Category: Tasting Notes

Chardonnay of the Month!

  Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche it again! Only 700 of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples […]

Thursday January 19th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Another Smash Hit for Sans Liege

  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 over a decade ago, and with a very strong showing in his Sans Liege and Groundwork productions, and the rest […]

Tuesday January 17th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa

  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 after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby […]

Tuesday January 10th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Rivers Brown’s NEW 95 Point Cab

  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 […]

Monday January 9th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

5 Barrel MUST HAVE “Rock & Roll” Red FREE SHIPPING

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 […]

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL for the Zinfandel of the Year!

  From the winery: “Our flagship wine, Benchmark Zinfandel is sourced from vines originally planted by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. Seamless, with unparalleled clarity of flavor and aromas, this wine is a testament to the hands that have tended these vines for over a century. This little lane is undeniably special, undeniably unique. […]

Friday December 30th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


The André Robert is a great bubbly!  Sourced from two Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil (mostly 2009 and 2010 vintage). 100% Chardonnay with a dosage from 8-9 g/l, which translates to medium on the “Brut” rating scale.  This wine has gorgeous aromas of pie and citrus and white stone fruit.  On the palate pleasant […]

Wednesday December 28th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


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 almost 30 years, but it took them almost that long before they put their winemaking heads together and created Barrett & Barrett. Barrett & Barrett 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley GGWC […]

Tuesday December 27th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95+ Cab Gem by former Spottswoode winemaker = FREE SHIPPING

  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 […]

Friday December 23rd, 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 […]

Thursday December 22nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »