Category: Tasting Notes

Philippe Melka’s Rock Star Effort

Fahri & Constance Diner created Skipstone after successful careers as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The vineyard is sits like an amphitheater carved into a horseshoe-shaped mountain hidden high above Alexander Valley. With their European roots Fahri & Constance strive to create the best wines to rival the quality and artistry of California’s most highly regarded […]

Tuesday July 25th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Value White that puts a $mile on your face, keeping $$$ in your wallet!

Our friends at Sans Liege have been on a roll for some years now.  At our New York tasting this wine blew the minds of many of the attendees.  I even got comments like: “This is better than many “real” Rhone wines!” or “wow, amazing quality for the value!” Do I need to say more, this […]

Monday July 24th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot Noir blind tasting winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2014 Pinot Noirs, Alma Fria beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted of 13 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all the wines twice. The lineup included: Argot (96 Pt. Parker) North – by Alban (96 Pt Parker) The Hilt “Vanguard” (94 Pt Parker) […]

Friday July 21st, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Rivers Brown “Perfect-ly” crafted Chardonnay

Shibumi Knoll is a very small  Napa winery that was founded by wine collector Don Ross. Don attained a small knoll north of St. Helena in the early 2000s.  On the property was a small 3/4-acre vineyard, a modest cottage, a guest house and a winery. The cottage on the knoll was renovated and became […]

Thursday July 20th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Diamond Creek’s neighbor Cabernet at 1/3 the price

Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998 atop Diamond Mountain, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “Diamond in the rough” was an understatement.  It was densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight.  It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres […]

Tuesday July 18th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A Runaway Bride… Needs Wine!

Cloaked in mystery and unable to divulge secrets, Bridesmaid Wines are serious wines for bona fide wine drinkers. Just like her namesake and inspiration, Bridesmaid Wines are available, alluring, important and very sexy. Bridesmaid is an Appellation Napa Valley white blend framed in the Bordeaux classic grape varieties. This wine is all about the talent […]

Monday July 17th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

DuMol’s fabulous 2015 releases!

DuMOL and Frank Melis go back to the 1996 vintage, the first one released, so a long and happy marriage, that has never been on the rocks!  I am proud to share that 2015 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were down a lot from the previous vintage, so that might be a […]

Saturday July 15th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Scarecrow Winemaker’s Astonishing New Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc

Celia Welch does not need an intro, but in case you wouldn’t know who she is – She’s the brainchild (i.e. the amazing winemaker) behind the following highly rated and highly regarded wineries including Scarecrow, Corra, Barbour,  Keever, 2480, Kelly Fleming, Bucella, etc.  For the past couple of years she’s been involved with a new project called YOUNT […]

Friday July 14th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Phillippe Melka’s Smokin Hot New Cabernet

Apriori is the fruit of a collaboration between Patrice Breton & Georges Sabongui, two very passionate, focused and driven vintners who have been friends since high school. Both Patrice & Georges enjoyed successful careers in the technology industry before dedicating their attention to the craft of wine. They also co-founded and operate Champlain Group LLC, […]

Thursday July 13th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“Down Under” Exclusive for Golden Gate Wine Cellars customers!

O’Dwyer 2013 Cabernet & 2014 Shiraz Pre-Sale Offer! The Cabernet which I am sipping while writing this note will elevate you to other galaxies!  The nose is gorgeous, amazing black stone fruit jumps out of the glass.  The palate is mouth coating and teeth staining black stone fruit that is very well-balanced and extremely complex.   […]

Tuesday July 11th, 2017 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »