Posts tagged: Estate

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 […]

Hot New Napa Cab by 98 point winemaker

  It started in 1914 when Eliza & Pads Peterson purchased a 100-acre property in the Napa Valley. It hosted a small Zinfandel vineyard, but with the onset of Prohibition in 1920, prunes became the cash crop. It remained an orchard, large vegetable garden and also hosted  numerous farm animals. Not until the 1990s was the […]

95 Point Rated Napa Merlot

  I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2012 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce […]

Monday June 13th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

ZinSation of the Month

  Gamba Vineyards is a small, family owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma County. The  110 year old 27 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley on gently rolling bench land above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily […]

Friday June 10th, 2016 in , , , , , | No Comments »

94 Point Parker Rated ZinSational Offer

   In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won […]

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 […]