Category: Tasting Notes

96 Point Kamen 2012 Cabernet = Outrageously Good!

Professor, turned Screenplay writer, turned Vineyard and Winery owner Robert Kamen has done it again. His ace winemaker Mark Herold (Kobalt, Herold) has been making consistent 93 Point rated wine from their Sonoma property. For 11 straight vintages the wine has received 93 Points from Robert Parker, this is the most solid A rating ever. This year […]

Monday August 31st, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

4 Barrel, Blind Tasting Winner

Our tasting group rarely tackles Cabernet Franc, so I was very excited to review one of my favorite varietals.  Our panel selected some amazing wines: Ramey (94 Galloni) Hudson (93+ Galloni) Kamen (93 Galloni) Crocker Starr (92 Galloni) Hourglass (94 Galloni) Lang & Reed Reverie Robert Keenan (93 Points) Oakville Ranch “Roberts’ (93+ Galloni) Constant […]

Saturday August 29th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

6 Barrel Must Have Pinot Noir

Justin Wilett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing 190 cases.  His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers.  Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita […]

Wednesday August 26th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Picture Perfect 96+ Rated Napa Cabernet

Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the pre-prohibition Victorian home depicted on the wine label.Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910 and it was acquired by Mary and Jack Novak in 1972. Mary released Spottswoode’s first […]

Monday August 24th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Sensational “Inaugural” (Screaming Eagle) Pinot Noir, 270 cases produced!

Domaine de la Côte is a collection of 6 vineyards planted over 40 acres on a 25 million year old siliceous (silex) seabed at the furthest western side of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. The vineyards, with vine densities between 4,000 – 7,000 vines/acre, are entirely organically farmed. Originally part of the Evening Land program, the […]

Friday August 21st, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

6 Barrel, Under $30 Cab Franc Stunner

This is only the second vintage from the legendary Pickberry Vineyard in Sonoma Valley that Zepaltas produced. This vineyard was put on the map by Joel Peterson of Ravenwood Winery and his sturdy, Bordeaux blends from the site. They have proven to be wines that stand the test of time, and we aim to follow suit with our Cab […]

Wednesday August 19th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Wine = Rocket Science

John Caldwell grew up in Napa into a family that ran a shoe business. John eventually turned the one business into many more.  Living in Napa, making money he purchased 54 acres of land and had plans to develop some homes.  Unfortunately that backfired and now he was “stuck” with 54 acres of dirt.  He had […]

Monday August 17th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Under $50 Rock Star Napa Cabernet Blend

Scott Peterson (S.P. – Drummer) is a seasoned winemaker with a portfolio stretching almost 30 years making wine at an array of great wineries like Cardinale, Textbook, Pey-Marin, Mt. Eden, Anderson Conn Valley and others.  Scott is a big fan of Bordeaux-style blended wines, thus his blends have always been Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & […]

Saturday August 15th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Surprise 95 Point Napa

A native of South Africa, Brian Malk continues a family tradition of grape growing started by his grandfather who owned a wine farm in Franschhoek, near Capetown.  Brian moved to the United States in 1978 and is resides in Napa Valley as well as San Diego. Brian and Nancy purchased the Stags Leap property for Malk Family Vineyardsin […]

Wednesday August 12th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“The” Must Have Pinot

Winemaker Phil Titus (Chappellett etal) is the new winemaker at the helm, and it seems like Coho is getting an extra shot in the arm with this new addition.Coho will continue to source from the same vineyards, but with adding Phil Titus, they might have gone from Coach to First Class! Coho 2013 Pinot Noir “Stanly Ranch” Carneros […]

Monday August 10th, 2015 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »