Posts tagged: 2014

“Sexy, Racy” 95 Point (140 case) Red = FREE SHIPPING

  For 3 generations the Holtermann Family has been one of the premier importers of wines, varying from hard-to-find, leading wineries to very large producers from all over the world.  Their longtime relationships with growers, enolgists, winemakers and vineyard managers provided them with a unique perspective of the wine industry. So the next step was panting […]

95 Point, 100 case Pinot Gem

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 for […]

Tuesday July 10th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Former Spottswoode Winemaker “Stars” in her own Cabernet “Role”

Named for the variations of rock, loam, and clay soils found throughout the St. Helena based Crocker Estate Vineyard, RLC is the embodiment of Crocker & Starr as a concept. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr had the idea for RLC when she realized that the blocks of vines that made up the periphery of the […]

LAST CALL WEEK – UNDER $50 Napa Cab blend still “happens”

As a young man Jesus Espinoza worked in Napa planting grape vines as a laborer. Over 20 years later, destiny has taken him back to the same ranch, but this time as the owner of the grapes.  In 2005, Cruz Calderon started construction of the prestigious wine cave at Caldwell Vineyard in the Coombsville District […]

Araujo / Reuling winemaker’s 175 case Chardonnay Jewel!

Chamboulé was founded in 2011 by Matt Taylor (winemaker at Araujo & Reuling) who acquired three estate parcels in Napa Valley and at the Sonoma Coast. These wines have a unique vision and express Matt’s desire to showcase the beauty of the sites he is proud to work with in the most traditional ways possible. […]

Monday June 11th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

97 Point LIMITED production Pinot Gem! Edit Subject

The history of Bien Nacido can be traced back to the year 1837, when a Spanish land grant of some two square leagues was secured by Tomas Olivera from Juan Bautista Alvarado, then Gobernador (Governor) of Alta California. In 1969, the Millers, a fifth-generation California farming family purchased a stretch of land in California’s then-nascent […]

15% OFF & FREE SHIPPING OF SUPERB 96 Point Napa Cabernet

After the success with her own label, Helen Keplinger is out of control (in a very good way)!  The latest releases of Carte Blanche Cabernet and Proprietary Red showcase Helen’s amazing talents.  Only a few hundred cases of this mindboggling wine was produced from this “next” Haut Brion of the Napa Valley! This wine received […]

175 case Blind Wine Tasting Surprise

My tasting group of 12 brought in a nice selection of 2014 Chardonnays from Oregon and California. The impressive lineup included: Cattleya “Pratt” 95 Pt (RP) Bergstrom “Sigrid” 95 Pt (RP) Brewer Clifton “Hapgood” 95 Pt (RP) Martinelli “Zio Tony” 95 Pt (AG) White Rock “Breccia” 96 Pt (RP) Sanguis “Loner” 94 Pt (RP) Ramey […]

Saturday May 26th, 2018 in , , , , | No Comments »

French Laundry & Frank Melis say: ”An Exceptional “Local“ Spanish Red

Jessica Tarpy Shaheen, joined former Screaming Eagle winemaker Andy Erickson at “Favia Erickson Winegrowers” in 2008, where she had the good fortune to work alongside true masters of their craft (the great viticulturist Annie Favia her husband ace winemaker Andy Erickson).  She also worked with several other outstanding growers Mike Wolf, Terry Wilson, Lee Hudson, […]


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 2014 Cabernet is his eleventh release and I would say the best-effort yet-to-date! His friend Jeff Smith (owner of Hourglass winery) did not need […]