Posts tagged: Estate

Hot New Napa Cab by 98 point winemaker

  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 […]

95 Point Rated Napa Merlot

  I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2012 Switchback Ridge (produced by Robert Foley), is a big, bold red blend of Merlot and Cabernet. Switchback Ridge wines are sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The rich, rocky soils of this beautiful vineyard property consistently produce […]

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ZinSation of the Month

  Gamba Vineyards is a small, family owned vineyard and winery in Sonoma County. The  110 year old 27 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on the Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley on gently rolling bench land above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily […]

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94 Point Parker Rated ZinSational Offer

   In 1956 a San Francisco dentist and his wife purchased 121 acres on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley (16 acres under vine).  In 1964 he added Pinot Noir (apparently the first Pinot Noir planted in the Russian River Valley) and Chardonnay.  The Chardonnay turned heads, as the 1973 Chateau Montelena which won […]

Great Pinot by SF Chronicle’s FIRST FEMALE EMPLOYEE

  Being regarded as a pioneer in her field was business as usual for Nan McEvoy. Her grandfather, Michael De Young (as in the The Young’s Museum), founded the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and Nan started there as a cub reporter (a rare position for a female at the time), gradually working her way […]

California Chateauneuf-du-Pape Surprise!

  Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife Lynn knew they were in the place where they could produce the kind […]

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Chardonnay of the Month, Only 6 barrels produced

  Attune is a venture of two families who with a love for Chardonnay and  Pinot. They  planted 8.5 acres on their estate  to two Burgundy clones from the Cotes d’Or, clones 667 and 115. Their winemaker is Ken Juhasz, who also owns and makes Auteur. Emphasis at Attune is not quantity, but quality. The […]

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6 Barrel White Gem

  This reads more like a movie, but it is real!  In 2000 a young, restless winemaker Jimi Brooks who was a world-traveler with a love for Moto Guzzi bikes and old Land Rovers started his own winery after gaining experience at some other wineries.  Then in 2004 at age 38 he died of a […]

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Amazing Zin crafted by ace winemaker Mike Smith

  Scarlett Wines is a family operation owned by the McGah family, who are most notably known for co-founding the Oakland Raiders. Representing over four generations of wine growers, the family’s personal touch can be felt from the soil to the glass. The winery previously operated under the name McGah Family Cellars and rebranded in 2015 […]

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Blind Tasting Surprise Winner

In a recent blind tasting of 2013 Pinot Noirs, Attune beat out some big boys (and girls).  Our tasting group consisted out 15 wine professionals, and we meticulously (blind) tasted all wines twice. The line-up included: Chanin (94 Parker) Dierberg “Drumm Canyon” (94 Parker) Argot (93+ Parker) Berardus “Pisoni” (94 Parker) Roar “Pisoni” (94 Galloni) Foxen “Block […]

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