O'Brien Family Vineyard Seduction 2006
winemaker David Yorgensen, our winemaker, worked with renowned winemaking consultant Philippe Melka at Seavey vineyard. David joined us as our full time winemaker in 2004 to complete the aging, blending, and bottling of the 2004 vintages and has been responsible for all aspects of winemaking and cellar management since then. Our vineyards are managed by Pina Vineyards, who also manage Bryant Family and Gemstone vineyards. We DO not use any pesticides or herbicides in our vineyard. Tasting Notes A deep opaque wine with dark and brooding aromas of spicy black cherry and cassis. Juicy and focused flavors of pure wild berry and black cherry fruit with light cedary oak notes and enveloping spicy tannins that are firmly seductive. This wine will age well for 10 years or more. wine Information Seduction is a proprietary red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley appellation. Technical Details • titratable acidity – 0.59 g/100ml • pH – 3.57 • L-malic acid - <0.05 g/L • alcohol 15.2% Awards Double Gold Medal – American Fine wine Competition 2008 Boca Raton
O’Brien Estate began as a romantic dream over 20 years ago when we visited Napa Valley on our third date. We wanted to create wines that reflected the soil they were grown in and our passion for authentic wines made without artificial techniques. Only traditional Bordeaux winemaking practices and French oak barrels would be used to allow the wine to fully express its nuances.
RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.
Great quaffer. 15.2% alcohol kept well under wrap, but it must be decanted for around an hour. The only negative about this is the price. $35 is a little steep as it tastes more like a $20 bottle. The kitsch factor for Valentine's Day.
- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09
This is my favorite wine in the world. I'm not an oenophile, but I know what I like and I like this.
Three and a half glasses
Drinking nicely now. Plush and smooth red, deep ruby in color. Aromas of plum, cassis, and vanillin oak. Aromas are echoed on the palate, which is lush and round.
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The seduction worked. The nose boasts aromas of mixed berry pies in the oven, toffee and blackberry. The mixed berry flavors dominate the palate with a hazelnut overtone and the lingering finish brings in some grape juice concentrate and Hershey's milk chocolate. This is a BIG wine, full of flavor complexity and with the structure to age very nicely. If you can restrain yourself from going through the whole bottle in an hour, notice how the wine changes over the course of several hours. A great wine for conversation and fire place relaxation! Get seduced...
A deep opaque wine with dark and brooding aromas of spicy black cherry and cassis. Juicy and focused flavors of pure wild berry and black cherry fruit with light cedary oak notes and enveloping spicy tannins that are firmly seductive. This wine will age well for 10 years or more.
This wine is huge. Blueberries, oak, hazelnut, toffee, grape juice. All of this and more. I would let this one sit for awhile, either after opening or in the cellar. If the 2004 Seduction is any indication, this wine is a keeper.
I got the honest sensation of actual grapes from this wine. I know that sounds like some parody on irony in the wine-world, but SERIOUSLY: grapes! Like rich, lush grapes that are natural and not sugarified. It's not very often that I'll taste a wine that actually retains expressions of the literal grape itself, so I was very pleased. Beyond that there is a mixed berry appeal and hint of toffee, making this wine supple and delicious.
rich dark red in color. creamy hazelnutty nose. dark fruit taste with hazelnut chocolate flavors. a sipping wine, that will age well. good balance.
The great color (purple to the rim!) of the 2004 Seduction leads to pure blue and black berry fruit, intermixed with accents of graphite, tar and toasty vanilla tinged oak framed with satiny (not quite silky) tannins. This wine is nicely fruit forward (but not jammy) while retaining good balance in a very approachable and drinkable young wine!
These days finding a Napa Valley Bordeaux blend or “Meritage” wine for under $30 is like finding a needle in a haystack. With benchmarks Opus One, Cain Five, Quintessa, and Joseph Phelps Insignia leading the way at double and triple this amount, the O’Brien’s Seduction, at $35, is a breath of fresh air. Bart and Barb O’Brien purchased the former Costello Winery in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley AVA. Their team includes Pina Vineyards Management, who also manage Bryant Family and Gemstone vineyards, and winemaker David Yorgensen, who worked with renowned winemaking consultant Philippe Melka at Seavey Vineyard. They focus on Chardonnay, Merlot, and this Bordeaux blend, incorporating fruit from their 33 acre vineyard.No pesticides or herbicides are used. Seduction is a proprietary red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. This Bordeaux inspired blend tastes more like a high end Tuscan blend with its dark bitter cherry, boysenberry, mulberry, menthol, rosemary, and vanilla notes. It is round and voluptuous with juicy natural acids and sweet oak tones.
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