Category: Tasting Notes

Philippe Melka’s ONLY Sonoma Cabernet

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 […]

Monday June 27th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’s Amazing Cabernet

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were […]

Saturday June 25th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Pinot Noir of the Month

Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 on an historic site in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The old ranch property was first settled in the late 1800s. Wine grape cultivation had been started by French immigrants by the early 1900s and continued until 1965 when the property was […]

Friday June 24th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Napa’s First Growth White Bordeaux

In 1972 Jack and Mary Novak purchased the orginal “Spottswoode” property  In 1977, when Mary Weber Novak’s husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her with five young children and a newly replanted vineyard, she became one of the first women to run a major Napa Valley winegrowing estate. In the years since, through her hard work, […]

Thursday June 23rd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A $100.00 CAB at ½ the PRICE by Winemaker of the Year

  Steve Matthiasson has been farming some of Napa’s greatest vineyards for decades now and he also created some great brands himself.  The latest CONVEXITY is one of those $100.00 “tasting” Cabernets that I can offer at $50.00 and you’ll be happily surprised with the quality/$ ratio! Convexity 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Retail 52.00 – GGWC […]

Wednesday June 22nd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

LAST CALL FOR Great Pinot by SF Chronicle’s FIRST FEMALE EMPLOYEE

  Being regarded as a pioneer in her field was business as usual for Nan McEvoy. Her grandfather, Michael De Young (as in the The Young’s Museum), founded the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and Nan started there as a cub reporter (a rare position for a female at the time), gradually working her way […]

Saturday June 18th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Blind Tasting Winning GSM

  In a recent “Rhone Varietal” blind tasting my tasting group awarded Alta Colina with a solid first place. We tasted the following wines: Herman Story GSM (94 RP) Booker “Vertigo” (95 RP) Frequency (93 AG) Tenet (95 RP) Big Basin (93 AG) DuMOL “Eddie’s Patch” (95 AG) Keplinger “Sumo” (94 AG) Keplinger Fuego (95 AG) Herman […]

Friday June 17th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Forbes’ Winemaker To Watch!

  Gavin Chanin, who was named one of FORBES’ “30 under 30” in Food and Wine, and the “Winemaker to Watch” by San Francisco Chronicle, began his winemaking career as a harvest intern at Au Bon Climat and Qupé, under the tutelage of winemakers Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist, working his way up to assistant […]

Thursday June 16th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Hot New Napa Cab by 98 point winemaker

  It started in 1914 when Eliza & Pads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted  numerous farm animals. Not until the 1990s was the […]

Wednesday June 15th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Syrah of the month!

  The Buoncristaini Winery was created by four brothers in 1999.  All four have been working for various high-end wineries in the Napa Valley, and continue to do so today, while devoting time to the “family brand”. Their goal is to make high-quality wine at palatable price point, and I say that they have been able to […]

Tuesday June 14th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »