Category: Tasting Notes

Hot new 94 point Cabernet

  Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his […]

Saturday July 23rd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Blind Tasting Winnner = SMALL but Mind-Boggling Napa Cabernet

    Longtime Napa Valley winemaker Charles Thomas (Longtime winemaker at Lokoya and Cardinale with many 100 point ratings!, Verite, Quintessa, Rudd, Opus One, etc …) and his wife Lili Thomas-Hsi (pronounced “SHE”) have been living on Mt. Veeder surrounded by their vineyard.  The first release from their estate was last year when the 2011 THV  was […]

Friday July 22nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

99 Point Winemaker’s Under $45 Napa Red Blend

Robert Foley has been around the block a few times, so to speak. With wines like Hourglass, Robert Foley, Paloma, Pride, Switchback Ridge, etc., one can only expect the best of the best from this winemaker and winery.  The 2014 vintage just arrived and I can say that this blows previous ones out of the […]

Wednesday July 20th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


  Milange is my own label, so I am of course very partial to the wine.  MilAnge is named after my two daughters, MIL(ayna) and ANGE(lina).  Our award winning winemaker sourced fruit from two of Napa Valley’s most famous contiguous vineyard sites and the resulting wine is flat out amazing. The Family Reserve” are the 2 […]

Monday July 18th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


  Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the […]

Friday July 15th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot Envy…

  Three friends. A missed turn. An intimate tasting with Robert Parker. Copious amounts of Champagne. A bird statue in a window.  This is the genesis of Banshee.  Since then they’ve come a long way in short time but the goal hasn’t changed: to craft distinctive wine that over-delivers in every possible way.  They want […]

Wednesday July 13th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


  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 […]

Monday July 11th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL for 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 production of […]

Saturday July 9th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LIMITED OFFER! – Under $50 Napa Cab Gem

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 all under the guidance of winemaker Julien Fayard (Assistant Winemaker at Lafite Rothschild and former Philippe Melka Director of Winemaking at Lail, Gemstone, Vineyard 29 etc) and ace […]

Friday July 8th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Inaugural SIX barrel syrah!

Benevolent Neglect is the creation of two East Coast transplants who moved west with the ambition of one day making great wine. With a simple philosophy – find the best quality fruit they can get their hands on, and then do as little as possible to it. Their search for the best grapes came to fruition […]

Thursday July 7th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »