Posts tagged: Estate

100 Point Winemaker’s Stunning New Cabernet!

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 […]

Inaugural Celia Welch “Cult” Release!

The “Love” Story: It was 1993 when (Dave) a.k.a. Castiel (pron. Cast-ee-all), gazed into his crystal and spied Freemark Abbey, as Mesopotamian mythology’s controller of karma and time, he saw opportunity and slyly orchestrated a chance meeting of Kathleen and Dave Dicesaris over a tasting of fine wine. they bonded and eventually married. Years later […]

95 Point Rated Under $30 Red

A British couple settled in the hills of Mendocino where they found land with schist-like Cote–Rotie soils on a windblown cool mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which would become their “estate” vineyard. With the assistance of Justin Smith (Saxum), Crole Meredith  & Steve Lagier (Lagier-Meredith), Mike Officer (Carlisle) and Wells Guthrie (Copain) they set out […]

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Exceptional Cabernet by 99 Point Winemaker

A striking hillside property, Cornell is located on Spring Mountain, not too far from Togni, Pride and Fisher. In 2013, proprietors Henry and Vanessa Cornell hired winemaker Françoise Peschon to oversee a complete makeover, and create the first estate grown wine from their then 10 year-old vineyard. Peschon brought in vineyard guru Phil Coturri (Kamen, […]

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Under $40 – 95 Point Rated Red

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 […]

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 […]