Category: Tasting Notes

Dave Phinney’s 98 Point Cabernet Stunner!

The Crane Assembly is centered around a unique eight-acre vineyard located in the gravel rich soils of southern St. Helena. It is believed that George Beldon Crane, or simply G.B. Crane, first established grapes on this site in the year 1885, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley. Although records are […]

Friday December 2nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Winner!

In one of my tasting group last get-togethers for the year we decided to blind taste some 2013 Pinot Noirs – all very good ones! The line-up included: Tyler “N-Block” 95 PT RP Peter Michael “Clos du Ciel” 94 RP Aubert “U-V” 96 RP Brewer-Clifton Acin 95 RP Wenzlau 93 RP Mount Eden 96 RP […]

Thursday December 1st, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

#1 Rising Star “94 Point” Cabernet

In 1999 Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and awards […]

Wednesday November 30th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Inaugural 94 Point Rated, 4 barrel release from the infamous McGagh (a.k.a. Scarlett) vineyard

  Kale Anderson has put Pahlmeyer back on a path to success, but it is his own label that caught my eye and will turn lots of heads in years to come.  Kale is the day-to-day winemaker for the Cabernet and Merlot production at Pahlmeyer.  As for his Kale “Heritage” this was sourced from the […]

Monday November 28th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Holiday Gift Suggestions to Make Every Oenophile Smile!

Winter is nearly here and the Holiday gifting season is fast on its heels. If you are getting this email it means that you or someone you know is a member of that rare and delightful group of people known as the Oenophiles! And when it comes to a lover of wine, you know that […]

Saturday November 26th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Chardonnay of the Year!

  Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my […]

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point Cab Gem by former Spottswoode winemaker

  Winemaker/owner Rosemary Cakebread has earned her stripes after 30 years in the Napa Valley (Spottswoode, etc.).  She created the Gallica label in 2007 and has been producing amazing Cabernets, Rhone Blends and Albarino.  The 2013 Cabernet might be here best offer yet to date.  STUNNING I’d say! Gallica 2013 Cabernet, Napa Valley Retail 170.00 […]

Monday November 21st, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Last Call! 97 Point KILLER Red

  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 […]

Sunday November 20th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa this year

An Ideal wine for the “dark” Turkey Meat! Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought […]

Friday November 18th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pritchard Hill Cabernet STUNNER

Greg Melanson first came to the wine country on vacation at age 18. After graduation from U.S.C. in 1975 he moved to San Francisco to start a legal document management company. During those early years he learned to fly and skydive at the Pope Valley Parachute Ranch. Greg caught the bug for both soaring and […]

Thursday November 17th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »