Posts tagged: Estate

EPIC Mike Smith – Jim Barbour Cabernet

    Bench Vineyards is a new family venture from Sam Sharp and Allison Steltzner. 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 FIRE UPDATE — CAVUS WINERY BURNED DOWN! They need your help!

My friends Darryl and Laurel Browman at Cavus were very unfortunate and lost their home and winery in the Napa fire. These nice folks have worked so hard to create this venture. You can help them rebuild by supporting their winery and acquiring some very fine wine for yourself as well. Cavus (Cave), The Cave […]

“Grand” 95 Point under $80 MUST HAVE Napa Cab!

    Knighton Family Vineyards was founded in 2007 by Jim and Ann Knighton with their first commercial release. However the story of how they came to live in the Napa Valley begins a few years prior. Jim was living and working in San Francisco at the time – his home was located in the […]

Vince Tofanelli does it again!

  Vince Tofanelli grew up in an Italian family – LOTS of food and WINE!  His grandfather introduced him at a very young age to wine (he would pour a little vino in his water), and that led to an early introduction, and later education as winemaker crafting great wines and tending to this amazing […]

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95 Point under $80 MUST HAVE Napa Cab

   Knighton Family Vineyards was founded in 2007 by Jim and Ann Knighton with their first commercial release. However the story of how they came to live in the Napa Valley begins a few years prior. Jim was living and working in San Francisco at the time – his home was located in the Sunset […]

Kongsgaard’s stunning Chardonnay 96+ Points

  Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred cases of the stunning, very Burgundian-like Hudson Chardonnay were produced! If this vineyard would be in Burgundy, it would have the Premier-Cru designation! Lee Hudson is probably one of the best winegrowers in the valley.  Many great wineries (Kongsgaard, Kistler, etc.) […]

2105 Carter Cellars new releases now in stock!!

  The much anticipated releases of the 2015 Carter Cellars wines are finally here! But the stock is extremely limited. As you might know, 2015 was the worst year in regards to output (yield) in California. Many were down 60+%, so that means that much less for me.  To make everyone happy, I have a […]

Under $60 ~ 96 Point Syrah Gem

  “Just from the color you can tell the 2014 Les Titans Syrah will be magnificent; it has an electric psychedelic purplish glow hinting at the energy present in the wine. The nose is a complete knockout with iron, grilled meat, hickory smoke, ink, and pain grillé aromas. The mouth is consistent with the nose […]

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It is not weird, not light, not small – It is Petite and … comes with Free Shipping!

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 […]

HOT FROM THE PRESS: Smashing Release from the Mike Smith/Jim Barbour Team

Mike Smith and Jim Barbour have become the Joe Montana/Jerry Rice duo of the Napa Valley!  Our friends at Bench have really benefited from their expertise! For those who tried and loved the Bench “Circa 1964” I can tell you that the Bench Cabernet will take you to another stratosphere! This is his first Cabernet […]