His early exposure to wine in Ohio, and then international travel provided him the wisdom and intelligence to make his next move: Tom the Vintner. In 1970 he and a friend were visiting Napa Valley and stopped at Beaulieu Winery. They happened to arrive just after a shareholder lunch, when library Cabernets from the ?30s, ?40s, ?50s and ?60s were available to taste. It was a seminal event in the young pilot?s life. In Tom?s words, he ?heard the wolves baying in the woods? when he tasted these outstanding wines: the Napa Valley was calling for him.
toast, vanilla, currant, char, and peppercorn. Rich, juicy, huge structure that ?won?t frighten the horses? of cherry, blackberry, cassis, coffee, vanilla, dark and milk chocolate. Long, rich, spicy finish.