Category: Tasting Notes

2105 Carter Cellars new releases now in stock!!

  The much anticipated releases of the 2015 Carter Cellars wines are finally here! But the stock is extremely limited. As you might know, 2015 was the worst year in regards to output (yield) in California. Many were down 60+%, so that means that much less for me.  To make everyone happy, I have a […]

Tuesday November 21st, 2017 in Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point Cal-Rhone sensation under $50

  I was excited to hear that Prophetess is one of the top wines Robert Parker has ever tasted, and I have to wholeheartedly agree! Curt Schalchlin has been crafting some of the most amazingly, well-priced, widely-praised Rhone blends for over a decade. His wines have made him (and me) many friends.  The Prophetess bottling, […]

Monday November 20th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Knock-Out Scarlett Cab by Mike Smith 2.0

Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 in […]

Saturday November 18th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Under $60 ~ 96 Point Syrah Gem

  “Just from the color you can tell the 2014 Les Titans Syrah will be magnificent; it has an electric psychedelic purplish glow hinting at the energy present in the wine. The nose is a complete knockout with iron, grilled meat, hickory smoke, ink, and pain grillé aromas. The mouth is consistent with the nose […]

Friday November 17th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“REAL NEWS” A WHITE WINE FOR RED WINE DRINKERS

    Arbe Garbe (pron. Arbay Garbay), literally “bad weeds”, is what they call the cover crops on the Friulian Colli Orientali (“eastern hills”). It’s the mid-nineties, same scenery; two philosophy students are paying for tuition by picking grapes in the Jermann vineyards. Long hours of hard work and dream-sharing, they find one too many […]

Thursday November 16th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Rivers Brown “Parades” his skills again

    Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, […]

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Michelin awards several Napa and Bay Area Restaurants 3 STARS!

Michelin awards several Napa and Bay Area Restaurants 3 STARS! By Diane Peterson, The Press Democrat After a delay due to the North Bay wildfires, Michelin on Wednesday announced its star selections for the 2018 Michelin Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country, with 11 restaurants in Wine Country snagging a total of 16 […]

Sunday November 12th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

French Laundry & Saison’s Top Cabernet by Thomas Rivers Brown

For the past few years, The Hobels & Thomas Rivers Brown had been searching for a new vineyard to add to the lineup, looking for a unique vineyard that would allow them to produce a wine that would rival the quality and balance of their original Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon from the Engelhard Vineyard.  They finally found […]

Saturday November 11th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Kosta Browne Winemakers’ HOT NEW “VALUE” Pinot

  Entering the wine industry less than 16 years ago as a harvest intern, Shane Finley has literally started at the bottom and worked his way to the top. After spending several seasons as an intern in California, Australia, and the Northern Rhône, Shane became Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. While there he had […]

Friday November 10th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

NEWS FLASH: Wine Pirates invade the Napa Valley!

Not fake, you read it right – Pirates have invaded the Napa Valley.  Although only a small section of Napa was captured, I am happy to report that Heidi Barrett fought them and was able to fight off the savage invaders.  But it was here that she created the idea of making a “Pirate” style […]

Thursday November 9th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »