Posts tagged: Estate

100 Point Winemaker’s Tiny Production “Killer” Cab Release

  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, […]

99 Point Pinot Vineyard

This is still a fairly young vineyard, but it has established itself quickly among the best-of-the-best in California.  If this vineyard would be in Burgundy, it would for sure have the label “Grand-Cru” attached to it.  Many great wineries like Aubert have worked with this award vineyard with great (99 point) success! Reuling 2014 Pinot […]

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Disciple of Scarecrow winemaker produces an amazing, under $50 Cabernet!

  In 1999 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. The debut bottling was the 2000 Syrah, a varietal which to this day garners praise and […]

95 Point Premiere Release Napa Cab

Hertelendy wines represent an Old World family tradition over many centuries, from 18th-century Veltlínske zelené (Grüner Veltliner) and Rizling vlašský (Welschriesling) vineyards near Budatin Castle in Slovakia to Hungarian wines produced by their ancestral Great Uncle Gábor Hertelendy.  Fast forward…. 21st Century…. New World… Napa Valley Hertelendy 2013 “Estate” Cabernet, Napa Valley Retail 130.00 – […]

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QTR is a Thomas Rivers Brown & 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 2014 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR […]


Walter Hansel has become synonymous with great quality at a great price!  Year after year these wines seem to impress me and my clientele alike.  The first vines were planted in 1978 just a up the block from Kistler!  The actual winery did not start till 1996 when they produced 3 barrels of Pinot Noir […]

“Gorgeously & Voluptuous” Philippe Melka Cab blend – 94 Points

Fahri & Constance Diner created Skipstone after successful careers as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.  The vineyard is sits like an amphitheater carved into a horseshoe-shaped mountain hidden high above Alexander Valley. With their European roots Fahri & Constance strive to create the best wines to rival the quality and artistry of California’s most highly regarded […]

95 Point “Classy” Chardonnay & 95 Points “Expansive” Pinot Gem

Last week I spent the  morning tasting with Andy Peay, the owner of Peay Vineyards and his line-up was stunning! What really stood out were the 2015 “Estate” Chardonnay and 2015 Pomarium Pinot Noir. Later in the day I tasted with my wine group (12 wine professionals) and we each bring our “favorite” wine – […]

Killer Napa Petite Syrah

Over a century of grape growing and wine production hints at the amazing history that has transpired on our ranch. From its days as part of Rancho Caymus in the early 1800s, through the wine production period of the late nineteenth century, and then as source of high quality Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, through the […]

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  Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some […]

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