Category: Tasting Notes

Keplinger at ½ the price

Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over a decade now (Bryant Family, Carte Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars etc.) She has worked with the Napa Elite (Heidi Barrett, David Abreu) and gained other valuable experience in France and Australia.  She can stand her own in this demanding wine […]

Friday February 23rd, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Haut Brion meets Napa Valley

After the success with her own label, Helen Keplinger is out of control (in a very good way)!  The latest releases of Carte Blanche Cabernet and Proprietary Red showcase Helen’s amazing talents.  Only a few hundred cases of this mindboggling wine was produced from this “next” Haut Brion of the Napa Valley! This wine received  a […]

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Blind Tasting surprise Cab Blend under $60 beats out expensive Reds

In a recent blind tasting a small Paso Robles producer turned heads by beating out some Napa and Sonoma big guns! The line up included: Caymus ‘15 Turnbull ‘15 “Black Label” Cade ‘15 Familiar Air ‘15 Hobel ‘15 Galerie ‘15 Beau Vigne ‘15 “Juliet” Beau Vigne ’15 ‘Cult” Switchback Ridge ‘15 Halter Ranch “Ancestor” The […]

Tuesday February 20th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL Under $30 Hidden Surprise Red Blend

The 2014 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) by winemaker Alex McGregor, is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market.  Sourced from their 100% organic, and bio-dynamic vineyard the “OSR” pleases both palate and wallet!  I cannot forget to mention the Saracina 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC ESTATE […]

Monday February 19th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Keplinger new releases … more 95+ Ratings & FREE SHIPPING!!

  The MUCH anticipated 2015 (Helen) Keplinger releases are finally in stock! I received the  Sumo, Lithic and Caldera bottlings from Helen. Quantities are very limited this year, but the quality is amazing! Let me know ASAP as these wines will sell out well before the end of the year! Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for over […]

Saturday February 17th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot of the Month

Justin Harmon, owner/winemaker was born in Chicago, to a large Irish family where wine did not play a role in his life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion […]

Friday February 16th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

$100.00 CAB at ½ the PRICE by Winemaker of the Year

Winemaker of the Year Steve Matthiasson has been farming some of Napa’s greatest vineyards for decades now and he also created some great brands himself.  The latest CONVEXITY is one of those $100.00 “tasting” Cabernets that I can offer at $50.00 and you’ll be happily surprised with the quality/$ ratio! Convexity 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa […]

Thursday February 15th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point Rated Under $30 Red

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 out […]

Wednesday February 14th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

100 Point Winemaker’s Stunning New Cabernet!

Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become on Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful […]

Tuesday February 13th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Premier Cru Vineyard Chardonnay Gem

Montagu is a boutique winery dedicated to showcasing wine from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Each wine is a true expression of the world-class terroir from which it comes. Dedicated to minimal intervention in the winery, Montagu allows each wine to naturally express its authentic and full potential. Montagu Wines […]

Monday February 12th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »