Posts tagged: Carneros

French Laundry’s Top Rated Chardonnay = Our Chardonnay of the Year!

What do the French Laundry & Golden Gate Wine Cellars have in common… Hudson Chardonnay The Hudson Chardonnay is poured by the glass and paired with a butter-poached Lobster Tail – mouthwatering, delectable, scrumptious – MUST HAVE! Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred cases of the stunning, very […]

Monday November 19th, 2018 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Expressive – Low Alcohol Chardonnay = Burgundy in California

  From the first vineyard the Sangiacomo family planted in 1969, Green Acres is situated in the cool coastal appellation of Carneros and benefits from rocky, well-drained soils and signature afternoon winds. The Green Acres Chardonnay shows off its broad, rich texture, a natural gift from Old Wente, which contrasts with its minerality and a […]

Tuesday October 16th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

The Best Quality to Value Ratio California Pinot Noir

  Byron Kosuge has been making wine for over 3 decades now.  He honed his skills at various great wineries in California and France.  While working in Carneros he befriended two guys who ran a vineyard management company.  When they planted a small vineyard next to their work shop, Byron came up with the name […]

Thursday October 4th, 2018 in , , , , , | No Comments »

The Wine “Catch” of the Day!

Winemaker Phil Titus (Chappellet etal) is the new winemaker at the helm, and it seems like Coho is getting an extra shot in the arm with this new addition. Coho will continue to source from the same vineyards, but with adding Phil Titus, they might have gone from Coach to First Class! Coho 2015 Piont […]

2 Barrel Classic Syrah

A real surprise this 50 cases, yes only 2 barrel, production! Really wowed me! If I would not have seen the label, I’d assumed to be drinking a classic Côte Rôtie.  On the nose and palate, I encountered notes of bacon fat a hint of spice, nicely coated by whiffs of apricot and lychee, with […]

Saturday May 12th, 2018 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Dream Come True Chardonnay

Rolando started his career in the Napa Valley in 1982 as a modest dishwasher at the exclusive Auberge du Soleil restaurant. Over the span of 15 years, his resume of employers began to read like the who’s who of the Napa Valley—from the legendary Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, to winemaking great […]

Beckstoffer “Champagne” Yes, you read it right!

When you think you’ve seen (tasted) it all, something else “pops” up.  The Beckstoffer family has been growing some of the most amazing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Carneros for years and my old friend Don Baumhefner owner of the Elusive Chateau Beaux Hauts Bubbly produced one of the best bubblies to ever come from […]

Surprise Blind Tasting Winner

  In a recent blind tasting of Syrahs, a little guy became the Big Kahuna! The line-up: Herman Story “Nuts & Bolts” (94 Points) Cattleya “Soberanos” (95 Points) Lucia “Garys” (94 Points) Carlisle “Sierra Mar” (95 Points) Roar “Rosella” (95 Points) DuMOL“Eddie’s Patch” (94 Points) Keplinger “Sumo” (95 Points) Halcon “Alturas” (95 Points) Campesino “Los […]

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Pinot Noir Blind Tasting Winner!

In one of my tasting group last get-togethers for the year we decided to blind taste some 2013 Pinot Noirs – all very good ones! The line-up included: Tyler “N-Block” 95 PT RP Peter Michael “Clos du Ciel” 94 RP Aubert “U-V” 96 RP Brewer-Clifton Acin 95 RP Wenzlau 93 RP Mount Eden 96 RP […]

Chardonnay of the Month ~ ONLY 5 Barrels produced

After the iron curtain falls, the Molnar family returns to the old country (Hungary) discovers and helps rebuild the Kadar Hungary cooperage, and begins importing barrels to Napa and Sonoma wine country.  In 1995 the Molnars plant their first vineyard, and the rest… is history.  In 2003 they start making wine in earnest and a […]

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