Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
The 2017 Uproar makes a splash with its inky hues of black and purple. The layered aromatics sing with a purity of ripe black raspberries, black plums, kirsch, blackberries and roasted almonds.Nuances of mocha, star anise, marjoram, black cardamom and chocolate add dimension and complexity.
The palate is juicy and delicious yet possesses an elegance that expands with every sip. The tannins are soft and the finish is lengthy completes this balanced and concentrated expression of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. A gorgeous glass!
In 2017 northern California experienced a wet winter. The end of June into July we experienced a twenty day heat spell that tempered and controlled the vigor of the vines producing incredibly small berried clusters and intensely avored fruit.
Despite Mother Nature's curveballs, the vines produced low yields of top quality fruit rich in color and deeply concentrated in flavor and tannin. The 2017 Uproar is a wonderful introduction to the Herold Cabernets from this vintage.
Mark HeroldView all from Mark Herold
Mark found his curiosity for wine through his love for food and cooking during his teenage years. Initially planning to study culinary arts in Paris, Mark eventually decided on a domestic education. Having many interests and many declared majors, it took him eight years to complete his under-graduate studies- yet collecting wine all along. Deciding to advance his education, he completed his academic career at the University of Davis with a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing nutritional bio-chemistry.
While at UC Davis, his curiosity for wine was nurtured by a fellow wine enthusiast, who happened to be his bio-chemistry professor and owned his own winery in the Sierra Foothills. It took one volunteer harvest for Mark to become completely enthralled with the process. Mark's ever-present thirst for knowledge led him down a career path as a winemaker; combining both his love of science and art.
Mark started his first venture into the wine world at Joseph Phelps Vineyards as the Research Enologist. Here Mark was able to bridge the scientific method with practices in winemaking in order to determine which procedures really make the best expressions of wine quality and seamless oak integration.
Mark's enthusiasm for making wine took on a life of its own leading to the creation of Merus in 1998; his personal Cabernet label. Being made in his home garage in downtown Napa, this project was a labor of love. After selling Merus, Mark continues his quest for making delicious, balanced, age-worthy wines here at MHW.
Mark is a Taurus and his favorite food is Sushi. You will find him most often in his kitchen at home, cooking for family and friends, drinking cider.