Posts tagged: Cabernet

Inaugural Release Cabernet, one for the books!

In the mid-19th century, Two brothers — Adrien Pierre and Jean V. Chaix — listened to many stories of the agricultural wonders of the Napa Valley and the unique terroir perfect for growing grapes. The two young Frenchmen left their homes in Provence and immigrated to California. They settled mid-valley, purchasing prime vineyards in Rutherford, […]

Under $42 Cabernet beats $100 – $500 wines in blind tasting!

My weekly tasting group put together some interesting labels for our blind tasting of 2010 Cabernets and Bordeaux blends.  Our group 16 strong this time, tasted the following wines: Arietta (94 RP) Myriad Dr Crane (94 RP) David Arthur 1147 (95+ RP) Lewis (94 WS) Kobalt (95 RP) Bryant Family (96+RP) Bryant “Bettina” (97 RP) […]

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The “Wolf” outsmarts the big guys!

In a recent blind tasting, the 2009 Wolf Phaedrus outsmarted a line-up that was priced 2 to 4 times higher than this little “animal” – We compared Opus One, Dominus (97 Pt Parker), Carte Blanche, Seavey (94 Pt Parker), David Arthur, Anderson Conn Valley (95 Pt Parker), Cimarossa Riva di Levante (96 Pt Parker), Crocker […]

Boutique Gem turns heads!

In a 5 winery blind tasting (Montelena Estate, Roy Estate, Buccella, Caymus Special Selection and C-Beck) this little gem surprised the group of 30 tasters. Not only did it come in first in the tasting, it also surprised the group in the final average price score (we “guess” the price of each wine and average […]

Right Bank Bordeaux meets the Napa Valley!

A “virage” is a bend or turn in the road. In the Napa Valley the (Virage winery) winemaking road  banks right, in the Bordeaux tradition, blending Cabernet Franc and Merlot ripened slowly in varied soils and a temperate climate. This little gem turned heads recently when I poured it for some distinguished clients.  All assumed […]

Bryant Family winemaker shines again!

When your vineyard is farmed by David Abreu and your wine is made by the Bryant Family winemaker (Helen Keplinger) one can only expect the best-of-the-best.  For those of you who purchased the 2007 vintage (and loved it – I know some of you bought as many as 5 cases of this wine last year) […]

Redmon. Another 97 point in “the Next Round!”

We have created a great following with the Redmon Estate Cabernet for years now. Unfortunately, the estate is only 4 acres and 250 cases is about as much as the Redmons can produce – unless they start cutting corners.  Quality before Quantity is both Redmon and Golden Gate Wine Cellars’ motto.  That said year in […]

Sommelier Special – 2007 Alondra Cabernet

Alondra is Spanish for Skylark, the wine company established by my long time friends John Lancaster and Robert Perkins, who run the wine program at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco. During his tenure at Boulevard, John has traveled extensively throughout the world’s wine regions studying wine production and is also a professional wine judge and […]

Napa’s “Meanderthal” wine finally located.

After millions of years, we finally located the the “Meanderthaler” Cabernet in the Napa Valley – unfortunately she has completely acclimated to the 21st century and has lost everything we had hoped she would be able to convey to us… Not to worry, the “new” Meander is well worth looking at (Amy is not a […]

David Ramey’s next amazing Cabernet

Joseph Family 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Retail $40.00 – GGWC $36.00 Joseph Family Vineyards is a small family owned and operated producer of classic Cabernet Sauvignon. Located in the south-east corner of the Alexander Valley, the vines climb a steep gravel slope above the Russian River valley. The 2007 was made in a […]