Posts tagged: Estate

Sexy Napa $50’s Cabernet

  What began as a passion for collecting wine and farming has turned into a spectacular Napa Cab. In 1983 Spencer Hoopes planted his ten-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley. With the remarkable terroir, a little bit of luck and a lot of love, he soon became the source for some of […]

Inaugural 6 Barrel Diamond Mountain Cabernet NEW GEM

  Michael Klopka purchased the 150 acre estate in 1998, but it wasn’t a palatial estate – even a “diamond in the rough” was an understatement.  It was densely forested, nearly inaccessible woodland tract that choked sunlight.  It took a while to clear, and create 2 parcels (Cori and Sophie) totaling six acres of Bordeaux […]

126 case CAB by 100 Point Wine Genius

  This 1 acre vineyard located next to Grace Family in St. Helena has been putting out some amazing wine over the past couple of years.  All courtesy of 100 Point winemaker Peter Heitz who turned this little piece of dirt in a pile of gold flakes!  The winery is owned by two couples, neighbors, […]

Friday October 21st, 2016 in , , , , , , | No Comments »


  In a recent blind tasting of 10 Cabernets, one wine surprised our group of 15 tasters.  The lineup included: 12C Beckstoffer George III (95 Parker) Roberts & Rogers (95 Parker) Aiken (95 Parker) Fait Main (95 Parker) Aperture (94 Parker) Beau Vigne (96 Parker) Myriad (94 Parker) Perfect Season (95 Parker) Scarlett (95 Parker) […]

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Scarecrow Winemaker’s Sensational Inaugural Cab & Sauv Blanc Releases

Celia Welch does not need an intro, but in case you wouldn’t know who she is – She’s the brainchild (i.e. the amazing winemaker) behind the following highly rated and highly regarded wineries including Scarecrow, Corra, Barbour,  Keever, 2480, Kelly Fleming, Bucella, etc.  For the past couple of years she’s been involved with a new […]

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, […]

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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 […]