Wednesday 22 March 2023
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On-Air Tasting: Sean Minor’s 2012 Nicole Marie Napa Valley

Our pleasure to get Larry Soble, Sean Minor Wine’s Sales Manager East, back into the studio to talk about their newest, most exciting wine, the 2012 Sean Minor Nicole Marie Napa Valley. He joins us to guide us through a LIVE On-Air tasting!

Sean Minor, Larry Soble, Todd Schnick, intrepidNOWAlthough we talked about several different subjects on the show today, as I said, the main focus was an On-Air tasting of their newest release, the Nicole Marie. And as usual, Larry does an amazing job of talking about the wine, the story behind its development and creation, and the details of its winemaking and production. And Larry always spins a good yarn! (I do share the official Sean Minor tasting notes below, for those that want to learn more.)

Now, I have to say, this wine replaces what has been on record as my most favorite Red Wine ever, the Sean Minor 2009 Napa Valley Red Wine. A red blend that has been my favorite red for several years now. Will this new 2012 Nicole Marie compare? Tune in, and we’ll see!

We talk about some other subjects as well, all material that will help you better understand the amazing world of wine. I hope you pour a glass and enjoy this conversation!

About Sean Minor Wines: Founded to celebrate the things we prize most: Delicious, approachable wines; Expressive, terroir-driven flavors; Great value for the price; and Family!

Sean Minor, Todd Schnick, intrepidNOW[Tasting Notes, from Sean Minor:]

Our 2012 “Nicole Marie” Napa Valley Red Wine is named for my wife. Deep ruby in color and displays aromas of ripe blueberry, dark cherry, cassis and vanilla. On the palate, flavors of blueberries and dark cherry combined with hints of oak spices that coat the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish. Winemaking Notes: This unique red wine blend is from sites throughout Napa Valley with grapes harvested at optimal maturity, then de-stemmed and gently crushed into open-top stainless steel fermenters, at warm temperatures, to fully extract color and flavor. The fermented wine then was racked to a combination of French and American oak for aging of which 18% was new. During the aging process the wine lots were tasted throughout and blended back together just before bottling. Suggested Retail Price: $22.00


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Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.