Category: Tasting Notes

Last Call – 94 Point Grenache Shocker!

Herman Story is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created just a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications. Herman Story regularly scores 93 – 95 points from […]

Friday July 3rd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

WINE ALERT Paul Hobbs’ under $40 Chardonnay

16×20 Chardonnay is just another wine venture that will add more accolades to Paul’s ever growing portfolio.   Sourced from two very small vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, this limited production bottling will wow you but on the palate as well as wallet!16 x 20 Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma Coast Retail 43.00 – GGWC 39.99 FREE SHIPPING […]

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Frank’s Birthday Wine – My own 4 barrels production!

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 vineyard sites and the resulting wine is amazing. We introduced the 2013 Milange Cabernet at our 10th […]

Monday June 29th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A Must Have Pinot Noir

At our Anniversary tasting last week in New York Masút Pinot Noir turned lots of heads! Masut is the venture of two brothers Ben & Jack Fetzer.  Their father Bobby had purchased the Masút property in 1994 and planted it with two great Pinot Noir clones hoping to make his own wine. Sadly in 2006 Bobby died […]

Friday June 26th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

300 case Napa White Gem

Steve Matthiasson is probably one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the Napa Valley. His current clients include Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Hall, David Arthur, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and many others. Steve dreamt of farming his entire life. He became an obsessed gardener and cook while studying philosophy in college. In the […]

Wednesday June 24th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

99 Point Winemaker’s hot new Cabernet

Mark Herold’s fascination with wine started in his childhood home in Panama City. On his twelfth birthday he “liberated” a bottle of Port from his father’s cellar. Undeterred from the horrendous hangover that followed the next morning, he set about to learn as much as he could about wine. After completing his academic career at […]

Monday June 22nd, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Surprise Blind Tasting Winner

In a recent blind Syrah tasting the Melville “Estate” surprised many. The lineup included: Beckman Clone #1 (94 Parker) Avennia (96 Parker) Two Hands “Bella” (93+ Parker) Pax “Griffin’s Lair (95 Parker) Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts (95 Parker) Bedrock Alder Springs (95 Parker) Rhys “Horseshoe” (94 Parker) Roar Garys’ (94 Parker) Lucia Garys’ (95 Parker) Melville […]

Friday June 19th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

100 Point Winemaker’s next Hot Cabernet

Eric Yuan purchased 116 acres on Atlas Peak next door to Pahlmeyer, Au Sommet, Stagecoach and other great vineyards. Like their neighbors on Pritchard Hill and in Oakville, the vines are planted in the prized red and iron-rich volcanic soils that have become the benchmark for Napa Valley’s finest wines.  Add 100 Point Winemaker Denis […]

Tuesday June 16th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing 4 Barrel Chardonnay

Senses is the dream of three childhood friends – Chris, Max and Myles – who reunited after various journeys with the vision to produce small-batch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their family-owned vineyards. Max Thieriot grew up on the “infamous” Thieriot vineyard. Senses produces high quality wines from the West Sonoma Coast in northern California, specifically […]

Monday June 15th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

French Laundry’s Favorite White

When Sommeliers recommend and drink Sauvignon Blanc they often prefer, the dry, earthy, mineral, floral whites of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume and Graves. This is the inspiration for Somm Blanc, a blend of Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon “Remixed” in California.  When a great Master sommelier friend of mine, Will Sherrer, got the opportunity to use […]

Friday June 12th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »