Posts tagged: Carneros

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 […]

BEST QUALITY TO VALUE RATIO PINOT IN CALIFORNIA

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 “The […]

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 […]

Monday November 7th, 2016 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

LAST CALL for Chardonnay of the Month, Only 6 barrels produced

   Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Chardonnay and  Pinot. They  planted 8.5 acres on their estate  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115. Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur. Emphasis at Attune is not quantity, but quality. The production of […]

Saturday July 9th, 2016 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Inaugural SIX barrel syrah!

Benevolent Neglect is the creation of two East Coast transplants who moved west with the ambition of one day making great wine. With a simple philosophy – find the best quality fruit they can get their hands on, and then do as little as possible to it. Their search for the best grapes came to fruition […]

Thursday July 7th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Chardonnay of the Month, Only 6 barrels produced

  Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Chardonnay and  Pinot. They  planted 8.5 acres on their estate  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115. Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur. Emphasis at Attune is not quantity, but quality. The […]

Tuesday May 17th, 2016 in , , , , , , , | No Comments »

100 cases produced Pinot Gem

  POE is a small producer by Samantha Sheehan, an advocate of the vineyards and wines of Burgundy and Champagne. The brand; Poe, was created to show that California too has incredible and distinctive terroir, varying dramatically from one microclimate to the next. Poe only produces single vineyard wines to show that distinction, and picks not […]

Thursday November 12th, 2015 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Kongsgaard’s White Blend of the Month

Winemaker John Kongsgaard & Grower Lee Hudson have been friends for decades.  A few years ago John finally persuaded Lee to make commercial wine after selling grapes for 30+ years.  As you might know, his Chardonnay has been on fire as of late, but Hudson grows more than one varietal.  So this “White Study # 2” is […]