Melanie Hoffman

Happy harvest to all of those who have begun picking.

I was able to experience a hidden gem called Trespass Vineyard this past week. Don Gallagher shared a few of his Napa Valley treasures with me. Trespass Vineyard has truly remarkable wines. Don and his wife Dana began their adventure in 1996 with the planting of their first vines, and produced their first vintage in 2000. The Gallaghers have amazing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Soon they will be producing a Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, and I really look forward to that!

You won’t see Trespass in many stores; they’re mostly in local restaurants in the Napa Valley region, or you can buy directly from the winery. The Web address is

Trespass Vineyard is an artisan winery, with a case production of approximately 1000 cases.

Trespass Vineyard, 2004 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley – Estate Grown | 100% Cabernet Franc, 320 cases ~ Bouquet opens with a bright nose of raspberry, added red currant and a touch of cocoa powder. Earthy and rich with espresso aromas. Upon first sip I found myself saying aloud, “Mmm, that’s nice.” The rich mouthfeel showcases good tannin structure, but still maintains a smooth palate. Ripe raspberries follow through in the mouth with toasty oak and vanilla upfront. Mid-palate displays a milk chocolate characteristic. This well balanced wine has a bright long finish that lingers. This is a great wine. $40.00

Trespass Vineyard, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – Estate Grown | 360 cases ~ Oh man, what an amazing bouquet! Rich, complex nose exhibiting vanilla bean and cedar with copious mulberry and blueberry aromas. Delicious! It was love at first sip. Lush blackberry palate leads way to black pepper and sweet paprika spices. Pleasant oak and good tannins, perfectly balanced. This beautiful wine has a long lingering, jammy berry finish. $60.00 Not yet released – anticipated release, fall 2007

Trespass Vineyard, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville District | 75 cases ~ Aromas of blackberry flowers envelop my senses. Added black currant, hints of leather, and a toasty oak vanilla fragrance rounds out the nose. Smooth palate reveals dusty tannins and loganberry upfront, a mid-palate of raspberry jam, and a hint of coffee bean on the finish. This is a monster of a wine, great structure, and excellent cellaring potential. Good oak, bright fruit, and a long finish. $54.00