Category: Tasting Notes

Blind Tasting Pinot Noir Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2012 Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Alma Fria’s 200 case production wowed us and blew away a pack of heavy hitters, including:  Brewer Clifton SRH (94 WS) Kosta Browne 4 Barrel (94 WS)B evan Summit 1376 (94 WS) Peter Michael (96WA) Tyler Bien Nacido (95 WA) Failla (93 WA) AP […]

Friday October 24th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Brown’s next 100 point Cabernet! MAX. 6 BOTTLES

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, stories were […]

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

100 case Chardonnay sensation

For 3 generations the Holtermann Family has been one of the premier importers of wines, varying from hard-to-find, leading wineries to very large producers from all over the world.  Their longtime relationships with growers, enolgists, winemakers and vineyard managers provided them with a unique perspective of the wine industry. So the next step was panting […]

Tuesday October 21st, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Sensational 2 barrel Pinot Noir production, only 5 cases allocated

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very […]

Monday October 20th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Screaming Eagle neighbor’s Cabernet for under $40

“La Poussiere” is a direct translation of the Rutherford District’s hallmark characteristic “the dust”. It is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and can be enjoyed over the next 5-10 years.  The Rutherford District owes a great debt to Andre Tschelitcheff, who beginning 1938 extolled its many virtues.  TEXTBOOK “La […]

Friday October 17th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

2012 Napa Zin of the Year ~ 175 cases produced only 8 allocated!

Kirk Vegne has been crafting wines since his childhood with his “famous” dad Nils Venge (first 100 Point winemaker in the Napa Valley, 1985 Groth Reserve).  Nils told me some years ago that Kirk is a better winemaker than he’ll ever be – big statement!  Kirk also makes the wines for Macauley, Venge, Honeycut, Jax, Igenous […]

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

THE BEST WINE OFFERING EVER!

Owner and Winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high-quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about a decade ago, and the rest is history.  Today Sans Liege has a worldwide fan base, even as far as Japan, Belgium and South […]

Tuesday October 14th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Blockbuster 2012 CAB by 100 point winemaker! – 4 BOTTLE LIMIT

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development of a wine auction site and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners […]

Monday October 13th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot Noir of the Month!

POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not by […]

Friday October 10th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The best Sauvignon Blanc ever from California! (includes shipping)

Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave and Jeff Pisoni. Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced a wine together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the […]

Wednesday October 8th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »