Category: Tasting Notes

Re-birth of a Napa Gem!

Michael Trujillo has been making wine in the Napa Valley for decades now.  He had a long run with his Karl Lawrence label, which was “retired” after the 2010 vintage.  Under a new disguise, the 2011 Trujillo Cabernet was born.  Sourced from the same amazing vineyards: Herb Lamb, Morisoli, Healy & Henry Brothers.  Only 400 cases of […]

Wednesday August 20th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Foxen Pinot 94+ Points – Only 5 cases allocated

Bill Wathen and Dick Doré (also known as the “Foxen Boys”) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a “minimalist” approach to […]

Monday August 18th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Exquisite Viognier wins blind tasting

This was the first time my tasting group conducted a blind Viognier tasting, and it will not be the last one!  The lineup included: Cayuse (93 WA) Hentley (93 WA) Chapoutier (96 WA) Mark Ryan (92 WA) Yeringberg (92 WA) Denner (92 WA) Abeja (92 WS) Jemrose (92 WS) Alban (94 WA) K Vintners “Charles […]

Friday August 15th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

300 case production (3 x 94 Points) – Only 8 cases allocated

GWC 94 Points: This wine boasts an amazingly dark color and intense bouquet of spring flowers, anise and spcie.  On the palate this wine is full, intense loaded with black stone fruit and a touch forest floor spice.  Lush and well-balanced, with amazing mid-section and stunning finish.  The wine lingers on for 30-40 seconds!  Very […]

Wednesday August 13th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

First 100 Point 2012 Cabernet

Carter Cellars grew out of a small bed & breakfast, turned high-end hotel/restaurant with an award winning wine list. Mark Carter started hosting winemaker dinners and in 1998 he created “Carter Cellars” and the rest as they say is history.  The first vintages were made by the FIRST 100 point winemaker in Napa, Nils Venge.  Today […]

Monday August 11th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 2 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name “The Shop” […]

Friday August 8th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point Red Blend

Everyone’s dream is to make great wine.  That said, when three friends created Lacuna and set out to do so, they had one problem – no winemaker!  When they hooked up with ace winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson (Bedrock) their problem was solved and their 10 year dream came to fruition.  This is the sixth release and it […]

Wednesday August 6th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

99 Point Winemaker’s wine wins Blind Tasting

Our tasting group lined up some amazing wines for our first blind Cabernet tasting of the summer.  The lineup included Etude “Oakville” (96 WA) Adams Bench (93+ WA) J Davies (94 WA) Diamond Creek “RRT” (95 WA) Alpha Omega “Beckstoffer” (94 WA) Pott (95 WS) Drinkward Peschon (93 WA) Carter “ToKalon” (97 WA) Carte Blanche […]

Monday August 4th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

# 1 Quality/Value Rated Chardonnay

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

Friday August 1st, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“A.B.C.” Anything But Chardonnay

Nicole Abiouness took the long way to get  into the wine industry.  Growing up in Virginia, she packed up her belongings and moved to Napa where she was accepted at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America).  She signed up very every single wine course they had and eventually landed a job at Swanson before moving […]

Wednesday July 30th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »