Posts tagged: Napa Valley

WINE COUNTRY PRE-SEASON UPDATE!

Dear Friends,As you are probably aware, the 2016-2017 winter was one for the books!  After 5 years of drought, we got drenched!  We are looking at rain and snow totals 150-200% of normal!  With some flooding, but no major damage we came through this winter season as happy farmers!  The aquifers are replenished, the reservoirs […]

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

A 95 Point “Knock-Out” Napa Cab

Purlieu means “the edge of the forest” or “an outlying area.” In this case, it is a reference to their home base in the new Coombsville AVA, at the edge of the forest and the entire Napa Valley. Symbolically, “purlieu” refers to their approach to winemaking, to exploring the outskirts and navigating the boundaries of […]

Another Dave Phinney blockbuster release

In August of 2012, Dave Phinney and his friends stood in the middle of a block of hundred year old Zinfandel. The vineyard was planted by George Beldon Crane in the late nineteenth century and is one of the icons of the Napa Valley. Hours earlier they had signed the paperwork to buy the vineyard […]

A+ RATED THOMAS RIVERS BROWN CAB

QTR is a Thomas Rivers Brown & Jim Barbour venture.  The vineyard is situated on Howell Mountain spanning between 850 and 1200 feet elevation.  The vineyard is divided into seven blocks, ranging from 1/3 to 2 acres in size.  Only 6 acres are planted.  The 2014 vintage yielded a stunning 380 cases!  The name QTR […]

Not An April Fools joke “Borrowed Jewels” – A Bevan source at ½ the Price

The title says it all – not a joke!  The “Borrowed Jewels” is a term winemaker Justin Harmon used as most of his wines come from his Sonoma Estate, and he “borrowed the jewels” from the likes of Russell Bevan’s great grapesource, the Sugarloaf Vineyard.  This is not a one-time deal, as Justin secured a […]

Killer Napa Petite Syrah

Over a century of grape growing and wine production hints at the amazing history that has transpired on our ranch. From its days as part of Rancho Caymus in the early 1800s, through the wine production period of the late nineteenth century, and then as source of high quality Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, through the […]

Friday March 24th, 2017 in , , , , , | No Comments »

1 ACRE / 5 BARREL CAB BY 100 POINT GENIUS = FREE SHIPPING

  This ONE acre vineyard located next to Grace Family in St. Helena has been putting out some amazing wine over the past couple of years.  All courtesy of 100 Point winemaker Peter Heitz who turned this little piece of dirt in a pile of gold flakes!  The winery is owned by two couples, neighbors, […]

Mark Herold’s HOT NEW 94 Point Cab Release

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 […]

WAKE UP & SMELL MELKA’S LATEST HOT NEW CABERNET

  When you have two of the best people in industry at the helm, you can only expect the best of the best.  Philippe Melka (winemaker) and Jim Barbour (vineyard manager extraordinaire) have turned the old Long Vineyards (remember this great vineyard site from some years ago?) into a top notch Cabernet producer. Gandona (humble […]

LAST CALL 4 KNOCK-OUT VALUE NAPA CAB

The latest release of Fisticuffs will really knock your socks off!   Fisticuffs’ vision is to produce the highest quality wine while keeping price well managed  -  in essence, to over deliver, Knock you out. Rob Lawson has been making stunning wines under various “cult” Cabernet labels such as Ghostblock, Mirror, Pahlmeyer and Kapcsandy for many years […]

Saturday February 25th, 2017 in , , , , | No Comments »