cabernet Sauvignon wines, which demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of Napa Valley. HALL’s highly rated wines include the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected as Wine Spectator’s #18 of the ‘Top 100’ in 2010, the HALL 2008 “Kathryn HALL” Cabernet Sauvignon that earned #2 Wine Spectator “Top 100” Wines, and its 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ earned 100 points by Robert Parker. Collectively, over 140 HALL Wines have been rated 90 points and above.

HALL Wines employs high-density plantings and small-vine viticulture combined with two cutting-edge, gravity-flow wineries to produce the highest quality wines. In addition, the HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California, making HALL Wines pioneers in the use of green buildings for the wine industry. The site maintains one acre of solar panels on its roof and uses 100% recycled water throughout its processes. Each of Hall’s state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and tasting rooms combine contemporary art and architecture with comfortable luxury and warm hospitality for winery guests. For more visit www.hallwines.com.