Category: Tasting Notes

CHARDONNAY OF THE YEAR, 4 Barrels produced, Only 48 bottles allocated!

Bibiana Gonzalez Rave is the wife of Pisoni Family winemakerJeff Pisoni, and they are a real “power couple” – Bibiana is the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir winemaker for Pahlmeyer as well.  With Jeff she makes Shared Notes, an awesome, well-regarded and high-scoring White wine project.  On her own she makes Cattleya.  Only 4 barrels of Chardonnay […]

Wednesday March 4th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion […]

Monday March 2nd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Must have 2012 Syrah under $25

Karen Culler has been crafting great wines for 2+ decades now (Wolf, Culler, etc).  Her “value” label Casaeda has been lots of fun to work with.  She sourced this 2012 from two stellar vineyards (Dehlinger and Sawi).    Sawi is located at 1450 feet elevation and planted 15+ years ago to the Cote Rotie seletion […]

Monday March 2nd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Take Note $45.00 Napa Cab from “First Growth Vineyard”

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by my longtime friends John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. During his tenure at Boulevard, John has traveled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production and is also a professional wine judge and consultant. John […]

Friday February 27th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A 95 Point rated “Kistler” at half the price

The Durrell vineyard could easily carry the “Premier Cru” tag if it was located in Burgundy!  It has been the source of success for many wineries alike.  Kistler, DuMol, etc.  The “Ranch House Block” of the Durrell Vineyard is the “top notch” site of this estate! With winemaker Kenneth Juhasz (Auteur) at the helm, one […]

Wednesday February 25th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

96 Point Rated 2012 Napa Cabernet

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of former Kansas City Chiefs Lamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the Quarterback – […]

Monday February 23rd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Wine Alert ! Killer 225 case production Zin, 93 Points

In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won the […]

Friday February 20th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Cab Franc of the Year! ONLY 6 cases allocated!

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 […]

Wednesday February 18th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Philippe Melka’s 96 Point Cab-vaganza

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from some years ago?) into a top notch Cabernet producer.  Gandona (humble man […]

Tuesday February 17th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

5 Barrel 2012 97 Point rated Napa Cab

Benoit Touquette might be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa.  He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of Ovid producing their wines for some years. His “Fait-Main” label, […]

Friday February 6th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »