Last night was the first night of hockey playoffs so our home was buzzing with excitement. I buoyantly made dinner of roasted poblano and Irish cheddar quinoa patties with spicy faux Italian sausages and fancied a fruity [yet not sweet] smooth, easy drinking glass to accompany dinner and the first playoff game of the evening. After perusing through my wine bar rack, I enthusiastically emerged with the Highflyer Centerline 2007. I recalled being drawn to the DaVinci drawing on the label, the 2007 Napa Valley vintage, and the fact that only 49 barrels were produced. The ode to DaVinci label is a reflection of the winemaker and owner Craig Austin’s interest in the balance and proportion of wine, along with his passion for aviation. Highflyer sources their grapes from small, family owned vineyards throughout California, with a commitment to producing wines that are “fruit-forward, thought-provoking, varietally and regionally accurate, and delicious.” The grapes for this bottle were sourced from two vineyards; Somerston Vineyard [92%] in the eastern part of Napa Valley and the other from Vivio Vineyard in northern Sonoma Valley.
Deep dark reddish purple in colour with aromas of cherry and blackberry entwined with toasted oak and vanilla. Soft and juicy blueberry and black current flavours glided above an undercurrent of rich mocha notes in the full body. Spicy black pepper and zippy licorice elements mingled with traces of damp earth to elongate the spirited, satisfying finish. Easy drinking and great on its own or with dinner, this is a soft, sleek glass that keeps you reaching for more.
Proprietary blend of 45% Syrah, 19% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 14% Tempranillo, 7% Grenache
Produced and Bottled by Highflyer Wines, St. Helena
Enjoy now thru 2015