Like a high-powered Cabernet
By W. Peter Hoyne <
Elite | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media
2007 Highflyer "Centerline" Napa Valley, Red Blend
The Somerston Winery is situated on 1,628 acres of land in the eastern valleys of Napa. While producing estate wine from 200 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards, the Highflyer concept is the project of co-founder, pilot and winemaker Craig Becker.
The Highflyer wines are produced from small family-owned vineyards throughout California where the grapes are perfectly matched with the soils reflecting their regional identity. The "Centerline" Red Blend is composed of Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Grenach. It's saturated purple color and aromatics of dark Asian spice suggest a personality similar to a high-powered Cabernet. There is a generous amount of viscous black fruits of mulberry, blackberry and blueberry that are encased in a silky, creamy core. This cuvee is dense and firm with enough sweet fruit and layers to keep your attention for hours.
Suggested Retail: $ 19.99
W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.