Category: Tasting Notes

Killer 2 barrel Pinot Noir production

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very […]

Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Philippe Melka’s latest Cabernet-vaganza

When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from days past?) into a top notch producer.  Gandona is rooted in tradition […]

Monday April 21st, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Small Pinot Real Head Turner

What happens when a med student changes her mind…. she becomes a winemaker.  That is truly what happened!  Kerith and Brian had just graduated from Cornell when they decided to take a trip to Napa.  They picked up some bottles of wine and food and set out for a picnic.   Somehow the picnic became nap […]

Friday April 18th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Napa’s Most Amazing White of the year! A White for Cabernet lovers – FREE SHIPPING

It started a little over decade ago when Thomas Keller (owner/chef) of the famed French Laundry in Napa asked Scott Palazzo to craft a wine exclusively for his restaurant.  Since then, Palazzo has turned out some amazing wines.  This latest Cuvee Blanc, sourced from OLD Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines might be his “Piece de […]

Friday April 11th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Scarecrow Winemaker’s latest miracle wine

Jim Barbour has been one of the most sought after vineyardists in the Napa for decades now. Having managed and consulted for many cult wineries in the Valley, he planted his own vineyard in 1992 where he grafted bud wood from Grace Family.  The first 15 vintages were made by Heidi Barrett, and since then […]

Wednesday April 9th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Sexy Napa Red low 30’s

Pazzo (which means “crazy” in Italian) is a wine crafted by ace winemaker Kirk Venge.  It is an unpretentious blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese, Syrah and Petite Sirah.   It is a wine that Parker called “Sexy, seductive, provocative” and “The best value Bistro wine from Napa” as well as “Gorgeously hedonistic, flavorful”.  In other words, a […]

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Screaming Eagle owned Pinot Noir stunner – FREE SHIPPING!

The 2012 Amrita Pinot Noir is the second vintage of Amrita from the organic Wenzlau Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, which is adjacent to the great vineyards of Sea Smoke and Mount Carmel.  The venture is a partnership between Charles Bank (Screaming Eagle/Jonata, etc) and Raj Parr (Sommelier of the Michael Mina Group). Their […]

Monday March 31st, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Under $40.00 Chardonnay GEM

This small winery in the Santa Rita Hills is the brain child of Jeff and Nikki Nelson.  Their wine maker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis (the “man” behind the Dragonette success). Liquid Farm 2012 “White Hill” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills Retail 44.00 – GGWC 39.99 – FREE SHIPPING on six or more Use discount shipping code LIQ12WH […]

Friday March 28th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Exquisite Cab by Thomas Rivers Brown

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development at Winebid.com and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners and […]

Wednesday March 26th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“The” Wine for a First Date

Jeff Cohn (JC Cellars) has been at it for 20+ years since he started his career at Ridge and Rosenblum.  His own label has been on fire as of late.  To lead up into the summer I wanted to introduce a fun wine – The First Date, a Roussanne and Marsanne (White Rhone varietals) blend. […]

Monday March 24th, 2014 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »