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Producer: Fantesca Estate and Winery
Owners: Duane & Susan Hoff
Address: 2920 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 707.968.9229
Appellation: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Featured
Wines:
Fantesca Estate Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sonoma County Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Heidi Barrett
Website: http://www.fantesca.com/
Duane Hoff - owner of Fantesca Estate Winery visits with Rick and Linda and presents his Napa Valley Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002.
Journal entries: Date, Wine, Rating, Price, Comments
Duane and Susan Hoff from Minneapolis purchased the Spring Mountain property Fantesca Estate Winery. They have 10 acres under vine and produce 800 cases of quality cabernet sauvignon. Their property located at about 700 feet above the valley floor reflects the best of the Spring Mountain appellation. Their winemakers are Kirk and Nils Venge and their vineyard management is done by the Maldanado's. Winemaking was taken over in 2008 by the legendary Heidi BarrettThis is a delicious wine. Watch for great things to come from this team.
A visit to Fantesca Estate Winery - Napa Wine Experience 2007 - November 15, 2007
Fantesca Winery production building. Fantesca Winery Estate vineyard. Fantesca Estate Winery vineyard - top Tasting - Andy, Duane, Rick, & John. Fantesca Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 case
2008 Chardonnay Allocation
Production building Lower vineyard  Upper vineyard  Fantesca Novel 'Fortune Corkie'
Fantesca 'Fortune Corkie"
Rick McNees & Duane Hoff  Andy Murchison & Duane Hoff - Time out!  Associate Winemaker, John (left) and Duane Hoff, Proprietor
John & Duane 
Benchmark Tasting - AJ, Duane, Rick & John. 
  Visit to the Winery Fantesca Estate Winery & Vineyard, Spring Mountain, St Helena, Napa Valley -
Sept 11, 2009
 
         
  Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mtn Winehouse  Fantesca Spring Mtn
Upper Vineyard 
Fantesca Spring Mtn
Lower Vineyard  
Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mtn Chateau
         
   
Fantesca King Richard Pinot Noir 2007 (barrel sample), Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (barrel sample) 2006 (pre-release tasting), Russian River Valley, Chardonnay 2007 Top-off containers of excess wine to top off the barrels during aging storage. 
     
   
September 21, 2013
Our gala end of summer dinner and tasting on the deck ...


Fantesca Sonoma County Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008


Bill's notes from Cellartracker - "Golden straw color in the glass. Some oak on the nose belies the abundance of citrus and butter on the palate. Exceptionally well balanced with a hint of vanilla. Our favorite chardonnay."

WCC - 90 points.
September 9, 2013
Spring Mountain Classics Celebration Dinner Tasting


Fantesca Estate and Winery, Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Medium-full bodied, dark garnet color; complex but smooth and polished with bright forward
fruits of black currant, dark berry and black cherry, accented by sweet dark chocolate, a hint of cassis, and a tone of spice on the lingering refined tannin finish.

RM 91 points.
January 1, 2013 - New Year's Eve Celebration Tasting
Fantesca Sonoma County Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
Butter colored, medium bodied, a symphony of well integrated and smooth crisp, bright, flavors of tropical fruit, melon, hints of lychee and under current of subtle citrus with a pleasant long lingering finish.
RM 92 points. 

Bill's tasting notes for this wine from Cellartracker:
Golden straw color in the glass. An interesting contrast to the '07. The '08 has overtones of peach and melon on the palate. The '07 leans more toward citrus flavors. Both are very clean and crisp on the palate, making Fantesca my favorite Chardonnay although I prefer the citrusy version. Very light on the oak. 
WC 92 points. 
Fantesca Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 September 4, 2011
Fantesca Estate and Winery, Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004.

Medium-full bodied, dark garnet color; complex but smooth and polished with bright forward fruits of black currant, dark berry and cherry, accented by sweet dark chocolate, a hint of cassis, and a tone of spice on the lingering refined tannin finish. RM 91 points. Taken and served at Mark & Shirley's, this was the blockbuster hit of the evening, a great complement to artisan cheeses and rib-eye steak sandwiches.
Fantesca Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 May 22, 2010 Fantesca Estate & Winery Sonoma Russian River Valley (Heidi Barrett) Chardonnay 2008 - RM 92 points: A symphony of well integrated and smooth crisp, bright, flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, with an under current of citrus and a pleasant long lingering finish. Heidi Barrett's first chardonnay from Duane & Susan Hoff's Fantesca. Tasted w/ L, Pat & Rodger, taken BYOB to dinner at elegant Les Nomades in Chicago for gala double b-day celebration dinner.
Fantesca Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Tasting flight of Napa Cabernets and California Pinots - 20091009
October 09, 2009 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 -  Gala comparison tasting of recent and new release Napa cabernets and California Pinots and fabulous beef tenderloin dinner. Joseph Phelps Backus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, Fantesca Winery & Estate Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Chateau St Jean Cinq Cepages 2005 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Sea Smoke TEN Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006, Ladera Pillow Road Vineyard, Sonoma Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006, Alois Kracher Welschriesling TBA #6 Zwischen den Seen 1998. Tasted w/ L, Eric & Cathy and Dr Dan at his place following memorial  of DJA.  
Fantesca King Richards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007
September 11, 2009 - Fantesca Winery & Estate visit, tasting flight; Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (barrel tasting) and 2006 (pre-release tasting); Fantesca Estate and Winery King Richard Pinot Noir 2006 (pre-release bottle tasting); Fantesca Russian River Valley Sonoma Chardonnay 2007. More to come.
Fantesca Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 bottle  September 11, 2009 - Fantesca Winery & Estate Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005; Tasted at Tra Vigne Restaurant, St Helena. 
Fantesca Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 bottle  August 17, 2009 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Fantesca Estate and Winery Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 93 - Wow! This is good juice. Mouthful of sweet red currant, spicy cinnamon, black cherry, black berry, cedar and lively acid with a long sweet spicy oak finish held together by finely integrated firm tannins. Over a eleven hundred different wines in the cellar and I chose this one for our intimate anniversary dinner at home - caprese salad, tenderloin, sweet potato, baked potato, chocolate souffle with fresh honey laced strawberries. Yum. Oo-la-lah! We're visiting Duane and Angela and co at the winery in two weeks to taste their 2008 pre-release in the barrel. Can't wait! Great job with the 05!
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle
February 15, 2009 - Fantesca Winery and Estate Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 92 Refined polished, complex blackberry, black cherry, spice, subtle hints of finely integrated mocha, cassis and vanilla currant with fine tannins. ; Del Dotto Vineyards Napa Valley Sangiovese 1998 - RM 89 - Flavorful black cherry, black berry and currant fruits.; Tasted from the cellar at Angeli's Restaurant, our favorite neighborhood trattoria - gala (surprise) birthday dinner for L with Alec, Marlene, Erin & Johnny, Ryan & Michelle, and Kevin & Barb.
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle June 23, 2009 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 -   
June 23, 2009 - Fantesca Spring Mountain Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - RM 92 - Deep garnet colour. Smooth, polished currant and black cherry fruits accented by subtle mildly sweet spice, oak and hint of that Mayacamas Mountain terroir cedar. From Rick's cellar. Wow - now in oversize almost magnum heavy bottle! Comparison tasted against Fisher Coach Insignia Sonoma Valley red blend 2003 which is along the same mountain range albeit further north aand 'over the hill to the west facing Sonoma face. RM 90 - Dark purple colour - subdued dark fruits and slight dusty tones give way to a slight camphor note on the full firm finish. Tasted  w/ Mark G and Shannon R at Morton's Steak House in Naperville. 
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle   May 31, 2009 - La Sirena Napa Valley Juliana Vineyard Sangiovese 1997 - WS 81 RM 88 - Better than previous tastings, showing better with age. Medium bodied, blackberry and black cherry accented by earthy leathery oak and herbs with a subtle mocha and firm silky tannins on the finish. Aided by decanting.  From Heidi Peterson Barrett who is also the new winemaker for Fantesca. Fantesca Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 92 - First tasted at the winery from the barrel a few weeks before bottlling during our 2007 Napa Wine Experience. Smooth, complex and polished with bright forward fruits of cherry, black berry, currant, dark chocolate, cassis and spice with a refined tannin finish. Tasted w/ Shannon R., Tom C and team at Morton's in Naperville.
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle January 23, 2009 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 92 - $49-65- Smooth, elegant, polished, sophisticated cab - spicy currant, black cherry, berry and a hint of mocha and anise on the fine tannin finish.
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle  
October 16, 2008 - Robert Craig Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 - RM 89; Fantesca Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004; Silver Oak Bonny's Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1982; Warm-up for the gala wedding weekend wine tasting (s). Stark contrast of three differing styles of Napa cabs - firm full almost hard Mt Veeder vs silky almost velvety, soft and elegant Spring Mtn cab vs earthy, leathery, licorice laced aged vintage Napa cab. Tasted at home with L, Ryan & Michelle, and Jan and Bill in a subset replay of our gala Napa Wine Weekend where we tasted the Robt Craig Mt Veeder and his as yet unreleased Spring Mountain cab from barrel.
Fantesca Estate & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 bottle July 5, 2008 - Fantesca Estate and Winery Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - RM 92 $65 - First tasted at the winery from the barrel a few weeks before bottlling during our 2007 Napa Wine Experience. Smooth and polished with cherry, black fruit, hint of currant, dark chocolate, cassis and spice with a refined tannin finish. Tasted at home w/ L in a delightful evening on the deck with fine cheeses, chocolate and fruit. We first met the producer when he came to visit on his launch tour -  An Evening with Duane Hoff of Fantesca Estate Winery, That 2003 release is eclipsed by the elegant and more refined 2004.
Label - Fanesca Estate Chardonnay 2005 February 13, 2008 - Fantesca Carneros Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005 - RM 90; Simi Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2005 - Tasted at Larry & Kelly C's with JK & Monica K.
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
November 15, 2007 - Napa Wine Experience 2007 - Benchmark tasting - calibrating Fantesca wines against some of the world's finest ... Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1995, Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon 1993, Fantesca Chardonnay, Fantesca Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, 2004, & 2005 (from barrel), Fantesca Spring Mountain Petit Verdot 2005 (from barrel), Plumpjack Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1995, Chateau Marqaux 1983, Chateau Domaine Romanee Conti La Tache 1993 Tasting conducted at the winery with Andy M,, Duane Hoff, Fantesca proprietor, and John, Fantesca associate winemaker, Reviews and details coming. Reviews and details coming.  Chateau Margaux 1983 
Label Fantesca Cabernet 2003
May 7, 2007 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Napa Valley Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - RM 93 - Full bodied, firm structured, polished, well balanced harmonious flavors of red currant, raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a hint of cassis on a long firm tannin finish.
Fantesca Estate & Winery Los Carneros Chardonnay 2005 -
RM 91- Well balanced, full bodied - essence of citrus, buttery, subtle oak and nut fruits on a long full puckering finish. Limited production releases available at the winery on-line and at some finest restaurants(www.fantesca.com) - get some while you can! The second release for of this 'dream team' of the new owners Duane & Susan Huff and winemakers Kirk and Nils Venge. Tasted compliments of the producers, these are a real treat, worthy of a special occasion such as our gala family steak and king crableg dinner w/ L, Alec, Erin & Johnny.
Label - Fanesca Estate Chardonnay 2005
May 2, 2007 - Fantesca Estate & Winery Napa Valley Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - RM 92 RP 90 - Dark ink colour, firm tannins and concentrated, black currant, licorice with a finish of black raspberry and hint of dark chocolate. Tasted with Chris S., Michael S., Gene G., and KD at Smith & Wollensky in Chicago - DoDIIS dinner.
Oct 15, 2006 - Fantesca Estate Winery Spring Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - RM 94 W&S 94, WS 91, WA 90 - Wonderful full aromas of fruit, floral, vanilla, and a hint of smoke and eucalyptus. Burst of flavor of black currant, ripe black raspberry, plum, spice, a hint of caramel, vanilla, smoke - all accented by silky, velvety full and firm yet very approachable tannins that are seamlessly integrated and long on the finish.  Tasted at Del Frisco's Steakhouse in NYC w/ Eric W, Kirk D and NY friends.
Sept 20, 2006 - Fantesca Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 - RM 94 WA 90, WS 91 WE 94 - Fabulous first release from this new label and producers - Duane and Susan Hoff and their Spring Mountain property Fantesca Estate Winery. Wonderful full aromas of fruit, floral, vanilla, and a hint of smoke and eucalyptus. Burst of flavor of black currant, ripe raspberry, plum, spice, a hint of caramel, vanilla, smoke - all accented by silky, velvety full and firm yet approachable tannins that are seamlessly integrated and long on the finish. Aged in moderate toast 70-80 new French Oak. Delicious wine. Tasted with producer Duane Hoff on his inaugural launch release marketing tour stop in Chicago. Only 800 cases produced. Get it while you can at www.fantesca.com
 
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