Posts tagged: Proprietary Blend

“The” Friday 13th Wine

Everyone panics on the Friday the 13th – I don’t! For this Friday 13th I figure that we needed to have a “different” type of wine, and the 2012 Abstract is just that. This bottling is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah sourced from some great hillside vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. This […]

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 […]

Cult Nouveau Sans Liege astonishes us again!

Sans Liege (without cork) the brainchild of Curt Schalchlin has crafted some of the most amazing no-nonsense wines over the past years. His relentless search for independence as he calls it is paying great dividend. He uses new world techniques combined with the heritage of the Rhone Valley to create a mind-boggling final product. Tasting […]

Red blend for everyday at a bargain price!

The 2010 Banshee Mordecai Red has a whopping thirteen varietals! The only other wine with 13 varietals is Chateuneuf du Pape, with 9 Red and 4 white. The 2010 blend consists of: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Montepulciano, Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Carignane (whew). One could call […]

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 […]

100 Point (Winemaker of the year) releases another stunner!

A wine from the 2010 Winery of Year winemaker (Justin Smith – Saxum) whose last two releases received a perfect 100 POINT rating from Robert Parker and of course was the wine of the year too! I don’t need to tell you that Saxum wine is fetching big bucks on the auction and after market […]

Azur – The next Bryant Family at 1/10 the price!

Julien Fayard is a Philippe Melka disciple (he works very closely with Melka on Projects like Entre Nous, etc.).  Julien, born and raised in France, worked at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte to gain valuable experience for this current enterprise – Azur. Azur 2007 Proprietary Blend, Napa Valley – Retail 65.00 – GGWC 54.99 […]

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 […]

The “Prisoner” escapes again!

It has become a major problem in the Napa Valley, but Orin Swift cannot be kept under lock and key. He recently escaped from the vineyard’s detention cellar. I have been told that he will be captured just in time for his formal sentencing (a.k.a. new release) on November 2 – Call it an Election […]