Posts tagged: Estate

A Specatcular White by the Scarecrow Winemaker

  The Kelly Fleming Estate is located next door to Napa collectible Araujo on Pickett Road in Calistoga. The estate might be 300 acres, but only 12 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, while the other 288 acres are its own natural wildlife preserve.  Planted in 2002, this winery is slowly but surely turning into a “who […]

A+++ RatedMelka/Babour produced Cabernet

QTR is the latest Philippe Melka/Jim Barbour venture.  The vineyard is situated on Howell Mountain spanning between 850 and 1200 feet elevation.  The vineyard is divided into seven blocks, ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres in size.  Only 6 acres are planted.  The 2012 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR or Quality Time Remaining is […]

Cab Franc of the Year! ONLY 6 cases allocated!

  Trespass is a small 5 acre all estate property in northwestern St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. The wines are hand-crafted by Kirk Venge who has been making wine since he was a little child under the tutelage of his dad Nils Venge(the first 100 point winemaker in the US with his 1985 […]

Killer Dave Phinney Cabernet Gem

Jim Kaplan’s winery Aftermath (AFTER MATH) is a story of Math Professor turned Winery Owner, the story of what he is doing “After Math” Jim Kaplan has a phD in Applied Mathematics and was a professor at Northwestern and Boston Univeristies.  A consulting gig morphed into an investment advisory business, JL Kaplan Associates which grew […]

Hidden Surprise Red Blend GEM

The 2013 Old Soul Red (a blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec) by winemaker Alex McGregor, is probably one of the best value non-mainstream red blends currently on the market.  Sourced from their 100% organic, and bio-dynamic vineyard the OSR pleases both palate and wallet!  We cannot forget to mention the Saracina Sauvignon Blanc either – reminiscent of […]

Outrageous 95 Point Rated Chardonnay

Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross,Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir and Chardonnay on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines […]

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Napa Valley’s Petrus (at a fraction the cost)

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts, Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers of […]

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LAST CALL for 95 POINT under $45 Napa Cabernet

The Meaning of “Vespera”: (Latin) Evening, a time to gather with friends and family. In 1999 the two owners Mary Rocca and Eric Grigsby purchased the 21 acre property after a 3 year search for the “ideal” vineyard site.  Mary called upon renowned winemaker Celia Welch, then Celia Masyczek to produce the label’s first vintages. […]

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Thomas Rivers Brown’s STRIKING 2013 Napa CAB

Thomas Rivers Brown does not need an intro – He is Mr. 100 Point Cabernet! Everything he touches seem to turn into success. Stone the Crows is an Australian expression of incredulity or surprise, having very little to do with crows themselves.  While there are certainly an abundance of crows in the vineyard, they spend most of […]

Scarecrow 100 Point Winemaker’s Smashing Release

Jim Barbour was raised on his family ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of framing, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success. After graduating from UC Davis, Jim returned to Napa to begin a career that would lead him to become on Napa Valley’s most sought-after and successful viticulturists. […]

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