Category: Tasting Notes


  COHO 2013 MERLOT “MICHAEL BLACK VINEYARD” NAPA VALLEY RETAIL 58.00 – GGWC 53.99 FREE SHIPPING on 6 or MORE! Use code COHO at check out Mix with other Coho wines This might be the best Merlot Coho has produced yet to date.  A blend of 98% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the […]

Tuesday October 25th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Helen Keplinger Pinot Noir

  Boris Guillome is a 20+year wine industry veteran, having worked in some of California’s best restaurants and wine stores. In 2013, he decided that his next challenge would be in creating his own label, so he hired Helen Keplinger as his winemaker and set out to find exceptional sites and the best fruit possible. […]

Monday October 24th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


  2014 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were down from the previous vintage, so that might be a problem, especially when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand. I would say that this might the best release ever from this winery. I hear from the owner Kerry Muprhy and winemaker Andy Smith […]

Saturday October 22nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

126 case CAB by 100 Point Wine Genius

  This 1 acre vineyard located next to Grace Family in St. Helena has been putting out some amazing wine over the past couple of years.  All courtesy of 100 Point winemaker Peter Heitz who turned this little piece of dirt in a pile of gold flakes!  The winery is owned by two couples, neighbors, […]

Friday October 21st, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A Casual Wine at a Casual Price

  The 2014 Casual Encounter is a blend of 39% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 28 Mourvedre and 3% Tannat.  This (not so) Casual (encounter) offers up an amazing aromas of chocolate, sweet red and black stone fruit on the nose.  The wine is full in body, loaded with intense flavors of lush black stone fruits, hints […]

Thursday October 20th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

136 year old Napa Winery comes back to life! Great Value for Amazing Quality

  Liparita winery was created in 1880 by WF Keyes, son of General Keys.  The actual cellar still stands high atop Howell Mountain today. Going through some ownership changes, prohibition, etc, along the way Liparita gained fame and glory by winning gold medals at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and in 1904 at the St.Louis […]

Wednesday October 19th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95 Point, 200 case, Low (12.8%) alcohol Pinot Noir

In 2001, two generations of the Cobb family came together to explore a shared passion for Pinot Noir with the founding of Cobb Wines. Focused exclusively on crafting single-vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs, Cobb Wines combines the winegrowing expertise of David Cobb—one of the pioneers of Pinot Noir  viticulture on the far Sonoma Coast—with the […]

Tuesday October 18th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY & Thomas Rivers Brown’s Inaugural CAB

A note from the “President, Wine Taster, Dishwasher, Jack O.A.T, of Golden Gate Wine Cellars. Dear Friends, Cypress Freeway Memorial source:wikicommons October 17 is in an “interesting” day at the Melis’ Family as it is the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but also my wife’s birthday (I better remember that!) For those who […]

Monday October 17th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

WINE ALERT 200 case 94 Point Grenache GEM

    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 […]

Saturday October 15th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

100 Point Winemaker’s STUNNING $50s Napa Cab Blend

The “Tether” wine is a new project between Benoit Touquette (who has made MANY 100 POINT wines as well as 96+ Kata, and 95+ Fait-Main & Teeter-Totter Cabernets) and my dear friend Kimberly Jones (wine broker to the stars).  The 2014 Tether Proprietary Red is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% […]

Tuesday October 11th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »