Posts tagged: Napa Valley

Cult Cabernet 98 Points again?

Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed and Trish Snider. Their vineyard goes by the name of Stags Ridge and is the benchmark and centerpiece of Beau Vigne. Stags Ridge Vineyard & Ranch is located on the Eastern edge of Napa, situated in the Atlas Peak appellation at the very top of Soda Canyon […]

KILLER 96 Point 2012 Napa Cabernet

Kevin Carriker started out in a wine store in San Francisco, making his way via some Napa and Bordeaux wineries where he did everything from working the tasting room, cleaning and topping barrels to participating in the harvest.  In 1990 he worked a crush at Grgich Hills and from here he decided it was time […]

LAST CALL Thomas Rivers Brown’ Cabernet

Three great friends – One goal: to create something worth appreciating, like the time they’ve spent together. They searched for an area rich in heritage, resources, and committed winemakers which took them 2,297 miles west from their homes in Kentucky to Napa Valley. They traveled to California time and again. Wine was shared, stories were […]

5 Barrel – 95 Point – under $60 Napa Cabernet!

Benoit Touquette might be the #1 undiscovered talent in Napa.  He was Andy Erickson’s right hand man, at Screaming Eagle producing many 98-100 point wines! Benoit is also the protégé of the world’s top consulting winemaker Michel Rolland.  All three were at the helm of Ovid producing their wines for some years. His “Fait-Main” label, […]

Chardonnay of the Year

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 have the […]

Wednesday October 21st, 2015 in , , , , , | No Comments »

2 Barrel Knockout Cab Franc (only six cases allocated)

After 20 years working for the family brand, Karen Cakebread launched her own label Ziata in 2008. She had two goals: create beautifully structured wines that reflect the vineyards and its terroir; and to be involved in every aspect of making great wine! She named the winery in honor of mother Mary and hired longtime assistant and Heidi Barrett […]

LAST CALL ~ WINE OF THE YEAR “the” Paloma 2012 Merlot

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 of intensity, full-bodied […]


The Meaning of “Vespera”: (Latin) Evening, a time to gather with friends and family. In 1999 the two owners 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 […]

Saturday October 10th, 2015 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Kongsgaard’s White Blend of the Month

Winemaker John Kongsgaard & Grower Lee Hudson have been friends for decades.  A few years ago John finally persuaded Lee to make commercial wine after selling grapes for 30+ years.  As you might know, his Chardonnay has been on fire as of late, but Hudson grows more than one varietal.  So this “White Study # 2” is […]

A 97 Point Napa Cabernet for your cellar

Turnbull Winery has been on fire as of late (no pun intended) receiving many 97-100 point ratings.  Winemaker Peter Heitz (also makes the great Realm wines which received equal 97-100 point ratings.  That said, don’t wait to jump on this hot winery! Turnbull 2012 Cabernet, Oakville (Leopoldina/Fortuna) Napa Valley Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99 FREE SHIPPING […]