Category: Tasting Notes

A 95 point Cabernet for your cellar

Turnbull Winery has been on fire as of late (no pun intended) receiving many 97-100 point ratings.  Winemaker Peter Heitz (also makes the great Realm wines which received equal 97-100 point ratings.  That said, don’t wait to jump on this hot winery! Turnbull 2013 Cabernet, Oakville (Leopoldina/Fortuna) Napa Valley Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99 FREE SHIPPING […]

Friday February 12th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Screaming Eagle winemaker’s “Dad” Pinot Noir

It would take me a book to tell you the all about this legendary winemaker, but the short version is that Dr. Richard (Dick) Peterson is Heidi Peterson-Barrett’s father.  So the lineage should say enough.Make sure to watch this video on Dick Peterson - and read up on Dick’s 50 years in the wine industry - (click or paste […]

Friday February 12th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Screaming Eagle’s “lost wine”

We are excited about the 2013 Vin Perdu. Once again, Heidi Barrett has masterfully blended small lots from some of the finest vineyard blocks on the eastern side of three Napa Valley vineyards to deliver an incredible array of mind-altering aromas and flavors. The composition of 2013 Vin Perdu is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

Wednesday February 10th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Under $50 blind tasting winner beats big guns

In our Pinot Noir contest a surprise winner rose from the ashes.  Our group of 15 tasters lined up some amazing Pinot Noirs: Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” (96 Parker) Aubert UV (96 Parker) Dierberg “Drumm Canyon” (94 Parker) Chat. Boswell “Eloise”(94 Parker) Foxen “Block 8” (95 Parker) Bacio Divino “Bacigalupi” (94 Parker) Paul Lato “Kokoro” (94 Parker) […]

Tuesday February 9th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

Scarecrow 100 Point Winemaker’s Smashing Release

Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become on Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful viticulturists. […]

Monday February 8th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


Rick Mirer, the former stand-out Quarterback at Notre Dame and NFL player with the Seahawks, 49ers, Raiders, Bears & Jets turned another longtime hobby into a profession – wine! This Mirror 2012 Cabernet is his ninth release and I would say the best-effort yet-to-date! His friend Jeff Smith (owner of Hourglass winery) did not need to convince […]

Sunday February 7th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


Kenefick Ranch Winery and Vineyard is owned by retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick, and his two children Caitlin and Chris Kenefick. In 1978 Dr. Kenefick acquired a 125-acre vineyard property next door to the Eisele Estate (Araujo, now owned by Chateau Latour). This vineyard was head pruned and dry farmed with old Italian […]

Saturday February 6th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

A 97 Point “Moaning” Syrah

John Schwartz, owner of Amuse Bouche Winery in Napa Valley, and Chef Bryan Ogden, recipient of the James Beard Award for best restaurant 2003 are the owners ofPharaoh Moans winery.  With their combined 35 years in the wine and food industry, they teamed up with winemaker Guillaume Fabre.  Their vineyards are located in the West Paso Robles […]

Friday February 5th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »

The Romanee-Conti from California – 8 barrels produced only 6 cases allocated

Katy Wilson named her winery after her great-grandmother – Verona LaRue Newell.  Verona survived and suffered through the great depression.  Verona left a big impression on her and when she started her own business dedicated the winery “LaRue” to her.  Katy grew up on a farm and at a young age knew that she wanted […]

Thursday February 4th, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »


The Meaning of “Vespera”: (Latin) Evening, a time to gather with friends and family. In 1999 the two owners Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. […]

Wednesday February 3rd, 2016 in Tasting Notes | No Comments »