Experience Trail 3150, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District Single Vineyard red 2016
*** Sleeper Napa Valley Value - Drinks like similar wines in the $75-100 range ***
Experience is the dream of Catherine and Travis Vale. Travis was born and raised in the Russian River Valley of California’s Sonoma Coast. He first worked a harvest in 1998, falling in love with the sights and sounds of a working winery. The daughter of a master brewer, Catherine was born and raised in London.
The two met in 2001 while both were traveling in New Zealand. Travis was furthering his education in the cooler climate growing regions of Marlborough. Catherine was finishing up a six-month tour of Southeast Asia and Australia. The tour bus they shared was aptly named the Kiwi Experience New Zealand. “That chance meeting far from our homes was a turning point in our lives,” says Catherine.
In 2010, they purchased an 8-acre vineyard estate in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, now the source of Trail 3150 Red Wine Blend, and launched a new wine brand.
Naming the fledgling wine Experience seemed a perfect fit.
The 2016 blend is delicate and precise in detail, the bright red-purple hue an indicator of the depth and fresh fruit character. With distinct aromas of raspberry and cassis, the wine opens to reveal subtle layers of complexity. Intense, concentrated ripe fruit notes are offered, supported by a robust structure with integrated soft tannins. This vintage will continue to reveal itself over the course of many years.
Blend: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon; 33% Merlot; 33% Malbec
93 points Tasting Panel
Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec are aged 21 months in (50% new) French oak. From its ripe nose of wild strawberry and raspberry liqueur to its juicy flow of dark red fruit on the palate, this one makes a lasting impression. Mocha and fennel sidle up to high toned acidity and a Delicious apple note on the mid-palate. Great structure and a luscious mouthfeel.