Posts tagged: Chardonnay

Chardonnay of the Year!

  Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my […]

WINE WAKE UP CALL – 94 Point, 200 case production

Bill and Cindy Wenzlau purchased 100 acres, but only planted 12 ½ of them (8½ to Pinot 4 to Chardonnay).  For 2 decades they fantasized about owning their own vineyard.   But it was not until their sommelier son Tommy came back from a trip to France that he persuaded his family to look for land.  […]

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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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Happy HalloWine!!

Le Pich, meaning “golden eagle” in Waipo Indian is a project from Purlieu Wines. Purlieu’s objective is always balance:  healthy fruit picked at peak ripeness, with power and freshness; with balance comes the capacity for wine to age, fascinate and excite. Winemaker Julien Fayard trained in France, was the assistant to director of winemaking for […]

Chardonnay Blind Tasting Winner!

  In a recent (blind) tasting with my tasting group we lined up a selection of amazing 2014 Chardonnays. The 15 of us tasted 10 wines: Brewer Clifton 3D (95 Parker) Kongsgaard (95 Parker) Paul Lato “Souvenir” (96 Parker) Evening Land “Summum” (95 WS) DuMOL RRV Kosta Brown One Sixteen (94 Parker) The Hilt “Vanguard” […]


  2014 is undeniably a magnificent vintage! The production levels were down from the previous vintage, so that might be a problem, especially when a winery like DuMOL is in high-demand. I would say that this might the best release ever from this winery. I hear from the owner Kerry Muprhy and winemaker Andy Smith […]

Chardonnay of the month

  The venture is a partnership between the Screaming Eagle/Jonata partners Raj Parr (Sommelier of the Michael Mina Group) and their winemaker Sashi Moorman.  Sandhi is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “alliance” and was chosen to reflect this partnership at the winery.  They all have one common goal – make amazing wine that is not […]

Paul Hobbs’ 4 Barrel Chardonnay STUNNER

  Black Cordon was created in 1978 when Karen and David Dunphy fell in love with the Napa Valley and its striking black cordons (the branches of a vine are called cordons and they often appear black in the wet season). Despite fantastic scores on their wines, they remain under the radar and will likely […]

Wednesday September 7th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

MidWeek Wine Special!

  The Rosella vineyard is on of the most sought after vineyard sources for great Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Nestled in the benchland of Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands, Rosella’s Vineyard was planted in 1996 by Gary Franscioni one of the appellation’s pioneering growers (from Garys’ fame – he also owns the Garys’ vineyard with Gary […]


  Jason Kesner, winemaker extraordinaire at Kistler created yet another amazing wine. Jason was the longtime vineyard manager at Hudson, when in 2002 he produced 25 cases of his first wine for some of the top restaurants like French Laundry, Gary Danko and ME! The following year he produced a massive 75 cases, and the […]