Category: Tasting Notes

Screaming Eagle Winemaker’s Merlot wins blind tasting

In a recent blind tasting of top-flight Merlots, a small 300 case production winery stunned our group of 16 wine professionals.  The line-up for the 2012 Merlot tasting included: Blankiet Rive Droite (96 WA) Keenan“Reserve” (94 WA) Venge “Estate”(94 WA) Pott “La Carte” (95 WA) Pahlmeyer (95 Galloni) Abeja (93 Galloni) La Jota (96 WA) […]

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

Pritchard Hill under $65 GEM ~ Only 300 cases produced!

Kale Anderson is the day-to-day “red wine” winemaker at Pahlmeyer.  In his spare time he moonlights to craft his own “Kale” label.  The Kale “Broken Axle” is a Syrah, Grenache blend from the infamous Stagecoach vineyard in the Pritchard Hill region of the property at 1500’ elevation.  Only 300 cases of this little gem were produced! Stagecoach […]

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

A California wine with Basque roots

Tannat is not a household name, but it is a real beauty and a great value.  The “forgotten” varietal from the France I call it.  Tannat’s roots reach through the same French countryside as Yannick’s. As one of the Southwest of France’s hallmark red  beauties, it hails from the Madiran region near the Pyrénées mountains. Rousseau […]

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

100 Point winemaker’ sensational Napa Cab

Father and son McSharry both had a love for wine.  Gerry McSharry developed a love of fine wine though a lifetime working in Media.   He created one of the world’s leading media companies with offices in fifteen countries around the globe.  When his son Paul, who had started a wine import business, met Mark Herold […]

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

Exquisite Napa White under $24

Kenefick Ranch Vineyards is owned by retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick, and his two children Caitlin and Chris Kenefick. In 1978 Dr. Kenefick acquired a 125-acre vineyard property next door to the Eisele Estate (Araujo). This vineyard was head pruned and dry farmed with old Italian varietals. Over the next 20 years these were […]

Monday March 16th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95+ Rated Paul Lato offerings

Paul Lato has been producing some of the most amazing wines over the past decade and has not gone unnoticed by the press with many 96-98 point ratings.  All of Paul’s bottlings are very limited productions, but amazingly well-crafted.  Paul is probably one of the most meticulous winemakers I have ever met.  Attention to detail from […]

Friday March 13th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Top Notch under $44 Napa Cab

Le Pich is the culmination of several seasoned and determined wine professionals’ efforts to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon possible from the best estate vineyards in Napa Valley including Pritchard Hill all under the guidance of winemaker Julien Fayard (assistant winemaker at Lafite Rothschild, Dalla and Philippe Melka’s projects) and ace viticulturist Steve Matthiasson.  The production […]

Wednesday March 11th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point rated, Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent blind tasting our panel of 12 tasters paired some big names, high scoring wines against some unknown or lesser knows producers. The result, shocking! The line-up included: Argot “Estate” (94 Parker) Paul Hobbs “Katherine Lindsay” (94 Parker) By Farr “Sangreal” (95 Parker) Capiaux “Wilson” (94 Galloni) Martinelli “3 Sisters” (93 Galloni) Aubert […]

Monday March 9th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Stunning Premiere Release Cabernet 97 Point 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 […]

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

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 »