Posts tagged: Estate

100 Point Winemaker’s “Inaugural” HOT NEW CAB project

Bench Vineyards is a new family venture between the Sharp and Steltzner families.  The Estate consists of 30 acres and sits next door to Odette and some other great Stag’s Leap vineyards.  The name “Bench Vineyards” comes from its unique topography – a true “benchland” vineyard located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, […]

96 Point Kamen Cabernet = A Striking Gem

    Professor, turned Screenplay writer, turned Vineyard and Winery owner Robert Kamen has done it again. His ace winemaker Mark Herold (Kobalt, Herold) has been making consistent 93 Point rated wine from their Sonoma property. For 11 straight vintages the wine has received 93 Points from Robert Parker, this is the most solid A […]

200 case Pinot Envy

    Bill and Cindy Wenzlau purchased 100 acres, but only planted 12 ½ of them (8 ½ 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 […]

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Spottswoode 96 Point Rated Cabernet

  Robert Parker is quoted in Wine Spectator as saying “When the history of Napa’s great vineyards is written, the 40-acre Spottswoode vineyard will be counted among the finest grand cru vineyards of the region.” Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, […]

Friday August 26th, 2016 in , , , , | No Comments »

99 Point winemaker’s 5 barrel Cabernet Gem

  Luc Morlet has yet another accolade to his name, the new Linked 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Only 118 cases of this great wine were produced. Just around the bend from Peter Michael’s stomping grounds, this new wine is poised to become a reference point for Knights Valley. Dense, mouth‐coating flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and […]

Hot new 94 point Cabernet

  Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his […]

Blind Tasting Winnner = SMALL but Mind-Boggling Napa Cabernet

    Longtime Napa Valley winemaker Charles Thomas (Longtime winemaker at Lokoya and Cardinale with many 100 point ratings!, Verite, Quintessa, Rudd, Opus One, etc …) and his wife Lili Thomas-Hsi (pronounced “SHE”) have been living on Mt. Veeder surrounded by their vineyard.  The first release from their estate was last year when the 2011 THV  was […]

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 »

LAST CALL FOR Great Pinot by SF Chronicle’s FIRST FEMALE EMPLOYEE

  Being regarded as a pioneer in her field was business as usual for Nan McEvoy. Her grandfather, Michael De Young (as in the The Young’s Museum), founded the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and Nan started there as a cub reporter (a rare position for a female at the time), gradually working her way […]

Blind Tasting Winning GSM

  In a recent “Rhone Varietal” blind tasting my tasting group awarded Alta Colina with a solid first place. We tasted the following wines: Herman Story GSM (94 RP) Booker “Vertigo” (95 RP) Frequency (93 AG) Tenet (95 RP) Big Basin (93 AG) DuMOL “Eddie’s Patch” (95 AG) Keplinger “Sumo” (94 AG) Keplinger Fuego (95 AG) Herman […]