Posts tagged: 2012

You say: “Old Chardonnay”, I say that you are wrong! Edit Subject

You’d say: “Old Chardonnay”, I say that you are wrong. The Vigneron profession first appears in the Terrien family tree in the 1700s when they lived in the Loire Valley of France. “Bêcheur” was also one of their occupations, which is to say they shoveled dirt for a living. As bêche is a spade and […]

95 Point Napa “Boutique” Cab surprise

SHW (Saint Helena Winery) was created in 2000 to promote estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon that appeals to curious and cultured wine buyers – add their extravagant winemaker Aaron Pott to the mix, plus a handful of rave reviews, and you can see where this is going…. SHW 2012 “Sympa” Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena Napa Retail […]

SEXY, JAMMY 94+ POINT BLOCKBUSTER WINE

    Owner, winemaker Curt Schalchlin has been producing high quality Rhone varietals at a very respectable price level for years.  Curt worked for some of the best winemakers in industry and went solo about over a decade ago, and with a very strong showing in his Sans Liege and Groundwork productions, and the rest […]

Saturday March 11th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

30% OFF 93 POINT RATED PINOT NOIR!

Bill and Cindy Wenzlau purchased 100 acres, but only planted 12 ½ of them (8½ to Pinot & 4 to Chardonnay).  For 2 decades they fantasized about owning their own vineyard.   But it was not until their sommelier son Tommy came back from a trip to France that he persuaded his family to look […]

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 in , , , | No Comments »

100 POINT PHILIPPE MELKA PROJECT

Mike Davis and his wife Sandy earned their stripes in the tech industry before setting up shop in the Napa Valley.  They purchased a 155-acre property in Calistoga in 2011, along with other vineyard holdings in the Napa Valley.  The “estate” stretches from the valley floor to about 1300 feet elevation and is planted to […]

The “BEST” Petite Sirah from Napa

  Corey Beck grew up in the Napa Valley in and around the vineyards his grandfather planted at Chateau Montelena.  He started his winemaking career under Scott McLeod at Rubicon (Francis Ford Copolla).  His own Cabernet Sauvignon is an amazing wine sourced from one of the most sought after vineyards in the Napa Valley nearby […]

Tuesday January 10th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Sceaming Eagle Winemaker’s Hot New Cabernet Gem

  Marciano Estate revitalizes a proud winegrowing history that dates back to the mid-19th century. The property upon which their vineyards are planted was part of the Bourn family estate, a country residence for one of San Francisco’s most successful and influential families during the time of California’s Gold Rush. When the Bourns purchased the […]

Blind Tasting Winnner = SMALL but Mind-Boggling Napa Cabernet

    Longtime Napa Valley winemaker Charles Thomas (Longtime winemaker at Lokoya and Cardinale with many 100 point ratings!, Verite, Quintessa, Rudd, Opus One, etc …) and his wife Lili Thomas-Hsi (pronounced “SHE”) have been living on Mt. Veeder surrounded by their vineyard.  The first release from their estate was last year when the 2011 THV  was […]

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 , , , , , | No Comments »

95 Point Rated Napa Merlot

  I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2012 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce […]

Monday June 13th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »