Posts tagged: Merlot

Screaming Eagle assistant produces a real value

Farella Vineyards has been growing premium grapes in Coombsville since 1977. Tom Farella has an impressive list of long-standing clients (Realm, Far Niente, Pahlmeyer, Zeitgeist, Keenan, Relic, Lail etc. ) and has produced exceptional Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Malbec under his own label since 1985. Tom and Winemaker Massimo DiCostanzo (Assistant Winemaker at […]

A Merlot For Cabernet lovers!!

I know what you are thinking, another wimpy wine, soft and silky – WRONG!!  The 2010 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 […]

Blind Tasting Cabernet Stunner by Aaron Pott

My tasting group assembled some amazing 2009 Cabernets and Bordeaux blends, and the result was even more stunning.  Our line-up included: Alpha Omega “To-Kalon” $140 (94 Parker) Dominus $175 (94 WS) Cimarossa “Rian” $ 85 (95+ Parker) Anderson Conn Valley “Black Label” $125 (96 Parker) Phelps “Insignia” $200 (93 WS) Hall “Bergfeld” $99 (94 Parker) […]

XXI Amendment new release is a mindboggling wine!

Amendment XXI is more than just rounded beauty and seductive grace in a bottle. Because of the 21st Amendment, prohibition was abolished and fine wine was again enjoyed by all!  This wine is not just a story, it is the real McCoy!  Crafted by ace-winemaker Nils Venge this Cabernet-Merlot blend will wow you and blow […]

Right Bank Bordeaux meets the Napa Valley!

A “virage” is a bend or turn in the road. In the Napa Valley the (Virage winery) winemaking road  banks right, in the Bordeaux tradition, blending Cabernet Franc and Merlot ripened slowly in varied soils and a temperate climate. This little gem turned heads recently when I poured it for some distinguished clients.  All assumed […]

Robert Foley 95+ Point Wines Just Arrived

Robert Foley has been around the block a few times, so to speak. With wines like Hourglass, Robert Foley, Paloma, and so on, one can only expect the best of the best from this winery.  The 2009 vintage just arrived and I can say that this blows 2008 out of the sky! This vintage rivals […]

A Value Priced Wine With an Expensive Taste

Situated on 335 acres of rolling oak and madrone woodland in the South-Western portion of the Alexander Valley, Medlock Ames produces organically farmed wines with an eye towards perfection and sustainability. The gravity and solar powered winery was specially designed for the gentlest possible handling of the juice and minimal environmental impact. This good karma […]

A recap of our Spring Wine tasting event.

It was again a sold out full house – we are looking at a new venue so we don’t need to turn away anyone in the future!  We tasted over 30 wines with the owners and winemakers of Adastra,  Atrea, Baton, Boeschen, Brewer Clifton, Demuth Kemos, Fisticuffs, Hilliard Bruce, Krutz, Luli, Paloma, Phifer Pavitt, Red […]

Holiday Wine Tasting Recap

The holiday tasting was yet another great success, and my apologies for those who I had to turn away – it helps to make those RSVP’s ASAP! Our line-up was amazing, and the crowd was excited to meet many star-studded winery owners and representatives. I need to acknowledge all of them – Alondra, Arbe Garbe, […]

The Top 10 Wines of the Year.

Every year around this time since 1988, Wine Spectator releases it’s list of the top 100 wines of the year. The list just hit the bookstands and includes some incredible selections from around the world. Tasting each of the 13,000 plus wines they chose from would have me under the table in no time at […]