Posts tagged: 2008

Crowd pleasing under 40.00 Napa Cab Blend

Petit Batard is the illegitimate offspring of the Xtant Cabernet.  A small production winery in the Napa Valley.  Jeff Gaffner (Hestan, Saxon Brown) has been making the wines for some years now and the “Dollar Cost Average” formula is always applied here.  I would call this a “Great wine for your Buck!”  The owners are […]

Napa Cabernet Blend Stunner Under $44

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

Best Cab Franc in Napa by Araujo’s neighbor

Kenefick Ranch Winery has been flying below the radar, but not for much longer. Kenefick Ranch is owned by retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick, and his two children Caitlin and Chris Kenefick.  In 1978 Dr. Kenefick acquired 125-acre vineyard property at the foothills of the Palisades Mountains in Calistoga, planted to Cabernet […]

Luc Morlet’s Best Cabernet Wins Blind Tasting

In a recent blind tasting of high-end Napa Valley Cabernets this 122 case production blew away the entire pack of big names.  I would say that this might be Luc Morlet’s best Cabernet effort yet to date.  FYI, he sources from this vineyard for his Morlet label as well as Peter Michael! My tasting group […]

“Down Under” Cabernet turns heads!

We have a US exclusive for the 2008 O’Dwyer Cabernet! Over the holidays we conducted an “International Tasting” and I was excited to see that O’Dwyer did very well in the challenge.  All wines were from the 2008 vintage. We had 18 tasters (and at least 2 bottles of each wine).  All wines were tasted […]

Penche Cab wins the battle of Napa Cabs!

Over Thanksgiving, I was still working, we had the “Battle of Napa Cabs” at my house.  My group of wine snob friends had selected their best Napa Cab or Blend (2008 vintage) for Frank’s Thanksgiving Battle. No one got killed, only a little embarrassed when their gem did not act as one!  The line-up was […]

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Exclusive – Kamen vertical 2004-2009 six-pack

I had the pleasure recently to sit down with Robert Kamen, his winemaker Mark Herold, and his vineyard manager Phil Coturri. Together we reviewed and tasted a 10 year vertical of Kamen ESTATE wines. All 10 vintages have been holding up very well and are show great. All of them still have great aging potential […]

A new gem-in-the-rough from Paul Hobbs!

Paul Hobbs’ portfolio seems like the one of a globetrotter; add vineyard manager extraordinaire Ulises Valdez and you have one of the best combo “vineyardists” in the wine industry.   The Landy Estate is one of Paul’s latest ventures, and you can tell immediately who is at the helm of these great wines! Landy 2008 M.D.V.R. […]

This Zinfandel “Rocks”!

Carol’s career got an early and unusual start at only six years old. Her mom developed an “identify the scent” game using household herbs and spices that was the beginning of Carol’s path into the wine industry. It quickly became apparent that Carol not only had a great sense of smell, but she was remarkably […]

Mirror, Mirror on the wall which is the BEST Cabernet of all?

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 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is his fifth release and I would say the best-effort yet-to-date! His friend Jeff Smith (owner of Hourglass winery) did not […]