Posts tagged: Cabernet

LAST CALL 96 POINT GEMSTONE

Following on the heels of an impressive 2013 vintage, the Gemstone Vineyard 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from six blocks of the vineyard “…where our rarest clones are planted.” The berries from those vines are small and concentrated, producing create a powerful and dark ruby wine that exhibits a ‘Left Bank’ Bordeaux style with remarkable balance, backbone and […]

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New Winds Blow over venerable Stag’s Leap Winery

Mike Smith (Carter, Bench, Miriad, Scarlett, etc) and Jim Barbour (Viticulturist extraordinaire) took over the the day-to-day vineyard and winemaking duties at the venerable Stetlzner Winery and it really shows! The vineyard was established in 1964 and has been owned and run by the same (Steltzner) family, but it was not until 2011 when these two […]

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“Down Under” Exclusive for Golden Gate Wine Cellars customers!

O’Dwyer 2013 Cabernet & 2014 Shiraz Pre-Sale Offer! The Cabernet which I am sipping while writing this note will elevate you to other galaxies!  The nose is gorgeous, amazing black stone fruit jumps out of the glass.  The palate is mouth coating and teeth staining black stone fruit that is very well-balanced and extremely complex.   […]

A+ RATED THOMAS RIVERS BROWN CAB

QTR is a Thomas Rivers Brown & Jim Barbour venture.  The vineyard is situated on Howell Mountain spanning between 850 and 1200 feet elevation.  The vineyard is divided into seven blocks, ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres in size.  Only 6 acres are planted.  The 2014 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR […]

PHILIPPE MELKA “SPECIAL” 94 POINT NAPA CAB “15% OFF” & FREE SHIPPING

  When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from some years ago?) into a top notch Cabernet producer.  Gandona (humble man […]

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A “PERFECT” 95 POINT CABERNET

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

Aaron Pott & Michel Rolland’s Inaugural hot new 2012 Cabernet

Jericho Canyon was created some 25 years ago by Marla and Dale Bleecher, but it was not until they hired “hot shot winemaker” Aaron Pott and the in-demand consulting winemaker Michel Rolland that the winery received some notice from the wine world. From the Winemaker:  The Chimera is a mythical beast enjoying the wings of Pegasus, […]

LAST CALL FOR STUNNING 2 BARREL NAPA CABERNET

The Best under the Radar Cab in Napa! The inaugural release was the 2007 vintage and as of today this winery still floats under the radar, which is great for you and me!  Only 2 barrels (50 cases) of this amazing gem are produced.  This is exactly why I wake up early every day to […]

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The Best under the Radar Cab in Napa!

The inaugural release was the 2007 vintage and as of today this winery still floats under the radar, which is great for you and me!  Only 2 barrels (50 cases) of this amazing gem are produced.  This is exactly why I wake up early every day to find gems like this.  You will not be […]

Friday October 30th, 2015 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Mercury Head & Papillon Cabernet JUST ARRIVED

The history of Orin Swift dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation […]