Wine Dine and Play: Flying Horse Wines

Flying Horse Wines

Flying Horse Wines embodies the spirit of cabernet in Oakville, Napa, California
















They Embody The Spirit Of Excellent Wines
Oakville, California USA
Wine Style: New World or Old World / Cabernet
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 86 points
Article Written: July 2017
Article Updated: September 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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    Château or Vineyard Owner:
    Smeding Family


    Winemaker:
    Lettie Smeding


    Flying Horse Winery is a small cult wine producer in Napa Valley producing 550 cases of cabernet sauvignon each year. I was first introduced to this wine when I was a member of the Cult Wine Central Club of the Napa Wine Company, (now Ghost Block).

    A tasting of the Flying Horse cabernet from Oakville, Napa, California
    Flying Horse Wines / Cabernet Tasting

    Flying Horse Winery’s selection of red wines is from fruit sourced from a vineyard located alongside Aetna Springs Resort in areas such as Oakville, Yountville, Spring Mountain, and Buckthorn Vineyards. The Chardonnay comes from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma. They offer wines in limited quantities from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. I had the opportunity to try their 2005 Cabernet, where 750 cases were produced.  



    Wine and Grape:
    Nose (Bouquet):
    Palate Experience:
    2005 cabernet
    Winemaker Notes:  
    Aa It’s rich in blackberry, cherry and spice flavors, with a sweet edge of the charred wood.

    Winemaker Notes:
    It exhibits a lovely, fine, firm tannic structure.








    Final notes, review basics, and observations:



    *** NOTE TO THE READER ***

    Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about.
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    I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman — which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert, and thus subjective, not objective. See the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ on how I arrived at the rating percentage below:




    Overall Star Rating For Flying Horse Wines:
    86/100: 
    An outstanding tasting Experience
    92 points on 2005 Cabernet
    Wines Produced by Flying Horse:
    Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot
    White: Chardonnay
    Barrel Types and Aging:
    French oak




    Wine regulatory’s for the tastings in this article:


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    United States: 
    California:

    Sub-Napa AVA’s:




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    Bottle Prices 
    (excluding taxes)
    $£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
    $£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
    $£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
    $£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
    $£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
    **Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 





    Currency rates in the top wine-producing & wine purchasing countries:
    Price Chart :
    2012 (750 ml)

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    Flying Horse Winery:

    Angwin, CA 94508, USA




    Tasting Room Information:

    Website:
    Tasting room:
    +01 707-965-1600
    Email:

    Website contact:

    Tasting Room Hours:
    Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
    Monday - Sunday

    10:00 am - 4:30 pm


    Social Media 
    And 
    Accolades for 
    Flying Horse Winery:


    Flying Horse Facebook Link                








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