Posts tagged: Napa Valley

Screaming Eagle neighbor’s Cabernet for under $40

“La Poussiere” is a direct translation of the Rutherford District’s hallmark characteristic “the dust”. It is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and can be enjoyed over the next 5-10 years.  The Rutherford District owes a great debt to Andre Tschelitcheff, who beginning 1938 extolled its many virtues.  TEXTBOOK “La […]

Friday October 17th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

2012 Napa Zin of the Year ~ 175 cases produced only 8 allocated!

Kirk Vegne has been crafting wines since his childhood with his “famous” dad Nils Venge (first 100 Point winemaker in the Napa Valley, 1985 Groth Reserve).  Nils told me some years ago that Kirk is a better winemaker than he’ll ever be – big statement!  Kirk also makes the wines for Macauley, Venge, Honeycut, Jax, Igenous […]

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Blockbuster 2012 CAB by 100 point winemaker! – 4 BOTTLE LIMIT

The story of Hobel Wine Works began in 1998, when Cameron Hobel first met friend and winemaker Thomas Brown in Napa. Cameron was working as the Director of Business Development of a wine auction site and Thomas was working as Assistant Winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars. Their mutual love of great wine led to many shared dinners […]

Napa Cab Gem under $45 (includes Shipping!) Only 10 cases allocated!

John Anthony has just released his inaugural bottling of the Farm 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.This might be one of Napa Valley’s best bargain boutique Cabernets of the year!  This wine will wow many in both the quality as well as wallet department.  Only 350 cases were produced of this little gem, and 10 of those were […]

Killer under $50.00 2012 Cabernet by Carter Cellars!

Thomas Rivers Brown’s protégée Mike Smith (who is also the winemaker at Carter, Myriad, Scarlett,  12C, etc.) has crafted yet another amazing wine for Mark Carter’s Envy label. Sourced entirely from their Estate in Calistoga, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will wow you both in the flavor as Dollar-cost-average in the wallet department!  Envy 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Calistoga […]

Friday October 3rd, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

Paloma’s hot new 20th anniversary release

Paloma has become synonymous with Merlot for Cabernet Lovers.  Like some of its First Growth French counterparts , Paloma’s Merlot could be called a proprietary red blend as it is a blend of 85% Merlot & 15% Cabernet.  This is not a wine for whiners. This is big burly (yet elegant) wine!  A wine for lovers […]

Wednesday October 1st, 2014 in , , , , | No Comments »

John Kongsgaard’s most remarkable Chardonnay ever!

If the Hudson Ranch would be in France it would be the equivalent of a Premiere Cru vineyard.  Lee Hudson has been farming this famed property for years and his client group is very impressive (30 high-end wineries buy his fruit).  Lee is very meticulous and when you have John Kongsgaard as your winemaker you […]

Monday September 29th, 2014 in , , , , , | No Comments »

Amazing under $40 Napa Cab Blend!

The Bridesmaid name comes from the more serious analogy between a First Growth Bordeaux and the next level Appellation blend. Pam and Drew took the more whimsical aisle of what the Bride is to the Bridesmaid: left of center, sexy and totally available! Pam Starr garnered her inspiration for this wine while working at such celebrated wineries […]

Monday September 22nd, 2014 in , , , | No Comments »

Stunning 180 case Bargain Napa Chardonnay

Scott Peterson has been producing stunning Bordeaux blends for years now under the SP Drummer label as well making the Cabernet and Merlot for Textbook and Pinot Noir and Riesling for Pey Marin Wineries.  Now he has ventured into Napa Valley Chardonnay as well.   The 2012 vintage marks his “debut” with this varietal and it […]

Re-birth of a Napa Gem!

Michael Trujillo has been making wine in the Napa Valley for decades now.  He had a long run with his Karl Lawrence label, which was “retired” after the 2010 vintage.  Under a new disguise, the 2011 Trujillo Cabernet was born.  Sourced from the same amazing vineyards: Herb Lamb, Morisoli, Healy & Henry Brothers.  Only 400 cases of […]