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Jana Winery Red Blend Napa Valley Cathedral 2003

External Review by Appellation America:

Scott Harvey had been the winemaker for Folie a Deux Winery in the Napa Valley for 10 years before it was sold to Trinchero (Sutter Home) last year. He had always kept his adroit hands in Amador County though, having been the winemaker for Montevina, Story and Santino. Most of the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon-blend -- named Jana Cathedral, for his wife Jana and Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Ariz. where the couple was engaged -- also comes from the Napa Valley. But Harvey went to Nevada City, near Amador in California’s gold country, for the small percentage of Petit Verdot in the blend (the 5 percent of Cab Franc is from the Carpenter Ranch in St. Helena). The Cabernet itself is from the southwest-facing sloped Martin Vineyard in the Coombsville area in the eastern hills above the city of Napa. How this all manifests in the glass is that there are baking spices of clove and cocoa aromas with raspberry flavors. The wine is beautifully balanced, what with a rather tame (for California) 13.5 percent alcohol. And that’s what helps to make the wine delicious, along with some character-building minerality. It’ll hold up too, over the next eight years or so.ona

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External Reviews for Jana Winery Red Blend Napa Valley Cathedral

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Scott Harvey had been the winemaker for Folie a Deux Winery in the Napa Valley for 10 years before it was sold to Trinchero (Sutter Home) last year. He had always kept his adroit hands in Amador County though, having been the winemaker for Montevina, Story and Santino. Most of the fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon-blend -- named Jana Cathedral, for his wife Jana and Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Ariz. where the couple was engaged -- also comes from the Napa Valley. But Harvey went to Nevada City, near Amador in California’s gold country, for the small percentage of Petit Verdot in the blend (the 5 percent of Cab Franc is from the Carpenter Ranch in St. Helena). The Cabernet itself is from the southwest-facing sloped Martin Vineyard in the Coombsville area in the eastern hills above the city of Napa. How this all manifests in the glass is that there are baking spices of clove and cocoa aromas with raspberry flavors. The wine is beautifully balanced, what with a rather tame (for California) 13.5 percent alcohol. And that’s what helps to make the wine delicious, along with some character-building minerality. It’ll hold up too, over the next eight years or so.ona




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