May
4
2016

6 Barrel White Gem

 

This reads more like a movie, but it is real!  In 2000 a young, restless winemaker Jimi Brooks who was a world-traveler with a love for Moto Guzzi bikes and old Land Rovers started his own winery after gaining experience at some other wineries.  Then in 2004 at age 38 he died of a sudden aneurysm.  He left behind an 8 year old son (he is 20 now), and it was harvest time.   More than 10 local vintners and friends stepped up to the plate and harvested and vinified the Brooks wine.  His sister Janie who still lives in Monterey today, took over his wine business and runs every week between 2 states taking care of her own family, the winery and guiding her nephew into what could be his winery one day.  Today the winery thrives and the wines are made by long time friend Chris Williams.  The 2015 Pinot Gris is a 6 barrel production, so very limited!
Brooks 2015 Pinot Gris Estate – Eola-Amity Hills
GGWC 24.99
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TASTING NOTES: Grapefruit, orange and lemongrass in  the  nose. Perfumed  aromatic floral arrangement of gardenias, white  roses  and  lilacs. Faint hint of straw and hay with citrus and orange pith. Pink grapefruit, lemonade,  yellow  peach,  honey-suckle and white flower.  Medium to full bodied, with a tangy finish and  rocky minerality. Bone  dry, with  a  rich,  ripe  texture,  and  a long impression of both fruit and stone. Pair with a first course like sweet pea tendril salad, fresh arugula greens or cilantro, chilled soup and  white  fish  with  citrus  segments.

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May
3
2016

Under $80 Napa Cult Cab

 
The farming heritage runs deep at the Hayfork Ranch, as their great-great-great-grandfather, John Lewelling, a horticulturist by trade, settled the St. Helena family ranch in 1864. They started growing walnuts, prunes, pears and afterwards grapes, they have been continuously farming the land for six generations.  The past two decades the Llewelling vineyard has been the source for many highly-rated wines in Napa.

Hayfork 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Lewelling Estate” Napa Valley
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The 2013 Hayfork arrived with a big WOW, it’s here!  This wine has created a real following. The Lewelling estate (dating back to 1864) has been producing some of the most amazing Cabernet and Blends in the Napa Valley.  Many wineries have been very successful with this fruit!.  Haley Wight’s version of the 2013 vintage is stunning! The wine is blend of 94% Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot.  On the nose you are greeted by blue and black stone fruit, a touch of chocolate with a whiff of toasty vanilla.  On the palate this full-body, lush youngster is loaded with bright blue and black fruit, coffee, anise and a touch sweet oak. The finish is long and pleasant.  Limited production

Robert Parker 2012 review 96 Points - I’d say that the 2013 is any bit as good, if not better!: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, which is actually a great value in the scheme of Napa pricing, is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot that was aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak. The wine displays gorgeous licorice, lead pencil shavings, black currants, loamy soil undertones and a touch of barrique. Dense purple, it has a full-bodied, multi-layered mouthfeel and a stunning finish with good acidity and velvety, well-integrated tannin, alcohol and wood. This is a scrumptious, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 15 or so years.”

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May
2
2016

100 Point Winemaker’s Killer Chardonnay!

 
Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California.   It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their estate vineyard and also “gave” Russell 1a ton of his estate Cabernet and the rest…. is history.  From their on out Russell has produced a bunch of 100 point and many more 94-99 pointers!  I am proud to introduce a KILLER Chardonnay form his portfolio that will wow your senses, the 2014 Bevan Ritchie received a 95 point rating from Parker, not shabby!Bevan Cellars 2014 Chardonnay “Ritchie Vineyard” Russian River Valley
95 Points Parker!!
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Russell Bevan’s notes: “The 2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is our most texturally decadent Chardonnay to date. It has an amazing mid-palate texture that lingers on and on. The flavors are pure Ritchie, stone fruits, minerality and a kiss of freshly caramelized Crème Brulee. With each sip, it gains power and length. While I enjoy drinking this wine so much now, I think it will really hit its stride in another year. The power of this vineyard makes it age worthy and there are so many layers that will develop with time, there is no rush to drink it right off the bat.

Robert Parker 95 Points: “His 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is 100% from this famous vineyard source for Chardonnay, planted with the old Wente clone. There are 250 cases of this wine, which is aged in three-fourths François Frères cooperage and the remainder in Remond. Light golden with a greenish hue, the wine reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer.”

Make sure to check out these other amazing Bevan wines:
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “PETALUMA GAP” SONOMA
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “RITA’S CROWN” SANTA RITA HILLS

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Apr
30
2016

Premiere Release of new “CULT” Napa Cabernet

For the better part of the last 19 years Anthony Biagi has been crafting wines in Napa Valley for Paraduxx, Neal Family Vineyards, PlumpJack, and Cade Wineries and currently for Hourglass, Sinegal Estate, and Amici his own label. Following his parent’s sage advice “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life,” he finds himself extremely fortunate that he has been able to do what he loves from the day he graduated from college. Following a dream he set decades ago, Anthony founded Patria (homeland) in 2013 with Kimberly Jones.

Patria 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
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A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc. The wine’s aromas of black stone fruit, chocolate and a touch of spice jump out of the glass upon impact. This full-bodied youngster is layered with lush black stone fruit gushing with intensity and a whiff of toasty vanilla. This fan-favorite can be enjoyed immediately (decant for 60 minutes) and should drink well for 10+years. It finishes with structured, but silky tannins.

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Apr
29
2016

Screaming Eagle winemaker’s hot new wine

 

 

In case you didn’t know her yet, It all started in the late 80s when Heidi Barrett began working for Dalla Valle as an “independent winemaker”. She began to develop a tiny project called Screaming Eagle shortly afterwards, and from there, things escalated quickly. With 5 perfect 100-point scores for her wines in the span of just a few years, Heidi skyrocketed to international fame, setting a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single bottle of wine – $500,000 for a 6L of 1992 Screaming Eagle at the Napa Valley Wine Auction in 2000. Today, Heidi maintains a stable of ultra-premium client wineries, including Paradigm, Lamborn, Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, Fantesca, and Kenzo, as well as her own brands La Sirena and Barrett & Barrett. She and Bo live among their vineyards in Calistoga. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, flying her helicopter, making art, and gardening.



LA SIRENA 2013 Grenache, Napa Valley
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Heidi Barrett says: “This 2013 Grenache from La Sirena is dark ruby in color with wonderful open clean aromatics of ripe red plums, currants, and dried cranberry, definitely red fruit driven. There are pretty, sassy, spicy notes in the nose as well from French oak. This wine is dense for Grenache, juicy yet has moderate textural tannins and a flavor profile that lasts several minutes. The blend is 100% Grenache from two steep hillside vineyard blocks in St. Helena. Concentrated and bigger than our inaugural release last year. Quite delicious upon release and will continue to evolve and improve with a bit more time in the bottle. Suggested pairings –Paella, hearty pasta dishes, burgers, sausage, or wild duck. Quite delicious, Enjoy!”

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Apr
28
2016

100 POINT WINEMAKER’S KILLER NEW PINOT NOIR

 

Back in 1995 Russell and Victoria were dating and their favorite game was “guess the wine”.  After that they started taking regular trips to California’s wine country meeting some of the best winemakers.  Soon they were searching for property in California. It was Kal Showket (Heidi Barrett was his winemaker) who helped develop their estate vineyard and also “gave” Russell 1 ton of his estate Cabernet and the rest…. is history.  From their on out Russell has produced a bunch of 100 point and many more 94-99 pointers!  I am proud to introduce 2 new Pinot Noirs from his portfolio that will wow your senses!!

Bevan Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir “Rita’s Crown” Santa Rita Hills
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Winemaker’s Notes: “If you have opened one of our 2013 Rita’s you know how unique this wine is. The nose is all about roasted meats, dark cherry and sassafras. Plush and round, the tannins are very refined, but always present. The incredibly steep hills that this wine comes from, produces only 1 to 1 ½ tons per acre. The vines are so stressed, that each cluster weighs less than half of what our Sonoma County clusters weight. The resulting wine ends up having an amazing intensity because of it.”

Parker Review of the 2013 – 95 Points: “The 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills is made from Clones 777, 115 and 667. This is a spicy, earthy Pinot Noir with notes of pomegranate, raspberry jam, loamy soil and sassafras. It is medium to full-bodied and completely different than the North Coast Pinots. Nevertheless, it is complex, but more Côtes de Beaune in orientation than his other offerings. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.”

Also check out this other amazing Bevan Pinot
BEVAN CELLARS 2014 PINOT NOIR “PETALUMA GAP” SONOMA

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Apr
27
2016

Amazing Zin crafted by ace winemaker Mike Smith

 


Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in honor of its flagship wine, Scarlett, which is named after the founder’s daughter.

Scarlett 2014 “Estate” Zinfandel, Rutherford Napa Valley
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The 2014 Zinfandel is crafted by ace-winemaker Mike Smith (Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter, 12C, etc. This old-vine zin is a real stunner.  It possesses amazing aromatics and flavors and is full with charisma.  This is a Zin for Cab lovers!  On the nose large gobs of black stone fruit and pomegranate jump out of the glass!  This youngster is full-bodied and extremely well-balanced.  The palate is loaded with bright black currants, black cherries, chocolate, spice and a touch of tobacco.  The finish is long and intense and does not seem to end.  Only 4 barrels produced ~ 5 cases allocated!

Winery Notes: “A dark purple core mesmerizes as it expands to the rim, while aromas of briary dark fruit, macerated cherries, and spicy and peppery notes combine with an alluring purity of fruit. This full-bodied wine has an amazingly pliant mid-palate framed by firm tannins and structure pair that pair beautifully with hearty cheese or meat dishes. Ultra premium fruit and exceptional texture slide gracefully into a finish that stretches for minutes. Scarlett Zinfandel drinks well within 4-6 months given a short decant, or age it for 3-5 years to bring out more complexity.”

Also check out their stunning SCARLETT 2014 SAUVIGNON BLANC, NAPA VALLEY

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Apr
26
2016

Blind Tasting Surprise Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2013 Pinot Noirs, Attune beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted out 15 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all wines twice.

The line-up included:

  • Chanin (94 Parker)
  • Dierberg “Drumm Canyon” (94 Parker)
  • Argot (93+ Parker)
  • Berardus “Pisoni” (94 Parker)
  • Roar “Pisoni” (94 Galloni)
  • Foxen “Block 43” (95 Parker)
  • Bevan “SRH”  (95 Parker)
  • Brewer Clifton Acin (95 Parker)
  • Paul Lato “Duende” (95 Points Parker)
  • Martinelli “Zio Tony” (95 Parker)
  • Boswell (94 Parker)
  • Attune “Estate”

The Winner: ATTUNE

Attune garnered 9 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 4 THIRD place votes, ahead of Paul Lato 4 FIRST, 5 SECOND and 5 THIRD place votes and Martinelli 2 FIRST, 4 SECOND and 4 THIRD place votes. Thus in nice company, but at a much lower price point!

Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Pinot planted 8.5 acres  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115.  Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur.  Emphasis at Attune is not quantiy, but quality.  The 2013 is their “largest” vintage to date at a whopping 330 cases!  Still, not a lot!

Attune 2013 Pinot Noir “Estate” Sonoma
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This is only the fourth vintage from this estate, but you’d believe they have been at it for years.  Out of the glass jump lush aromas of bright red stone fruit.  The wine is amazingly elegant and round with a perfect “pitch” balance, you’d think you are listening to a great opera singer.  A beautiful representation of the Attune estate vineyard terroir, the 2013 vintage is defined by big, complex flavors of bramble and pomegranate which stay bright and balanced with integrated acidity and ripe tannin structure. Aromas of cherry blossom and raspberry lead to darker flavors of violet and baked blackberry on the palate, all of which are carried into a surprisingly lengthy finish. Best enjoyed from 2016 to 2023.! Only 330 cases produced.

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Apr
25
2016

96 Points – 86 case Red Blend stunner by Screaming Eagle winemaker

 
Andy Erickson does not need an introduction, the man worked with John Kongsgaard, Paul Hobbs, Bob Levy at Harlan Estate, Staglin, etc. and of course Screaming Eagle!  He currently makes Arietta, Ovid, Dalla Valle and his own labels Leviathan and Favia.  The Arietta wines have been on fire as of late and this latest release is yet another gem in the rough.

Arietta 2013 Variation One, Napa Valley
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A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Merlot from Hudson Vineyards, the 2013 Variation One is a powerhouse. But for all its dark, brooding character and solid build, this wine is surprisingly bright and fresh on the palate, with flavors of red cherries, roasted meat, and orange liqueur and chocolate. It continues to open and reveal notes of campfire, baked fruits, and wet gravel. Tannins are dry and firm, helping to bolster the broad, expansive impression.

Galloni 96 Points: “The 2013 Variation One, a blend of old-vine Merlot and Syrah from Hudson, is just as fabulous today as it was from barrel. An exuberant, flashy wine, the 2013 captures the intensity of the year in spades. The flavors are dark and bold, with aromatic overtones from the Syrah and voluptuousness from the Merlot. What a gorgeous wine this is.“

Make sure to check out these other 95 & 96 point rated Arietta wines
Arietta 2013 Merlot “Hudson Vineyard” Napa Valley – 96 Points
Arietta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 95 Points
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Apr
23
2016

Cab Franc of the Year! ONLY 6 cases allocated!

 

Trespass is a small 5 acre all estate property in northwestern St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. The wines are hand-crafted by Kirk Venge who has been making wine since he was a little child under the tutelage of his dad Nils Venge (the first 100 point winemaker in the US with his 1985 Groth Reserve Cabernet).  Kirk has wowed us with many great wines (Beau Vigne, Macauley, Honeycutt, Igneous, Venge, etc). Nils told me that at pre-school age Kirk knew he was going to be winemaker

 

Trespass 2013 Cabernet Franc “Estate” Napa Valley
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Our friends at Trespass crafted yet another remarkable wine! Kirk Venge does not skip a beat with this latest release. It is beyond awesome. I would almost rate this is the best Cabernet Franc in the Napa Valley, but who am I to say. This wine has an amazing dense purple hue and a touch of anise and black currant on the nose. Extraction would make you think it is Syrah, yet this wine is amazingly elegant and offers up a storm of gorgeous, elegant black stone fruit alongside its full-bodied armor. Great balance, with the right amount of fruit and acid. The wine’s finishes with a long silkiness. ONLY 125 cases produced.

Also check out these other great wines
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