Category: Tasting Notes

Sexy Beckstoffer Cabernet Release!

Mike Smith, who we sometimes call “Mr. 100 Pointer” (Carter Cellars, Myriad, Scarlett, etc.), has taken the Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard’s stunning fruit and produced an equally stunning wine for 12C.  Incidentally, 12C get’s its name from Twelve degrees Centigrade or Fifty-five (55) degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimum storage temperature for wine. 12c “G3” […]

Thursday August 16th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Napa meets Spain & We’ll pay for the plane ticket*…

The Hendry Family is always reinventing itself.  A few years ago they introduced Albariño, and it has created a following. The Albariño grape hails from the area of Galicia, Spain, and were first planted at the Hendry Estate in 2003. Block 2, originally planted in 1997, was grafted over to Albariño from Pinot Gris in 2013. Hendry 2017 […]

Wednesday August 15th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Value still happens in California, Really!

Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike. The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

Tuesday August 14th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

96 Point (200 case) Cabernet beats BIG NAMES in Blind Tasting

Our first of the summer blind tasting Cabernet tasting brought together the who is who among great Cabs.  The lineup included: Aloft (95 RP) Vineyard 29 (95 WA) Fait Main Las Piedras (95 WA) Vineyardist (96 WA) Barnett Rattlesnake Vyd (95+ WA) Ramey Pedregal (95+ AG) Ceritas PMR (96 AG) Cliff Lede Scarlet Love (97 […]

Monday August 13th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The Inaugural Release of Frank’s own Beckstoffer G3 Cabernet!

I am very proud to announce the release of our first Melis Family G3 Cabernet bottling.  The grape were sourced from the famed Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford.  This vineyard does not need any introduction, except that it produces amazing “juice”! The Vineyard Story: Historical records show that a portion of this vineyard was […]

Friday August 10th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

95+ Point, SIX Barrel Satin-Textured, Stunning Chardonnay!

Justin Harmon, owner/winemaker was born in Chicago, to a large Irish family where wine did not play a role in his life while growing up. Milk was the beverage of choice at the dinner table, and the industrial beers of the Midwest, fueled family parties. He does not pinpoint a specific moment that his passion […]

Thursday August 9th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Thomas Rivers Brown’s “only” 95 Point rated Cabernet!

Dr. Madaiah Revana balances a successful practice as a cardiologist in Houston, Texas with his commitment to Revana Family Vineyard. His desire to take on an additional career making Cabernet Sauvignon is rooted in his love for both wine and the rich tradition and culture of winemaking. First introduced to fine wine by friends, he […]

Wednesday August 8th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Just Can’t Get Enough of …. this Syrah!

Herman Syrah is the “story” of tall tales, Wrangler Jeans, and bold wines crafted by Russell P. From. This winery has become a real head-turner since it was created a little over a decade ago. Russell is a real “Rhone Ranger” and that has not escaped the notice of numerous publications garnering many 94-97 point […]

Tuesday August 7th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Bevan’s 100 POINT 2016 Cabernets & Bordeaux Blends are here!

I tasted the latest Bevan wines last week, and was speechless how good they were, this young!  The wines were opened (and decanted) at 11 AM, and I tasted them at 1 PM. One after another they were a WAW (What A Wine)!  Unfortunately production levels are still down, so not a large amount was […]

Monday August 6th, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

“Gold Standard” under $40 Red

The Hendry family has been farming the same vineyard in Napa since 1939. The lessons learned in almost 80 harvests provides them with a high level of knowledge and a unique connection to the land. The Hendry Ranch is composed of 203 acres situated in the hills north west of Napa, which include 114 acres […]

Friday August 3rd, 2018 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »