Category: Tasting Notes

95 Point Napa Cabernet under $50

  The Gianulias’ had been farming and making wine for centuries in Greece, so it was only normal that they would do so after emigrating to the US. It started in 1926 when the Gianulias family planted their first vines in the Napa. So decades later they are still at it and they say “Levendi” […]

Thursday May 26th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Wine of the Year Source at ½ the Price

  Kanzler is still a winery floating below the radar, but that will chance soon!.  As you might know Kosta Browne received Top Honors a few yeas ago WINE OF THE YEAR in the Top 100 of Wine Spectator with their Pinot Noir, and the fruit was sourced from…. You guessed it KANLZER!  That said, the Kanzler […]

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

VALUE CABERNET OF THE MONTH

Pied-à-Terre is the realization of many years Richard Luftig put in working in the restaurant and wine industry and grasping that you should be able to find a well-priced bottle of Cabernet under $30.00!  He succeeded with the 2013 Pied à Terre Cabernet which he sourced from various amazing Sonoma vineyards – Clajeaux, Wild Iris, […]

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A TURLEY SOURCE AT ½ the PRICE

The RW MOORE VINEYARD is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards.   Turley labels it under the  “EARTHQUAKE”  bottling.  Molly is the niece of Bill Moore (RW Moore) and of course Mike is an Hendry, as in Hendry Winery.  Mike and Molly Hendry married in 2009 and produced their first vintage from […]

Monday May 23rd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL A+++ RatedMelka/Babour produced Cabernet

  QTR is the latest Philippe Melka/Jim Barbour venture.  The vineyard is situated on Howell Mountain spanning between 850 and 1200 feet elevation.  The vineyard is divided into seven blocks, ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres in size.  Only 6 acres are planted.  The 2012 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR or Quality Time […]

Saturday May 21st, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The Bedrock Man Does It Again!

  Everyone’s dream is to make great wine.  That said, when these two friends createdLacuna and set out to do so, they had one problem – they had no winemaker!  When they hooked up with ace winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson (Bedrock) their problem was solved and their 10 year dream came to fruition.  This is the […]

Friday May 20th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A $52 Napa Cab blend by 100 POINT Winemaker

The “Tether” wine is a new project between Benoit Touquette (who has made MANY 100 POINT wines as well as, 96+ Kata, and 95+ Fait-Main & Teeter-Totter Cabernets) and my dear friend Kimberly Jones (wine broker to the stars).  The 2013 Tether Proprietary Red is a blend of 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12.5% Petit […]

Thursday May 19th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Inaugural Release GEM by Dave Phinney

  In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the […]

Wednesday May 18th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Chardonnay of the Month, Only 6 barrels produced

  Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Chardonnay and  Pinot. They  planted 8.5 acres on their estate  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 quantity, but quality. The […]

Tuesday May 17th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

MUST HAVE UNDER $32 CALIFORNIA “RHONE”

  For those fans of Sans Liege “The Offering” I have a unique line-up for you.  The Offering is a blend of Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre.  This GSM blend has wowed many for years.  I am excited to offer you each of the components as a single varietal bottling.  We are selling the three varietals as a mixed case, […]

Monday May 16th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »