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Alpha Omega winery is a special place.  Year after year, they produce wines of very impressive quality.  Their winemaker, Jean Hoefliger was born in Switzerland but gained experience making wine in Bordeaux and South Africa, at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux, and Meerlust.  A few years after coming to California, he joined Alpha Omega in 2006 and has been bringing his magic touch to their wines ever since. Once you’ve tasted a bottle from Alpha Omega, you’ll understand why they’re one of our favorites.

Here’s what our tasting panel though about their a few of their current releases.


Alpha Omega 2010 “ERA” Blend

Grape(s): 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, & 5% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

Price: 200-210

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of blackberries and cassis meld with suggestions of cedar, chocolate, and earth on the nose. Flavors of bramble fruit and currants unfold into notes of toasty oak, dark chocolate, and vanilla along with a hint of dusty earth.  A rich, lush, layered wine, it’s wonderfully balanced and smooth. A superb example of a California Bordeaux blend.

Rating: 95

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Alpha  Omega 2010 “Proprietary Red” Blend

Grape(s): 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

Price: 85-90

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of blackberries, currants, and black cherries are accented by notes of toasty oak, all-spice, and herbs on the nose. A sip delivers flavors of bramble fruit, black plum and cherry along with hints of sweet spice, thyme, and sun-dried tomato. Supple and smooth, fans of layered, elegant reds will enjoy this bottle very much.  100 cases were made.

Rating: 93


Alpha Omega 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape(s): 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, and 8% Cabernet Franc

Region: Napa Valley

Price: 85-90

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of blackberries, cassis, cedar, and cocoa greets the senses.  The palate reveals flavors of black currants, plum, and blackberry that flow into nuances of earth, toasty oak, and vanilla. A rich, smooth red with balanced tannins, it’s  a Cab that Cab lovers will enjoy greatly.

Rating: 92