Posts tagged: Estate

Zin-Tastic 2012 Release

Vince 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 vineyard.  The […]

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Must Have Cab by 100 point winemaker

When you have one of the BEST winemakers in Napa (Mike Smith – known for honing his skills at Schrader, Maybach, Rivers Marie, Carter, 12C, etc.) at the helm, you can only wind up with a top-notch wine, and I can tell you this is a TOP NOTCH wine!  This wine, named after the winery […]

Must have – Striking 2012 Napa Cab

It all began in 1990 when Clay & Tersilla (T) met while working at a large Napa winery. In 1995 they were married and purchased a property – with sheep – The deal was that the owner only would sell it, if they kept the sheep. So when it came time name the winery, T […]

A $42 Red that Rocks!

In 1960 Henri Vandendriessche came to America from France to study economics at UC Berkeley. He and Claire met in 1967 and fell in love with Napa, as well as with each other. In 1977 they purchased the 64-acre estate just north of Napa with two goals in mind: reviving an 1870’s winery estate to […]

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100 Case Blind Tasting Winner!

Grenache is not in everyone’s wine vocabulary and it still confuses many Cabernet and Pinot drinkers.  It is not as bold, bacon-fatty spicy as Syrah, yet it is more elegant and complex.  Last week was one of our last tasting meetings of the year and we decided on Grenache.  We lined up some great wines with […]

Monday November 24th, 2014 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

94 Point Mountain Grown Cab-a-licious wine!

Situated mid-slope on Diamond Mountain, this 2.3 acre vineyard is a real gem-in-the-rough.  At ½ the price of its esteemed neighbor “Diamond Creek”, this wine will blow your mind and not your wallet.  In a recent “Mountain Cabernet” tasting, Dyer stood its own against some big-boys (and girls).  Only 241 cases of this 2010 Cabernet […]

Sensational 2 barrel Pinot Noir production, only 5 cases allocated

A small winery but an amazing wine!  The name is a combination of the vineyard owners (a.k.a mom and dad) Nancy KIVELson and Tom AngSTADT.  An all estate property producing some great (mostly) Rhone wines and a small amount of Estate grown Pinot Noir.  Too bad the production of the Pinot Noir is still very […]

Monday October 20th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Cabernet “IS” what the Doctor ordered

When a heart surgeon tells you to drink a bottle of red wine, listen to him! Dr. Ramzi Deeik (owner of GrapeHeart Winery) dedicated his life fighting heart disease through surgery in his career as a cardiac surgeon,educating patients on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; moderate exercise, a Mediterranean diet… and RED WINE! Dr. […]

Chardonnay of the month! (6 barrels produced only 10 cases allocated)

In the early 1930’s Garret Bowlus’ grandfather William Hawley Bowlus began launching his one of a kind “Albatross” sailplanes off the ridges of Carmel Valley. Today his family carries on his avant-garde legacy farming Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on a steep Carmel Valley ridge rising over 1250 feet. The vines are rooted in a rocky […]

100 Point winemaker’s latest release

Kapcsandy is on a roll the last couple of years, having produced three 100 point rated wines and it does not seem to stop. The winery owner’s tale starts in Hungary where he escapes a bloody revolution in 1956 and winds up on the West Coast via stops in the Bay Area and Seattle. Fast […]