Posts tagged: Cabernet Sauvignon

95 Point Inaugural Release Cabernet

Sourced from the legendary Pickberry Vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain AVA,  planted in 1982 on the north side of Sonoma Mountain at about 700 feet of elevation with a Northeastern exposure. The Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a focus on texture, structure and ability to age. Amazing start for an inaugural Cabernet! This wine is supremely generous […]

97 POINT NAPA ROCK STAR CAB

This venture is still somewhat below the radar, although I’ve been working with them for about 5 years now.  Tiny production, but amazing quality Cabernet sourced from one of Napa’s premium vineyards, which would be classified as a “First Growth Vineyard” in France – So let’s call it “Top-of-the-line” here! Memento Mori is translated from […]

88 CASE CABERNET BY 100 POINT GENIUS

This ONE acre vineyard located next to Grace Family in St. Helena has been putting out some amazing wine over the past couple of years.  All courtesy of 100 Point winemaker Peter Heitz who turned this little piece of dirt in a pile of gold flakes!  The winery is owned by two couples, neighbors, the […]

Vine Hill Ranch: The Quiet Superstar

Galloni 96+ Points: “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Above all else, I am impressed with how much freshness the 2015 shows. Racy red cherry, plum, rose petal and lavender notes fill out the wine’s sumptuous frame. Bottled just a few months ago, the 2015 is a bit reticent, but it is nevertheless impressive. Time in the glass […]

Celia Welch’s blind tasting winner!

At the recent blind tasting of 2013 Cabernet and Cabernet Blends a Celia Welch made wine wowed the crowd.  My group of 12 “tasting judges” tasted the following 10 wines: Bevan “McGagh” (98 RP) 12C “G3 (98 RP) Aiken “Rutherford” (95 Points) Quivet “Beckstoffer Las Piedras” (97 RP) Altamura (93 RP) Mark Herold “Mastodon” (98 […]

CABERNET AFTER THE NFL

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 […]

GREAT Cabernet UNDER $35 still exists!

Obsidian Ridge Vineyard is planted at 2,640′ atop the Mayacamas range north of the Napa Valley. This is one of the newest American Viticultural Areas, named Red Hills Lake County for the distinctive volcanic soils that define this remarkable mountain appellation. The vineyard’s red soils are shot through with obsidian rock — this steep, sloping […]

BECKSTOFFERS’ “OWN” VERY LIMITED PRODUCTION CABERNET

Kata is the culmination of many years of combined experience and practice in the art of grape growing and winemaking.  In its creation, we have patiently employed highly selective artisanal farming and winemaking practices to produce a wine of balance and elegance. A wine that is worthy of the legacy of Napa Valley’s historic Beckstoffer […]

“MUSCULAR” 97 POINT THOMAS RIVERS BROWN CABERNET

  Proprietors Mark Pulido and Donna Walker have a long history in Napa Valley, building relationships and putting down roots in the community. In the early 1980s, Donna and Mark began making regular trips to the Valley, meeting vintners at iconic cellars where they often tasted from the barrel. They were drawn into tasting room […]

LAST CALL FOR THIS “PERFECT” 97 POINT CABERNET

This might be one of the very best Cabernets to come from Knight’s Valley (even better than Peter Michael, really!)  The venture is owned by Norma Hunt (wife of the late Kansas City Chiefs ownerLamar Hunt – who pretty much invented the Super Bowl).  This gorgeous property is well-situated, and when you bring in the […]