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Schreiner's Winers- The Wines of Alpha Omega

Posted by VegasOenophile, Jun 24, 2012.

In April, my group did a terrific tasting exploring the wines of Alpha Omega with winemaker Jean Hoefliger live on Skype.  He's a blast, so if you ever get to meet him at an event, do.  If you are in Napa, I strongly recommend scheduling a tasting at AO in Rutherford.  They craft exceptional wines and have a great facility right off the 101.  Consulting winemaker Michel Rolland and Jean work to bring old world knowledge to new world sensibilities and they do it well. 

We tasted:

2010 Sauvignon Blanc

2009 Chardonnay

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 ERA

2009 Late Harvest




Reply by JonDerry, Jun 25, 2012.

Michel Rolland, with so many consulting gigs, I wonder how this guy manages them all. If there were a reality TV show for wine, his operation would definitely be on the short list of candidates I'd have to think.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 26, 2012.

This from the guy who brought a Pape Clement to "Drink Greg's Wine" in October 2011! The Left Bank wine that both Gregs thought was a merlot.

Reply by outthere, Jun 26, 2012.

"They craft exceptional wines and have a great facility right off Hwy 29."


Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 26, 2012.

Yes, OT, Napa is not off the 101. Of course, VO knows stuff about Vegas that's not on the Strip which is more than I can say... except Marche Bacchus, which is much better than the website and a lifesaver for anyone wanting food and wine that isn't the oversalted and hyped stuff at the big hotels.

Reply by JonDerry, Jun 26, 2012.

The Cabernet came alive after the bottle was open after a while, that wine was a good memory for me. First real class Graves. But it was you who looked up the wiki info and found that Rolland was consulting, I didn't even know the name at that point. Have seen it everywhere since.

Good catch OT, thought the 101 sounded a little funny!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 26, 2012.

I remember thinking about that wine, it's Cab, but not all Cab, and my limited Bordeaux sensibility was overwhelmed because GdP was to my left saying it was right bank and GregT thought it was practically cab free.  I just thought it was something a little green that said French cab, then we pulled back the bag and it all made sense--Rolland making a left bank wine.  He truly is everywhere.

Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27, 2012.

Great that we can both remember that so distinctly. Always tough when you don't follow your instincts in those situations, but there are reasons to hedge I guess. Wish you could've been there for the 90' Lynch and Leoville Barton, they were somethin', a little more old fashioned and harder edge than the 00' PC

Reply by Mike Meisner, Jun 27, 2012.

I routinely take guests to AO - great wines, and a really nice spot to just hang out on the porch near the fountains and soak in the sun. Their Proprietary Red is some good juice.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Jun 30, 2012.

Oops, duh me!  I was tired and forgot my highways!  Thanks for the correction.

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