Posts tagged: Cabernet Sauvignon

Must have 2 barrel stunner by 100 Point wine magician

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.Because of its prime location and high demand, this vineyard is known for its production of many great Cabernets exhibiting the FAMOUS “Rutherford Dust” mystique. […]

Tuesday August 15th, 2017 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Rare Jewel … Thomas Brown’ 95 Point UNDER $75

Hestan Vineyards was born from the culinary passion of Stanley Cheng and his wife, Helen. Stanley pioneered hard-anodized cookware in the 1970s and has continued to improve the ways we cook through innovations from back-of-house to the backyard.  His meticulous  pursuit to perfection with pots and pans carried over the vineyard, and the rest… is […]

Wednesday August 9th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

100 Point Winemaker does it again – 5 barrel stunner

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.Because of its prime location and high demand, this vineyard is known for its production of many great Cabernets exhibiting the FAMOUS “Rutherford Dust” mystique. […]

Scarecrow Winemaker’s Astonishing New Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc

Celia Welch does not need an intro, but in case you wouldn’t know who she is – She’s the brainchild (i.e. the amazing winemaker) behind the following highly rated and highly regarded wineries including Scarecrow, Corra, Barbour,  Keever, 2480, Kelly Fleming, Bucella, etc.  For the past couple of years she’s been involved with a new project called YOUNT […]

Thriller… THOMAS RIVERS BROWN 97 & 95 POINT CABS

In 1997, while visiting the Napa Valley, Dr. Revana discovered a small parcel of prime vineyard land in St. Helena.  He immediately sensed the property’s potential. The area was already known for producing some of the world’s most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon and the property’s gravelly soils, sloped pitch, and excellent exposures seemed perfect for […]

Philippe Melka’s Rock Star Effort

Fahri & Constance Diner created Skipstone after successful careers as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The vineyard is sits like an amphitheater carved into a horseshoe-shaped mountain hidden high above Alexander Valley. With their European roots Fahri & Constance strive to create the best wines to rival the quality and artistry of California’s most highly regarded […]

Diamond Creek’s neighbor Cabernet at 1/3 the price

Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998 atop Diamond Mountain, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “Diamond in the rough” was an understatement.  It was densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight.  It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres […]

Colgin Cabernet source at 1/10 the price

A few weeks ago we had a retrospective tasting of the 2007 vintage, including the Colgin Herb Lamb vineyard – amazing wine!  Michael Trujilo is a smart guy to have a contract with this venerable Napa Valley vineyard.  Michael has been around the Napa Valley since 1982, and started his own label Karl Lawrence in […]

It’s all about Elevation & Location & Napa Valley

  In the 1960’s the estate was merely raw land without access roads or utilities. On weekends Don and his wife Anne, would hike up roughly 1,000 feet from the Silverado Trail below to picnic under the large oak tree that still stands in the vineyard in front of the winery. While sitting on their […]

A Real Napa Valley Gemstone by Thomas Rivers Brown

The Gemstone Vineyard 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon (93%) and Petit Verdot (7%), sourced from several micro-blocks and distinctive clones from Gemstone’s16-acre vineyard. This big, bold, intense and savory wine reveals notes of lush black currants, juicy black stone fruits, bitter-sweet chocolate and a touch of mocha and […]