Category: Tasting Notes

95 Points – 175 case Grenache Surprise

Matthias Pippig is not your everyday mainstream winemaker. He’s an “artist” in the true sense of the worth.  A creator, a dreamer, a visionary, a poet, a chef, a scientist.  Mix this all together and you have Sanguis.  Matthias moved here from Germany some 30 years ago with plans to make it big in the […]

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

KISTLER winemaker’s HOT new Chardonnay

Over the past 25 years Kistler has been synonymous with Top Chardonnay, kinda the White Burgundy Grand Cru version of California.  Kistler wines sell for $100+.  The past 5+ years Jason Kesner has been at the helm of this much sought after winery. But did you say $100+?  I have good news Jason has been […]

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

Under $30 REALLY ~ 94 Point Rated GEMSTER!

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found  land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard.   With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set […]

Thursday November 19th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


Encosta (“slope”) Cabernet Sauvignon originates from the steeply terraced hillsides ofGandona Estate and its terra cotta-colored, volcanic soil.  The 2012 vintage is a wine celebrating the very soul of hillside fruit capturing the essence of the vine’s interaction with earth and sun. It opens with aromas of bright red cherry and cranberry with underlying notes of cassis […]

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

Tiny producer wins blind tasting

Our Tasting Group lined up an amazing lineup of hard-to-find Grenaches: Carlisle (Rossi) 93 WS Keplinger 93 WS Saxum (James Berry) 93 WS Outpost 93 Galloni Alban 94 Galloni Sanguis (Verve) 93 Galloni Limerick Lane 94 Galloni Samsara 93 Galloni A Tribute to Grace 93 Galloni Draognette (Sebastiano) The Winner DRAGONETTE! Two brothers (John & […]

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

Cult Cabernet 98 Points again?

Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed and Trish Snider. Their vineyard goes by the name of Stags Ridge and is the benchmark and centerpiece of Beau Vigne. Stags Ridge Vineyard & Ranch is located on the Eastern edge of Napa, situated in the Atlas Peak appellation at the very top of Soda Canyon […]

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

100 cases produced Pinot Gem

  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 […]

Thursday November 12th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

97 Point Rated Heidi Barrett Cabernet

Two of Napa’s best known faces, Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle, La Sirena, Amuse Bouche, etc) and Bo Barrett (Chateau Montelena) have been married for 26 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett.BARRETT & BARRETT 2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY 97 POINTS!! GGWC […]

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

Turley Zin at ½ the price

The RW Moore Vineyard is one of California’s oldest and best known Zinfandel vineyards.   Turley calls it the EARTHQUAKE vineyard.  Molly is the niece of Bill Moore (RW Moore) and of course Mike is an Hendry, as in Hendry Winery.  Mike and Molly Hendry married in 2009 and produced their first vintage from the Moore […]

Tuesday November 10th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

KILLER 96 Point 2012 Napa Cabernet

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time […]

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